WHO WE ARE
Kinokuniya USA offers a wide variety of books, magazines, and stationery from Japan.
We are proud to bring you our extensive collection of Manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks,
travel books, children's book, and more, both in English and Japanese.
We also offer Chinese books at our Seattle store.
WHERE WE STARTED
Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan.
Kinokuniya began importing English books in 1949 and opened its first sales office in Osaka, Japan in 1956.
This marked the beginning of the company's nationwide expansion into the academic institutional market.
In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines, and introduce Japanese culture to the local community.
Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S. We honor our initial goal
by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.
Today, we have over 80 stores and 35 sales office worldwide, including Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.
Visit here for links to our stores worldwide.
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