GINZA CONNECTIVE VOL.25
A talk series with the violinist Chisako Takashima and the Ginza people. Ginza holds many personal and professional memories for Takashima. In this talk series, she thoroughly explores various aspects of the Ginza culture with her guests. Today’s guest is Michiaki Kumagai, the 14th generation president of Kyukyodo, a long-established shop that sells such products as Japanese traditional incense, writing utensils and stationery.
Violinist. Started playing the violin at age 6. After playing abroad, she moved her home base to Japan, and gives concerts all over the country. Although her current focus is on performing music, she also appears on TV and radio programs. Thanks to her much-loved personality, she is appearing in more and more venues.Chisako Takashima’s official website
The 14th generation president of Tokyo Kyukyodo, a specialty shop with a 350-year history that sells Japanese traditional incense, writing utensils, and stationery.
In addition to his regular job, he is also the chairman of the Ginza Merchant’s Association. He enjoys running in marathons. This year, he ran in the Tokyo marathon. He has written the popular book, “Kyukyodo no Nihon no Shikitari Mame-chishiki” (=Kyukyodo’s bits of wisdom on Japanese customs; published by Magazine House).
Writer: Mizuho Takahashi Interview location: Ginza Sushiko Honten