After visiting a few places I wanted to blog about, I had a very pleasant stroll around upscale Ginza, a major shopping district with lots of departments stores, boutiques, art galleries, night clubs and restaurants. During the weekends, central Chuo Dori Street gets closed to traffic and becomes a large pedestrian zone.
While Ginza’s main streets are lined with luxurious shops and stores, the back alleys are lined with small Japanese restaurants, some small gardens and shrines.
The cutting edge ELLTOB TEP Issey Miyake store in Ginza. Currently holding works by artist Yuki Matsueda (ends on August 30th). Matsueda uses 3D works like pop-up picture books to give an impression of conversion from two-dimensions to three-dimensions. You can see Matsueda’s works and ELLTOB TEP HERE
The beautiful skin care brand AESOP store in Ginza, by Japanese architect Jo Nagasaka of Shemata Architecture Office. The place was formerly an old shoe shop. Brick fills the space, with wooden shelves where products are displayed. Aesop offers great products in a lovely store with very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Mariage Freres, the French boutique tea company with its tea salon on the 2F. Ginza is their original location, and the decor is reminiscent of the 1800s. There are hundreds of different teas available and lots of tea accessories as well.
Ginza Shiseido Parlour, operated by the cosmetics giant Shiseido. The Parlour, founded in 1902, is one of the swankiest places to dine.
If you’re visiting Tokyo for the first time, read the guides, check the websites and write down all the experts’ tips but at the end of the day when you are here just get lost in the city! You’ll be safe and you’ll end up discovering the best hidden jewels in town.
I’d like to thank Aesop’s staff that kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful store, ありがとうございます
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