KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — For many book lovers, Books Kinokuniya or “Kino” as we fondly call it, is a special place where one can spend hours exploring the never ending bookshelves containing over 300,000 titles.
It is also a treasure chest for stationery, toys and a collection of international magazines with 2,000 titles in English, Malay, Japanese and Chinese.
The first Kinokuniya Bookstore opened in Shinjuku, Tokyo back in January 1927. In 1990, Books Kinokuniya opened its Malaysian branch in Isetan department store. On April 1, 2001, they relocated to a bigger bookstore in KLCC that spanned 34,300 square feet that included a mezzanine flour with a cafe.
The store was designed by architect Tan Kay Nee who is also instrumental in Books Kinokuniya’s stores in Singapore, Dubai, Sydney, Thailand and some stores in Japan. In 2006, Tan’s design for Books Kinokuniya’s Sapporo store picked up the Japan Design Award.
It’s no April Fool’s joke but this April 1, Books Kinokuniya will celebrate their 15 years in KL with the theme, “Good Books Make Great Company” by offering book discounts and a range of specially-designed stationery and furoshiki by homegrown stationery brand Mossery.
From March 25 to April 30, select any of the titles from their Anniversary Catalogue and receive a 20 per cent discount. For Kinokuniya Privilege Card members, they can enjoy 25 per cent discount.
The Anniversary Catalogue consists of a collection of 200 titles, specially curated from the hottest titles. You can look forward to brand new releases like Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal and Helene Oyeyemi’s What is Not Yours is Not Yours. Cookbook lovers can pick up the much awaited Cravings: Recipes for All the Foods You Want to Eat by model Chrissie Teigen. Science fiction fans will be able to score Ken Liu’s short story collection The Paper Menagerie, where there will be also a limited special Kinokuniya edition.
In addition, Kinokuniya Privilege Card members can enjoy 15 per cent on normal price books from March 30 to April 3. They will also receive a limited edition folder and note pad with the purchase of RM100 above in a single receipt. The offer is limited to the first 500 customers per day, while stocks last.
Stationery collectors will love the beautifully-designed Books Kinokuniya x Mossery Furoshiki stationery sets and want to buy them all.
The concept behind the Sunny and Rainy themes is Malaysia’s weather. According to Books Kinokuniya, they hope that be it sunshine or rain, books can be a place for you to get ideas. Once those ideas start formulating in your head, the blank notepad or notebook from their collection will be a good companion to log your creative expeditions.
The Sunny range has motifs from picnics and dandelions while orange, yellow and bright blue tones brighten up the stationery. The Rainy range features rain in two designs, a drizzle and pouring rain, in black and grey tones. Each set has a pocket notebook, ring bound notepad and an undated planner.
There are four differently designed stationery sets priced at RM129 each. The items are also available individually whereby the pocket notebook is RM14.90, notepad is RM28.90 and the planner is RM54.90.
The sets are also accompanied by specially designed furoshiki, a square shaped wrapping cloth measuring 54 centimetres x 54 centimetres. The cloth with motifs to match the themes can be reutilised to wrap books or your lunch boxes.
Books Kinokuniya Malaysia, Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL. Open:10am to 10pm. The Books Kinokuniya x Mossery Furoshiki stationery sets are already available in store and their website here.