Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ginza Yon-chome Crossing

The "gin" in Ginza means silver, and coins were minted in this area from early in the Edo period (1600 - 1868). From there it evolved into a world famous mecca for upscale (well, for most people, off scale) stores, restaurants, cafes, and clubs. In the cafe above the iconic Wako department store, for example, you and a companion can enjoy an afternoon tea and sliver of cake for 5000 yen. Nearly outdone in recent years by competition from other swank districts such as Omotesando, of late Ginza has seen a revival with the installation of several new big name boutiques and restaurants.  Posted by Picasa


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