New York Store

Signing & Live Drawing with artist, Kim Jung Gi

Kinokuniya New York hosted Kim Jung Gi on September 30th and October 1st, 2017.

Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea whose art work has attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years.  At that day, he performed two live drawing sessions and a book signing event at our New York store on September 30th and October 1st. We hope everyone enjoyed the event and a special thanks to Kim Jung Gi

Talk + Signing  authors of a photobook, Edges of the RainbowEdges of the Rainbow’, Photographer Michel Delsol and Journalist Haruku Shinozaki with special guest Ai Haruna.

Kinokuniya New York hosted Michel Del Sol and Haruku Shinozaki on November 10, 2017. Michel Del Sol and Haruku Shinozaki (joined at the beginning by moderator, Yusei Kageyama) presented their new publication on LGBTQ life in Japan in ‘Edges of the Rainbow’. Michel’s photographs and Haruku’s prose introduced a world that is often hidden yet at times flamboyantly open but still encounters challenges to gain wider acceptance in Japanese society. 

During the presentation, we were extremely lucky to have had a special appearance by a subject featured in the book, Ai Haruna. She joined us right after a performance she’d held at Madison Square Garden. This gracious act by her is testimony to the heart and soul that Haruku and Michel have put into this project and the support they have received. That support includes a generous donation from the Arcus Foundation, allows the price, which under regular circumstances would retail for $45.00 or more, to be a very reasonable $21.95 This wonderful book is something that shouldn’t be missed.

Tatsuya Miyanishi: First Appearance in the U.S.A.

Tatsuya Miyanishi, acclaimed Japanese author and illustrator will visit the US for the first time in October, 2017. Tatsuya Miyanishi visited our New York, New Jersey, Carrollton, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose stores. Miyanishi is the creator of the Tyrannosaurus children’s books, a bestselling series of 12 titles with international sales in excess of 3 million copies. Since 2015 four of the books have been published in the US and have been enthusiastically received by both critics and families.

his event, Tatsuya Miyanishi shared his own story how he became a illustrator, read his books and autographed and drew dinosaurs in each customer's book. At the Carrollton store, he was interviewed by Asia World Media and they covered Tatsuya Miyanishi event article. Here is the event video.

Smiski: Special Appearance

Smiski visited our Carrollton and Plano stores on September 9-10th, San Francisco store on September 16-17th, and Los Angeles store on September 23rd, 2017! He had a lot of fun hiding in our stores, exploring the neighborhood and saying hi to people! Thank you to Smiski for visiting,  and also everyone who welcomed him at our stores! Smiski is tiny creatures that live in corners and are curious little creatures that love hiding in small spaces and corners of your room. Although they like to stay hidden, you might discover one at night as they mysteriously glow in the dark. It is interesting to see the many types of Smiski all with different personalities and character. However, just why they exist in the first place, nobody quite knows….”

Carrollton Store

Talk + Signing with  Voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas (Taki Tachibana) & Stephanie Sheh (Mitsuha Miyamizu)

YOUR NAME DVD/BLU-RAY release event with appearances by the voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas (Taki Tachibana) & Stephanie Sheh (Mitsuha Miyamizu) appeared at our Carrollton store on November 11th! There were a Q&A session and autograph session* with voice actors, and trivia contest with giveaways!

San Francisco Store

Talk + Signing with artists and creators of Tonko House

Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo of Tonko House came back to our San Francisco store!! Their debut project, The Dam Keeper is a short animation film that was nominated for the Academy Awards in 2014. At the height of their career at Pixar, the two decided to leave and start their new company, Tonko House. Dice and Robert spoke about their decision to leave Pixar, how it was to start their own company and also Robert showed live drawing during they did Q&A session.