Ginbura Hyakunen

Ginza×Ginbura Hyakunen Vol.25

To Hachimaki Okada with hopes for the restoration of Ginza

I believe it was in the 1980s that I learned about “Hachimaki Okada.” I had left the company that I had worked five years for to become a freelance writer. I was fortunate to have a steady flow of work and had published two or three books. My first visit to the restaurant must have been with an ...

Ginza×Ginbura Hyakunen Vol.24

The man who built the San-Ai building

  The Ginza 4-chome intersection is home to many symbolic buildings, including Wako. The cylinder-shaped “San-Ai” building standing on the northeast corner is also an symbolic component of Ginza’s townscape. While its history is not as old as the second Wako (K. Hattori clock store) building bu...

Ginza×Ginbura Hyakunen Vol.22

The Centennial of the Ginza Street Association

Every town in Japan has a local merchants’ association and Ginza, being no exception, is home to theGinza Street Association, established in 1919 (Taisho 8). If I were to refer to it as the first or pioneer of merchants’ associations, I would probably receive comments from other associations claim...

Ginza×Ginbura Hyakunen Vol.21

The continuing strong presence of Echigoya kimono store

Ginza is home to several long-established stores that have been in business since the Edo period, but few have continued to run the same business. The long-established Echigoya, located in 2-chome on Ginza-dori, is an example of those rare stores. Miu Miu, Prada’s sister brand, is on the first flo...

Ginza×Ginbura Hyakunen Vol.20

The people who created Ginza’s India, “Nair’s” in Higashi-Ginza

The quaint building of the tabi socks retailer, Oonoya, still stands on the corner of Miharabashi intersection closest to Shimbashi. Two or three buildings away on Showa-dori, in the direction of Kyobashi we can still find a small two-story building, which is home to Nair’s Restaurant, an Indian...

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