Travel / In which Mitchii breaks her promise to not splurge too much on manga!

Bookstores make me happy! 2 Sure, I’m not the biggest novel/book fan as of right now but I still love reading. I lamented on twitter before how some people belittled graphic novel readers—as if it’s childish or fake reading (WTF is fake reading?!). I read it! I don’t just stare at the pictures and that’s it! Maybe they haven’t read a graphic novel like the literary monster that is Tokyo Ghoul! So I implore you to try a manga out (or graphic novel in general regardless of origin). 10

Shelf goals!!! Look at all the manga, all lined-up beautifully!!! 7

And once again I digress, so as I said bookstores make me happy! So when my sister and I made this trip, I was quite happy to find that we were staying near the area where this bookstore is located. Like Kinokuniya in Kuala Lumpur (should I make this bookstore trip regularly whenever I travel abroad?) I check places where I can buy anime & manga goods (mostly manga since I’m not the biggest fan of merchandises) prior to our trip. The first store that popped up was Asahiya Bookstore located in Sogo Department Store in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Sogo, and I quote “is a department store chain that operates an extensive network of branches in Japan [1]”and in other cities. Many products sold here are JP made or brand (I got to try drinking Ramune—seriously what’s the purpose of the marble?) that’s why it wasn’t a surprise that they have a bookstore like this! 9

They also sell magazines! Shonen Jump, Young Jump, Margaret, Hana to Yume etc, etc!!!

I might’ve broken my wallet when I decided to splurge nine volumes of manga (with 4 of it as my souvenir to my youngest sister!). 20 My self-control was weakened when I found that they were sold in yen! The one thing that stops me from hoarding online was the very expensive shipping fee (and the risk of losing my package—which happened to me twice!) but since I’m already there I decided to buy few volumes of my favorite series! The only thing that disappoints me is that they don’t have complete volumes of some of the series I liked. There were volumes that were missing: like my sister initially wanted Boku no Hero Academia Vol. 5, featuring Todoroki Shouto but it was unfortunately unavailable (only volumes 7 & 8 were there), or even a single volume of my favorite shoujo manga right now, Ouji-sama ni wa Doku ga Aru is not there as well.

This is the manga haul! Nine volumes of manga!!! #iregretnothing #okididforabit #butmoneyworthit

But they don’t just sell manga, they have magazines, light novels, academic books etc, etc! In which all are in Japanese. Some of the most recent or latest issues or labeled “by air” are in HKD (Hong Kong Dollars) & quite expensive (the Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 7 is 89 HKD = 541.27 PHP). But for older releases, you get to buy them in original price (sans the shipping—though going there is quite pricey, haha). But if you’re planning to visit Hong Kong and also a collector like myself you mustn’t forget to drop by to Asahiya Bookstore! (In a very different topic, I’m so confused with their elevator (lift—since they were British colony) and escalator. Why is the down stairs on the other side? And why are they’re hiding the elevator near the fire exits??!! I can’t fathom floor plan of this building, seriously! 11 )

(Thanks to my sister for being my photographer. Pics are taken via her iphone—since my phone decided to die on me few days before my trip. What a terrible timing! *flops on the floor*) 12


8 Responses to Mini Adventures in Asahiya Bookstore!

  1. Shannelle C. says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading Monstress, and I’m also on a book slump and I’ve been enjoying all sorts of written word besides books. I’ve been reading a lot of magazines lately. And hey, Mitchii, I was just wondering, are you going to Bookworms Unite tomorrow?

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Is that tomorrow already? I was busy last week that I forgot about it, my bad. I’ve got to run a personal errand tomorrow, so I’ll probably won’t able to go. Honestly, I’m so out of the loop with the bookish community (local or otherwise) so I’m not aware of the activities happening around.

      I already accepted that my interest shifted big time. Maybe next time I’ll read a book again. Maybe. xD

  2. Brooke Evans says:

    I have absolutely no interest in Manga and Anime but all these books lined up makes me want to buy them all. Glad to see you had fun on your trip! 🙂

  3. Rithika says:

    Okay, I’m going to guess which manga you have bought! The first two are Tokyo Ghoul, the third one is Ao Haru Ride? Fourth and fifth are unknown to me, sixth and seventh are Kuroko no Basuke (I thought you finished collecting them?) and the last two are Boku no Hero Academia! *squeal*
    I’m glad that you enjoyed your trip! I miss Kinokuniya actually; though I have only visited it twice and never found the manga section! 😝 I lived in Dubai btw, so there was one HUGE branch!
    Tokyo Ghoul the literary monster *wink wink* 😸

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You are right with Tokyo Ghoul. Nope, it isn’t Ao Haru Ride, it’s Tsubasa to Hotaru. The two shoujo series are Hirunaka no Ryuusei & Rere Hello. Yep, that’s Kuroko no Basket (these aren’t mine, I bought this for my little sister. She’s the one collecting KnB. Mine is Haikyuu). Yeppers! That’s BokuAka–unfortunately only these two volumes are available. ^^;

      Ok, I’m legit jealous you guys also have Kinokuniya stores. As far as I know we don’t have stores like it, so I have to import them from Japan. Dubai! One of the places I want to visit~ <3 HAHA, TG IS A MONSTER!!! ;D

  4. Romi says:

    Ooh, this is such a lovely post and seems like it was such a fun, wonderful experience! I don’t know where to buy manga here, unless it’s online, possibly there aren’t bookstores big enough to stock it where I live, although possibly more likely on mainland Australia. I would have such a marevllous time, though, searching through manga and finding some gems. *sighs* It sounds wonderful! I’m definitely going to look out for bookstores that sell manga from now on.

    This store’s layout is so nice, though, I agree- and seeing all the manga lined up there is just a little bit swoonworthy. So much. So pretty. So nicely aligned. Yay for being able to find at least some of the manga you and your sister were keen on, if not all! I’m glad to hear you bought the two of you some goodies to bring home! xx

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think Australia has Kinokuniya stores, they’re like Asahiya but they not only offer Japanese books, I think they also have regular books available. I recommend you to give it a visit!

      It’s nice and really quiet. I love the atmosphere of just browsing the shelves for my favorite series.

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