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Fine Japanese Souvenirs in Ginza, Selected By An Art Director

Fine Japanese Souvenirs in Ginza, Selected By An Art Director

Tokyo 2016.04.29 Bookmark

An illustrator from Poland, with 10 years experience of living in Japan, introduces the artistic Ginza area.

Translated by MATCHA-PR

Written by MATCHA-PR

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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.

Read also: Ginza Special Contents

PROFILE

Przemek Sobocki
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.

*This article has been reproduced from the Japanese site FASIHON HEADLINE.

Sponsored by Ginza Mitsukoshi

Information

G. Itoya

Address: Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 2-7-15
Hours:
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.
Wi-Fi: -
Credit Cards: -
Language: -
Nearest Stations:
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.
Price Range: -
Religion: -
Telephone: +81-3-3561-8311
Official Website (Japanese): G. Itoya

Le Forum / Ginza Maison Hermès

Address: Tokyo-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 5-4-1
Hours:
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.
Wi-Fi: -
Credit Cards: -
Language: -
Nearest Stations:
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.
Price Range: -
Religion: -
Telephone: +81-3-3569-3300
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.
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit Cards: MI, DC, UFJ, Nicos, JCB, Mitsui-Sumitomo, UC, Aplus, Rakuten, JACCS, Orico, Cedyna, Life, Nissenren, TS Cubic, American Express, OMC, DISCOVER, VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
Language: -
Menus Available In: -
Nearest Stations:
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.
Religion: -
Telephone: +81-3-3562-1111
Official Website: Ginza Mitsukoshi

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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