Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite to open outlet in Tokyo Friday

Taipei-Eslite Spectrum Corp., which runs the popular Eslite bookstore chain in Taiwan, said Tuesday it will open its first outlet in Tokyo later this week.

The opening of the Tokyo bookstore on Friday will mark Eslite's 30th anniversary and its first foray into a non-Chinese market, Eslite Spectrum Chairwoman Mercy Wu (???) said in a statement.

The store will sell not only books but also some 100 Taiwanese and Japanese brands of merchandise, she said.

The grand opening on Friday will feature an exhibition of books by famous writers from Taiwan and Japan, as part of an effort by Eslite to facilitate cultural exchanges between the two countries, Wu said.

The bookstore is located in Tokyo's Nihonbash business district, where the culture of the country's Edo Period (1603-1868) originated, and the interior design by Taiwanese architect Kris Yao reflects cultural concepts of that period as well as modern Japanese craft, Wu said.

In the statement, late Eslite Bookstore founder Robert C.Y. Wu (???) was cited as saying that he hoped the new store would become a warm venue for people to meet and connect.

Nihonbash literally means "Japan Bridge," which links humans to each other, to the heavens, the environment, and other cultures, the founder was cited as saying.

With the opening of the Tokyo outlet, Eslite bookstores will increase to 50 -- 44 in Taiwan, three in Hong Kong, and two in China.

Eslite has evolved from just a bookstore into a fusion retail chain that also incorporates shopping malls and a cultural creative platform.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel