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Sayonara Matsuzakaya – 90 Years in Ginza

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on July 1, 2013

An epoch was ended in Ginza yesterday when the famous Matsuzakaya department stores closed up for good after 90 years in business. When the store opened in Ginza in 1924 it was the first Japanese department store that allowed customers to keep their shoes on through out the store, before that all Japanese stores had customers take their shoes off before entering. It had a massive 25.352 sq meters of retails space. The company itself stays alive and healthy though, having started as a kimono cloth store in 1611 in the center of Nagoya.

The Ginza store survived World War 2 but it could not survive the downturn in economics and the changing trends among Japanese consumers. After demolishing the building a new shopping mall will take its place in 2016. On the last day of business tens of thousands of people thronged to get a last chance to experience the store but it was far too crowded for me!

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  1. amadl said, on July 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The “GRANDFINAL” word makes me sad 😥

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