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. GinzaIn 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 JewelryApple store Ginza 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:

Mitsukoshi Ginza
ZIP: 104-8212
4-6-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku , Tokyo
TEL: 03-3562-1111
FAX: 03-3564-5890

Matsuya Ginza
3-6-1 Ginza
03-3567-1211
http://www.matsuya.com/ginza/

Ginza Ito-ya
2-7-15 Ginza
03-3561-8311
http://ito-ya.co.jp

Jena Bookstore
5-7-1 Ginza
Chuo-ku,
Tokyo

Kyukyodo
5-7-4 Ginza
Chuo-ku,
Tokyo

Maruzen
2-3-10 Nihombashi
Chuo-ku
Tokyo

Creation Gallery G8
Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg.
8-4-17 Ginza
03-3575-6918
http://www.recruit.co.jp/GG/

Sony Building
5-3-1 Ginza
03-3573-2371
http://www.sonybuilding.jp

Muji+Infill
http://www.muji.net/infill/

Tachikichi
5-6-13 Ginza
03-35731986

Mikimoto
5-5-4 Ginza
Chuo-ku
03-3535-4611

Tiffany's Ginza
2-7-17 Ginza
Chuo-ku

Apple Ginza
Sayegusa Honkan
3-5-12 Ginza,Chuo-ku,
Tokyo 104-0061
03-5159-8200
http://www.apple.com/retail/jp/ginza/

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Is Jena still around?
Hi. A friend recommends Jena book store. Is it still around?
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