No trip to a city with a Kinokuniya is complete without, well, a trip to Kinokuniya, so of course we went during our day in LA. I actually exercised some self control and purchased just a couple books, neither of them about knitting or sewing.
The first book I got is a Japanese book about Fire King! We collect Fire King glassware, so I had to get it to add to our collection. The photos are gorgeous, of course:
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The ISBN, in case any of you are interested, is 4-7770-0288-8
The second book I got is about pompoms, specifically about making little creatures out of pompoms! How crazy is that?
kino ponpon book cover.JPG
Here are a couple sample pages:
kino ponpon hedgehog.JPG kino ponpon fruit.JPG
I’m guessing that is some fancy hedgehog on the left. The things on the right are various fruits. Guess it’s time for me to whip out that fancy Japanese pompom maker now! The ISBN is 4-8347-6248-3. It’s part of the Petite Boutique series.

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15 Responses to Kinokuniya

  1. megan says:

    better get crackin’ on those pompom creatures….the christmas bazaars are waiting!!

  2. carolyn says:

    OK pompom girl you’re getting a little bit crazy on us now!

  3. molly says:

    Fire King glassware? I’ve never heard of that, but I really like the photo on the cover of your book–is it Japanese? Can you post pictures of some of the pieces in your collection?
    I love Kinokuniya, too.

  4. Louise says:

    Are the little guys on the left lions?

  5. Jess says:

    Love that pompon book – are you really going to make a creature from it?

  6. Gina says:

    Every time I visited San Francisco, I stopped by Kinokuniya for pens, paper, etc. The clerk made the sad mistake of informing me that there was a store in NYC. Ugh! What self-control I needed not to visit daily when I worked near Rockefeller Center.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Those pom pom creations are great!!

  8. myra says:

    I love that ponpom one, now if only I could get my hands on that clover ponpom maker.

  9. jenn says:

    I *love* Kinokuniya. Though when I went, I did feel like I needed to brush up on my Japanese. It was just so overwhelming.

  10. carrie m says:

    ohmylord, those are ADORABLE. my apartment no longer feels complete without a basket of pompom fruit.

  11. Gee says:

    I have some Fire King that my grandmother gave me. It has the red poppies on it.

  12. Cruz says:

    Yes, tell us more about Fire King.

  13. Robyn says:

    I love Kinokuniya, mainly for the cookbooks, craft books, and magazines. It doesn’t even matter that I can’t read anything, hehe…*sob*.

  14. hannah says:

    oooh! i collect fireking too! mariko, please, please post some pics of your collection! i would love to ooh and aaah over them.

  15. Siow Chin says:

    We (my husband, my girls and I) love the Kinokuniya in Singapore and it’s a must go for us everytime we’re there. Besides Japanese books, the English section is just as huge.

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