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of letterly matters

I suppose I was first drawn to the writing of letters on a day in childhood when my Japanese-American mother took me Little Tokyo to Kinokuniya Bookstore. I can see the bookstore so clearly in my mind. Stepping through the double glass doors, the cashier counters to the right, books and manga and magazines stretched out on countless displays down the center aisle- each one so tidy and balanced- and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves lining the entire perimeter of the vast space. And immediately to my left was my favorite place in the land of Kinokuniya. Aisles and shelves lined with beautifully packaged stationery sets, a rainbow palette of flat notebooks and binders and gel pens, sticker sets, or

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