Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

27.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.

This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.

 

Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.

The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.

One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.

The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.

 

This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.

 

Kuo Yuan Ye

Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.

As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.

 

Sarutahiko Coffee

We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.

The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.

The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.

 

Wonder Chuan

For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.

The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.

 

Fujin Tree

The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!

 

It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.

Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.

 

Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.

 

Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Hakata NEW COMATSU (Floor B1F)

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    Dashi Inari Kaiboku (Floor 1F)

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    You can order them for takeout, including sets of 4 (¥1,296) and 8 (¥2,592). Or you can sit at the stylish counter seats and order the set of 2 with miso soup (¥1,296).

     

    Dashi-soaked inari sushi is fluffy and has a completely different texture to Kanto-style inari.

     

    Ferme La Terre Biei (Floor 1F)

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    Hokkaido Butter Croissants – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

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    Hokkaido Matured Cheese Bread – ¥450 (Before Tax)

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    Butter Cheese Sandwiches – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)

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    Gino Sorbillo Artista Pizza Napoletana (Floor 1F)

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    Margherita – ¥1,180 (Before Tax)

    The margherita pizza is loaded with organic ingredients, made classically with tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, olive oil and basil. The pizza dough is cooked thin so it’s nice and easy to eat.

     

    Minamiaso Tea House (Floor 1F)

    Established in the village of Minamiaso in Kumamoto, Minamiaso Tea House is a herbal tea house arriving in Tokyo for the very first time. The cafe creates their own original tea blends made from herbs grown by the cafe themselves and others carefully selected from around the world.

    Limited Edition First-Pick Lemongrass (50g) – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

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    365 DAYS HERB (180g) – ¥1,944 (Tax Included)

    This is one of the shop’s most popular products. It uses Rooibos as the base blended with lemongrass, rose hip which is known for its beautifying effects, and peach leaves. It’s a flavour that even those not familiar with herbs can enjoy.

     

    ISHIYA (Floor 1F)

    Ishiya Co., Ltd., a confectionery maker which is known for its Shiroi Koibito cookies, is setting up its ISHIYA cafe outside Hokkaido for the first time.

    Parfait Nihonshu – ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

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    Saqu LANGUE DE CHAT (12 Included) – From ¥1,296

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    Did you enjoy our picks? There are countless other restaurants and shops to look forward too when COREDO Muromachi Terrace opens its doors on September 27.

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    On June 14, popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop Jenjudan will open its first shop in Japan. The first shop will be located in the city that is known for capturing the hearts of Tokyo’s young and trendy: Shibuya. More specifically, the shop will be located on the MAG 7 Food Floor (7th floor) of  MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109.

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  • Tairaku Tea: Ikebukuro’s New Taiwanese Tapioca Sweets Shop

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    All the tapioca used in the shop is made specially made tapioca flour all directly imported from Taiwan.

    This flour is used to make homemade tapioca pearls every morning, meaning they are fresh and irresistibly chewy. While in the shop, there’s also a chance to see the pearls being made. The machine filers the flour through and turns it into cute colourful balls♡

    The menu is centred around “Brown Sugar Tapioca Milk Tea.” You can pick from three different milk teas including Assam, jasmine and houjicha. For the tapioca pearls you can choose brown sugar black pearls or clear honey pearls.

     

    These fresh and delicious drinks are worthily Instagrammable. One sip will have you transported onto the streets of Taiwan―and completely addicted.

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    ©ぴえろ

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