Today was Mama’s day out. Well, Mama’s 2 hours out, but still.
I had to get a few articles of clothing, so I ventured out to the mall. Now, this isn’t just any mall. This is the third largest mall in the U.S. It has 4 stories, over 400 stores, an ice rink, and a ferris wheel. Inside the building.
I’m not a big fan of malls. They are usually crowded, noisy, and overwhelming to the senses. Not to mention being huge temples of materialism! But in this case the only location for a shop I needed was in the big mall. I’ve tried catalog ordering but for clothing I often have terrible luck getting correct sizes. So, off I went to try things on.
The clothes shopping went pretty smoothly for once, and I had planned on going to a craft store before heading home. As I got off the escalator on the third floor, I saw it and all my plans changed.
There was a Books Kinokuniya.
I had been to the store in San Francisco’s Japantown several times. It was a wonderland of Japanese paper products, enormous loads of mechanical pencils and gel pens, and books. I remember it as an interesting glimpse into Japanese culture: beautiful washi paper alongside plastic Hello Kitty stuff.
Well, the West Nyack Kinokuniya was all that, and more. The juxtapositions were even more jarring: beautiful books about sushi and ikebana alongside manga and amigurumi. I love manga just for the titles: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Fruits Basket, and the ever-popular Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II. And the oddest of all: Japanese women’s magazines with Italian names. Oggi and Domani. Today and Tomorrow. I…don’t…get…it.
Needless to say, I did not make it to the craft store. I got sucked into the children’s books section (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in Kanji!), of course the writing implements (sorely inferior the S.F. store) and the books (very weird crochet diagrams).