Places where you can meet books that are worth visiting

TRAVEL IN TAKAMATSU

  1. SETOUCHI ART BOOK FAIR
  2. Places where you can find books in Takamatsu
    1. BOOK MARÜTE
    2. Nakazora -- A place to enjoy coffee, books and music
    3. Lunuganga Bookshop
    4. YOMS
    5. Sanshudo Shoten

SETOUCHI ART BOOK FAIR

In Takamatsu, the Setouchi Art Book Fair is held on the sidelines of Setouchi Triennale, which is hosted every three years. It is an exhibition of photo books, art books and art magazines from all over the world.


From Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019, as many as 90 booths from various countries will be set up at Hiunkaku in Tamamo Park, which is designated as a nationally important cultural property.


At the same time, workshops and a used book fair (with each seller bringing a box of used books) will also be held at Sakura-no Baba in Tamamo Park. Visitors will find amusing books and paper goods during the three days.


Mr. Tetsuya Ogasawara, an organizer of this event and involved in art book fairs held in various places, said,
""It will provide a valuable opportunity to see art books of world-class quality and interact directly with artists participating in Setouchi Triennale, whom you rarely have an opportunity to see in person.""

After being immersed in art in the Setouchi Art Book Fair, you are recommended to go to places where you can find books recommended by Mr. Ogasawara, which are accessible from the city center.

Places where you can find books in Takamatsu

BOOK MARÜTE


There is a small bookshop with a café in Kitahama Alley, an old warehouse street facing the ocean that is approximately a 10-minute walk from Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port.


The bookshop mainly offers art books from all over the world, newly published photo books and zines. It also has a gallery on its property.


Many tourists who love art, including overseas tourists, visit this bookshop for its select books.
Art books that are not offered at many large bookshops are also available at BOOK MARÜTE. You can also find valuable first editions here.


The bookshop decorated with ornamental plants has a natural atmosphere. It also has a café space inside.
If you find an art book that interests you, appreciate it as long as you like, right then and there.


Nakazora -- A place to enjoy coffee, books and music


The building is located on a bustling restaurant street in the center of Takamatsu.
Climb the narrow, steep stairs, open the heavy door and find bookshelves covering the entire walls.


This café bar, which only has seats at the bar, has the atmosphere of a hideaway that is completely separated from the bustle outside.


Nakazora has a library of more than 2,000 books, including ones on literature, art and thought that were collected by the owner, Mr. Yosuke Okada. Feel free to choose any books you feel like reading.


Nakazora also offers its own literary award program because, as Mr. Okada says, "Works created by lay authors, who are not professionals, are interesting in their own ways." Read not only award-winning works, but also ones that were submitted as entries.


Because this café bar is open from the daytime to midnight, some people drink alcoholic beverages in the daytime and enjoy coffee and sweets at night.




Cocktails associated with authors are also popular.


Nakazora uses a coffee filter made of Botaori textile fabric, a traditional craft of Kagawa.
It was custom-made to have the right thickness pursued by Mr. Okada, who says that this filter eliminates unwanted flavors and maximizes the sweetness and good taste of coffee.


Here you can read books or reflect, away from the bustle of everyday life.


Lunuganga Bookshop


This bookshop, which offers select books, opened in the back alley of a busy shopping street in 2017.


Carefully selected books in a wide range of categories are displayed in the deep space of Lunuganga. They include magazines, pocket books, picture books and zines.


At the back of the bookshop is an area with tables and stair seats.
It offers coffee, beer, gelato and more like a café.


Mr. Yusuke Nakamura and Mrs. Ryoko Nakamura, the owners of Lunuganga, hold reading sessions, panel sessions and other events about 10 times a month, because they want to create chances for book lovers to gather. Those events also serve as opportunities for their interactions.


While necessary books are easily available online and at large bookshops nowadays, people come to Lunuganga for the pleasure of encountering unexpected books.

It seems that in the future, street bookshops like Lunuganga will be places for loose networks of books and people.


YOMS


This bookshop and café offers secondhand books in a wide range of categories including film, folklore and subculture.
A large number of books with visual contents, including art and art-related books, are also available.


YOMS also offers privately printed zines and privately produced goods including sundries.


Sit and read books over coffee or spiced tea.


Mr. Yuhei Saito and his wife, Mrs. Madoka Saito, deliver information about incoming merchandise and events via Twitter and Instagram.


The bookshop serves as a venue for a wide variety of events, including a social event called Paper Talk, where participants bring and exchange privately produced printed matters, as well as monthly live concerts.

Speaking about their hopes for YOMS, Mr. Saito said, "We want to have this place used more for finding books and experiencing something more."


Sanshudo Shoten


Sanshudo Shoten is an old-fashioned, second-hand bookshop that is located along a railroad in a residential area.


The overall bookshop, including the innermost area, is packed with neatly displayed books.


The bookshop also attracts many scholars looking for local materials on Kagawa's history, geography, art and other subjects.


The oldest book in Sanshudo Shoten was written in 1820, or the Edo period. In those days, people probably could not even imagine that the book would be displayed in a bookshop 200 years later.


The bookshop has a section for books on UFOs and aliens.
The owner began to offer these books after he saw a flying luminous object.


""It was a mysterious experience,""
said Mr. Ikuji Ohta, owner of Sanshudo Shoten. He still vividly recalls the incident that happened more than 30 years ago.
He also solicits information about such experiences. ""I want to hear from other people who had similar experiences.""


The bookshop also offers books with visual content, such as photo books, picture books and books on ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese paintings and woodblock prints).

It is said that you should consult the past if you want to learn about the future. By reviewing past things and events in books, you can obtain a new perspective that works in the present era.

Books connect people from different times with diverse knowledge that goes beyond national boundaries.

Do not miss the places where you can find books in Takamatsu when you visit Setouchi, which has been an area with ports and the intersection of culture and art from different countries since the olden days.
Visit to find a book that commemorates your trip.


INFORMATION

BOOK MARÜTE

Address
Kitahama Alley J, 3-2 Kitahamacho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Business hours
Weekdays: 12:00 to 19:00 Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays: 10:00 to 19:00
Regular holidays
Wednesdays
TEL
090-1322-5834(平日10:00~20:00)
MAIL
info.bookmarute@gmail.com
URL
http://book-marute.com/
Supported languages
日本語

coffee&bar nakazora

Address
Floor 2, Kitahara Bldg., 1-10-18 Kawaramachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Business hours
13:00 to 27:00 (3:00 am)
Regular holidays
Sundays
TEL
087-861-3070(13:00〜27:00(深夜3:00))
URL
http://nakazora.jp/
Supported languages
日本語

(English menu available)

Lunuganga Books

Address
Floor 1, Nakamura Dai-2 Bldg., 11-13 Kameicho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Business hours
10:00 to 19:00
Regular holidays
Tuesdays
TEL
087-837-4646(10:00〜19:00)
MAIL
lunugangabooks@gmail.com
URL
http://www.lunugangabooks.com
Supported languages
日本語、English

YOMS

Address
1-7 Tamachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Business hours
12:00 to 21:00
Regular holidays
Tuesdays
TEL
090-1850-9482(12:00~21:00)
MAIL
lopnor1982@gmail.com
URL
http://caccokari.blogspot.com/
Supported languages
日本語

Sanshudo Shoten

Address
2-1-9 Matsushimacho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Business hours
10:00 to 19:00
Regular holidays
Open 7 days a week
TEL
087-834-1533(10:00〜19:00)
MAIL
sansyudo@ybb.ne.jp
Supported languages
日本語

Gathering date:2019.7.31 / BOOK MARÜTE

KEYWORDS

PHOTOGRAPHERPHOTOGRAPHER

Yu Sakaguchimore

Yu Sakaguchi is a photographer who photographs the beautiful scenery of the 138 habited islands in the Seto Inland Sea, agricultural, mountain and fishing villages in Shikoku. He makes his living in design work relating to primary industry. His website Monogatari o Todokeru Shigoto (“The Job of Delivering Stories”) introduces the beautiful scenery, culinary culture and various other aspects of Shikoku and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and has been accessed by users in over 160 different countries. Feeling that it would be difficult to preserve the scenery in front of him for the next generation by simply distributing information alone, together with his fellow Shikoku-loving companions, he launched Shikoku Taberu (Food) Tsushin magazine, and began his work communicating the food culture and stories of the region. He is a director for the Sanagouchi Village foundation. He was awarded the Japan Ningenryoku (“Human Skill”) Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award in 2015.

https://yousakana.jp/

WRITER WRITER

Eri Kotakimore

Eri Kotaki was born in Takamatsu, in Kagawa prefecture. After studying fashion, color and graphic design at university, she developed a love of travel, local gourmet cuisine and photography; and became an editor/writer. After working in various positions in editorial production and publishing companies in Tokyo, she joined the Takamatsu City Regional Promotion Cooperative Group in July 2017. She now spends her days uncovering and communicating information about the appeal and attraction of Takamatsu and its surrounding areas. Her top recommended location is the night view from Sunport Takamatsu. Her most recommended train is the Hiyaku, which runs on the Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad.

RECENT POSTSNewly Arrived Article

The article could not be found.

ACCESSTransport Access to Takamatsu

Must-See tourist attractions near Takamatasu

  • From Takamatsu
    25min
    NAOSHIMA
  • From Takamatsu
    3hrs
    DOGO ONSEN
  • From Takamatsu
    2hrs
    HIROSHIMA
  • From Takamatsu
    2hrs
    IYA


SETOUCHI TRIENNALE Relevant Tourist
Information