Japan’s largest bookstore chain is now in Malaysia, the first international one in Southeast Asia.
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After months of anticipation, yesterday marks the launch of the first Tsutaya Bookstore in Pavilion Bukit Jalil, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and the 5th outlet worldwide outside of Malaysia.
What Is It
Tsutaya Bookstore is the largest bookstore chain in Japan, known not only for its wide-ranging choices of books but also for a place of rich culture and elevated lifestyle.
With the new outlet here, they have a variety of sections and book genres, from movies to design, gardening to cooking, politics to business and everything in between perfect for both book lovers and non-bookish people alike.
What Can You Do There
Read and buy books
Of course, the main point of a bookstore is to buy books. But do you know that you can read them first here? If you like em, buy em! If you don’t, try another one and see if you’ll like that one.
Some of the genres of books here include language, literature, comics, humanity, travel, art, magazine, workstyle, lifestyle, food and also children.
Chill at the In-Store Cafe
Well, if you’re gonna read books, you’ll likely have to find a spot to sit and focus, right? Don’t worry, you can chill at their cafe and lounge area that seats around 90 guests.
Grab a freshly brewed coffee or a Kyoto Matcha drink and pair it off with their signature Dorayaki or Fruit Parfait while focusing on chapter two or three of your novel.
Browse the pretty merch and fine art decorative goods
They don’t just sell fine-art stationery like notebooks and pens here, guys. They go extra!
They have several extensive Art sections which feature Japanese arts from paper cutting artwork to wood marquetry, ceramic cups to chef knives, and plenty more! It’s like walking in an art gallery tbh.
Bring your little book readers
They also have a big section for children’s books (with the largest children’s edutainment selection in any bookstore in Msia) and a cheery treehouse-inspired Learning Room.
Children can have parents read to them there or play with toys to encourage cognitive development.
Take aesthetic pictures
With floor-to-ceiling bookshelves lined with over 240, 000 books, there’s bound to be plenty of attractive spots for those OOTD enthusiasts.
We mean, the followers gotta know that you love books, right?
Come for community events
Apart from having a perfect place for remote studying and working, they also have event spaces to host activities such as storytelling competitions, colouring competitions, arts and crafts classes and workshops for both kids and adults.
Additionally, they do not categorise the sections according to language (English, Malay, Simplified Chinese & Japan) but they do categorize them by lifestyle interest.
This means that for example, they’ll be books in several languages in the travel section, which enables guests from different cultural backgrounds to mix and enjoy the bookstore experience together.
So, if you’re keen to check out some new books or just wanna chill at a cafe, head on to Pavilion Bukit Jalil and visit this conducive bookstore! It’s suitable for all ages, from the younger generation to the older generation.
Address: Lot2.89.00, Level 2 (Orange Zone), Pavilion Bukit Jalil.
Operating Hours: 10 am – 10 pm