Japan’s Largest Bookstore Chain, Tsutaya Books Opens In Malaysia On 7th July

Tsutaya Bookstore Japan

Tsutaya Books, a world-renowned Japanese bookstore chain will be the latest major addition to Pavilion Bukit Jalil’s vibrant retail mix.

The bookstore is set to open its first Southeast Asian store on 7th July 2022. Famously named as “one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores”, Tsutaya Books at Pavilion Bukit Jalil aims to inspire and transform lifestyle with the store’s concept of “Cultivate Culture & Lifestyle” – offering a conducive environment for developing characters, fostering relationships and strengthening community bonds.

The 31,000 square feet of space comprising of a bookstore, café, specialised merchandise, and activity areas will be a curated lifestyle destination, providing an immersive and relaxing space for the community to gather and discover lifestyle inspiration.

Created to be the brand epitome of ‘TSUTAYA’, each Tsutaya Books carries a distinct personality, offering a unique concept in elite areas where no two stores are alike, such as the iconic T-Site at Daikanyama, Shibuya and Ginza Six in Tokyo. Since then, both ‘TSUTAYA’ and Tsutaya Books have become an all-encompassing Japanese pop culture platform, operating in more than 1,400 branches around the world.

“We look forward to launching our first Southeast Asia bookstore with Pavilion Bukit Jalil and we cannot wait for Malaysians to experience the Tsutaya brand for the first time. In line with our vision to cultivate culture and lifestyle, we hope to create a space for families and children who love books, design, and art to grow, explore and thrive together at Tsutaya Books,” said Mr. Hideyuki Uemoto, Head of Tsutaya Books Malaysia.

Besides having one of the largest varieties of literary materials on-site, Tsutaya Books will be staffed by a team of expert Concierges offering visitors personalised recommendations and assistance in genre-specific areas of interest.

Adding to the immersive experience, the store features a dedicated space for family-friendly activities, a playground and low bookshelves for children to nurture positive reading habits as well as a vast collection of curated gifts and souvenirs from fine writing stationery, art and crafts, interior decorative items, fragrances and more. Visitors can also delight in a delicious selection of beverages and pastries at its lifestyle cafe.

Mr. Hideyuki Uemoto, CEO of TSUTAYA BOOKS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, aims to set a new standard in the bookstore landscape, providing guests with not only an array of books but also a lifestyle café, fine-art stationery, specialised merchandise, interior decorative items – encapsulating the brand philosophy of TSUTAYA BOOKS: “Cultivate Culture & Lifestyle”.

Apart from that, Bukit Jalil TSUTAYA BOOKS has the largest selection of children’s edutainment products in Malaysia with over 20,000 children’s book titles from over 10 genres.

The children’s section features hand-selected titles for young readers (from toddlers to pre-teens) – vintage, old, rare, and collectable editions of children’s classics, as well as contemporary chart-topping bestsellers.  Carrying more than just books – BUKIT JALIL TSUTAYA BOOKS will display board games, Montessori and developmental toys, a wider repertoire of stationery items and experiential gifts to intrigue a child’s curious mind.  

When doors open to Bukit Jalil TSUTAYA BOOKS, the first TSUTAYA BOOKS in Malaysia, the children’s section will also be a centre for storytelling sessions, hand puppet shows, art demonstrations and mascot visits.  

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