Asahiya Bookstore closing.. T_T

What a dreadful soggy day. Weather and reality aside.

Okay I found out tonight as my friends and I made a round of bookstore hopping like always, and a sign was posted on Asahiya’s entrance, and it was saying that the store, due to circumstances was closing permanently. Their last day is on October 31, 2009. My friends and I were pretty crushed. One of my friends actually asked if it was a bad dream or not.

I also recently wrote an entry about them as well..

This feels like when they closed their location at Vanderbilt all over again.. no wonder there were having mad sales like mad. Now it would be more final.

They’re not using their point card system or not, rather – they’re not stamping any new marks. They’ll honor the stamps, if you have a full card, and then incomplete cards.. they’ll be counting each stamp as though it was $0.25 a mark.

I am wondering if Asahiya is closing for these reasons – Recession. No Sales. Competition from Kinokuniya nearby. I’ll try and see if I can take any more pictures to place up as a memory situation.

They would be having sales on DVDs/CDs toward the time of when the store is nearly closing. They cleared out a good portion of their anime sections already. My friends have been purchasing Nico dolls, Haruhi Suzumiya, and Lucky Star little figurines. There are some CLAMP in 3-D Wonderland figures available. I see trading cards, jigsaw puzzles at pretty insane prices. Some Evangelion, Bleach, Gurren Laggen accessories are still there… (sighs)

So another Japanese bookstore bites the dust. A long time ago there was four, and now with Asahiya closing, there would only be Bookoff and Kinokuniya left.

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  • Bari

    i was devastated when i went the other day. i mean kino is there, but kino didnt have the selection asahiya does, and asahiya had the books out THE SAME DAY they were out in japan… im seeing now if kino will make special orders. is it just asahiya ny closing? do they have other stores in the U.S.? if so will they take n ship orders? these are things i am currently researching b/c i cant rely on kino. i’ll share info if u share.

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ miz

    Well in terms of business Kino is more globalized than Asahiya is. I have always enjoyed Asahiya’s open magazine policy, and their availability on magazines are way better, and more inviting than Kino’s actually. I have never been able to travel to any other Asahiya other than NY’s branch.. and there are other branches. There are one or two more Asahiya branches on the West coast, and I have never been able to make any trips to the west coast, so I wouldn’t know really what their shipping policy is.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/asahiya-express-los-angeles

  • Bari

    i just emailed asahiya and should get a reply soon and let you know the status. there are lk 3 asahiyas in CA. i asked if all asahiya usa’s are closing or just the ny 1, and if the others arent what are their shipping rates blah x 3. i got a response from kino regarding ordering things they might not have that asahiya did and they said they do that, but it may take 2-3 weeks…hopefully all asahiyas arent closing and they wont take as long as kino

    • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ miz

      I actually got their telephones.. it is on a point card.. would you need them? I am thinking about doing a remembrance post on New York Asahiya sooner or later.. need photos and such..

  • Bari

    thanks i got the cali stores phone # off the asahiya site. i emailed them, and hopefully they will respond soon, if not, i will ask when i go dwn to asahiya again, or i will call for info.

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ miz

    Good luck!!! I am right now visiting Asahiya more than usual, so many memories.. >_<

  • Bari

    i got some new info: I hope someone from NY or ST has already replied to your email,
    but to answer your question, only our NY store is closing.

    You may make orders and purchases from our Sawtelle or Torrance store, if you would like.
    Here are the respective contact information.

    Asahiya Bookstores, Torrance
    3832 Sepulveda Blvd.
    Torrance, CA 90505
    Tel: 310-375-3303
    Fax: 310-375-3302
    to@asahiyausa.com

    Asahiya Bookstores, Express
    2130 Sawtelle Blvd. Suite #207A
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Tel: 310-575-3303
    Fax: 310-575-4122
    st@asahiyausa.com

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ miz

    Oh thank you for your response!!! Good.. well NY loses a Japanese bookstore, but at least the store will have other locations.

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  • Yodelayheehu

    Seriously, if you are mail ordering anyway just use amazon.co.jp and not face the markup the bookstores have to levy. If you don’t like Amazon.jp’s xenophobic tendencies (restrictions on the export of multiple item categories, third party dealers seldom ship internationally) other online stores like fujisan.com will sell you books at closer to cover price. Asahiya’s slow demise is sad since they have been a friendlier alternative to Kinokuniya, but part of it might have been web access has made international sales so much easier. Does anyone know what happened to their Chicago store?

  • http://animemiz.wordpress.com/ miz

    Usually when I go to bookstores, I like to be able to feel the book in my hands, and so with Asahiya’s U.S. demise that is kinda sad. I think they moved out of the Chicago area as well..