Shosen Book Tower, a book-haven for the glee and pleasure of the geeks and gadget-freaks
A couple of walks around Akihabara have acclimatized my senses in the world of geeks and anime-fandom, yet surprisingly, the sight of books and magazines multiplied a gazillion times still amazed me as assorted and vibrant colors greeted my eyes in every floor I visited at Shosen Book Tower.
A few more steps away from the rabbit warren of electronic and gadgets stores and food and hobby shops, just past the Yodobashi Akihabara and prior to my supposed-to-be destination by the river for a quick lunch, a tall blue building by the corner of the street caught my eyes and piqued my interest and curiosity.
I have never seen so many books in my entire life!
My mind silently screamed with excitement. A book worm like me would go crazy over a sight of shelves overloaded with so many books. What more, a 10-floor building that houses only rows and rows of books, magazines, publications and other reading materials. Each floor holds thousands and thousands of books and magazines in different categories.
You can reach the highest level in the building through the escalator that zigzags all the way to the 10th floor. An elevator would also be more convenient and would take you to the top floor in a matter of seconds or a minute, but you will not get to behold of what the surprise awaits your eyes in each floor. Hence, I took the elevator and experienced a less than ten-minute joyride to the top of the tower.
As I browse through each section from the different floors, it dawned upon me that the Shosen Book Tower is for the glee and pleasure of the geeks and gadget-freaks, as each reading material still reflects the geekery of the locals and the place. If you delight yourself in novels, poetry and other fancy reading materials, Shosen is not really a haven for you, as most of the books and magazines are about electronics, gadgets, electric devices and other educational and informative publications related to computers.
Shosen Book Tower can easily be spotted at a glance, as it stood majestic at a street corner with windows reflecting against the sun and glistening in blue. You will see a huge text “SHOSEN” written against a green rectangular background at the topmost part of the building. From the Akihabara Station, it only takes 300 meters and about a 4-minute walk to Shosen Book Tower, situated just south-southeast from the station.