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Jimbocho, or 'old book town', gets its name from the 140 secondhand bookstores located in the Kanda area. There are also 30 bookstores specializing in new publications, and nearly 500 publishing houses, one of them being the Isseido Shoten. Since many of Japan's foremost universities are located in this area, this bookstore is even more significant. A trip to Jimbocho wouldn't be complete without a stop at Isseido Shoten, known for an extensive collection of old and rare books and manuscripts. Browse for bargains or just to soak up the rich wealth of stored knowledge. English volumes as well as Japanese editions are available.
Bunkyo-ku is home of the University of Japan, the Japanese equivalent of Harvard. Appropriately, the Rinrokaku Bookstore specializes in academic and scholastic books on China and Japan. This shop is perhaps the best source in Tokyo for scholarly works on China. They have an extensive selection of new books from the U.S., Europe, Taiwan and the Peoples' Republic of China in English and several other languages. There is a large collection of old and rare books as well, slaking the thirst of every kind of bibliophile.
Keshiki Classic is a great place in the city to buy some fabulous goodies from well-cut and tailored suits to great button down shirts, jackets, shoes, and accessories like no other. The store has a very nice vintage vibe to it and apart from local and regional brands, there are many international brands in here as well. And that too at cheaper prices than showrooms. All in all, this store has the answers to all fashion dilemmas of men and women.
BerBerJin is an old store but that is not the case with their collection. The place, which has been operating since more than two decades, has managed to stay strong and maintain their regular fan base amidst all the big brands and fashion trends. Their collection mostly consists of basic clothing like military jackets, parkas, hoodies, t-shirts and more. They also have accessories and their collection of sneakers is absolutely envious.
Lovers of vintage clothing - Haight & Ashbury is one of Tokyo's premium vintage stockists and it's a veritable treasure trove of rare clothing. Many of the pieces are beautifully detailed and restored and there is a large range of vintage dresses that are imported from Europe, a guaranteed hit among the super-trendy young Japanese hipsters. It's a fantastic place to find one-off pieces or maybe something fancy-dress - hours can be whiled away as your browse through the colorful racks. Cash accepted only.