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Miffy at Mitsukoshi Ginza

Posted in Advertising, Places, Shops by tokyobling on May 27, 2015

A lot of people assume that Japan invented the super cute characters but although they do excel at it today, there were quite a few early inspirations for Japan and some of them are of nearly legendary status by now. One of the most famous characters in Japan would be Miffy, the little rabbit created by Dick Bruna in the Netherlands 60 years ago. To celebrate the little Rabbit reaching the very advance middle aged stage, the equally famous Mitsukoshi Department store put on a Miffy art exhibition, and they also took the opportunity to play a little with the departments store exterio. Can you spot Miffy?

The exhibition is now over here in Tokyo but apparently on its way to Aomori Prefecture in the North of Japan, should you be a Miffy fan in the area!


Coredo and Mitsukoshi Sakura Light Up

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 30, 2014

To celebrate the opening of the new Coredo building in Nihonbashi Muromachi the other week there is a special pink cherry blossom themed light up taking place right now. The light up covers the sandstone colored Mitsukoshi department store, the brown black and steel colored Coredo Muromachi and also the granite grey Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and unexpectedly perhaps especially the bank looks fantastic in pink! There is something special about the austere classic architecture of the bank lit up by bright pink! I think they should make the light up permanent. It is on everyday between 18:30 and 23:00 finishing on April 6th. An already quite pretty part of Tokyo will be even prettier, for a short while.

















Refrigerated Coin Lockers

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on February 16, 2013

On my mental list of “Why didn’t I think of that first?” this is one of the more obvious items: the refrigerated coin locker! You know all those coin lockers you see at train stations, department stores and community centers all around the world? Well, in Japan, a few of them are actually refrigerated for when you have bought stuff that needs to be kept cool but you still want to hang around a little longer before heading home with your perishables! Here’s a bank of cool coin lockers I found in the Mitsukoshi Department store in Tokyo’s Ginza district.




Ginza Mitsukoshi Interiors

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on February 15, 2013

If you like me enjoy taking pictures of the city from tall places, one of the most convenient places to do this in Ginza is the recently blogged about Mitsukoshi department store. Just go up to at least the 11th floor, wander around and here and there in the corners, near the elevators, in the smoke rooms etc. you will find sections of the wall used as a window and allowing for a decent view of the streets below. There are quite a few places like this around the city but most are not well known to tourists I think. The interior of this department store gets quite beautiful once you get to the uppermost floors, all natural colors, cute cafes, calm surfaces and a much nice atmosphere than the more cramped shopping floors beneath. I do not know if you are actually allowed to take photos in here, but I think it is a nice place and deserve to be better known than it is! I had lunch at the Minori Cafe last summer and it was actually quite good.







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