Top Story: 1. September
Ginza - Design Shopper's Paradise
Ginza, which literally means seat of silver has became a symbol of shopping in Japan. Here are the offices and presentation rooms of all big companies from Japan and everywhere in the world. Look, Apple's four-story building, or huge glass windows of Mitsukoshi or Matsuya Ginza department stores. Or huge Suntory Whisky tower.
Those interested about expensive Italian design clothes, here you can find them. Or those who just want to enjoy seeing the fantastic view of modern Japanese urban landscape in the evening.. well you ought to come here. In today's Top Story I try to cover some parts of Ginza where you should visit in case you are interested about design related things.
Ginza Graphic Gallery is good place to start. The GGG has monthly design exhibitions and is free for visitors. See more: Ginza Graphic Gallery.
Matsuya Ginza department store is another place worth to see, as well as Ito-ya stationary shop, which is nearby. Ito-ya is famous of it's wide selection of fountain pens. In addition to Ito-ya and other stationery shops, I also recommend you to check out Jena Bookstore, Kyukyodo and Maruzen.
Creation Gallery G8 includes design exhibitions as well as GGG, and has a nice cafe as well. Self explanatory Sony Building is nearby for you to drop by.
Those interested about industrial design, check out Kazuhiko Namba's designed house Muji+Infill Yurakucho. You can see Muji-only sustained life here. See more at MoCo Tokyo. Around here is also the The Meal Muji which is pretty nice coffeeshop.
Those curious about ceramics and pottery, check out Tachikichi. It includes national items from all over the country.
Those who are into jewellery, I recommend Mikimoto, which is famous of its pearls. Kyocera Corporation's Jewelry Products Department is also worth to see as well as Tiffany's.
Apple's four story building is worth to see. It has it's all products very well in display and lots of accessories as well. There is also free internet access here, as well as free classroom for how to use latest Apple softwarte.
Well well, Certainly this isn't the place for bargain. Everything has a little Ginza add to it. But who cares when the sight is so awesome, especially in the evening? Indeed, sight of Ginza, "the broadway of Japan" is unforgettable.
There is a saying, that there is no article in the world that cannot be bought from one shop in Ginza. A friend of mine tried a finnish birch whisk used in sauna, and he found it.
Here is the closer information of shops mentioned here:
4-6-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku , Tokyo
Creation Gallery G8
Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg.