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Tokyo’s Tokyo! Manga-Inspired Manga Store! Banzai!

Talk about immersion! Stepping into Tokyo’s Tokyo in Shibuya is like stepping into page after page of manga. This manga and anime store shows the rest of the world how otakus in Japan keep it classy, even when they’re just stopping by for their Weekly Jump. The rest of the world will just have to live vicariously.

The store was designed by Tokyo-based Ryo Matsui Architects. Design and construction took a total of 7 months, and it was time well spent. Tokyo’s Tokyo looks airy and fun, its muted tones bringing attention to its brightly colored merchandise. This is no dark, dank comic book store.

The manga-themed shelves and displays were a stroke of genius. The shelves are curved like an open manga, complete with panels and halftone effects. Some of them even have speech balloons! The displays look like stacks of manga, warped at the edges from being read over and over again.

So much to love.

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(Ryo Matsui Architects Inc. via ComicsAlliance, photo credit Daici Ano)

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