This Tokyo Book Store Only Carries One Book at a Time
Morioka Shoten in Tokyo’s Ginza district looks more like an art project than a bookseller. It’s a single room, and there’s only one title available.
The idea behind the store (per Takram Design Engineering, the designers behind its graphic identity) is that there is only one book available per week, with events and exhibitions around that one book. Occasionally there’s art somehow related to the book on display in the store, but other than that, it’s an exceedingly minimalist operation. It's the brainchild of Yoshiyuki Morioka, who previously ran another, more highly stocked bookstore across town. (Shoten means bookstore in Japanese.)
This is the curation craze taken to its logical, if extreme, endpoint. But there’s something kind of great about a bookstore that feels so confident about the greatness of a single work that it’s the only title available. That’s a pretty high recommendation.