|Ginza - July 2006
Ginza was the premier classy shopping area in Tokyo for about a hundred years, but over the past few decades, there has been relentless new construction all over Tokyo of new office towers, new shopping areas, etc., and now Ginza is... historically famous.
While Ginza isn't as big a deal as it once was, it's still an interesting area and I enjoy walking through it from time to time. You can have dinner and shop all over Tokyo, but Ginza still has name value.
Particularly popular with women, it's a happier thing to say "I had dinner last night in Ginza" than "I had dinner last night in Ikebukuro". Ikebukuro has plenty of good shopping and nice enough restaurants, but it's still not a name said with much pride....
(Left below) - The building with the clock tower is one of the few pre-WW-II buildings in Ginza (or in all of Tokyo for that matter - reconstruction of everything is relentless!). It was an upscale store before, then the PX for a while in the immediate post-war years, and now it's an upscale store, making the most of its now rare architecture (inside and out).
(Right below) - Trees... Ginza has had more of them than most areas of Tokyo, which has always been one of its attractions, and - fortunately - with new development everywhere in Tokyo, there is more evidence of green living things between buildings than in the bad days of putting up square boxes with almost no green.
(Bottom three) - The borderline area between Yurakucho and Ginza. Actually, one popular way of getting to Ginza is to get off at Yurakucho Station (Yamanote Line) and walk there, so in a sense, Ginza extends to Yurakucho Station. (Bottom left) - The building across the street with the multicolored wall is the Sony Building.