Translated by MATCHA-PR
Fine Japanese Souvenirs in Ginza, Selected By An Art Director
An illustrator from Poland, with 10 years experience of living in Japan, introduces the artistic Ginza area.
Written by MATCHA-PR
Mr. Przemek Sobocki is from Poland. An illustrator and art director based in Tokyo, he frequents the established Ginza 銀座 area. In this article, Mr. Sobocki will introduce the artistic side of Ginza, visiting stylish shops that handle items perfect for souvenirs.
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Born in Poland. Arrived in Japan 10 years ago, via England. Currently working as an illustrator and art director, not only in Japan but also in Asian and European countries. He made the headlines in 2012 directing the window displays of Shinjuku Isetan Department Store.
SPOT 1. G. Itoya (Ginza Itoya)
In 1904, Itoya, a stationery store, started its business in Ginza. The Ginza shop was renovated in June 2015, and both the exterior and interior have changed dramatically.
This is a new type of a stationery store, with a café, a restaurant, a multi-purpose hall and a lounge area. It also handles home accessories and travel items as well.
In relation to his work, Mr. Sobocki is interested in paper. The Takeo Mihonchō shop, located on the seventh floor, handles more than 1,000 types of paper, so you can find him on this floor when he is looking for the right paper for a collage.
"This is a new sightseeing spot in Ginza. Compared to the high-end shops in the area, it's easy to enter, and you will probably enjoy looking for unique stationery." (Przemek Sobocki)
SPOT 2. Le Forum / Ginza Maison Hermès
Ginza Maison Hermès was designed by the famous Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Along with the boutique floors, there is a gallery on the eighth floor, where the visitors can enjoy works of art for free.
Sunlight comes through the glass blocks, creating a quiet atmosphere, so Mr. Sobocki is often drawn to this gallery. Although Ginza is a well-established town, it still has an urban atmosphere. This gallery is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
On the day of our visit, an exhibition titled "Soleil Noir" by Laurent Grasso was on display. Although the innovative artist is famous throughout the world, this was his first solo exhibition in Japan. This gallery hosts a number of exhibitions that inspire the visitors.
SPOT 3. Living & Art Floor / Ginza Mitsukoshi
The seventh floor of the Ginza Mitsukoshi department store handles a wide variety of items, such as traditional Japanese art, tableware, sculpture works and household goods. For someone like Mr. Sobocki, who has studied fashion and interior design along with graphic design and illustration, this floor is filled with tempting items.
The beautiful craftwork on this floor make a great gift, and the visitors may even find inspiration for a new lifestyle while shopping.
Moderately-priced and easy to use items are in trend, but top-quality items created by artists might be refreshing. Tea ceremony workshops are also held on this floor, so it is sure worth a visit.
"Besides the places I visited today, there are many charming spots in Ginza, such as the newly opened restaurants, or the stylish, retro architecture. The image that people have of Ginza may be of 'long-standing tradition' and 'luxury,' but the old and the new are mixed in Ginza." (Przemek Sobocki)
Come to Ginza, and look for that special item to call your own.
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Address: Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 2-7-15
Mondays to Saturdays: 10:00 - 20:00
Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 - 19:00
The Cafe on the 12th floor is open until 22:00. (Last order for food and drinks at 21:00)
Closed: There are no closed days.
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Ginza Station (銀座駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line. Two minutes walk toward the Kyōbashi area from Exit A13 of the Ginza Station.
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Official Website (Japanese): G. Itoya
Le Forum / Ginza Maison Hermès
Address: Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 5-4-1
Mondays to Saturdays: 11:00 - 20:00 (The entrance closes at 19:30)
Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 - 19:00 (The entrance closes at 18:30)
Closed: Le Forum is closed according to the Maison Hermès schedule.
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Ginza Station (銀座駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line. Three minutes walk from the Ginza Station.
Yūrakuchō Station of the JR Line.
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Official Website (Japanese): Le Forum / Ginza Maison Hermès
Living & Art Floor/ Ginza Mitsukoshi
Address: Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 4-6-16
Hours: 10:30 - 20:00
Closed: There are no scheduled closed days.
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Ginza Station (銀座駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line. Directly connected to Exits A7, A8, A11, B1 and B2 of the Ginza Station.
Ginza-itchōme Station of the Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line. Nine minutes walk from Exit 9 of the Ginza-itchōme Station.
Higashi-Ginza Station of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Subway Asakusa Line. Two minutes walk through the underground passage of the Higashi-Ginza Station.
Yūrakuchō Station of the JR Line. Nine minutes walk from the Chūō Exit and Ginza Exit of the Yūrakucho Station.
Official Website: Ginza Mitsukoshi