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Old March 1st, 2006, 03:20 PM   #21
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Tokyo looks like a city of the futuristic esthetics...
Who comes up with the artistic design for traffic lights, flower beds, street material?

who cleans the streets?
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:17 PM   #22
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Can be Ginza considerated the real Tokyo downtown (as part of chuo-ku) while shinjuku is more like an uptown?
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Old March 7th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #23
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I'd say Chiyoda-ku and everything within 2-3 km of it (for a total area of 40 km2 or so) is "downtown" and hard to separate. All the places of interest are there and follow one another in a circle: Asakusa -> Ueno -> U-Tokyo -> Shiodome -> Ginza -> Marunouchi -> Akasaka -> Roppongi -> Aoyama -> Ebizu -> Shibuya -> Omotesando/Harajuku -> Shinjuku -> Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro is a bit more distanced to the others - maybe this could be classified as "uptown". Anyway, the classifications uptown and downtown really only make sense in Manhattan where they originated.. In the other cities, things are layed out differently.
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Old March 7th, 2006, 10:15 AM   #24
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Yes, in fact I agree with you!..thanks for your opinion
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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:55 AM   #25
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Ginza is incredible indeed. it's really dense but clean and vibrant.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 02:48 PM   #26
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there are many small Fox shrines at narrow street of Ginza
http://www.ginza.jp/movie/wmv/KOJI.wmv
Fox shrine...
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/oinari.shtml
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #27
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Nowadays, Ginza is somehow overcome by Omotesando, but anyway

world's biggest Bvlgari store (Ginza Bvlgari Tower) opens at Ginza 2nd street crossing next year

Bvlgari Ginza Central Street.(current store)


Chanel, Cartier, Luis Vuitton, and Tiffany alreday lie on the crossing.

Tiffany Ginza


Chanel Ginza (world's biggest Chanel store, open in 2004), designed by Peter Marino, who is well-known as the architect of Barneys New York in the 5th Avenue.



Luis Vuitton Ginza, designed by Jun Aoki.

and
Luis Vuitton Ginza Namiki Ave. (also by Jun Aoki)


Cartier Ginza , desgned by Jean-Michel Wilmotte

and
Cartier Ginza 2nd Street. (world's biggest Cartier store)


Mikimoto Ginza2, designed by Toyoo Ito



BTW, Christian Dior Ginza and Hermes Ginza are a bit far away from the crossing.
but the designs are rather good.

Christian Dior Ginza (Asia's biggest Dior store), designed by Ms. Kumiko Inui.


Hermes Ginza, designed by Renzo Piano.


Gucci Ginza reconstruction store site
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Old April 11th, 2006, 08:07 PM   #28
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Woow!! I love Japan until the hidest corner of the country.
Ginza is very nice, looks like a mix of European styles and japanese.

nihon ga taihen suki desu yo.

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Can someone post a picture of the famed $10/cup coffee prices in Ginza?
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Quote:
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I'd say Chiyoda-ku and everything within 2-3 km of it (for a total area of 40 km2 or so) is "downtown" and hard to separate. All the places of interest are there and follow one another in a circle: Asakusa -> Ueno -> U-Tokyo -> Shiodome -> Ginza -> Marunouchi -> Akasaka -> Roppongi -> Aoyama -> Ebizu -> Shibuya -> Omotesando/Harajuku -> Shinjuku -> Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro is a bit more distanced to the others - maybe this could be classified as "uptown". Anyway, the classifications uptown and downtown really only make sense in Manhattan where they originated.. In the other cities, things are layed out differently.
I can't agree with you more.
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Germany's Leica Camera opens world's first company special store in Ginza on April 22.


(Leica store is next to Kodak store in Ginza.)

and limited edition model of open commemoration
Leica M3J (only in Japan) 6,000 US$
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Wow!!!! Ginza is absolutely impressive and spectacular.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 09:01 PM   #33
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I love Ginza! and Akihabara
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Old April 24th, 2006, 09:22 AM   #34
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Quote:
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Tokyo looks like a city of the futuristic esthetics...
Who comes up with the artistic design for traffic lights, flower beds, street material?

who cleans the streets?
Robots,may be
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Old April 26th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #35
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i think u have forgotten in that pictures LOEWE, ARMANI, VALENTINO, CARRERA Y CARRERA....
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Actually, there are so many speciality shops of European and American famous brands in Ginza. Especially, in Ginza Namiki Avenue.
(Roberta , Max & Mara , Aigner, Bally , Wolford , Tanino Crisci , Coach , Lanvin, Loewe , Foxey, Van Cleef and Arpels, Vendome , Loro Piana ,.....)
Dunhill Ginza

Ginza is sometimes compared to Fifth Avenue. (Barney New York is now in Ginza, and Saks Fifth Avenue is to open in 2008.)

Dolce & Gabbana Ginza opened this month.
(rendering of Dolce & Gabbana Ginza)


Giorgio Armani opens its biggest store in Ginza in 2007. (13 floors!!)
constrcution site


At the same time, nowadays such prestigious boutiques have been poping up one after another in Marunouchi and Akasaka.
There are no department stores in Marunouchi and Akasaka, but both areas (as well as Omotesando) begins to overwhelm Ginza somewhat.


Just walk on Marunouchi Naka Street and look at the shops along the street. Marunouchi Naka Street is not so far away from Ginza. (maybe 5 minutes walk or so)
Marunouchi Naka Street



CABANE de ZUCCA

Motion Element Marunouchi

FACIAL INDEX NEW YORK

TUMI

TOMORROWLAND MARUNOUCHI

Brooks Brothers 

EPOCA

Kate spade

NATURAL BEAUTY STYLE

HITMAN & Co.

EMPORIO ARMANI Marunouchi

GIANFRANCO FERRE Marunouchi

HERMES MARUNOUCHI

CANALI

Folli Follie Marunouchi 

Baccarat MARUNOUCHI 

PICCHIOTTI

GEORG JENSEN 

a. testoni Marunouchi

COMME des GARCONS 

alain mikli (store building designed by Philippe Starck )

PLEATS PLEASE 

TRUSSARDI MARUNOUCHI 

PAULE KA 

ESTNATION

PRADA Marunouchi

Mulberry

Hermers Marunouchi

and
THE HOUSE OF WEDGWOOD, ROYAL COPENHAGEN Marunouchi,....
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Asia's first restaurant by UK's Conran Restaurant Limited (Sir. Terence Conran) opens in Ginza next year.
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