Our first (Japanese) shop was Kunikuniya, a three level English/Japanese bookstore that carries the largest selection of Japanese books that I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Since we only had a few minutes to spend in each shop, I barely had enough time to browse the Japanese selection located in the basement. Browsing through the English section was, quite obviously, a lot faster and I ended up finding an amazing Stumpwork book by Sachiko Morimoto.
Tons of miles and three subway rides later we found ourselves in East Village, NY. We initially wanted to visit a cat cafe located around the restaurant we were going to, but we lost a few hours by getting off on the wrong stop followed by the incorrect directions given to us by locals. Seeing as how we had to meet the rest of the Art department in front of the MoMA in just a few hours, we postponed the cat cafe trip and went straight to Otafuku. If you ever find yourself in this area, I highly recommend this restaurant!
On our way back we realized that we failed to take a single picture during our trip, and so, I present to you a picture of the exhausted Illustration students (I'm on the right):