Ginza

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The Ginza area of
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The Ginza area of Tokyo

Ginza (銀座) is a place in Chūō Ward, Tokyo, named after the silver-coin mint (Gin = silver, za = mint) established here in 1612 during the Edo period. Modern Ginza began in 1872 when, after a devastating fire, the district was rebuilt with two- and three-storey Georgian brick buildings designed by the English architect Thomas Waters along with a shopping promenade on the street, from the Shinbashi bridge to the Kyōbashi bridge in the southwestern part of Chūō Ward. Most of these European-style buildings are gone, but some older buildings are still there, most famously the Wakō building with its clock tower.

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Wakō department store

It is an upmarket area of Tokyo with many department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. It is the location of the Kabuki-za (Kabuki theatre). As well as being an entertainment and shopping district, Ginza also houses many of Tokyo's corporate offices and the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.




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