TOKYO THROUGH THE LENS
The place has an eternal sense of cool which has outlived earthquakes, wars and revolutions. The swanky glamor of the district permeates every brick.
Sought-after boutiques line Chuo-dori and Yurakucho; rubbing shoulders with the terracotta landmark of Shiseido Parlour Ginza 7-chome, the place for a sublime afternoon tea. Afterwards, stroll a few minutes north to take in Shiseido The Store — the intersection of science, art, and beauty.
All this and more is perched atop seemingly the busiest place on the planet: unpredictable, fast-paced, and constantly evolving. Words fail to define it, so we settle for images instead. Camera in hand, we seize the scenes in front of us, capturing snapshots that bring Ginza’s unique moments to life. No wonder the place holds so much allure for photographers!
Join us as we explore the unique magic, one shot at a time.
And then a classic kimono flashes through the crowd! Tourists swing their heads at this highlight of Japanese culture, and why not? The kimono is a miracle of silk — sturdy and feminine, bound with the heavy obi, and never looking the slightest bit out of place on these teeming streets.
There’s the obvious: the stunning 5,300-panel aluminum “Sukashibori” style of Japanese lattice-work of Ginza Place. Created in 2016, it artfully balances the historic Wako building and clock-tower opposite. The Wako tower was rebuilt in 1932 after the Great Kanto Earthquake destroyed the 1894 original.
And then there’s the subtle: from the Tokyo typography and cheery symbology of the subway signs to artsy menu posters at hip hole-in-the-wall eateries. Keep your eyes peeled; the smallest details are sometimes enough to reveal the heart of Japanese art and beauty.