New school year 2020-21: required stationery and books, Omeisha bookshop
You probably already found on the LFI Tokyo’s site the lists of required stationery and books for next school year (CP, CE and Junior-Hi / High School). Most material can be easily found in Tokyo (especially for the primary school), however for the Junior and High School, some specific items may be harder to source (some types of notebooks, books, dictionaries, etc.), usually they have to be bought and brought from France. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances this year and the travel restrictions imposed by the Japanese government at the moment, it is unlikely that any family will be able to purchase them physically in France. Naturally it is possible to find some of these items via Amazon or La FNAC website, however the shipping cost may be quite high.
Therefore, we wish to remind all parents that every year, the Omeisha bookshop located in Iidabashi (Fujimi near to the old Lycee Français, here), stocks stationery and books required for each section. It is also possible to order out of stock items.
Omeisha’s staff speak French and for those of you members of the Familles du Lycée de Tokyo Parents Association, you can enjoy a 10% discount on most of your purchases upon presentation of the family membership card you received by email when you paid your membership). Provided you plan ahead, it is probably one of the best cost effective alternatives.
Additionally, for those of you with family and friends in France who have the opportunity to be sent the specific books, La Poste has a very advantageous price for parcels that include books sent from France to a foreign country called “Tarif Livres et Brochures” (“price for books and magazines”). May we suggest, if you have this opportunity to reach out around your children school friends and see if others without this option could ride on this option with you?
Finally, you can also reach out to Bouquinerie Solidaire Japon (the Solidarity Bookshop Japan) in order to find second hand books for next school year and this summer.
Familles du Lycée de Tokyo Parents Association (FLT)