Morioka Shoten literally means Morioka Bookstore and that’s exactly what it is. Not, it should be noted, a books store; Morioka Shoten sells one book at a time. Founder Yoshiyuki Morioka had the idea to launch the store when he attended a publishing event and noticed how many people came for just one book. “Publishers sold more books as a result. And I also sold more books. Readers and writers got to enjoy meeting, ” says Morioka. “There was this happy atmosphere around a single book. And, just with the one book, I felt like there was no need for any others.” He opened Morioka Shoten in This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.