"I don't know why I started this book store." The man said with his elastic smile. Utrecht is a book shop at Nakameguro, Tokyo owned by Hiroshi Eguchi. You open the door at the standard Japanese apartment, will find a little room surrounded by massive books.
Utrecht is "the book shop with service". A book concierge explain where they bought those books and what a book about, so that a book will be unforgettable item to a customer. In addition to that, if you tell a shop what kind of book you are looking for beforehand, some recommended books are selected. Other book store cannot be such kind of service. Recently, customers are not only Japan but also Hong Kong, Korea, China etc...
"I am selecting every books for the shop I like" the owner said, and the selection reveals that his aesthetic sense. Most of books — all is about 1000-2000 — is art book but picture book and novel are also sold there. Utrecht, the name of book shop, is the name of city in Holland — because the owner likes Dick Browner —. As it says, the selection of Holland's design and art books is excellent.
Hiroshi said "I would like to introduce small interesting publication". As he said, there are a lot of little booklet published by small publisher both Japan and oversea in cabinet case.
He recently recommends "Yatoshu" (lyric by Mina Ishikawa, photo by Yuki Hashime), a work by lyric and photo.
"Bird01 (written by Kasetsu publisher by STUDIO LOUP) is also good book" he told. "It is attractive combination hand writing article with photos".
You might wonder to choose the one as the shop has various famous and non-famous books. Therefore, I asked professional book selector to his best three books.
- "Skizzen buch" by hans fischer
- "Short Long Story" by Runa Thorkelsdottir
- "Michelangeli Visto Da Benedetto Burli" by Fredo MeyerHenn
Utrecht is not only selling books but also publishing. There are mainly art books by young up-and-coming artists. Unknown but interesting Japanese artists are introduced by this small publisher.
I hope Utrecht to deliver brilliant books published by small publisher as well as non-importation excellent books.
Address: 2F Palace Miyuki, 5-3-8, Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 12:00-20:00 (UTRECHT/NOW IDeA)
Closed on Monday
Text and photos: Wakana Kawahito