So it took an embarrassingly long time for me to realise that all the people carrying around bags with the bookstore chain Junkudo’s logo on them in my neighbourhood meant it was likely that a branch of that bookstore was nearby. Some judicious Googling eventually turned up its location — a local department store, naturally. I finally had time yesterday to check it out, and was pleased to see that although this branch of Junkudo wasn’t as big as the one I visited in Naha last year, it still had a separate, large room dedicated to manga.
The BL section was not too shabby, but spread out across a number of non-contiguous shelves. And on one of them was a selection of new release BL manga and yaoi novels, including the much-anticipated (by me) tankoubon for 10 Dance and…the new Japanese translation of one of my favourite m/m novels, Fair Game!
I’d already read an Amazon.jp review that criticised the Japanese translation’s quality, and also remarked upon its expense (up to twice as expensive as domestic yaoi novels). Still, it’s an exciting development to see original English-language m/m stories being localised for the Japanese market.
(And then a Junkudo staff member very politely told me off for taking photos, and I scuttled away in shame without buying anything. Story of my life lately).
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