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A Bookstore that Charges an Entrance Fee

Bunkitsu

Words / Ron Lam
Translation / Iris Heung

在日本,能與書相遇的場所越來越多元化了。例如由森岡督行開設的森岡書店,是一個結合了書店與畫廊的空間,每次企畫的展覽都以一本書為基礎。開業沒多久的箱根本箱,是一家藏書量可以比擬圖書館的溫泉旅館。至於這家名為文喫的,則可說是集圖書館、書店、喫茶店於一身的場所。文喫雖然還未開幕,但已廣被討論,理由是要進入這書店,必須先交出1500日元的入場費。文喫究竟有著甚麼與別不同之處,至使它有信心能成為一家人們願意付費進入的書店呢?

位於六本木的文喫,共劃分為四個不同的空間,分別是選書室、閱覽室、研究施設及喫茶室。於選書室裡,自三萬多本藏書及九十多種雜誌之中,選擇了自己感興趣的書籍後,便能到閱覽室中細閱。喫茶室裡提供免費的咖啡及煎茶,書看得累了便能在此小休一會。至於研究施設,則是讓你與伙伴們暢談討論,甚至辦小型會議的空間。另一方面,文喫還提供了選書服務,每位書店店員都對書有著豐富知識,只要顧客事告知自己正在尋找的書籍領域,店員便會提供適當的選書建議。

在文喫之中,顧客能夠花長時間,在悠閒的環境之中,毫無壓力地與書相處,於知識海裡迷路時,又能得到指引,這大概就是其最大的吸引力。

The places where you can encounter books in Japan are becoming even more diverse now. For instance, Morioka Shoten is a bookstore/gallery founded by Yoshiyuki Morioka who would theme every exhibition in the venue around a certain book. The newly opened Hakone Honbako is an onsen ryokan with a huge collection of books that can compare to that of a library. The shop we are introducing this time, Bunkitsu, is at the same time a library, a bookstore, and a cafe. Although Bunkitsu is still not opened yet, it has already become a trending topic that gets everyone excited. What really triggered people’s curiosity is probably the ¥1,500 entrance fee. What gives Bunkitsu the confidence to charge customers a fee for entering a bookstore?

Located in Roppongi, Bunkitsu is divided into four areas including a bookstore, a reading room, a research center, and a cafe. The bookstore stocks more than 30,000 books and 90 magazine titles, visitors can simply pick their copy and head to the reading room. They can enjoy free coffee and Sencha from the cafe and take a rest there. At the research center, visitors can grab a spot to discuss books with their friends without disturbing others; they can even hold mini-conferences. On top of it, the staffs of Bunkitsu all possess great knowledge regarding books, so they could give recommendations based on the readers’ interests.

Bunkitsu provides readers with a relaxing space where they can spend as much time as they want to read at leisure. Not only can they delve into the sea of books, but they can also have guidance with choosing books. This is perhaps the reason why the bookstore is such an attractive place for book lovers.