Since I didn't go to the islands this weekend, I played tourist in Nagasaki and found this adorable little picture book museum up near Glover Garden. I adore picture books (and one of my goals is to write one in the near future), and found this place absolutely charming.
...even the door to the washroom was interesting!
I know - it really doesn't look like a building in Japan! This place was so inviting - completely unlike many of the large bookstores with their mind-numbing uniform rows of books & flourescent light banks, and their generally antiseptic atmostphere. When I stepped through the gates to this place, however, I felt gently drawn in to the doorway here...much like I'm drawn to the wafting smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven... Now - if they had fresh baked chocolate cookies and books at this place, I probably would never leave!