UNIQLO is set to open its new global flagship store named UNIQLO TOKYO at MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2 on June 19, 2020.
The new branch comes as the third to open this year, following UNIQLO PARK Yokohama Bayside in April and UNIQLO Harajuku last week on June 5.
© Herzog & de Meuron
UNIQLO TOKYO will be the embodiment of UNIQLO’s “LifeWear,” clothing that the company has created to “improve everyone’s life.” The company prides itself on weaving high-quality and high-function clothing for all people at an affordable price. Their products a multifarious, and the brand continues to evolve. To bring LifeWear to life at UNIQLO TOKYO, the brand has brought creative art director Kashiwa Sato on board, as well as award-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron.
The central part of the 1st floor is called LifeWear Square, an area that fully captures UNIQLO’s “LifeWear” concept for customers. The first floor will be a collection of everything from trending products to collaborative products and more. There will even be an area where you can buy flowers near the entrance which is located along MARRONNIER.
The 2nd floor is a full line-up of women’s clothes. From trending attire to basic UNIQLO threads, women will be able to pick from a diverse line-up of items, including clothes that will go on pre-sale at UNIQLO TOKYO, and even homewear and office wear.
Up on the 3rd floor is the men’s section which is stocked with everything from casual clothes to high quality outfits. They can even make made-to-order suits and jackets where you can choose the lengths of sleeves, the body, and so on.
The 4th floor is the children’s and baby section, and it even has a library for kids to play in, so kids can have fun while you shop. The 4th floor is also home to a UT archive space which showcases all the different t-shirts that have been released as part of the UT graphic T-shirt series.
The rooftop and outside of the building will don digital signs made by interactive designer and engineer Yugo Nakamura.
UNIQLO TOKYO is set to offer a completely new UNIQLO experience to people from both inside and outside Japan when it opens on June 19, 2020.
Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 2, 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: June 19, 2020）
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/
SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza: Tokyo’s New Cafe Where Drones Fly Around
SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza is a cafe with quite the unique experience. It opened in Tokyo’s Marronnier Gate Ginza on June 5, 2020, and offers the usual cafe experience but throws drones into the mix. As well as drinks and meals, SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza has a drone school where customers can learn how to operate drones, as well as its own store you can get your hands on drones and merchandise.
The cafe comes as the first of its kind where drone races are also held. Anyone and everyone is invited to join, whether they be a complete beginner of a professional drone pilot.
In addition to coffee and soft drinks, SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza also serves alcoholic beverages like beer too. For every drink or food item purchased, you get one entry into a drone race.
Enjoy sipping on your drink and flying drones at SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza.
SKY FIGHT CAFE Ginza
Opened: June 5, 2020
Address: Marronnier Gate Ginza 3 (Floor 4F), 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Closed: New Year’s Day
Notes: No reservations necessary
Official Website: https://drone-skyfight.com/cafe/
Beauty Connection Ginza’s Fruits Salon Reveals Mango Menu Line-Up
30.May.2020 | FOOD
Beauty Connection Ginza and its second floor fruit course cafe Fruits Salon have been closed since April 8, 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped Fruits Corner wanting to deliver its tasty treats to customers as it reveals its new mango themed menu which is set to run for the whole month of June. It will be taking online orders.
Following the pear, citrus fruits, and strawberry line-ups, the new mango course is made up of four different vitamin-packed and refreshing accompaniments, all made with fresh mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture.
Mango Full Course: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st. plate “Terrine”
2nd. plate “Airy Tart”
Each of the four plates, packed full of rich and sweet mangoes, offers refreshing taste to give you that early summertime vibe.
3rd. plate “Parfait”
4th. plate “Dried Fruits/Mignardises/After-Meal Drink)
The third plate is a gorgeous, eye-catching parfait centred on mango gelato and made up of delicious ingredients that all come together harmoniously. Mix everything together to create new flavours. The full course is 90 minutes, and beckons you to use all five of your senses to enjoy it.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Collaborate Once Again For UNIQLO UT Fashion Collection
Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami have joined hands once again to drop a new clothing collection in UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT.
Billie made her debut when she was 13, and just five years later, her music is spearheading the charts and industry. Back in January this year, at 18-years-old, Billie won five Grammy Awards and hailed as the youngest person to win all four of the main Grammy categoriesーBest New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. She is also only the second person to win all four in the same year.
The collection will be available online from May 25, 2020 and in stores from May 29, 2020 as they reopen.
UNIQLO USA released a trailer for the collection on their official YouTube channel which you can watch below. The colourful video combines Billie’s iconic Blohsh character with Murakami’s flowers.
UNIQLO Presents: Billie Eilish by Takashi Murakami For UNIQLO UT
Billie and Murakami’s friendship started when they sent each other messages on Instagram. Billie performed at Summer Sonic in Japan in 2018. During her time in the country, she met with Murakami and together they completed an animated music video for her hit track you should see me in a crown which was released last April.
©️Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo by RK (IG: @rkrkrk)
The music video has over 69 million views (as of May 18, 2020) and fuses together the visionary minds of Billie and Murakami.
Billie Eilish – you should see me in a crown (Official Video By Takashi Murakami)
To commemorate the new Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami UT collection, a 3-meter tall statue of Billie created by Murakami is being erected at the Harajuku branch of UNIQLO in Tokyo this June.
*Please note that the opening day of the UNIQLO Harajuku is subject to change.
©2020 LASH Music, LLC
©2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami UT Collection
Available Online 5/25 Mid Morning ET
In Stores 5/29 As They Reopen
Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami UT Collection Website: www.uniqlo.com/billie-x-murakami/
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 T-Shirts Releasing by UNIQLO’s UT Brand
UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT it collaborating with the forthcoming anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 to release a collection of T-shirts at UNIQLO stores across Japan and their online store on April 17, 2020.
The film, which is set for release on June 27, 2020, will wrap up the Rebuild of Evangelion film series as the fourth and final entry. The T-shirts in the collection feature completely original and exclusive designs.
Designs take inspiration from memorable scenes
The collection is comprised of 8 original T-shirt designs which were drawn exclusively for UT, ranging from Evanglion Unit-01, Unit-00, and Unit-01 to popular character Kaworu, and the first-ever Unit-00 Berserk mode T-shirt design. Fans of the Evangelion world are sure to appreciate all the little details.
UT x Evangelion UNIQLO 2020 Spring/Summer
Delivered in an exclusive box with the Evangelion font
Those who purchase from the collection via UNIQLO’s online store between April 10-23 will have their orders shipped in a special box bearing various words in the “Eva Font,” such as the UNIQLO brand concept, the brand name’s original “Unique Clothing Warehouse,” and so on.
Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the novel coronavirus, select branches of UNIQLO in Japan are closed or have had their opening hours altered. Details can be found on their website.
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Price: ¥1,700 (Before Tax)
Available: UNIQLO stores in Japan / UNIQLO Japan online store
*Exclusive boxes come in one design and are available while supplies last
*Product manufacturing and distribution, as well as release date and so on are subject to extensions or change depending on the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus
Hana Tajima x UNIQLO Celebrate Women’s Changing Bodies in Spring/Summer 2020 Collection
20.March.2020 | FASHION
UNIQLO and fashion designer Hana Tajima are joining hands once more for their “HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO” collaboration which is set to go on sale from April 17, 2020. This new spring/summer collection is themed on “Changing Bodies,” referring to how a woman’s body continues to change subtly overtime, which is upheld with the clothing line-up’s flexibility. This unique collaboration serves beauty for all woman regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, or faith.
Capturing all body images and making them shine
The attire in this line-up fit snug on their wearer, equipped with an adjuster that enables them to freely modify the item to make it fit to them, while highlighting their beautiful silhouette. The items aren’t bound by sizeーthey make you feel liberated and cater for change.
Soft, botanical print designs
The floral prints designed by Hana draw out the inner beauty of the wearer. The colour palette takes inspiration from nature, giving the sheer fabric blouses and crepe one pieces a calm and tranquil image.
Hana Tajima Comment
“The body isn’t a static thing; it grows while we move and is always changing. And we feel those subtle changes day by day, don’t we? I wanted to design clothes that looks at these changes head on and responds accordingly. I want [women] to feel the joy and excitement of putting on clothes with how they dress each day. I want each and every piece of clothing to fit the person and be something they’ll love forever. I hope that the clothes we wear each day make us feel comfortable, familiar, and beautiful in our bodies.” *Translated from Japanese
HANA TAJIMA FOR UNIQLO
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Available: UNIQLO Sapporo ESTA, UNIQLO Ginza, BICQLO UNIQLO Shinjuku, UNIQLO Shinsaibashi, UNIQLO Online Store
Product Page: https://www.uniqlo.com/hanatajima/jp/
TSUTAYA BOOKS Reveals Store-Exclusive QLOCKTWO CLASSIC Design
05.March.2020 | FASHION
The Ginza branch of TSUTAYA BOOKS has revealed that it will sell an exclusive shooting star design of the QLOCKTWO CLASSIC CREATOR’S EDITION.
The design was conceived in collaboration with GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, fusing together Japanese culture and art. The entire clock face is specially made using Japanese urushi lacquer and makes use of the maki-e Japanese lacquering technique where the lacquer is sprinkled with gold or silver powder for decoration. Only 12 of these models will be sold worldwide, making them a very limited-edition and exclusive item.
GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS’s Exclusive “Ryusei” Shooting Star Model
Two strong golden strokes shoot across the jet black design, both of which are made using a combination of 24k gold and a special 22.7k gold that’s mixed with silver. This not only makes the thick lines powerful, but adds a touch of delicateness too. However, the focus of this design is the background lacquering. The two-coloured golden straight lines enhance the darkness of the lacquer to give the background a jet-black appearance. Emerging majestically from the gold and black contrastーwhich was created by the artisans of the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibitionーare letters which form the time in word format. This combination of modern European art and Japanese craftsmanship is the culmination of beauty.
The standout characteristic of the QLOCKTWO CREATOR’S EDITION series is the craftsmanship. Yamada Heiando is a lacquerware shop founded in 1919 that purveys its products to the Japanese Imperial Household. The artisans of this shop tackled the difficult challenge of performing lacquering on large surfaces. The design of the new QLOCKTWO shooting star model is a traditional one even within the lacquerware of Yamada Heiando. The model realises that very challenge, producing wonderful craftsmanship on a large surface.
QLOCKTWO makes use of a ground-breaking time display system that originates in Germany which makes use of words in lieu of clock hands or numbers. As shown in the picture, the display is shown in typography, reading “IT IS HALF PAST SEVEN.”
QLOCKTWO has received high praise amongst clock and watch enthusiasts in Europe, winning over 20 international design awards including the Red Dot Design Award, the iF Product Design Award, and the ADC Europe Gold Award. The product adds an elegant and modern touch to one’s lifestyle. They are displayed around the world: one was set up at Paris’s famous boutique Colette, which closed recently, as well as the world’s oldest department store Bon Marche, and is part of the Parisan “elegant and modern lifestyle.”
QLOCKTWO CLASSIC CREATOR’S EDITION Ryusei
Stock: 12 (Available only at GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS)
Release Date: February 24, 2020
Price: ¥328,000 (Before Tax) *Includes clock and front cover
GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS
Address: GINZA SIX Floor 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30
CHANEL Ginza’s Rooftop Space to Welcome Gorgeous Terrace Café LE JARDIN DE TWEED
02.March.2020 | FOOD
The rooftop terrace space of the CHANEL Ginza building is set welcome LE JARDIN DE TWEED this March which is collaborating with champagne producer Perrier-Jouët.
LE JARDIN DE TWEED will open for a limited time this March where it will run until late October. As the name of the chic café suggests, the space takes on a tweed design with trimmed plants housed throughout. They will serve finger food from BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO as well as afternoon tea and more.
For drinks, there is of course exquisite Perrier-Jouët champagne, as well as a selection of special original cocktails. Their detox non-alcoholic cocktails are special recommendations for refreshing the mind and body.
Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800 (With Tea or Coffee) / With Perrier-Jouët – ¥6,000 (1 glass serving) Serving: 14:00-16:00
The items adoring the afternoon tea set will change with each passing season. Enjoy with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, tea, coffee, or one of the available soft drinks.
What could be more indulging than sitting atop CHANEL in Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district while tucking into a tasty afternoon tea with a glass of champagne?
LE JARDIN DE TWEED
Running: March 2020 – Late October 2020 (Subject to change)
Opening Hours: 14:00-22:00 (Last Orders: Food 20:30/Drinks 21:30)
BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO
Address: CHANEL GINZA Bldg. Floor 10F, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
<Lunch> 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 14:00)
<Dinner> 18:00-23:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Closed: Mondays/Tuesdays/Summer Season/New Year Holidays
Official Website: http://www.beige-tokyo.com/en/
Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza
SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.
From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.
Beef Butterbur Miso Roll
Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradai cherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.
The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).
Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento
SHARI (TEL: 050-5357-5354) (Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome Floor 2F, 5-13-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR (TEL: 050-5212-7574) (Address: ALBORE GINZA Floor 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
CRAFT (TEL: 050-5357-5353) (Address: CRAFT Floor 2F, 3-7-2 Ariake, Koto Ward, Kyoto)
36 Pieces/12 Types (Serves 3-4 People): ¥4,500
18 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1-2 People): ¥2,400
9 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1 Person): ¥1,200
Reservations can be made via telephone or in-store until 15:00 the previous day.
*Reservation Window: Telephone 10:00-20:00 / In-Store 12:00-22:30
*Depending on the ingredient stock, reservations may be made on the same day
*The Hanami Roll Sushi Bento is for takeaway only and cannot be eaten in the restaurant
Tokyo’s GINZA SIX Reveals Colourful Spring Dessert Line-Up
GINZA SIXーthe largest shopping complex in Ginzaーhas unveiled some of the incredible desserts arriving for this spring only.
Ginza is famous for its host of restaurants which serve up gorgeously gourmet food throughout the four seasons, and so you can expect GINZA SIX’s line-up to be something special. Let’s take a look.
Strawberry Sweet Afternoon Tea – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) @ THE GRAND GINZA
“Shun’un” pecial Make Maruto Parfait – ¥2,300 (Before Tax) @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten Ginza
Strawberry Mix Candy – ¥593 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE
The line-up of delectable treats at GINZA SIX won’t just satisfy your sweet tooth, but your eyes too due to their delightful appearanceーlike the strawberry and roses littered afternoon tea, or the strawberry candy which is made using only the best available strawberries. The shops and restaurants at GINZA SIX have ensured to prepare sweets that will bring spring to mind Japanese springtime and the pink cherry blossoms.
Matcha Ganache – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) @ Tsujiri
Matcha & Tamba Azuki Bean Cake – ¥2,600 (Before Tax) @ Marlowe
Kurozu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 (Before Tax) @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery
Other tantalising treats include more Japanese-tasting selections, like cookies injected with a rich matcha ganache, raw chocolate doused with kurozu vinegar, gluten-free pound cake made with freshly-made Uji matcha, and more.
Of course, since this is a spring line-up, there are flowery fusions to find too, like candy topped with edible flowers and rose flavoured frozen fruit bars.
Rose & Raspberry – ¥520 (Before Tax) @ PALETAS
Spring Edible Flower Lollipops – ¥555 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE
Aya Farm Saku Mango Selection – ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ Aya Farm
If you’re in Tokyo for spring, the cherry blossoms and hanami, then be sure to stop by GINZA SIX to indulge yourself this season.
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 January 1, 2020)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
Official Website: http://ginza6.tokyo/
Gorgeous Bridge Ready To Embrace A New Shopping Complex Under Its 100-Year-Old Arches This Year
10.February.2020 | SPOT
JR East Urban Development Corporation’s new project for a new shopping complex to be built under an old bridge is underway. The old viaduct bridge, which stretches around 300m from Yūrakuchō station to Shimbashi station, has a history of 100 years. Its beautiful old brick arches will soon be home to HIBIYA OKUROJI, which is set to be completed by the end of June this year.
The project will utilise the spaces under the arches of the bridge that have supported the railway tracks for the Tōkaidō Main Line and Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed railway for many years. Located in the depths of Hibiya, the bridge will soon be home to a new neighbourhood full of culture. Once complete, HIBIYA OKUROJI is sure to attract even more people to nearby neighbourhoods such as Ginza, Yūrakuchō and Shimbashi.
Aiming to create a little “town” with its own culture, the shops to reside at HIBIYA OKUROJI will be full of originality, creating a wonderfully interactive environment. There will be 16 shops and 28 restaurants. Some restaurants to look out for include Nagoya’s eel restaurant Unafuji, which is known for its long queues, and COOK BARN TOKYO, which makes dishes with ingredients sourced from Ibaraki. The shopping complex will also be home to a number of Japanese fashion brands including the handmade necktie shop KUSKA & THE TANGO from Tango, Kyoto, ivy league fashion brand VAN SHOP, trainers brand Panther, and outdoor wear brand finetrack.
The name HIBIYA OKUROJI comes from the words “oku” (inside), which refers to its location away from the centre of Hibiya and Ginza, and “roji” which means “alley”, which signifies its hidden location under the bridge’s arches. The two words combined form the word “OKUROJI” to entice adventure-seekers to come discover the unique secrets hidden in the new area. The name surely has a ring of excitement to it and of course, the 100-year history of the characteristic bridge is even more of a mood-setter.
If you’re looking for an exciting and unique adventure of discovery to satisfy the curious traveller in you, the new HIBIYA OKUROJI shopping complex is a sure way to provide a fully satisfying day trip.
To open around the end of June, 2020
Address: 1-7-1- Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo