If you are ever in Marunouchi on a rainy day (we’ll have quite a few of those in the following months) I can recommend visiting the splendid Meijiseimeikan which is one of the landmark buildings of Marunouchi and open to the public on weekends. Getting inside it can be a little tricky but walk around and you’ll soon find an entrance. The building is famous for being the old site of the military occupation government after the war and where General MacArthur like to hang out. Being sturdily built and very close to the Imperial Palace also meant that it survived the worst of the bombings and is still in use today. These photos are of the first floor but there is more to come!
I finally had time to visit the Cafe 1894 with my camera the other day. It might not be the most modern or finest dining in Tokyo but I am in love with the classic interiors of this place. The restaurant is on the corner of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan in Marunouchi’s classic “Little London” district, named so after the first English style brick buildings being put up here at the end of the 19th century. The present building is near perfect replica of the original building that was torn down in the 1960s and only rebuilt a few years ago. Originally a bank, the high ceiling and pillars make for one luxurious lunch or dining experience! Oh I almost forgot – the food was great too.