Kagawa is now well known as the “prefecture of art” because of the Setouchi Triennale which is held there once every 3 years.
Since Kagawa has become a place which attracts the world’s attention, we have found a lot of unique and “independent” bookstores there!
#1 “solow,” the book café which looks just like a secret base
The photographer Mr. Shintaro Miyawaki, who was an official photographer of Setouchi Triennale 2019, is the owner of this book café “solow.”
He used to work in Tokyo but returned to Kagawa, his hometown.
There are about 3,000 artbooks and subculture books in the shop. Obviously, the books fully line the shelves and reach to the ceiling.
The café opens in the evening, and you can have Thai coffee, chai, herb tea, and so on.
You can bring light meals, such as bread or sandwiches, to the shop.
Sometimes, people who are doing the Shikoku Henro (pilgrimage) visit here and take a short nap on the sofa.
This unique but free kind atmosphere can be so comfortable.
Address／1036, Ota-kamimachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Open／Evenings 〜 around 22:00
Closed／Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays, and irregularly closed
*Please check the opening information on Twitter or Facebook
#2 “Hon-ya Lunuganga” presents various genres newly published books.
“Hon-ya Lunuganga” stands on a back alley which is a little distance from the main street and the shopping street.
This independent bookstore is rare because it sells mainly newly published books.
This is the owner of the store, Mr. Nakamura.
There is a guesthouse popular among young people and foreign tourists on the same street, so travelers who visit Takamatsu often stop by.
You can order some drinks at the counter, so you can read books you have just bought while drinking a cup of coffee or a beer.
Maybe you can gather some information for your trip here.
Address／1st floor of Nakamura Daini Building, 11-13, Kamei-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
#3 “YOMS” where you can drop in for a short visit by yourself
“YOMS” is located on the same street as “Hon-ya Lunuganga.”
This bookstore sells secondhand books, and the genres include mainly movies, ethnology and subculture.
It is open until 9 o’clock pm.
You can order some drinks, such as coffee, chai, beer, and so on in the store.
There are spaces with partitions for reading books like this, so you can enjoy reading and having some drinks at these booths.
The owner, Mr. Saito, is working hard to collect zines and small press publications, so don’t miss the shelves for those items!
Please discover a book which you only can find here as a memory of your trip.
Address／1-7, Tamachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
#4 “Nata-sho,” the bookstore which only opens by appointment
“Nata-sho” is a unique bookstore because it only opens by appointment.
It is a 4-minute-walk from the west exit of Kotoden Kawara-machi Station, which is close to Ritsurin Park.
The mysterious appearance of the store is a little bit decadent, but makes us feel that this is “something interesting!”
Wow, there is a “flowing bookshelf” in the air.
The shelf with beautiful curves close to the ceiling was made by an artist of stage design who is a friend of Mr. Fujii, the owner of Nata-sho.
“This is its first trial at a book market,” Mr. Fujii says.
Perhaps you think that it is difficult for you to approach this bookstore because it opens only by reservation.
But on the other hand, it opens only for you even you make the appointment in the middle of the night…!
Isn’t that special and fascinating for you now?
#5 “BOOK MARUTE” is an artistic bookstore which is located in the warehouse area by the seaside.
It takes about 10-minute-walk from JR Takamatsu Station.
“BOOK MARUTE,” a book café is in the area called “Kitahama alley” by the seaside.
There are some other cool variety stores and cafes in this area full of old warehouses.
The owner, Mr. Tetsuya Ogasawara, has many connections with foreign countries, so there are various global kind art books, photo books, and secondhand articles chosen with his good sense.
You can sit and relax at the café stand in the store.
Address／Kitahama alley-j, 3-2, Kitahama-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Open／12:00〜19:00（Opens from 10:00 on Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays）
Photographs and text by Akiko Isonaga
Akiko IsonagaI was born and raised in Hiroshima, but my mother's hometown is on Kojima island, Ehime prefecture. When I was little, I used to climb up on the roof of an orange warehouse and gaze at the picturesque islands of Seto. They were really beautiful. Now that I'm a bit older, I’m happy to be able to spend time working as a photo-writer and conveying the beauty and charm of the Seto Inland Sea. As well as writing at home, I live a short walk from the World Heritage site of Miyajima, I also work as a teacher and am currently studying color psychology.
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