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Hattori Clock Tower (SEIKO セイコー) of the Wako department store in Ginza Tokyo Japan | by Arjan Richter
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Hattori Clock Tower (SEIKO セイコー) of the Wako department store in Ginza Tokyo Japan

Ginza Wako is at the heart of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. This store is famous for its watches, jewellery, porcelain, dishware, and handbags, as well as upscale foreign goods. There is an art gallery, called Wako Hall, on the sixth floor. Wako was founded in 1881 by Kintarō Hattori as a watch and jewelry shop called K. Hattori (now Seiko Holdings Corporation) in Ginza. In 1947, the retail division split off as Wako Co., Ltd.

 

In 1921, the Hattori Clock Tower was demolished to rebuild a new one. The reconstruction was delayed due to the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923. The new tower was completed in 1932 as the K. Hattori Building. In homage to its predecessor, the new store was also fitted with a clock.

 

The clock tower plays the famous Westminster Chimes. (Source: Wikipedia).

 

Public Clocks by Arjan Richter

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Taken on January 3, 2008