The name Tsutaya immediately conjures up the iconic latticed facade of the Tokyo bookstore in Daikanyama T-Site, designed by Klein Dytham Architecture. A veritable cultural institution dedicated to celebrating books, music and art, the architectural marvel adds charm to a tree-lined residential area far from the frenzy of the capital’s centre. Both the ‘TSUTAYA’ brand and Tsutaya Books have become an all-encompassing Japanese pop culture platform, operating in more than 1,400 branches around the world.
Although the Malaysian iteration of the shop isn’t quite as scenic as the Daikanyama stronghold, this local outpost is still outfitted with all the comfortable trimmings of a modern bookstore for you to curl up and get lost in the pages of a book.
Tied in with the store’s concept of “Cultivate Culture & Lifestyle”, the 31,000 sq ft space comprises a bookstore, an adjoining lifestyle café, specialised merchandise corner and activity areas for bibliophiles to bond over community events.
True to its design ethos, in which no Tsutaya stores are alike, the Pavilion Bukit Jalil outlet exudes its own charm by sporting floor-to-ceiling shelves, vast collection of fine stationery, and interactive playgrounds for kids to nurture positive reading habits.
Apart from stocking the biggest variety of literary materials on-site, the first Malaysian Tsutaya outlet will be staffed by a team of expert Concierge to offer visitors personalised recommendations and assistance in genre-specific areas.
“We look forward to launching our first Southeast Asia bookstore with Pavilion Bukit Jalil and we cannot wait for Malaysians to experience the Tsutaya brand for the first time. In line with our vision to cultivate culture and lifestyle, we hope to create a space for families and children who love books, design, and art to grow, explore and thrive together at Tsutaya Books,” said Mr. Hideyuki Uemoto, Head of Tsutaya Books Malaysia.
Look out for the opening date and details here.