Ryo Sayegusa×Chisako Takashima


Ryo Sayegusa×Chisako Takashima


A talk series with the violinist Chisako Takashima and the Ginza people. Ginza holds many personal and professional memories for Chisako Takashima, from eating sweets at Ginza shops with her grandmother as a child to performing in serial concerts at the Oji Hall throughout her career. In this talk series, she thoroughly explores various aspects of the Ginza culture with her guests. Today’s guest is Ryo Sayegusa, Executive Director and Brand Director of GINZA Sayegusa, who participated in the team to launch this Ginza Official site.

Rich contents that showcase Ginza’s many charms.

What kind of contents will be available on the website?
We will introduce interesting stores. We will provide information on Ginza and upcoming events in the Information section. We will have a variety of people describe the charms of Ginza in the People section. People from different generations, different industries and different environments have different ways of enjoying Ginza. So we hope to showcase Ginza’s many charms through the interviews with people—what locals find interesting in Ginza and how those active in different industries enjoy Ginza.
It sounds interesting. What events are coming up for fall?
At the end of October every year, we hold an event named Autumn Ginza. The Ginchakai tea ceremonies, for example, are very popular. The four major tea schools including Omotesenke and Urasenke come together in Ginza to conduct tea ceremony in this unusual event. Such events can’t be found anywhere else.

Ginza represents Japan, so we need to be an innovative site.

Do you plan to add the contents?
Yes. We want a variety of generations to know about the charms of Ginza. In the context, we plan to introduce maps of Ginza from a variety of perspectives. Eventually, we’d like have you put together your own map of Ginza.
Thank you! What are your commitments to developing this site?
Ginza is a symbolic town in Japan and a well-known place around the world. We have many overseas visitors, too. So we will be presenting most of the site contents in English as well. We’re also looking to move beyond just providing information. We want to create interactive experiences that allow visitors to participate—a website that reflects both the sense of reliability and the forward-thinking, which are essential attributes of Ginza.

Chisako Takashima

Violinist. Began lessons at age six. After an active career overseas, she moved her base back to Japan to perform around the country.
In addition, she has become a popular personality and branched out in the field of television and radio programs.

Chisako Takashima official website

Ryo Sayegusa

Executive Director of Ginza Sayegusa, a renowned children’s clothing store established in 1869.
Alongside his main business, he participated in the launch of the Ginza Official website as one of the young leaders in Ginza.
His first memory of Ginza is visiting the Lion Beer Hall.

The Ginza Sayegusa website

Writer: Mikiko Okui

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