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Tokyo has both a rich literary history and, in the 21st century digital age, some of the most impressive brick-and-mortar bookshops to be found anywhere in the world: from the curiosity-filled used-book sellers at publishing stronghold Kanda-Jinbocho to gleaming new concept bookstores across town. It’s also a place where creative minds are doing new things with this age-old form of media: Tokyo is a major player in the ‘book hotel’ trend, while in Roppongi an ultra-stylish destination combines bookstore, library and café.
What about that language barrier? From a (supposedly) haunted secondhand book shop in the shadow of the Skytree, to a subterranean Ginza bar serving literary-themed cocktails, we’ve rounded up ten spots that book lovers unable to read a single Japanese character will still be able to enjoy.
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