In the midst of Tokyo’s state of emergency declaration, K-Books somehow managed to move from their old location (near the Animate Flagship store by Sunshine Doori to the actual Otome Road!
New address (Japanese) : 〒 170-0013 東京都豊島区東池袋3-2-5 池袋サンシャインプラザ1F (Google Maps)
New address (English): 〒170-0013 Tokyo-to Toshima-ku Higashi-Ikebukuro 3-2-5 Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza 1F
Way, way back in 2015, the same building used to sell Shonen JUMP-related goods and I frequented the place. A bit hilarious that I’m now back to where I first started squandering my money.
I visited after work just to check the place out on May 22nd, and while it was a Friday night, Sunshine Doori, as well as Otome Road itself, was eerily empty.
While I was there, surprisingly, Otome Pavilion was business as usual (11:30 ~ 20:00). Aside from the plastic sheets that they installed to act as a barrier between the employees and the customers, it’s as if nothing was amiss.
It makes sense for K-Books to move their Otome Pavilion to Otome Road but it’s a bit of a hassle for me as I frequently use the Yamanote line to get to Ikebukuro, and it’s a 10 minute walk from the station to the store. At its old location, it took me only 5 minutes.
Still, I’m glad that this store exists. All the KoiRan/SLBP-related Date Masamune items I’ve passed up are sold here as “second-hand” items from time to time, so I head out whenever I have some free time to buy it.
Guess this means I should start getting used to walking distance again, just like in 2015…
Till next time!