The Kanda Used Book Festival is one of the largest annual events in the Jimbocho district of Kanda – renowned as a town of used and antique books. The organisers go further to claim it’s the largest event of its kind in the world.
For the festival, bookshelves are placed on the sidewalks of the area’s main street (Yasukuni Dori), creating a long corridor of books that faces the local bookstores. In addition to the street market, a variety of related events are scheduled during the festival, including a Special Used Book Sale Fair (at the Tokyo Used Book Kaikan underground hall) – featuring rare and valuable books – and library seal workshops.
A delivery service is also available for purchased books, so you can buy up lots without having to worry about carting your loot home.