We've hit the rainy season, although it's not official yet.
One of my favorite pastimes on a rainy day is to sit by the window and read. And what better place to find a good story than a bookstore?
The Blue Parrot has been my favorite used English bookstore since college, when they had a store down the street from my university. But even after they moved their location to Shinjuku, I've come to browse often.
They have all sorts of books, everything from fiction to travel books. And because these books are so much cheaper than buying regular English books in Japan (usually around 2,000yen or US$20), I like to randomly pick up books by authors I've never read before.
For me, this place is like a big treasure box and I always find something interesting every time I go...and yes, I'm often there for hours at a time!