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    Wako Department Store (formally Hattori Seiko Clock Tower), Ginza, Tokyo

    1. drdrewhonolulu [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      I'm not a big fan of department stores, but the Wako building in Ginza, and the clock are very cool. Nice shot!

    2. songlines 84 months ago | reply

      Thanks drdrew :D

      I'm not fan of department stores myself, even though I'd worked at one for awhile a long time ago. (Maybe I'm not fond of them because I worked at one LOL)

      And when it comes to Wako, well, although it's listed within the department store category, it's actually more like a Tiffany's kind of store where everything is très très cher and you'd feel out of place if you weren't wearing a nicely cut suit.

      In other words, I never go in there LOL

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wako_Department_Store

    3. drdrewhonolulu [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the explanation. I don't think I've ever been inside. The last time I was in Ginza, we had started the day in Asakusa, then took a boat down to Hamarikyu Gardens, then enjoyed lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, then caught a 2-hour cheap ticket performance at Kabuki-za... and walked up to Ginza to meet a friend. It was a fun day (especially sushi and Kabuki).

      One day I have to find some old bar near there where DAZAI Osamu used to hang out. I always seem to be there when it is a Thursday... or whatever day it is closed. It is supposed to be very cool -- much like Dazai's time.

      By the way, I have to take back what I said about Japanese department stores. Their service was amazing, and I found a great deal on a nice thin summer suit on sale at Marui, and saw a great exhibit of ceramics at Takashimaya.

      I went a bit out of control at Comme Ca Ism, Tokyu Hands, and especially MUJI... but I really enjoy walking around Shitamachi small shops and imaginging the works are by craftspeople or somewhat less mass manufactured (even if I am just window shopping).

      I understand what you mean about having a different opinion when you worked in a store. I worked in bookstores for about 10 years. I used to hate how people turned into strange creatures around Christmas (when we did 90% of our sales). Most of these stores were in shopping malls. I even spent a few weekends in one of those storess. That was very surreal, but is a longer story.

      In any case, that was a very nice photo. Thanks.

    4. digikuva 83 months ago | reply

      Great night shot with nice angle!

    5. songlines 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks a lot, Heikki! :D

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