as any shopping expert who's been out and about in tokyo can contest, there's an abundance of quirky and appealing retail concepts to be found here that you won't easily come across elsewhere on the planet. and the diversity of stores isn't the only thing that's impressive, it's also the pace at which the shopping landscape changes that gives the city an exceptional edge. but let's go back to the city's quirky retail concepts, shall we? very recently another one of those opened at the far end of the meguro district, and it's called book & sons. as the name already implies, it's a bookstore and occupies a compact 89 sqm. [958 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of a three-storey building.
what's special about book & sons is the fact that it's exclusively dedicated to secondhand typography books and a concise assortment of related merchandise. emphasizing the purity of the craft of typography, the store setting of book & sons has been kept equally clean and functional, and merely features a range of simple wooden furnishings, a single design chair and carefully picked, artisanal-looking light fixtures. the store owners are keen on a good atmosphere, and perhaps even more so on maintaining one, so special attention has been given to the sound system. indeed, we're talking that nifty wooden thing dangling from the ceiling. location: 2-13-3 takaban [meguro].