It’s finally here, after many months in the making and with a pandemic in between, we can finally say photographers from Japan can now send their film through one of our favorite spots in Tokyo: BOOK AND SONS. We’ve always been inspired by the photography that is being made in the land of the rising sun, but of course, due to geographical reasons, we were never able to get involved directly.

A few years ago one of our founders was able to visit Japan and get a dive into their film photography scene. It really cannot be more exciting, like with food, there are so many different flavors, colors, and textures, different ways of looking and doing the same craft we love; but at the same time differently yet fascinating.




Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of a nearby shopping street, just a short walk from Tokyo’s Gakugei University, Book and Sons is an oasis for lovers of everything print. The Japanese shop specializes in books and magazines on typography, design, photography and the arts, attracting college students, established magazine and graphic designers, locals and visitors to Tokyo alike. «I am a Tokyo-based web designer and I collect and study typography-related books as a hobby. After purchasing a new house, I lacked space, so I was looking for a place to properly store and display my books. When I came across this location, I decided to open a bookstore», says Osamu Kawata, the owner of Book and Sons.

The first time we discovered @bookandsons we felt it was the perfect spot for this collaboration. The feeling of the wood, the color palette, the attention to details and the careful selection of books & the love for photography (and coffee). If Carmencita was ever able to be in Japan, it had to be this way.

Wanna know more?
Read the full interview from Lampoon Magazine on BOOK AND SONS here





Osamu Kawata has a background in design and his love for typography is no secret, but soon after he opened BOOK AND SONS he started opening to different disciplines and today you can find a very carefully picked selection of beautiful books from photography to design, from typography to architecture.

Go with some time to spear because you will be trapped by the pages of so many beautiful titles!




The best thing is that is not only about books! We feel BOOK AND SONS play an important role inside the creative community by offering a place to showcase exhibitions, book presentations, and workshops in a true minimalistic environment that helps highlight the artworks.

We strongly recommend you to follow their blog to see all they are up to if you live in Tokyo or nearby locations.

Take a ride on Tõyoko Line, have a nice little walk around the Meguro area, and come visit BOOK AND SONS if you haven’t before. Enjoy an ice-latte, get lost in the textures of their books, check their current exhibition and perhaps, drop a roll or two in the Carmencita dropbox and wait for the magic to happen. It is the perfect plan for a sunny weekend!


Last exhibition of Hideaki Hamada at BOOK AND SONS


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