56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival Tokyo: Fri. October 23 - Sun. November 1, 2015
|Perusing books at the 56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival, along Yasukuni-dori Avenue|
|Bargain bin at the at the 56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival|
For the past 56 years, since 1959, the Jinbocho bookshops have held an annual fall book fair called the Kanda Second-hand Book Festival (神田古本まつり Kanda Furuhon Matsuri). This year's festival, the 56th, starts tomorrow, Friday, October 23, and continues for ten days, finishing on Sunday November 1. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (but until 6 p.m. on the final day).
|Crowds at the 56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival, 2015, alongside Yasukuni-dori Avenue.|
About 100 stores will be taking part, with an estimated over one million books for sale. Stalls will line about 500 meters (about one-third of a mile) of Yasukuni-dori Avenue, which runs through Jinbocho, with great bargains to be had.
|Pile of books at the 56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival, Tokyo, 2015.|
There will be special events throughout, such as traditional seal-making experience classes, papermaking classes, music performances, talk events, and lectures.
Going by previous years' attendance, no less than about half a million people are expected to converge on the book fair over the ten days, many of them from outside Tokyo—even outside Japan—drawn by this venerable tradition, and the thrill of the book bargain.
|"Yasukuni-dori Commercial Association" lanterns, 56th Kanda Second-hand Book Festival, 2015.|
Jinbocho is accessible immediately from Jinbocho station on the Mita and Shinjuku subway lines, or is five minutes walk from Ochanomizu station on the JR Chuo/Sobu line and the Chiyoda subway line.
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