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A Japanese bookshop in Hong Kong

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

On a recent trip to Hong Kong, my traveling companions and I found a lovely shop Japanese bookshop. When I say “found”, I mean that we were wandering about and stopped when we saw the sign.

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

They had us at “Japanese Books & Magazines”.

As a moderate consumer of Japanese TV shows, Japanese movies and the occasional j-rock band, I felt duty-bound to check it out. I didn’t speak Japanese so I didn’t own any Japanese books (except for a few manga titles in English), but I did collect magazines that featured, uh, boys of important cultural significance.

 
It turns out they had a lot of Japanese language books. And I took a good long while browsing through them because book design in non-English languages was fascinating.

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

Look at the covers! I kinda want to design a book in a foreign language someday.

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

Of course, book design for the inside pages in a language I don’t understand will be tricky. Someone teach me Japanese, please?

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

I’m not even sure if I’m holding this right-side-up.

Japanese characters are so pretty. But then maybe I just think that because I can’t read them.

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

This could be the BDSM section for all I know.

Alas, no music magazines featuring OOR.

Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign Tomato Books in Hong Kong - shop sign

The staff at Tomato Books were very pleasant and helpful. When I go back to HK, I’m definitely visiting the shop again.

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