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Thoughtful Ginza Gifts on a Low-Key Budget Thoughtful Ginza Gifts on a Low-Key Budget
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.26
I was a child who liked my favorite middle school and those who gave me year-end gifts. I loved people who gave me herb butter in bottles and cookies in clean cans. When you look for a gift, take it around until your mother gets tired and try again if you don't like the wrapping at the store. When I was a junior high school student, I used all the amount allowed to use New Year's balls in wrapping supplies. When I became a member of society, I began to receive consultations from friends who needed souvenirs, and when I noticed, I worked as a writer for souvenirs.
And in January 2018. One e-mail that entered the place where you handed your New Year's card. That was the offer for this project. "I want you to hang around the second basement floor of GINZA SIX from the perspective of searching for souvenirs." a job of breaking a paradise…!
Ginza is often focused on difficult and expensive items. But, whether you run in a hurry or even with the usual budget, you can procure high-quality souvenirs with a sense of "just" properly, Ginza. When I walked on the second basement floor of GINZA SIX again, I felt Ginza with a later face. While paying attention to the package, I picked up four stores that can provide high-quality souvenirs for 1,000 to 3,000 yen. What can be common to all is that I am happy if I get it.
First of all, KUROGI CHACHA, a collaborative shop of Kurogi, the most reserved Japanese restaurant in Japan, and Fukujuen, a long-established tea shop.
"Tokiha Shirane" (all + tax price for all less than 2,700 yen) is a beautiful appearance, as well as the exquisite harmony of Uji tea kuzukan and Hokkaido cream cheese. Sanada string is placed on a neat paulownia box. If you open it, you will see a bear bamboo grass with plenty of water. Inside the lid, there are ugly flour, black honey, and small sardines, and their sticks do not accumulate in box lovers.
If you have a long-lasting one, wear a handmade “tea coat” (1,600 yen per set). The package is perfect. The bean paste, which makes you feel the bitterness of Uji Matcha faintly, may be liked by men.
If you tell them that you will buy them at the store, you will enjoy the sea bream pickles and tea that were once offered at "Kurogi" in the store. I would like to visit with enough time to allow it.
Next is Ginza, a good old days, and CAFÉ EUROPE's newness with Ginza from the good old days. The symbolic logo is the profile of a woman smiling in front of the cake. Cracical Western confectionery for the showcase.
In fact, here is a store where "Yuheim" is reprinted from "CAFÉ EUROPE is the legend of Ginza.
Pressing as a souvenir is a coffee Baumkuchen (two sizes of 1,500 yen and 2,500 yen) in a can that can be used to save coffee beans. Supervised by a coffee hunter José. Yoshiaki Kawashima. The dough is made of finely ground coffee beans, and the coated chocolate is made with coarsely ground coffee beans. I think that the overall point as a souvenir, including the rare, is outstanding.
"Ginza Coffee Jelly" is also a dish that uses original blended coffee by Kawashima. The limited quantity of mugs (800 yen) has been sold out many times, so if you are aiming, it may be better to ask for a reservation.
If you choose souvenirs for health-friendly people, go to the honey specialty store "Labeil". I choose from Greek rhinops when I want to feel "correct".
The Greek honey, which is said to be the world's highest peak, has a special bottle design. When you put it in a black gift box, it looks like a puffer or diffuser.
This time, I was quoted as saying "Red Heath" (125g / 2,000 yen), which was the first arrival in six years, but the scent was bright and spicy, and it was like a crisp dry fruit in a rich sweetness. It was a very impressive taste. Wow, just honey for a gift!
Speaking of Puffum, GINZA SIX-only "Palfan Dumiere", which uses roses and violet flowers pickled in Hungary acacia honey, also needs to be checked. If there's a man who can choose this, I'll be happy. Surely.
The last visit was Ben's Cookies, a cookies specialty store from the UK. All 10 kinds of cookies, which are the same as the head office in Jiyugaoka, are baked in the oven at the back of the counter.
Even if you purchase with a red gift can (1,300 yen for 4 pieces, 2,600 yen for 8 pieces), you can pack one piece individually with your favorite combination. The expiration date is all 4 days, but preservatives are also made completely without additives. You can give it to your home with your child with confidence.
The striped ribbon on the shoulder straps is also very cute. Don't forget to buy my snacks and the morning food the next morning, and it was easy.
I asked a lot of questions ahead of time, got a lot of harvest, and when I returned, I felt like I had improved my hand-made procurement skills. GINZA SIX B2F. The frequency of visits is likely to increase in the future.
Text: Yukiko Daigo Photos: Kanako Nakamura Edit: Yuka Okada
When I was little, I liked people who gave us midyear and New Year’s gifts I liked. I loved a person who gave us herb butter in a glass jar and cookies in a pretty tin. When I went looking for a gift myself, I’d walk around with my mother until she was just about exhausted. Even then, if I didn’t like how the shop wrapped the gift, we’d have to start all over. Once, when I was in middle school, I went so far as using all the money I’d received for New Year’s that year to buy just wrapping paper and other gift-wrapping items. By the time I was out in the working world, friends needing to buy gifts would come to me for advice. Before I knew it, I was working as a writer specializing in gifts and souvenirs.
Which brings us to January 2018. I’d just given out my New Year’s gifts when I received an email. It was a commission to do this piece on GINZA SIX. It said, “We’d like you to wander about the second belowground floor of GINZA SIX looking for gifts.” So, basically, the job is to wander in paradise!
When people think of Ginza, the focus tends to be on costly or hard-to-find articles. But even if you’re in a hurry or even if you can afford only a normal amount, Ginza’s a place where you can find distinctive and refined gifts and souvenirs. In walking around the second belowground floor of GINZA SIX, I discovered this side of Ginza once again. Here, I’ll report on four establishments with high-quality gifts between 1,000 yen and 3,000 yen, with all due attention paid to packaging as well. What all these articles have in common is that they’re things I personally would be delighted to receive.
First up is Kurogi Chacha, a collaboration between the Japanese restaurant Kurogi—known as the hardest restaurant in Japan to reserve a table—and Fukujuen, the long-time tea purveyor.
Tokiha Shironeri (2,700 yen; all prices given are before tax) consists of Uji green tea and arrowroot jelly and Hokkaido cream cheese in perfect harmony. It’s also beautiful. The paulownia wood box is tied with a braided sanada-himo cord. When you open the box, a moist kuma bamboo leaf appears. Uguisu soy flour, brown-sugar syrup, and a teaspoon are hidden inside the lid, an arrangement that’s sure to delight package-lovers endlessly.
For something that keeps longer, there’s the handmade Chakai (1,600 yen for a set of four). The package is perfect. The anko bean jam, with a hint of bitterness from Uji matcha tea, should delight male recipients.
I tell the staff I’d like to make a purchase, then relax inside with some green tea and sea bream chazuke, something formerly served at Kurogi. At a place like this, you want to give yourself some extra time.
Next, I go to Café Europe, where you can experience the Ginza of yesteryear side by side with what’s fresh and new. Its emblematic logo is the profile of a woman with a faint smile in front of a piece of cake. In the showcase, you’ll find classic Western confections.
Actually, this is a revival by Jucheim of the original Café Europe, a legendary Ginza café.
As a gift, the café recommends coffee baumkuchen in a can that looks perfect for storing coffee beans (two sizes; 1,500 yen and 2,500 yen). Supervised by renowned coffee hunter Yoshiaki Kawashima, the cake combines finely ground coffee bean powder in the dough with coarsely ground coffee beans in the chocolate coating. Thanks in part to its rarity, its overall score as a gift is conspicuously high.
The Ginza Coffee Jelly, with an original coffee blend by Mr. Kawashima, is another of the café’s distinctive items. In the limited edition mug (800 yen), I’ve seen it sold out many times. So, if it’s something you’re after, it might be wise to ask the café to set one aside.
If you’re choosing a gift for someone who’s especially health conscious, you might try L’abeille, a specialty store for honey. For a more formal, thoughtful feel, I’d choose from the lineup of honey products made in Greece.
Greece is said to make the world’s best honey. The jar design is special, too. In the black gift box, it looks like a perfume vessel or an aroma diffuser.
I tried some Red Heath (125g; 2,000 yen), in stock for the first time in six years (!). It has a fresh, spicy aroma and a sharp tartness, like dried fruit, within the rich sweetness, a flavor combination that very much leaves an impression. Truly, it’s honey that makes a gift.
Speaking of perfume, you should check out Parfum du Miel, available exclusively at GINZA SIX. It’s made from roses, violets, and other flowers in acacia honey from Hungary. Any man out there whose first instinct is to choose this as his gift will surely be quite popular.
My final stop is Ben’s Cookies of the UK, which offers the same lineup of over 10 varieties of cookies as the flagship store in Jiyugaoka. All cookies are freshly baked in ovens behind the counter.
Purchase a red gift tin (1,300 yen with four cookies; 2,600 with eight cookies) and choose your favorite cookies: The staff will package each one individually and place them in the tin. The best-by date is just four days away because the cookies are completely free of preservatives or other additives. It’s something you can give with confidence to families with children.
The shopping bag tied with a striped ribbon has a distinct charm, too. I bought some for myself as well, for a snack and for tomorrow’s breakfast. That was fun!
At each place I visited today, I asked numerous questions and came away with many rewards. Now that I’m ready to go home, I feel like I’ve boosted my gift-buying skills. The second belowground floor of GINZA SIX—I think I’ll be visiting there more often.
Text: Yukiko Daigo Photos: Kanako Nakamura Edit: Yuka Okada
Writer and public relations specialist. Food-lover from birth. Worked at an advertising agency whose target media were community forums and began working as a freelancer in 2010. Writes primarily food and lifestyle pieces for both men’s and women’s magazines. Pens a regular column on gifts and souvenirs for the online magazine cafeglobe.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram