The Kinokuniya Bookstore opening events in Austin August 18-19 include live music, authors, illustrators, cosplay, J-Fashion, and live painting.


Kinokuniya Bookstore

Books, cartoons, characters, specialized products

Kinokuniya Book Stores of America Co., Ltd. opened its last store in Austin, Texas in May 2018 at 6929 Airport Boulevard, Suite 121, Austin, TX 78752. The Austin store is the third in Texas, after two stores opened in the Carrollton and Plano suburbs of Dallas in 2017.

Austin is the 12th location in the United States and the 30th overseas. Until now, Kinokuniya Book Stores of America has offered a wide selection of Japanese books ranging from manga, art, fashion and literature. While the Austin store maintains this direction, it also contains a more sophisticated assortment of items including, but not limited to, premium Japanese stationery and exclusive Kinokuniya items in collaboration with Japanese brands. popular ranging from Studio Ghibli to Animate.

As a new concept in America, Kinokuniya Austin replicates a Japanese classroom inside the store. Through this fragment of daily Japanese life, Kinokuniya aims to become a meeting place for people and learn Japanese culture through various community events and activities such as Japanese language classes.

Kinokuniya manager Mr. Shigekazu Watanabe is working to make the new store the center of Japanese culture in the Austin metropolitan area. It is a warm meeting place in which new communities are formed through a variety of cultural exchanges.

The grand opening on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. includes indoor and outdoor events, rain or shine.

First day from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Outdoor events

12:00 p.m. – The grand opening ceremony includes speeches from the Consul General of Japan, Board Member Jimmy Flanagan, Marina Bhargava, CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Elise Krentzel of the Twin Cities Committee of ‘Austin-Oita. Master of Ceremonies Greg Ciotti of KOOP-FM Radio 91.7 will be on hand.

1:00 p.m. – DJ Phauxkis

3:00 p.m. – 35mm (Tape)

5:00 p.m. – Peelander Z (Group)


1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Pour the Texas sake

14h00-18h00 – J Muzcaz – Live painting

Indoor events

1:00 p.m. – J Muzcaz – (Artist) Q&A + Dedication

1:00 p.m. – Tillie Walden – Live painting / drawing

2:00 p.m. – Powerhouse Animation – Questions / Answers + Signature

3:30 p.m. РSt̩phanie Rattanachane РQ&A + Signature

4:00 p.m. – Tillie Walden – (Graphic novelist) Q&A + Signature

5:00 p.m. – Sarah Bird – (Author) Q&A + Signature

7:00 p.m. – Sho (Solo Ukulele)

Grand opening on Sunday August 19, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the grand opening of our Austin store with actors from My Hero Academia, Justin Briner (Deku) and Clifford Chapin (Bakugo) We will also be hosting a special appearance from Rooster Teeth’s Fan Service, Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross, Yssa Badiola and Cole Gallian with Lindsay Jones! Join us as Rooster Teeth’s Fan Service group to talk about the popular anime My Hero Academia, followed by a special My Hero Academia challenge, Q&A, and book signing with Justin and Clifford! MHA products will also be available for purchase!

Second day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.


12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Signature of Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Signature of Lindsay Jones

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Yssa Badiola and Cole Gallian Signature

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rooster Teeth presents live fan service

3:00 p.m. – Justin and Clifford – (Screenwriters) Q&A

4:00 p.m. – My Hero Academia Trivia

5:00 p.m. – Justin and Clifford – Book signing

6:00 p.m. – J-Fashion Show

6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. – Cosplay contest

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