Archives for posts with tag: ginza

ginza dori

Tokyo’s Ginza district has the distinction of being Tokyo’s original upmarket shopping destination, some of the most expensive real estate in the world, the first to feature electric street lighting, the first with modern department stores, the first with stores that allowed customers to wear shoes inside the premises, the first to host luxury European brands. During Japan’s golden ’bubble’ years Ginza was the city’s glitzy playground, its stores raking in phenomenal earnings from cashed up citizens.

Times, though, have changed.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Ginza is a great neighbourhood to explore in Tokyo. It has a refined, cosmopolitan character with a bright, shiny exterior and old-world soul.

Read the rest of this entry »

Japan’s workforce is known for its hard-working ethos. OECD data calculated that the average worker in Japan in 2009 clocked up 1714 hours, but unofficially members of the nation’s full-time workforce put in many more hours than that. Employees routinely work many hours of sābisu zangyo, サービス残業, – or unpaid ‘service’ overtime, workplace culture sees staff idling away evening hours at their desks because the boss hasn’t left the office yet, annual leave days remain unused and karōshi, 過労死, – death from overwork, and suicide are unnaturally common among the working and salaried classes. In Tokyo, the pace is hectic most days of the week, with well-dressed workers running to train platforms, salarymen and women spilling out of station exits and into tower buildings, businesspeople rushing around the city’s streets and working on documents and files in cafes and restaurants.


Read the rest of this entry »

Gallery Koyanagi in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighborhood is one of the city’s leading commercial art galleries, presenting high calibre innovative artworks and installations from contemporary local and international artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Noguchi Rika, Sophie Calle and, in an association that dates back to the gallery’s earliest years, Hiroshi Sugimoto, who is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographic artists.


Original photographic image: Aegean Sea, Pilion 1990 : : copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto

Read the rest of this entry »

In a city that is emblematic of technological progress, defined by neon, bullet trains and the planet’s most sophisticated electronic gadgets, Tokyo’s ITO-YA is a sublime analog experience, providing eleven floors of pens, paper, greeting cards, art supplies, office supplies and other stationery items. Surrounded by prestigious fashion retailers on Ginza’s Chuo dori, ITO-YA may appear a bit nerdy in comparison to its glamorous neighbors, but for anyone with a yen for binders, mechanical pencils, notebooks and the like, this is one sexy store.

Read the rest of this entry »

Capturing the current zeitgeist in Japan, a mood of more restrained consumerism and environmental awareness, RAGTAG is a recycle store brand that has made thrift store shopping cool. Operating across the country, it offers excellent merchandise in stylish surroundings, selling – and buying – often barely used fashionable clothes and accessories as well as select interior items at some surprisingly affordable prices.

rt ginza

Read the rest of this entry »