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Front Page - Friday, October 9, 2020

Japanese library opens on Chattanooga’s North Shore

Patrons of Chattanooga’s I Go Tokyo can now borrow Japanese language books to take home and read.

The collection boasts around 150 titles and contains a variety of novels and nonfiction. Some children’s books are available, with more being added as frequently as possible. Anime is not currently part of the collection.

The library was conceived as a community hub where Japanese people and their Chattanooga neighbors could meet to share Japanese society and culture, says I Go Tokyo owner Margaret Amour.

“We have friends, associates and co-workers from San Francisco and across the country with vibrant Japanese communities who are donating books. Let’s share and learn,” Armour says. “If you can read the title in Japanese, you can check out the book.”

I Go Tokyo’s focus is stationery, linens and home goods, as well as fun kawaii (cute) gifts. Armour’s frequent trips to Japan keep her up on the latest trends and enable her to keep her stock fresh, she adds.

In addition to her more well-known products and companies, Armour is currently the first person in America to carry goods from over 15 Japanese companies.

I Go Tokyo is located on Chattanooga’s North Shore at 205 Manufacturers Road. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Source: I Go Tokyo