Unfortunately I’ve never had the good fortune to visit Japan, but at least I have the internet to at let me look at pictures of all the wonderful things they have over there and make me jealous and bitter about the fact that I won’t be going anytime soon!
Just kidding, it’s great that the internet is a peephole into the entire world, gives me something to save up for and I will definitely be saving up to visit Tokyo’s Tokyo an ingeniously designed manga and anime store in Shibuya.
This place is definitely leagues apart from your traditional dingy comic book store with its crowded shelves and ancient carpet that smells like wet dog. Nope, from these pictures, you can see that shopping at this place will be a totally different experience.
It was designed by the Tokyo-based company Ryo Matsui Architects and took approximately 7 months to complete. The place is spacious and inviting, but what is probably the most ingenious thing about the design is that the shelves themselves are curved to resemble open manga shelves.
I like this a lot! Some of these shelves even have their own speech balloons and really show off the merchandise that the store has on offer!
I think this might just be the best Manga store in the world, though I will always have a lot of love for Forbidden Planet in central London which is also a truly enchanting place!
Website: Ryo Matsui Architects