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 32 Seven Cuts An umbrella. An octopus. A mask. Tokyo seen through still life portraits. Arts & Culture City Guide Issue 32 Hoshinoya Tokyo A modern ryokan. Arts & Culture City Guide Issue 32 Yaeca Home Store A shop inside a home. Arts & Culture Issue 32 Essay: One Up, One Down Tim Hornyak explores Tokyo's scrap-and-build culture. Arts & Culture Issue 32 Apocalypse Next Why is Tokyo the canvas for so many disaster fantasies? Arts & Culture Issue 32 Archive: Toko Shinoda The centenarian artist who married calligraphy with Tokyo’s post-war avant-garde.