An Open Book
The ideal bookshop is a place where you can peacefully browse for hours until you find the right book for your mood, however time is a precious commodity for some and the jet-set invariably have to rely on the cold, impersonal and generally repetitive selection on sale at every airport and train station. So how fabulous to find a bookshop in Tokyo called Utrecht (after the owner’s passion for Dutch design) that not only boasts a ‘book concierge’ who can guide you through your buys, but also a call-ahead service which allows them to assemble a curated pile for your immediate perusal.
Such innovative ideas, along with an abundance of wonderful one-of-a-kind books by domestic and overseas authors, and a rare cache of contemporary art, fashion and photography tomes, have undoubtedly made Utrecht the go-to Omotesando bookstore. As if that weren’t reason enough to pop by, the store also boasts one of Japan’s largest collections of indie magazines like San Francisco photo-zine Hamburger Eyes, or homegrown art zines from Yosuke Yamaguchi and Yuko Yamamoto. But perhaps more than all this, it’s the cutting-edge events, such as lectures on graphic design, weird and wonderful art exhibitions, and raw live music performances that prove Utrecht certainly doesn’t like to do things by the book!