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We make a tour of culture spots sensing DNA of art place of dispatch, Ginza bodily A Cultural Tour of Ginza’s Artistic DNA
Ginza Six Editors Vol.7 (Lifestyle)
It is slightly sudden, how much will book and record which we have worried about which floor comes out of at weight come? Oneself writing sentence with camera magazine and culture magazine from at least school days was already "group which worried about floor" since we began single life. We introduce culture spot of GINZA SIX which we want to recommend to all various places for friends of such culture ADDICT and cultural stimulation this time.
At first to Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS of the sixth-floor floor. The shop developing art display everywhere including art gallery to introduce event space of colonnade which got hint from "oar" and timely work to right shows aspect such as big dispatch base of art, culture.
Art book that the above all biggest highlight prepares regular 60,000 books. And it is corner of ancient book at the very beginning to head spontaneously when it visits here. We were always surprised in full yellowtail of your Shigemoto, but were able to meet that fantastic collection of photographs, Kikuji Kawada "map" (art publishing company) on this day that came.
The first edition that only Part 500 was issued in 1965 is right the highest peak of collection of vintage photographs. Photograph group which is high contrast that arrested portrait photographs of "stain" and Kamikaze branded on wall of Hiroshima Peace Memorial in one which should be called beginning of Aristrist books in Japan is designed by novel form called all page sets of folding doors. It is Kohei Sugiura to have dealt with the binding. We study Asian iconographic Buddhist image and are graphic designer on behalf of Japan which brought innovation in book design.
Of course there is no other idea for lineup corresponding to trend that is real time. One of prime writer who searched death, light and human root-like duality including shadow, seeing and not seeing through photograph if Rieko Shiga of photographer was raw. Exhibition "Rieko Shiga blind date" which we held in Kagawa in this summer (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art) attracted big attention by display that showed further progress as writer, but here associated book "Blind Date" (T&M Projects) was put well, too. Book with a few handling bookstores is prepared properly, too. Trust for bookstore is decided in such a place.
At entrance of popular name "art street" where art books form a line, special section of large-scale book is established. "Hiroshige famous place Edo 100 view" that recorded shosuri of Kishin Shinoyama "KABUKI by KISHIN" almost choice of Kabuki photograph (1,000 copies of limitation) and "famous place Edo 100 view" special equipment version (we set one piece of reproduction original picture of work liking 200 copies of limitation) is limited book to be able to buy only in here Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS. We send sense of beauty of Japan for the world. One one of special feature and the display developed using glasscase or display case, flat base everywhere showed the will.
Successively to the fifth-floor RAIKA GINZA SIX under one. It is noble brand, RAIKA of camera, binoculars which obvious Germany is proud of. Many photographers including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier = Bresson grew with camera of RAIKA and caught many "moments of truth".
John Davis photo exhibition "Kosen" is holding photo exhibition space in established open look of a shop now here (... December 13). It is masterpiece that famous British photographer chased five years before 15-year-old maiko, small Ougi becoming full-fledged as geisha as Japanese old photograph collector.
At first instant camera first time RAIKA history "rye paper mulberry Fort" is checked o. In spite of being cute looks, it is double exposure and honor student who possessed creative shooting fashion such as exposure for a long time.
In looking at RAIKA M type camera of camera fan appendix slaver for hand with much effort. Is it exaggerated if we tell this weight and feel, stoic body to feel craftsman ship?
In addition, koreboreshon item with Kyoto folkcraft which it is usually only RAIKA Kyoto shop that was prepared for "Kosen" exhibition by central shelf, and is treated. While Japanese fan of Shippo crest is limitation product that long-established store, kyuwaki*ogian dealt with, pricing of approximately one bottle of champagne. Articles that it seems to be pleased with 10,000 yen charges mid-and present line up to deluxe drawstring bag which used cloth for silk which printed Kyoto yuzen print of famous Chiso with Kyoto yuzen kimono for leather lining.
Return after all without buying anything on that day……We cannot come and get art Shincho July, 1989 issue when we found in Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS (special feature "photograph best 10 of Showa that photographer chose") well. We thought that we could come across magazine which failed to buy on young day in the middle of Ginza and did not rub possibly.
GINZA SIX which embodies, and succeeds to DNA of Ginza that continued being the place of dispatch of fine arts with clear intention, and presents the best of Japan in every dimension. However, not flattery to easy tradition, we catch information of present continuous positively and feel creative spirit in place where we continue challenging by oneself again. It may be said that it is one of the secrets to do the life more wealthily to have such a spot in everyday field of activities.
Text: Akiko Tomita Photos: Hiroyuki Takahashi Edit: Yuka Okada
Can I ask a quick question? Are you someone who worries the weight of your books or records will damage the floorboards? Since I moved out on my own, as someone who’s written for photography and culture journals since my student days, I know the feeling. So, today, for all my fellow culture addicts and everyone else who seeks out what’s new and fascinating in the world of culture, I’d like to recommend the cultural space at GINZA SIX. Allow me to proceed with my introduction.
First, let’s head to Ginza Tsutaya Books on the sixth floor. Here, you’ll find an event space with a high vaulted ceiling inspired by watchtowers, an art gallery showcasing timely works, and a series of artworks exhibited at various points throughout the store. All of this merges to create an important site for transmitting art and culture.
Among the store’s major highlights is a 60,000-volume collection of art books. When I visit the store, I immediately head over to the used-book area. I’m repeatedly awestruck by the vast range covered by the stock of invaluable books here. My lucky find today was a rare book of photos by Kikuji Kawada entitled “Chizu” (published by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha).
This first edition, of which only 500 copies were printed in 1965, is the pinnacle of vintage photo collections. It all but inaugurated the artist book in Japan. The high-contrast photographs, including the shadows seared into the walls of Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) and portraits of kamikaze pilots, were designed in a novel format in which all the pages are gatefold. The binding was developed by Kohei Sugiura, the renowned Japanese graphic designer who studied Asian iconography to create highly innovative book designs.
The store’s lineup of books that follows current trends is also exceptional. Photographer Lieko Shiga is a major artist who has pursued, through photography, the fundamentally dual nature of human beings—life and death, light and shadow, the seen and the unseen. “Lieko Shiga Blind Date,” an exhibition of her works held this past summer at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art in Kagawa Prefecture, drew considerable attention and provided a glimpse of Shiga’s continuing evolution as an artist. The bookstore carries a few copies of “Blind Date” (T&M Projects), the book accompanying the exhibition. The store also carries books carried by very few other bookstores. Loyalty to a bookstore is built on things like this.
The entrance to “Art Street,” the common name given to the art books section, features a special area for oversized books. Kishin Shinoyama’s “KABUKI by KISHIN” (limited edition of 1,000 copies), considered the standard for Kabuki photography, and a special edition of “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” with the first printings of the “Famous Views” (limited edition of 200 copies; with one reproduction of a favorite work) are limited editions available only here at Ginza Tsutaya Books. To transmit Japanese aesthetic perspectives to the world—each of the collections and displays scattered throughout the store in glass cases, in cabinets, and on flat display platforms speaks to this mission.
Let’s go down one floor to the fifth floor and check out Leica GINZA SIX. Leica, obviously, is the renowned brand of German cameras and binoculars. Many photographers, including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, have lived with their Leica cameras and captured numerous decisive moments.
The store is based on an open floor plan that includes a photo exhibition space. The current exhibition, “Kosen,” features work by John Davies (through December 13). Davies, an English photographer, is also well-known as a collector of vintage photographs of Japan. The remarkable work gathered here tracks the progression of a 15-year-old apprentice geisha, or maiko, over five years, as she becomes a full-fledged geisha.
Let’s start by checking out the Leica Sofort, the brand’s first-ever instant camera. It looks cute, but it also features real-world working chops, like creative double-exposure and time-lapse-exposure modes.
And since we’re here, let’s pick up and hold the camera that makes any camera fan’s mouth water: the Leica M. The heft, the texture of the surface, the austere body—it’s hardly an overstatement to say one perceives the presence of craftsmanship in one’s hands.
Next, on the center shelves, in a tribute to the “Kosen” exhibition, are items produced in collaboration with traditional Kyoto craftspeople. These products are normally available only at the Leica Store Kyoto. The cloisonné-patterned folding fan is a limited-run item produced with traditional maker Miyawaki Baisenan and priced like a bottle of champagne. We also find here a drawstring pouch of leather, lined with kyoyuzen-patterned silk from famous kimono maker Chiso, priced around 15,000 yen. These items would make spectacular gifts.
Nevertheless, I ended up going home empty-handed… just kidding! I’m not sure that’s possible. Today, I picked up the July 1989 issue of Geijutsu Shincho magazine (Best 10 Showa Era Photos, as Selected by Photographers), a find I came across in Ginza Tsutaya Books. I really had no idea I’d come across a magazine, here in the middle of Ginza, that I’d missed the chance to buy in my younger days.
In its DNA, Ginza has long exemplified Japanese sophistication while also serving as a center for fine art. GINZA SIX clearly and purposefully inherits and deploys this tradition in all dimensions. But it’s not merely following tradition; there’s a creative grit I sense in its acute attention to current information and willingness to tackle new challenges. Having a place like this within your daily repertoire is one of the secrets to bringing more enrichment to life.
Author: Akiko Tomita Photographer: Hiroyuki Takahashi Editor: Yuka Okada
Akiko TomitaEditor and writer. Entered the publishing industry after working at an art museum. Worked on numerous photo collections and street art features for a culture magazine before launching her freelance career. Currently writes articles on the arts for Vogue Japan, Numero Tokyo, and other media while participating in international photo festivals and corporate philanthropy projects held throughout Japan.
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