Why is tachiyomi (reading standing up in a bookshop or convenience store) such a big thing in Japan?

According to the this week’s From Our Own Correspondent (BBC Radio) it’s also big in France, where the other similarity is the popularity of comics-something you can easily finish in one visit. Once people get into the habit of doing it with comics, I guess it just spreads. Why the shops allow it, however, is still a mystery…

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  1. November 4, 2009 at 7:18 am

    […] was a book store I liked to stop at on my way home from work to engage in the Japanese pastime of tachiyomi, standing and reading. Unlike in America, in Japan this is considered a perfectly acceptable […]


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