Hakubundo Bookstore, which specializes in Japanese books, magazines, stationery and toys, has opened its second location in Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported. Located in the Pearlridge shopping center in Aiea, Hawaii, on O'ahu, the new Hakubundo Bookstore will celebrate its grand opening on September 9 with an afternoon full of origami lessons, J-pop and anime music, and anime and Harajuku-inspired makeovers provided by beauty consultants from the cosmetics chain Sephora. From September 9 until September 30, the store will also be donating the origami art made during the celebration and a portion of its sales to the Aiea Community Association.
Hakubundo first opened in Hawaii in 1910. The store imported Japanese goods such as ceramics and traditional dolls to sell to Japanese plantation workers living in Hawaii, and over the years the focus became Japanese books and magazines. In 2012 Hakubundo moved to its current location in Ward Village in Honolulu. The store is owned by parent company Japan Publications Trading Co.