GINZA’S NEW GROOVE

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO UPDATE - —James Louie

When Mat­suza­kaya Ginza closed down in 2013, its depar­ture marked the end of an era. It was the first depart­ment store in the Tokyo shop­ping district, with suc­ces­sive it­er­a­tions on the same site draw­ing buy­ers of high-end fash­ion since 1924. Its glit­ter­ing re­place­ment—a re­tail and of­fice com­plex named Ginza Six— seeks to do much the same, by pair­ing an im­pres­sive lineup of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional lux­ury brands with art in­stal­la­tions. Chief among these is Yayoi Kusama’s pyschedelic Pump­kin, sus­pended from the ceil­ing of the cen­tral atrium un­til Fe­bru­ary. Else­where at Ginza Six, tired shop­pers can head up­stairs to the 4,000-square-me­ter rooftop gar­den, while sea­sonal Ja­panese in­gre­di­ents are used for French haute cui­sine at The Grand Ginza, a sprawl­ing 13th-floor venue where two restau­rants ad­join a lounge, a plush salon, and a bar ( ginza6.tokyo).

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