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Golden Wishes for the Star Festival (Japan in Photos)

A bamboo branch laden with golden tanzaku decorates the interior of Ginza Tanaka, a seller of precious metal accessories in Tokyo’s Ginza district, on July 5, 2017. In the run-up to tanabata, the shop went a step further in observing the star festival tradition of wish making by providing customers gold-leafed strips of paper to write their hopes and dreams on. (© Jiji)
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Ginza Six Shopping Complex Targets Tourist Yen (Japan in Photos)

On April 20, the Ginza Six shopping complex opened in central Tokyo. The new facility features flagship stores from top international brands like Christian Dior, as well as such famous Japanese companies as Ishiya of Hokkaidō, which is known for its Shiroi Koibito chocolates. There are 241 outlets in total in what is the biggest shopping complex in Ginza. It is located on the main Chūō-dōri street…
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Lessons from the Bees: The Rooftop Hives of Central Tokyo

In 2006, the Ginza Honey Bee Project set up hives on the top of a multistory building in central Tokyo. A decade on, the project is a regular supplier of honey to local businesses and continues to provide food for thought on the relationship between the urban and natural environments.
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Boasting 400 years of history, Ginza in Tokyo has long been a symbol of the city’s affluence. With its high-end stores and restaurants, it showcases the best of Japan in one small area.
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“Edomae” Sushi: A Fast Food with a Long TraditionNakahara Ippo

Sitting at the counter of an exclusive sushi restaurant can be an intimidating experience for the newcomer. But knowing a few basics can make all the difference. In this interview, master chef Aoki Toshikatsu shares some tips about the Edomae style of sushi served at his renowned Sushi Aoki restaurant in Ginza.
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Sushi Heaven (Video)

A lot of work goes into a serving of sushi. The skills of a sushi master include carefully selecting the fish and applying various techniques to preserve its freshness. We discover the fine cuisine of the famous Ginza restaurant Sushi Aoki.
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Sushi Chef Aoki Toshikatsu: At the Crossroads of Tradition and InnovationNakahara Ippo

Sushi aficionados expect more than just top-quality ingredients when they dine in Ginza. They expect a relentless attention to detail combined with the kind of effortless class that cannot be faked. Sushi Chef Aoki Toshikatsu, second-generation proprietor of Sushi Aoki, personifies these attributes. Nakahara Ippo profiles the master chef and his reverential yet inspired cuisine.
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The Curtain Rises on an All-New Kabukiza

The newly rebuilt Kabukiza opened its doors in Tokyo’s Ginza District in April 2013, taking the name “Kabukiza V” in the fashion of a kabuki actor. In this article we take a look at the impressive new theater with its 125 years of history and tradition and its newly added modern facilities.
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A Kabuki Parade Through Ginza

In late March, dozens of kabuki actors, including well-known names such as Nakamura Tokizō and Ichikawa Ebizō, took part in a large parade through Tokyo’s Ginza to celebrate the official reopening of the Kabukiza theater. See our video of this unprecedented event.
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Opening Up Japanese Fashion

The current state and future of Japanese fashion cannot be summed up in one simple statement, but we bring together three observers who share a deep insight and close connection to the field to freely exchange their thoughts on the subject.
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