If you are just wandering around, you won't pay much attention to them, but the old prosperous district of Ginza has some unexpectedly retro and unique buildings. In a regional city, there are still buildings that would take up an entire guidebook by themselves.
The first building that comes to mind is the Wako clock tower at the Ginza 4-chome intersection, a neo-Renaissance style structure built in 1932 that has become a symbol of Ginza. Other buildings built before World War II, such as the Okuno Building (also built in 1932), the Kawasaki Brand Design Building, the Kojun Building, and the Yonei Building (only parts of the buildings of the Kojun Building and Yonei Building have been preserved) are still in use. Although not a commercial facility, Taimei Elementary School also has a retro appearance.
On the other hand, there are of course unique buildings in Ginza that are not retro. The glass-walled building in this photo is one of them. It is the Ginza Maison Hermes, built by Hermes in 2001. Although it is made of glass, the glass is so thick that you can almost see what is going on inside from the outside, but you cannot. I wonder if people 100 years from now will think of this kind of building as a wonderful retro-style structure, just as I did when I saw the Okuno Building.
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