Japanese Souvenirs to Take Home With You This Summer at GINZA SIX
GINZA SIX hails as the largest shopping facility in Tokyo’s upmarket district Ginza. This summer, the centre has a prepared a lineup of must-buy souvenirs and gifts, particularly in the food department, that will delight the family back home. Many of these items are available at GINZA SIX only giving you even more incentive to pay a visit while in the capital.
Listed by price range, we have selected some of these summer treats that we know you’ll absolutely want to get your hands on.。
¥999 and under summer gifts made for showing a little thanks
Namacha Tea Jelly @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten – ¥417 (GINZA SIX only)
Tokichi is serving up a special GINZA SIX-only flavour of its matcha namacha jelly with added matcha bean paste. This bean paste is specially prepared matcha wrapped in white bean paste. It has a smooth texture and slight sweetness that marry together deliciously and heighten the richness of the flavour of the matcha.
Summer Limited Kohaku Tani Goldfish Yukata Ver. @ GINZA KYOUKASUIGETSU – ¥550 (GINZA SIX only)
These snacks comes in summery yukata design packaging with goldfish on them. Perfect for reminding one of Japanese summer.
¥1,000-¥2,999 summer gifts for adults
KOHAKU Fruit Bar @ PALETA – ¥1,482
This traditional wagashi (Japanese confection) is made from melted agar agar, sugar and starch syrup which is hardened to create a lollipop-like treat. Each one is handmade and crated with love and care by the confection artisans at PALETA who make them transparent like refreshing Japanese ice candy.
Basket of 5 Mio @ KASHISHOU SUEHIROAN – ¥1,759
This set comes with 5 different seasonal flavours which makes for the ultimate taste-testing gift.
¥3,000-¥4,999 delicious summers gift to share
Semi-Dried Fruits Box @ AYAfarm – ¥3,519
The perfect sharing gift to pick up, this box contains 9 different semi-dried fruits sourced from high quality fruits in Japan. The circular shape of the box make it great as a gift, and since each fruit is packaged individually, they can be enjoyed over time.
¥5,000+ premium Ginza-quality summer gifts for someone special
Parfum du Miel Series @ ハL’ABEILLE – ¥6,000 (GINZA SIX only)
Treat yourself or someone special to this premium lineup of original honeys which include bergamot, cognac and rose flavours. A sweet and tasty accompaniment to tea or ice cream.
This is just a small selection of the items on offer over at GINZA SIX right now this summer. To see more, be sure to plan a shopping trip there while in Tokyo.
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays (But shops and restaurants will be closed on August 26, 2019)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
UNIQLO TOKYO Begins Knitwear Focused Exhibition
21.September.2020 | FASHION
UNIQLO TOKYO, the global flagship store of UNIQLO, is now holding an exhibition themed on its knitwear at its first floor LifeWear Square area until October 11, 2020. It’s a consolidation of everything that goes into wearing the symbolic style of their LifeWear lineup, covering the art, science, and craftsmanship behind the items.
About UNIQLO TOKYO
UNIQLO TOKYO opened back in June this year in Ginza, Tokyo, as the country’s biggest store and global flagship store. UNIQLO TOKYO is the embodiment of UNIQLO’s “LifeWear,” clothing that the company has created to “improve everyone’s life.”
SCIENCE: 3D knit installations by Rhizomatiks Architecture
Rhizomatiks Architecture have created a range of installations including mannequins centred on knitwear. Customers will be able to see knitwear being made by the machines right before their eyes.
CRAFTSMANSHIP: Tools used in the manufacturing process
See the strict standards and measures taken to carefully craft each and every UNIQLO cashmere sweater, from the processes carried out to the materials and tools used in the manufacturing process, samples, and more.
See the headpieces created by Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada for displaying the knitwear. Each and every one was made with care and attention for the 20 mannequins.
Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2, 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Tokyo’s Fruits Salon Serving Up a Full Gourmet Fruit Course
06.September.2020 | FOOD
Fruits Salon, a fruit shop located on the second floor of Beauty Connection Ginza in Tokyo, introduced a new lineup of menu items on September 4 which will be available until mid October, all using seasonal grapes grown in Japan.
Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. Last month, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Now, they are offering a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes.
Grape Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st Plate: Apricot Tofu
2nd Plate: Dégustation
The grape course features three plates and a drink. It begins with a refreshing mix of Shine Muscat grapes, Delaware grapes, apricot tofu, and sake lees ice cream. The second plate is a tasting of four varieties of grape, while the third is a colourful and eye-catching parfait.
3rd Plate: Parfait
The parfait is served in a wine glass so you can see each layering of tasty ingredients.
The 90-minute course is reservation-only and invites you to both appreciate the appearance of as well as the taste of each dish.
Melon Parfait Alcohol Set | ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
The cafe is also serving its melon parfait alcohol set once more too for a limited time. It’s made to really elevate the flavour of the melon.
If you’re a fruit fanatic, then you won’t want to miss out on Fruits Salon’s new full course.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: GINZA gCUBE 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.beauty-connection.jp/fruits/
Autumn Grape Desserts Whipped Up at Shiseido Parlour Ginza in Tokyo This September
03.September.2020 | FOOD
Shiseido Parlour Salon de Cafe in Tokyo has revealed a lineup of seasonal centred on Japan’s famous ‘shine muscat’ grape which will be served this autumn from September 1 to 30.
Nagano Shine Muscat & Three Grape Parfait | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Made using specially selected shine muscat grapes farmed from Iizukakaju Orchards in Ueda, Nagano, together with three other varieties of grape for a super refreshing flavour.
Grape Fruit Sandwich | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Toasted raisin bread stuffed with seven different fruits, including seasonal and specially selected varieties, and fresh cream. It’s served with bittersweet ‘Karasuzanjo’ honey from Chiba Prefecture and a compote of seasonal fruits.
Nagano Grape Mousse | ¥2,100 (Tax Included) *Comes with drink
This mousse is also made from grapes grown in Iizukakaju Orchards, and is drizzled with honey and cream. The grapes add a fresh kick to the dessert.
Shiseido Parlour Story | ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Comes with drink, served weekdays only
An assortment of desserts including a mini strawberry parfait, mini chocolate parfait, mini custard pudding, seasonal fruits, grape jelly, kaki persimmon mousse, and chestnut pie.
SHISEIDO PARLOUR SALON DE CAFÉ
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (Reservations Not Required)
[Mon-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Public Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: Mondays (Except Public Holidays) / New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/
Snoopy in Ginza 2020 Heads to Mitsukoshi Ginza in Tokyo This Autumn
Snoopy in Ginza 2020 is set to take place at Mitsukoshi Ginza in Tokyo from October 14 to November 3.
This year marks the 22th run of Snoopy in Ginza, a popular annual event held at Mitsukoshi Ginza. It will incorporate a numbered ticket system to ensure the event is never overcrowded as a precaution against COVID-19. The event will also take all necessary social distancing and related measures. The full breakdown of measures will be available once tickets are available to buy in the coming weeks.
It’s a a double celebration this year as the Peanuts comics celebrate their 70th anniversary and Mitsukoshi Ginza commemorates its 90th. The theme of this year’s Snoopy in Ginza is “World Photo Journey” which will see Snoopy and the Peanuts gang travelling to iconic places around the world in 13 original pieces of art illustrated for the event.
Let’s take a look at some of the merchandise up for grabs this year.
Mitsukoshi Ginza exclusives
Pin Badges: A-Design ¥715, B-Design ¥1,100 (Only 700 available of each)
The B-Design will be released in-store on October 14 and subsequently online on October 17 from 10:00am (JST).
Pouches with cookies in them: ¥1,100 (Only 400 available)
Mascots: ¥1,518 (2 Designs)
KUTANI SEAL Plates: ¥3,300 (Only 150 available)
A4 Folders: ¥330 Each (7 Designs)
Tea Tins With Coasters: ¥1,320 Each (3 Designs) (Only 500 available of each)
As well as this exclusive merchandise, there will also be original items made in collaboration with Mitsukoshi Ginza’s many shops. Take a look at some of them below.
<ARTISAN&ARTIST> Pouch: ¥8,580
<Lights Style> Pin Badges: ¥500 Each
The pin badges are available in-store only. New designs will be sold from October 21.
<Ace> Suitcase: ¥39,600 (Available online only)
<OCEAN & TERRE> Mini Bottle & Honey & Belgium Chocolate Baumkuchen Set: ¥2,750
<Patisserie Etienne> Snoopy Cookie Tin: ¥2,506 (2 Designs)
<La Boutique de Joel Robuchon> Macaron Set: ¥3,240
Travel the world with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at Mitsukoshi Ginza for Snoopy in Ginza 2020.
© 2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
JAPAN DENIM to Open Stylish Pop-Up Shop Inside GINZA SIX
24.August.2020 | FASHION
JAPAN DENIM, a Japanese denim company formed of both Japanese and non-Japanese designers, has announced that it will open a limited-time pop-up shop at GINZA SIX in Ginza, Tokyo from August 26 to September 22.
This is the second pop-up shop that JAPAN DENIM has opened at GINZA SIX. The brand was first launched in March 2019 by Acces. Co., Ltd. It is lauded for its focus on high level design, quality, concept, and affordable pricing by both the wealthy clients of the rich Ginza area as well as foreign visitors and tourists.
JAPAN DENIM is also collaborating with numerous other distinguished international brands this time around too, including DENHAM.
If you’re in Tokyo for summer, don’t miss out on their exclusive line-up.
Running: August 26, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Location: GINZA SIX 4F – POPUP SPACE
Address: 6-10-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-20:30
Participating Brands: 16 (Women’s Items: 18 | Men’s Items: 10)
Official Website: https://www.japandenim.jp/collection/
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice & Seasonal Products at Ginza Sony Park This Summer
Ginza Sony Park has announced a range of seasonal items and food for Summer 2020.
Toraya Cafe・An Stand
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Matcha & Rice Flour Dumplings | Small ¥841, Regular ¥901 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 29, 2020
Loaded with red bean paste and in-house made honey, this limited edition shaved ice is served with matcha sweet bean jelly made with Uji matcha.
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Cointreau & Coffee | ¥540 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 17, 2020
This one’s for the grown-ups, served with Cointreau and Hawaiian coffee.
An (Red Bean) Paste – Raspberry | ¥864 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until Late August 2020
Enjoy a raspberry version of the bean paste for yourself which has been mixed with brown cane sugar.
CHECKER SHOPPER BAG | ¥7,700 (Tac Included) | Ginza Park Floor B1F
THE CONVENI is selling a checked shopper bag made from thin PVC so that it does not get dirty easily and also makes it waterproof. The bag, which bears the name of the store, also has pockets inside the bag.
Ginza Sony Park Art Walk
SHUN SUDO – “ART IN THE PARK”
Left: NAIJEL GRAPH | Right: SP. by yuko mohri (Available until August 26)
Ginza Sony Park will also display a range of large-scale art including SHUN SUDO’s wall art ART IN THE PARK, work from NAIJEL GRAPHIC, and more.
BOTTEGA VENETA ‘THE CHAIN’ Exhibition Image | August 16, 2020 – August 30, 2020
A huge installation art piece called THE CHAIN by BOTTEGA VENETA will be displayed on the rooftop for a limited time. This installation piece has been taken around the world, and serves as a message of strength and connection to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ginza Sony Park 2nd Anniversary
Free stickers will be handed out until August 16, 2020 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Ginza Sony Park, which has delivered unique forms of entertainment to Tokyo’s district of Ginza.
Ginza Sony Park
Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
*Reduce hours. Usual hours are 10:00-20:00.
Official Website: https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/
SHISEIDO Opens First Global Flagship Store in Tokyo’s Ginza District
12.August.2020 | FASHION
SHISEIDO opened its first-ever global flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo on July 31, 2020.
Since its founding in Ginza, the SHISEIDO brand has been fusing art and science, representing Japanese Beauty. Today, it offers a wide range of products in 88 countries and regions around the globe. SHISEIDO skincare and makeup aims to reveal and express people’s beauty on the outside, empowering them with confidence and vitality. For SHISEIDO, it is that outer beauty that brings to light your inner beauty, a notion that’s centred around the brand’s concept of feeling “ALIVE with Beauty,” something they say is achieved when beauty blooms from both the outside and inside.
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE follows this mantra of “ALIVE with Beauty” which it will promote to those visiting Ginza, be they Japanese or foreign. The store’s design concept is “Japanese Digital Garden” which encapsulates the image of a Japanese-style garden—something which symbolises the Japanese sense of beauty as well as nature. It will be inspired by Japanese paper, trees, and Nishijin silk fabrics, and will incorporate flowing music and lighting.
Digiskin Tester (Makeup)
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE is a beauty experience that combines human touch with the latest technology. The shop caters to a multitude of beauty needs and lifestyles. Simply by taking a photo of yourself, the Digiskin Tester will find the perfect shade of SHISEIDO foundation for your skin from 30 colours. This instant tester can be combined with one-on-one counselling with the staff so you can find the right products for you.
SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate N – Ginza Flagship Store Limited Edition (75ml) | ¥16,000 (Before Tax) *Available in-store only
The building consists of three floors serving all things SHISEIDO, from their full line-up of makeup and skincare products to items exclusive to the flagship store.
They are taking all the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so that customers can continue to enjoy the beauty experience. This includes practicing social distancing, providing alcohol gel, disinfecting tester products, having staff and customers wear masks, and so on.
Ultimune Essence Auto-Tester
Customers can use special dispensers set up in-store which lets them try out products without having to come into physical contact with other people.
SHISEIDO has also launched a “virtual store” on its official website so that customers can still enjoy SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE from the comfort of their own home. Customers use VR to walk around the shop and watch help and advice videos on makeup.
Discover your inner and outer beauty at SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE in Ginza.
SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE
Address: Hankyu Hanshin Ginza Bldg., 3-3-13 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: July 31, 2020
Official Website: www.shiseido.co.jp/ginza
Tokyo’s New Starbucks Branch in Ginza is a Cafe Dream Come True For Workers and Business People
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch at CIRCLES Ginza on July 30, 2020 that will serve as a dream location for business people.
The dream coffee shop, split into two floors, offers a unique environment and service created in collaboration with Think Lab. Rather than your regular, more public Starbucks, this branch also lets customers reserve booths and meeting spaces. This includes the SMART LOUNGE™ aimed at business users, as well as solo working spaces by Think Lab.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza caters to both solo workers and co-workers, giving them a space to think and concentrate alone, or come together in groups to exchange ideas. Booths offer a place to host online meetings, the SMART LOUNGE lets groups arrange chairs and tables however they like, and the Think Lab—which you pay an extra fee to use—is the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
1st Floor: Quick TOGO experience
The first floor is for people who aren’t looking to stay at the cafe long. They are looking for a quicker experience where they can order their Starbucks drink and food and head on out. The cafe offers cashless payments, which is notable as Japan is still very much a cash-based country, as well as the Starbucks mobile order and pay service where you pick what you want on your phone and then go and pick it up.
2nd Floor: A place where you can focus
Reserve a booth for video calls and more
There are four individual half-booths which can be reserved, each of which have a screen for video calls and online meetings. These can be used for 40 minutes and can be booked in advance. The booking system was co-developed by Starbucks and Vacan.
Tables for in-person group meetings
The window tables offer a place for meetings, discussions, and business negotiations for 2-12 people. It’s a relaxing area where workers and clients can chat freely.
For those who want to work along, Starbucks has created a spacious area with individual booths where you don’t have to meet eyes or be bothered by other people.
If you’re working in Tokyo, and need a business-oriented location where you can enjoy a coffee, then look no further than Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza
Grand Opening: July 30, 2020
Address: CIRCLES Ginza, 3-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Tokyo Neko Neko: Cat Shaped Desserts and Pastries Served at Ginza’s New Bakery
28.July.2020 | FOOD
ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, opened its new bakery and confectionery shop Tokyo Neko Neko in Ginza, Tokyo on July 22, 2020. The shop has replaced Heart Bread ANTIQUE, another bakery also run by ALL HEARTS COMPANY, which was previously at this location.
At Tokyo Neko Neko, they are serving cat-shaped pastries and desserts including Tokyo-exclusive products from their Neko Neko Bread brand and Neko Neko Cheesecake shop. This is the second branch to open following the opening of Kyoto Neko Neko last month.
A stylish bakery
Tokyo Neko Neko’s pastries and interior design takes on a completely different look from Kyoto Neko Neko, with the walls acting as a canvas to display their food like an art museum. The bakery’s line-up centres on seeing as well as eating, adding an extra level of deliciousness to the products. If you’ve visiting Tokyo, you don’t want to pass up on the opportunity to visit Tokyo Neko Neko.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread
Tokyo Neko Neko’s cat-shaped bread is palm-sized and so is a perfect gift and takeaway snack. The outside is crunchy while the middle is kept nice and moist. The secret behind the bread’s tastiness is the use of fermented butter which they get from France. The use of lots of almond cream adds a tasty kick too.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Plain: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
Made using croissant pastry and loaded with fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Caramel Almond: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Caramel almonds and almond slices are added to this version, also made with lots of fermented butter.
Tokyo Neko Neko Bread – Praline Rose: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This flvour is filled with praline rose, a traditional French confection of caramelised sugar-coated almonds.
Tokyo Neko Neko has lots of other tasty foods to offer too, like their Neko Neko Cheesecake, Neko Neko Butter Sandwiches, and more.
Tokyo Neko Neko Ginza
Address: OPTICA 1F, 3-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year)
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp
Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang Are Heading to Ginza in Tokyo This Autumn
Tokyo’s annual “Snoopy in Ginza” summer event is set to return once again to the delight of fans at Ginza Mitsukoshi. It will be held in Autumn for 2020, running from October 14 through November 3.
This year marks the 22nd run of Snoopy in Ginza, which is celebrating 70 years of the Peanuts comics and the 90th anniversary of Ginza Mitsukoshi.
13 original art pieces have been created for the event featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang travelling to different countries. These designs will be used on original merchandise sold at the event.
Ginza Mitsukoshi opened 90 years ago on April 10, 1930. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of Peanuts, so to celebrate both anniversaries, an original illustration of Peanuts and Ginza Mitsukoshi illustration in the 1950’s was created for the event.
© 2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Ginza’s Luxury New Hotel Aloft Tokyo Ginza’s Opening Date Announced
23.July.2020 | SPOT
Aloft Tokyo Ginza
Address: 6-14-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
4-minutes on foot from Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
2-minutes on foot from Higashi-Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Summer 2020 Parfait Fair Begins at Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo
03.July.2020 | FOOD
Shiseido Parlour began its annual “Midsummer Parfait Fair” at its Ginza, Tokyo branch on Wednesday which will run until August 30 and be divided into two different slots serving different parfaits. The cafe is serving up a selection of parfaits made from ice cream and local seasonal fruits under the trust that the chefs and farmers have built over the years.
2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
Furano, Hokkaido – Furano Melon Parfait: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
This parfait is made using Furamon melon which is grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano between the mountains where there is a major temperature difference. The melon is ripened after being harvested and so make it nice and soft, giving a sweet and juicy flavour and fragrance.
Sakai Nouen, Wakayama – Arakawa Peach Parfait: ¥2,300 (Tax Included)
The “Arakawa” peach is a brand of peach grown in Wakayama Precture. The peaches are grown until their nearly completely ripe while in the tree, giving them a soft texture. Inside the sweet flavour is a sour kick, both of which explode with the juiciness of the peach in the parfait.
Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa – Apple Mango Parfait: ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
The “apple mango” is a type of mango grown in the hot climate of Okinawa. The mango has a super soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture and a sour tinge which elevates its rich sweetness.
Hatake Kobo, Nagano Prefecture – Koihime Strawberry Parfait: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
The “koihime” is a type of summer strawberry grown in-house by Shiseido Parlour. The strawberries get plenty of water, air, and sunlight so they grow into red jewels packed full of sweetness.
The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Bldg. (Floor 3F), 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5537-6231 (No reservations required)
[Tue-Sat] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sun & Hols] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30
Closed: Mondays, New Year Holidays
Official Website: https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/