A single room, a single book

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Photo by Miyuki Kaneko courtesy Takram Design Studio

Issatsu, Isshitsu (一冊、一室) — literally “a single room, a single book.” This is the concept for the bookstore Morioka Shoten (Morioka’s bookstore) in Tokyo. Conceived of by Yoshiyuki Morioka, a former bookstore clerk, a single title takes center stage in the store for a week (6 days, the bookstore is closed on Mondays), accompanied by book talks with the author and other related events each evening and occasionally accompanied by art work on the walls inspired by or connected to the book itself. This “novel” idea is quite provocative and intriguing. No browsing here. A seemingly minimalist approach, but actually a rich, deep, and intentional focus. Little distraction. Singular experience. Brilliantly creative and profoundly intimate. An extreme but satisfying understanding of “less is more.”

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Photo by Miyuki Kaneko courtesy Takram Design Studio

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Photo by Miyuki Kaneko courtesy Takram Design Studio

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