A preview of Japanese Tsutaya Books, now open at the Bukit Jalil Pavilion

The new Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books located at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur is your new favorite bookstore, an Instagram-worthy hangout and more.

Tsutaya Books, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, is known as “one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world” and this premier Southeast Asian outpost store doesn’t fail to impress with more of 264,000 books, fine lifestyle and stationery items and a cozy cafe under its roof.

A crowd of over 1,000 eager bookworms turned out for the long-awaited opening of the bookstore this afternoon.

“We wanted to have a bookstore for the local population, close to the community. If you live in Bukit Jalil or surrounding areas, you can come back to our bookstore whenever you want. It’s close to you and it’s convenient,” says Hideyuki Uemoto, CEO of Tsutaya Books Malaysia.

Tsutaya Books operates over 1,400 branches worldwide, with Malaysia now part of the equation.

Here are some highlights from Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books:

The library has more than 264,000 books. Photo: The Star/Low Boon Tat

THE CONTEMPORARY BOOKSTORE EXPERIENCE

This single-storey bookstore, with over 2,880 m² of space, offers hours of reading. Its floor-to-ceiling shelves are specially designed to keep book lovers busy and excited for book hunting.

With 13 sections in total (including the cafe), we won’t blame you if you get lost. The sections are Language, Comics, Humanity, Literature, Travel, Art, Magazines, Work Style, Lifestyle, Food, Kids, and Lifestyle Products. The books are organized by lifestyle interests and not separated by language. There are books in English, Bahasa Malaysian, Chinese and Japanese.

And if you need help, a team of knowledgeable staff will offer assistance and recommendations.

The youth section is the largest space in the bookstore.  Photo: The Star/Low Boon TatThe youth section is the largest space in the bookstore. Photo: The Star/Low Boon Tat

FUN ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS

The children’s section offers over 20,000 children’s books, and the cute space is inspired by a treehouse.

The shelves are stocked with children’s classics, picture books, new recommended titles, puzzles, games and various other forms of educational entertainment to entice young readers.

The stationery section is a destination for arts and crafts lovers.  Photo: The Star/Low Boon TatThe stationery section is a destination for arts and crafts lovers. Photo: The Star/Low Boon Tat

STATIONERY AND LIFE ITEMS

Arts and crafts enthusiasts will go crazy in Tsutaya’s stationery section, which also sells decorative items like terrariums, candles, and fashionable stockings, to name a few non-bookstore goodies.

Other lifestyle items such as earrings, mugs, Japanese fans, stoneware, necklaces and limited edition figurines were also spotted.

Ainz & Tulpe, a Japanese beauty and personal care store, is located within Bukit Jalil Tsutaya Books, further enhancing the lifestyle experience the bookstore strives to provide.

An overview of the art section which offers books on visual arts, fine art, architecture, photography and more.  Photo: Books by Bukit Jalil TsutayaAn overview of the art section which offers books on visual arts, fine art, architecture, photography and more. Photo: Books by Bukit Jalil Tsutaya

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

In keeping with the bookstore’s mission to serve as a place that encourages creative thinking and expression, exciting events for patrons of all ages will take place in the coming months.

Keep an eye out for coloring contests, storytelling and other creative activities, as well as art classes and workshops for kids and adults.

The bookstore cafe offers visitors a chance to relax.  Photo: The Star/Low Boon TatThe bookstore cafe offers visitors a chance to relax. Photo: The Star/Low Boon Tat

‘RESERVE THE FOOD’ AT THE CAFE

The lifestyle cafe is the perfect place to take a break from reading books or refuel for a literary adventure.

Visitors can unwind with a Kyoto matcha latte, a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and pastries at this cafe designed to look like a “traditional shared lounge” in Japan.

For a quiet moment, you can also come here to read a book and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the café.

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