New York Store
Talk + Signing with Tidy-Up Guru, Marie Kondo
Marie "Konmari" Kondo made a special appearance at Kinokuniya New York on February 20, 2016 as part of a documentary being filmed by NHK WORLD, “Tidy Up With KonMari!”. The documentary will follow her as she is filmed visiting some actual homes and helping clients apply her special tidying and organizing methods. Marie Kondo made her presentation at Kinokuniya around the release of her new English title, Spark Joy and talked about her methods sharing some of her success stories with clients. Along with the NHK World documentary team, a number of news crews including CBS News were on hand to film the presentation and to interview audience responses.
Talk + Signing with artist, Yuko Shimizu
Kinokuniya New York hosted Yuko Shimizu on May 28, 2016. Yuko appeared in conversation with SooJin Buzelli of Asset International to talk about the launch of her new book Living With: Yuko Shimizu. Yuko was well received by an audience filled in large part by designers and illustrators. Much of her success is attributed to her style which is a combination of traditional Japanese art and manga popular styles mixed with her creative illustration concepts. SooJin who has worked with Yuko often and indeed, hires her for selected projects said that Yuko’s style was a combination of these factors but Yuko also has her own unique ‘weight’ and style which is what gets her hired for projects.
Bibliobattle is an intellectual entertainment competition where each participant has 5 minutes (no more, no less) to propose why their chosen book is worth the read. This battle was founded by Kyoto University. Bibliobattle's popularity has grown in Japan to a point where national championship battles are held.
Our first Bibliobattle was held on July 23, 2016 at our New York store. Five brave battlers presented their favorite books on the theme of Young Adult fiction. The battlers in order of appearance were Izzy Sio presenting Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky, Emmalia Harrington presenting The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint, Nada Mohammed presenting Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Megan Manzano presented Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Justine Manzano presenting The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The winning book voted by the audience as the one they most wanted to read after the presentations was Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Watch the whole battle here. The second bibliobattle was held in October, 2016; video for our second bibliobattle can be seen here.
Talk + Signing with chefs, Shiro Kashiba
Chef Shiro Kashiba and Chef Suzuki of the famous Sushi Kashiba restaurant and Asher Ramras and Mike Ramirez the translators behind the book explored the many facets of Japanese knives and cuisine. Chef Kashiba emphasized the essential role his Aritsugu knives have played in his renowned kitchen. Stressing the important of practice and consistency, Chef Kashiba encouraged his audience to make knife care apart of their routine. As a demonstration, Chef Suzuki handled a "basic" knife skill called katsuramuki - with patience and care, he thinly peeled daikon radish to make an elegant garnish.
Talk + Signing with artist, Camilla d'Errico
Seattle welcomed artist,Camilla d'Errico on December 3, 2016. Fans gathered for a special appearance from pop surrealism superstar Camilla d'Errico. Camilla spoke in depth about how she launched her career as an artist, the failures and mistakes she learned along the way, and the inspirations that kept her going. Afterwards, Camilla devoted a lot of time to each fan as she signed and drew personalized sketches.
San Francisco Store
Talk + Signing with artists and creators of Tonko House
Our San Francisco store welcomed Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo of Tonko House. 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, the difficulties and struggles to do something they have never done before, and the even bigger happiness they have achieved by doing so.
Talk + Signing with artist and writer, Hirokatsu Kihara
Our San Francisco welcomed horror storyteller, writer, and artist, Hirokatsu Kihara on November 11 and 12, 2016. Friday night started with a horror storytelling. He shared haunted stories that happened in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. Kihara not only simply tell horror stories, he shared that it is "how" you perceive paranormal activities, not if you believe it or not. Before becoming a professional horror story teller, Kihara took part in the creation of the three Studio Ghibli movies, The Castle in the Sky, Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service. At our San Francisco and Los Angeles store, he gave us behind the scene stories, dedication, and the passion that went into these three movies.