In this edition, we welcome Mr. Yutaka Hamada, CEO of Hamada Kosan Co. Ltd. and Fujiya Gallery, an art gallery in Ginza 2-chome. He runs an exhibition called “FUJIYA GALLERY Selection” covering a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculptures and crafts.
Our first stop was FILMS, a beauty parlor in Ginza 1-chome
The store was named based on the concept of “cutting out the very moment that customers turn beautiful.” Stepping into the store, you will find yourself in a room full of natural light with pure white walls like a new canvas.
The store, which opened in September 2017, is owned by hairstylist, Shidara-san, whom Hamada-san has known from well before he opened his salon in Ginza. Hamada-san says that he always looks forward to his next booking.
FILMS is close to his workplace, and the staff are always friendly and make every visit a relaxing one.
The friendly and welcoming atmosphere open to both men and women, and the warm smiles and reliability of the staff have made the salon fully booked since its opening. It has been awarded the Hot Pepper Beauty 2019 Best Salon Award.
A new salon has opened in Tamachi in April this year, as well.
The new store features white canvas-like walls and fresh green plants.
For those of you who are seeking a “new me” and are unsure which salon to go to, there is a salon that you can trust,
Our next stop was “Ginza K’s Gallery,” where Hamada-san often visits.
Masuda-san, the owner of Ginza K’s Gallery, was originally an art collector and started his gallery 17 years ago in Ginza, one of Japan’s best gallery districts. He mainly exhibits abstract and semi-representationalist oils, watercolors and wood-block prints, as well as contemporary work using Japanese art techniques, sculptures and objects, all selected by himself.
The gallery holds weekly solo exhibitions, dessin classes, reading programs and concerts.
Masuda-san’s friendly and gentle sunshine-like character attracts many artists to his gallery. Artists gather in the evening and the gallery naturally changes in to a salon – almost like École de Paris! Deep into the night, artists enjoy drinks over insightful discussions on art.
Even if you feel that Ginza’s art galleries are too high-end for you, I would recommend a visit to Ginza K’s Gallery, where you will surely find something inspiring.Ginza K’s Gallery
Our final destination was one of Hamada-san’s most favorite restaurants, Ichifuji, which he admitted would actually prefer to keep to himself.
Tashiro-san, the owner of Ichifuji, was originally a bidder at the Tsukiji fish market. A connoisseur of good fish, he serves daily specials according to what he has selected at the market.
Diners can indulge in authentic food – sake and other alcoholic beverages paired with the food or carefully selected to meet the diner’s preferences, seasonal ingredients, various dishes that the chef takes pride in… “Their specialty meat balls and sashimi are musts,” says Hamada-san.
On the day we interviewed Tashiro-san, he had bought a 1.4 kilogram Hilgendorf’s saucord. I could see the owner’s passion for having diners enjoy the culinary experience at Ichifuji.
The restaurant has no official website and most of the diners make bookings through other regular customers. It is indeed a little known Ginza hideout.
Ichifuji has appeared in the manga, New Sota’s Knife (Sota no Hocho). GINZA OFFICIAL is grateful for their contribution to Ginza, welcoming the interview.
An encounter with a sophisticated restaurant, perfect for the authentic Ginza experienceIchifuji
2017ミスアース群馬代表・全国大会4位ミス・ファイアー受賞。同年2017Miss Tourism queen of the year世界大会へ日本代表として出場し、各国の出場者達の投票によって決まる、ミスフレンドシップ賞を受賞。現在はモデル・MCとして活躍中。