As soon as you get off the elevator, this vibrant sign will greet you. (Photo: Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu)

Akihabara's K-Books

The anime bloggers' "best doujinshi store in Tokyo"

As soon as you get off the elevator, this vibrant sign will greet you. (Photo: Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu)
Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu   - 3 min read

For anime artists and fanatics, a place filled with stocks of manga, anime comics, novels, videos, video games and magazines, as well as other related printed materials and items, will be a perfect haven for you to fulfill your desire for fandom goodies.

K-Books Akihabara provides a variety of eye-catching doujinshi, independently published literary works, like novels, manga, and magazines, this store featuring publications produced by artists mostly from the Kansai area.

With more than 170,000 of these local Japanese literary works – both used and new – arranged by category and lined up on the shelves that run all the way from the floor up to the shop’s ceiling, you will surely be fascinated with all the colors that meet your eyes.

K-Books Akihabara is more than just a mere comic or book shop. For first-time visitors and tourists, it is considered to be an interesting attraction, the like of which you can't see anywhere in the world but in Japan, where manga – a greatly admired literary art-form with global popularity – has been conceived and realized.

K-Books hopes to entice not only doujinshi fanatics, but also explorers who want a unique experience in Tokyo. Several anime and doujinshi bloggers consider K-Books Akibahara as the best doujinshi store in Tokyo, with its very good prices, sometimes, even half the cost of other comic book stores in the area.

While a few professionals or well-known artists include some of their works to reach out to the market outside the regular industry, most doujinshi are created by amateur artists, some wanting to use it as a stepping stone for their artistic talents, hoping to be discovered by famous publishers, others simply because of their passion for art and literature.

Another interesting thing about the book shop is their adult section where adult magazines, comics and videos are displayed. While this section is clearly marked “No minors allowed,” it is still advisable for parents to be vigilant when taking their children to the shop.

K-Books Akihabara is strategically located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Akihabara Radio Kaikan, only a minute's walk from JR Akihabara Station, leaving the Electric Town Exit. Except during a few days before and after the New Year, the bookshop opens every day, including some national holidays.

Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu

Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu @tyra.nell.pille

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