Ginza, famous for its glamorous and over the top fashion shopping experience and high end fine dinning restaurants, actually has a calm and minimalistic side we don't see very often.
Hidden away in the back alley in Ginza, "Morioka Shoten" is not the easiest place to find. When I visited, I must have wondered around the area, took out my phone and try to turn myself to the right direction. I have to admit I am not the best person to ask for direction but the place itself has a very small store front and blend in with the surrounding.
"Morioka Shoten" is a bookstore only sells one book, one title per week to be exact. Just in concept alone, it oozes unique Japanese charm that few can resist. Opened on 2015, it is relatively new but are curated and operated by a team of industry veterans. Along with the book, they also curate exhibition inspired by the book, which all took place inside a room that can barely fit in two cars.
I can't help myself to compare the Room to Sen no Rikyū's (one of the most important tea master who shaped the Japanese way of tea) take on the Japanese tea room. It is perfectly imperfect. A few tables display the book of the week and the exhibition casually but thoughtfully set on the table. You may also find a few sketches haphazardly taped on the textured wall. It really is an acquired taste.
No, I didn't buy anything, but if you are in Ginza and overwhelmed by the high-fashion flagship stores, take a little trip here and experience this one of a kind bookstore.
Morioka Shoten Ginza
Address : 1F Suzuki Building, 1-28-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, TOKYO
Hours：1pm - 8pm (closed on Monday)