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Es­tab­lished in 1986, Ginza Graphic Gallery is a revered gallery space lo­cated over two floors in the heart of Ginza, which is never short of vis­ual in­spi­ra­tion. Show­cas­ing Ja­pan’s finest art di­rec­tors and graphic de­sign­ers, it in­cludes works from Tadanori Yokoo, Enomoto Ry­oichi Kokaiki, Rikako Na­gashima and the Tokyo Type Di­rec­tors Club. www.dnp.co.jp/gallery/ggg_e


When you en­ter Ginza Bairin [be­low right] — a great lunch spot renowned for its Tonkatsu (bat­tered deep fried pork cut­let) sand­wiches — you are seated by the bar counter or ta­bles. Or­der a sake or beer with your meal. gin­z­abairin. com/en


[top left and bot­tom left] A new take on the Ja­panese iza­kaya-style eat­ing with fresh seafood and meats per­fectly paired with sake and beer. Find the head chef and owner, Narukiyo-san, whistling to his own se­lec­tion of retro rock, funk and rock­a­billy mu­sic, a pas­sion that comes from his back­ground in mu­sic. B1F, 2-7-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.


[right] This con­cept store cham­pi­ons the cross­over be­tween sport and style and fea­tures an in­te­grated ‘run­ning sta­tion’. De­signed by Jo Na­gasaka of Schemata Ar­chi­tects, it’s a charm­ing space with ex­posed con­crete and bright yel­low in­dus­trial scaf­fold­ing, which pro­vides a de­light­ful bal­ance to the ca­sual-lux­ury gar­ments sold in­side. en­route.tokyo


Tokyo’s tra­di­tional kissaten cof­fee houses are a step back in time, with Cafe de L’Am­bre [right] in Ginza tak­ing you back to 1948. The dark, smoky wooden in­te­rior is per­fect for a cof­fee roasted in-house and pre­pared metic­u­lously. 8-10-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.


[right] A place I love to visit, even be­tween meet­ings in the cen­tral Omote­sando area, with a won­der­ful bam­boo roji en­trance by Kengo Kuma, Zen gar­den and lake, and a stel­lar col­lec­tion of Ja­panese and Chi­nese dy­nasty an­tiq­ui­ties from the col­lec­tion of Mr Nezu.


In the Shibuya ward, just above T-Site Daikanyama’s [bot­tom right] main stretch of books and mag­a­zines, the An­jin library and lounge is the per­fect place to meet guests, rest or en­joy a lazy af­ter­noon cof­fee or evening wine. It in­cludes a com­plete, rare archive of clas­sic back copies of Bru­tus, Self Ser­vice and GA Ar­chi­tects mag­a­zines, which are avail­able to read. real.tsite.jp/daikanyama/english


Hid­den in the depths of Ginza in a base­ment, bar­tenders in black ties and suits serve clas­sic mar­ti­nis, orig­i­nal cock­tails and Ja­pan’s finest whiskies. Fif­teen clas­sic straight chairs de­signed by Ge­orge Nakashima com­ple­ment the wooden sin­gle bar counter and ta­ble. lit­tle­smith.net

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