May 23, 2015

The Bookstore RIVE GAUCHE

Bonjour les amis! (Did I get that right?)

I wanted to show you this little French bookshop that F and I stopped by on our afternoon in Kagurazaka. Isn't the exterior lovely? Especially that red door.

Looks very French to me (possibly because I've never been there...but someday!).

The Institut français du Japon is a cultural center run by the government of France. It operates a French language school, as well as a library and restaurant within the compound. Promoting the French culture through art and literature, they provide various events such as lectures and films. (I might have to come back to see a French film, they apparently have English or Japanese subtitles.)

I'd never entered the grounds before but when F and I passed by a gorgeous wall of ivy, we stopped to ooh and aah over it. F is very into ivy, as am I. It was really something.

Then I turned around...and there it was. This quaint little bookstore filled with books and magazines, all in French!

Despite my lack of knowledge whatsoever about this language, I found the bookstore to be interesting. They had Japanese manga in French, including rare ones like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (which is on my to-read list). I even found a corner with Kazuo Ishiguro novels!

It's a tiny store but if you're looking for something in French here in Tokyo, this is the bookstore for you. x

Impressive ivy wall, right? x

15 Ichigaya Funagawara-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo JAPAN
東京都新宿区市谷船河原町15 アンスティチュ・フランセ東京内
TEL: 03 3267 1280
HOURS: Mon 12:00pm-1:30pm, 2:30pm-7:30pm
              Tue-Fri 10:30am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-7:30pm
              Sat 10:30am-6:00pm
              Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm (closed holidays)


  1. what a nice place , you should take french lessons now ,and come and visit us ! :)

    1. I fear I will butcher your beautiful language, Babzy.
      But maybe I will give it a try, I do want to go to France someday! ;D

    2. you're welcome so :)

  2. This definitely may be a portent of your future. I grinned when I saw what language Nausicaa is in at your link. The wall made me think of this song. Do you know it?

    The shop itself looks like one could find it on the Left Bank but, after all, it does look at home in Tokyo too.

    1. Tall Gary, you always find the most amusing links! I have never heard of that song but now cannot get it out of my head ;D