Welcome to Akao Shobundo’s website.
It has been about 100 years since we started this store in central Kyoto, Kawaramachi.
We are the old book store that you can meet colored xylographic book in Meiji, Taisho and early Showa era (19th ~ early 20th century). These xylographic books were drawn and used in Kyoto as design of kimono in mainly Nishijin and Muromachi. We hope dealing design books of Kyoto helps to disseminate the Kyoto culture to the world.
Designers all over the world are paying attention to the designs created by prominent designers such as Jakuchu Ito, Sekka kamisaka, Korin Furuya and Kodou Kawarasaki. We introduce colorful xylographic books left in Kyoto for a hundred years with pictures.
Colored xylographic books, Surimono, woodblock print, Japanese book, books in Meiji era, picture-postcard, cultural academic book, the complete works, series, bibliography, Japanese language, Japanese literature, idea, philosophy, society, history, ethnology, customs, topography, art, handicraft, hobby
We are making efforts to appropriately protect personal information. We use the information we collect for our business purposes such as:
・To send goods that you bought.
・To contact customers from us by stock checking, shipping and any payment troubles.
・To send an old book catalog.
We DO NOT sell or lend your personal information to any third party without your agreement in advance.
Notation based on the Specified Commercial Transaction Act
Distributor: Akao Shobundo Co.,Ltd.
Administrator: Kaoru Akao
License of Secondhand Dealer: Kyoto Prefecture Public Safety Commission License Number 4980
Address : Yamazaki-Cho 256, Rokkaku-Sagaru, Kawaramachi-Dori, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
(Postal Code : 〒604-8032)
E-mail Address: akao●shobundo.jp (@ is displayed as ● to avoid spam mails.)
We will dispatch the goods through EMS.
Please visit (http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/charge/list/ems_all_en.html) for more information.
After confirming your order, we will check the stock and send you an E-mail letting you know the total cost including the carriage and payment method.
If approval is given, please send an E-mail back to us as your official order.
After confirming your official order, we will dispatch the goods within 3 business days.
Expiration Date of Application:
If we cannot receive your official order within 2 weeks after we receive your first E-mail, your order will be cancelled.
Bank transfer or PayPal e-mail Payment (Credit Card)
Please note that we dispatch the goods only after we confirm your pament.
Except for a poor condition of goods or when the goods are different from the data shown on the website, returns are not acceptable. If we are responsible for the return, please contact us within 1 week after you receive the goods.
About Our items:
All of our items are one-of-a-kind, so please note that we might be out of stock.