On Saturday, November 2nd, the 21st Library Forum (co-sponsored by the campus festival) titled, “Kyoto’s academia and publication culture” was held in the 2nd viewing room in the University Library. The event was attended by about 40 people, including students and local residents. In the event, Mr. Takeshi Ide, Manager of Maruzen-Yushodo’s Kyoto branch, gave a lecture titled, “The future of cultures generated by bookstores”. Given the current situation of how students are not reading books anymore, he said, “bookstores should not just be a place to buy books. Stores need to come up with strategies and create inviting atmospheres to attract young people into reading books.”
Among the six international students who served as commentators, Huang Chang said, “The same thing is happening in China as well, and young people are no longer reading books. I think it’s important that we grow up with books as children,” she said.