Also upstairs is the travel section. Here is a shelf with Korean travel guides in Japanese. What drew me to this one book were Pig Rabbit and Jang Geun Suk on the cover, reminding me of my first drama, You're Beautiful. Inside includes an abundance of pictures and locations, including this section filled with lots of Korean beauty stores like Nature Republic, Holika Holika, The Face Shop, Etude House, SkinFood, and more!
Downstairs is where all the magazines are. The Kpop section is my most favorite area in the store! This photo displays the entire Kpop boyband and actor magazine section, and as you can see there is a large variety. These Japanese magazines showcase the hottest Kpop stars and Korean actors. The magazines that caught my eye were one of Infinite (first magazine in the fourth row from the top) and of actor Song Joong Ki (second magazine on the top row). These magazines do seem a bit pricy, with some being roughly $15. While I prefer not to listen to Jpop (because if I can't understand Korean nor Japanese, I'd prefer to listen to music of the artists' native language), I have no preference with magazines because pictures are the same in any language and either way I can't understand the writing. So I'm always inclined to buy a magazine while I'm here! I did end up buying the Infinite magazine, which I'll review soon.
I come to Chinatown very often, but I only step into this bookstore maybe once a year. What turns me off about Kinokuniya are the unreasonable prices (I understand that these our shipped from overseas, but finding these items online is much cheaper) and the very limited selection of Kpop. But if I ever need a quick Kpop fix, I'd come here!