The Tokyo shopping district of Ginza might be synonymous today with high-end boutiques, luxury brands, and gourmet restaurants, but in reality, these facets are just a part of what this brilliant jewel in the crown of Japan’s capital has to offer. There is more to learn about this district. A further look into Ginza historically reveals that it was originally a place to mint silver coinage. More importantly, though, it was primarily a place for the arts. The Kano school of painting was born here, and prominent Noh actors of various styles resided in homes given to them by the Shogun. These artists shared the area, not only with bureaucrats, but also with artisans who made everything, from kimonos to bamboo wares. And while the plush and luxurious Tokyo may often be portrayed by Ginza, the place does boast rich history and tradition. Traditional culture and arts, of course, are still very much present. As you might have expected, the Kabukiza Theater is also located here―Ginza is still a mecca for Japanese classical performing arts.
But while we remember Ginza’s past, I hope you’ll keep in mind—despite the covid-19 pandemic—its equally multifaceted present and future. There is the Seiko Museum Ginza, dedicated to Kintaro Hattori, the founder of Seiko, a renowned manufacturer of timepieces. Here, is an excellent place to reflect about the past and the future. Past its museum opening in 1981, and relocation to Ginza, the birthplace of Seiko, in 2020 in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the birth of the founder. The museum not only exhibits Seiko’s products, but also a wide scope of the history of timepieces in general, from sundials to “wadokei” traditional Japanese clocks.
Ginza is home to unique galleries of all kinds. Shiseido, the global beauty company which has been renowned the world over, also hails from Ginza. It had its Shiseido Gallery open in 1919 and exists as the oldest gallery in operation in Japan. It boasts a large, well-appointed space dedicated to art, especially contemporary ones. I hope that, in the future, you will be able to make the trip here to see it all.
To give themselves time to see it all, many people stay at the accommodations in Ginza. Newly opened hotels are one of a good option. One of these is the b ginza, adorned with sophisticated Ginza art; a facet representative of the multi-layered nature of the district itself.
Ginza’s official website, GINZA OFFICIAL.https://www.ginza.jp/en/
The Seiko Museum Ginzahttps://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/about/
the b ginzahttps://www.theb-hotels.com/lp/ginza-open2021/en.html