Walking around in Ginza one late afternoon I spotted this funny looking window decoration, mannequins ensnared by a chameleon! This particular street crossing is one of the most interesting for window shoppers or professional decorators everywhere, never have I seen so many and such elaborate or expensive decorations in one spot. Any designer, decorator, shop manager or merchandiser would do well to take monthly walks along this street. For more examples of window decorations in Tokyo, just use the tags at the end of the post!
More photos from Ginza, a month or so ago, after the rain but minutes before sunset when the sky is the most beautiful. Ginza is easily one of the most walkable areas in Japan. There are subway stops just about everywhere, you are never more than a block away from a cafe or restaurant and the sidewalks are huge by Japanese standards. Most of the building are clad in glass and reflect the light from the sky beautifully.
According to the latest statistics, 3484 people lived in Ginza as of April 2014, which is a substantial increase since 1998 when only 2963 persons called Ginza home. The secret is the decade and half long residential building boom that has changed the face of much of central Tokyo, reversing a long population decline that saw people move out of of the city center and into neighboring prefectures and cities. You can feel this change most vividly if you are out in central Tokyo after dark or if you try to ride a bicycle on crowded city sidewalks, there are just much more people out and about!
While far from the heights reached in the Bubble Economy days of the 1980s, land prices in Ginza is still astronomical, just in these photos you can see a fair share of the highest priced plots of land in the world.
About a month ago I was in Ginza, coming out into the streets just a few minutes after a heavy rain was finally about finish up. I love walking in the city after a rain. The streets are clean, the air is clean and there are fewer people on the sidewalks. Perfect conditions for a brisk walk! The skies are more interesting as well. When I was a kid I remember reading about Japan on the first page of our geography textbook, and the first image I saw of a modern Japanese city was a photo of Ginza after the rain. That image has stayed with my mind and to this day I always feel something extra when I find myself actually walking the streets of Ginza. I guess this is how you feel when you see a movie star in real life!
In Ginza you’ll find this very cute store full of nice stuff for the tea lover in your life. I am not a big fan of shopping or tea but this store is too sweet to miss. It’s not even Japanese, but Japanese people really love French things! The store is excellently decorated inside and outside. Go have a look the next time you are window shopping in Ginza!