Bookstores make me happy! 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).
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 ”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!
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!). 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.
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! )
(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*)