Is there a place in the world where you can browse the shelves filled with modern firsts from the United States, incunabula from Europe, woodcut books from Asia, and children’s books, first editions, illustrated books, precious bindings or rare travel accounts from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Americas, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Austria and the Netherlands? Yes, there is such a place. The World Antiquarian Book Plaza is located in Tokyo’s city centre, only five minutes away from the central station and the famous Ginza: the ultimate destination for bibliophiles – and the amazing venue for this year's ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Tokyo including a great fundraising for UNESCO's and American actor Forest Whitaker's literacy projects in South Sudan.
Early this afternoon Naoyuki Seki of Maruzen-Yushodo Co., Ltd. has shown some students the most valuable books on display at the Plaza today. Now he is taking them on a tour to the Jimbocho booksellers. What a great idea! Stay tuned for more pictures!
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the Organizers