Last week there was a public holiday (体育の日 to commemorate Tokyo Olympic 1964) which falls on Monday, so I've decided to explore one of the famous places in Tokyo, Ginza (銀座).
Back in early May when we're having the Golden Week holiday I went to the nearby Imperial Palace and actually planned to visit Ginza during that evening (since both are within walking distance), but had to cancel the plan as I wasn't feeling well that time.
In case you didn't heard much bout Ginza, it is the prominent shopping district in Tokyo where many international brands set up their flagship stores over the area. In other words, this is the place for the rich to plunge their money in as a form of entertainment.
Going to Ginza isn't that hard, I just took the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line to one of the station close to the Imperial Palace, and walk towards Ginza. Ticket cost 190 yen btw.
Just after I get out from the station, spotted this monstrous limousine.
As expected from rich Japanese, their ride equates their wealth.
Checking the map to make sure that I'm walking on the correct direction.
When you can see the big neon billboard advertisements on top of the buildings, you're pretty much sure that you're stepping closer into the commercial area.
Read it as GIN5ZA, or GINZA 5?
Blue sky and white clouds, perfect weather for outing!
First stop, Sony's HQ building.
Looking closer, advertising Michael Jackson's "This Is It" movie, which will be released on Oct 28.
Inside the Sony building, spotted these trendy jeans which are made from recycled banner ads.
You can see the process of making the jeans here.
Sony VAIO X series. Slim and lightweight!
Sony VAIO L series. Touchscreen desktop.
Testing out the new Sony Walkman A840 MP3 player. Was deeply impressed by it and tempted to get it heh..... aiming for the biggest 64GB capacity (filled up my 16GB relatively fast).
Testing out one of the King of Pop's songs, Black Or White.
Comparison with my current Walkman...
Self-portrait while testing the MDR-NC600D noise-canceling headphone.
I've spent quite some time inside the Sony building and have to force myself out of the building as there're still a lot more to see in Ginza lol.
Sony building shots from the outside.
I can't believe that such cool-looking foreigner is actually working part-time to pass out tissue papers!
Nikon House, dedicated to those who love Nikon cameras.
Moving towards the centre of Ginza with heavy traffic.
Wako department store, one of the landmark building in Ginza. More of it's photos will be posted later.
Japanese in traditional cloths.
RICOH's HQ in the centre.
Crossing the road at the centre of Ginza....
Pedestrians' Paradise. Motorbikes & cars are prohibited to travel across the main street during certain hours for the sake of the shoppers.
Ginza & me.
Was disappointed that this Nissan Gallery Ginza only hosted 2 cars, the Cube & Skyline Crossover. No GT-R though..
The Nissan Skyline Crossover.
The Wako department store.
It was around 3:15pm and I happened to stumbled upon the underground restaurants. I haven't take my lunch, so yeah, give it a shot. Lunch at Ginza lol.
My set, 伊達鶏と茄子の味噌照り焼き丼 (Miso Teriyaki Grill Chicken & Eggplant rice). Cost 1,000 yen.
One of the better rice don I had so far.
After the lunch had more energy to explore Ginza. Yeah!
Mitsukoshi department store.
Uniqlo at Ginza 5-chome.
Tiffany & Co.
H&M. Heard just opened not so long ago.
Godiva at Ginza.
Lots of people lining up outside the Matsuzakaya to buy some snacks.
A photographer and his pet dog.
Lots of ladies waiting outside the bookstore for the autograph session with an author named Daigo, if I'm not mistaken.
Apple's flagship store at Ginza.
Time display at Ginza 2-chome.
Nice clock outside Ginza Diamond Shiraishi.
Limited edition tumblers from Starbucks.
Colourful Vitamin water! Cost 200 yen each though...
Mercedes Benz CLS unloading stuffs.
Some sort of politician giving a speech where nobody listens..
Typical Japanese right-winged activist's vehicle.
Briefly went inside a local Bic Camera store to check out something. When I step out of the shop it's already getting dark.
The Ginza in the daylight is very different than the Ginza under the moonlight, so decided to walk back to discover more hidden gems in Ginza that surface itself in the dark.
Sony building shines with colours!
Bustling streets of Ginza in the evening.
Mitsukodshi shines in the dark as well!
Wako department store again, but different time.
A random department store.
One of the many entrance to the Tokyo Metro Ginza station.
Notice the picture inside the picture.
Tokyo Olympic 2016 banner. Unfortunately they didn't made it.
Heading towards the Tokyo station where I'll be catching the metro back to my hostel. Decided to walk a little more distance to another station rather than taking the one I came earlier.
Tokyo station is kinda huge, but too bad it's currently under renovation so many parts of the station are being sealed up.
Giant Meiji chocolate hahah.
Menu for the bento set meals. More expensive compared to other places due to it's prime location.
Walking in the underground pedestrian walk towards the Tokyo Metro line station.
Was kinda worn out from walking all around Ginza, but there're still parts which I did not covered yet. Might plan to go there again some other time....
OK, so here's what I've purchased in Bic Camera.
Camera pouch. 980 yen.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 noise canceling earphone. 5,980 yen from the original 9,980 yen.