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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
Early childhood when we liked person to give own favorite midsummer gift and the year-end present. We loved people to give cookies which entered herb butter and clean can in with bottle. When oneself looks for present, we do again if we do not like companion mawashi, lapping of shop until mother becomes dead tired. As for having poured all the foreheads where use of New Year's present was permitted at the age of junior high student into lapping article. We came to be consulted from friend who needed present when we became member of society and were doing job of present as writer if we noticed.
It is also January, 2018. One email that entered place where we had finished handing New Year's greetings. That was offer of this plan. Saying "we want the second floor of GINZA SIX under the ground to swing in glance in search of present." Work to wander around paradise…!
Ginza that is apt to be focused on thing which it is hard to obtain and expensive thing. But it is so Ginza that it is the budget for street, but can always raise good-quality present with feeling "properly" properly even if we rush in in a hurry. Ginza where what we walk the second floor of GINZA SIX under the ground and felt again has latter face. We picked up four stores that good-quality present could prepare for for 1,000 yen - 3,000 yen while paying attention to package. Being glad that we can be common to all if myself get.
At first, Japanese restaurant "kurogi" and collaboration shop "KUROGI CHACHA" that reservations are produced in Japan least of well-established tea store "Fukujuen."
The appearance being beautiful in spite of being "evergreen leaves white glossed silk" (all 2,700 yen or less + tax price) leaving exquisite harmony of kuzukan of Uji tea and Hokkaido cream cheese. It is braid in handsome paulownia box. Bear bamboo grass including a good moisture appears if we open. In cover, bush warbler soybean flour and black syrup, teaspoon are had, and the preparations do not also collect to box enthusiast.
If storable duration makes, handmade monaka "tea colored monk's robe" (four set 1,600 yen). Package is perfect, too. Bean jam that bitterness of Uji Matcha is felt faintly may be favored by man.
In shop, we enjoy Tai-chazuke and tea which have been ever donated in "kurogi" slowly if we convey that we purchase at store. It wants to come having margin as that is permitted with much effort.
"CAFÉ EUROPE" that Ginza and newness of the good old days are felt successively. Profile of woman smiling in front of cake in symbolic logo. Western confectioneries which are classical to showcase.
In fact, store which let you reproduce this, "CAFÉ EUROPE" which became legend of Ginza "Juchheim."
Coffee Baumkuchen (2 size of 1,500 yen and 2,500 yen) that present toshitenoichi push entered can which seemed to be usable to store coffee beans. Surprisingly, the supervision is coffee Hunter, José. Yoshiaki Kawashima. With coffee beans which we sawed to chocolate which we matched powder of coffee beans which we sawed finely with cloth and coated coarsely. Including rare degree, we think that general point as present is height to excel others.
One article that seems to be the shop where coffee of original blend by Kawashima is used for as for "Ginza coffee jelly" again. What ask for hold may be better if we aim as with limited number of mug cups (800 yen) sees many times when it is sold out.
Selection of present to person who is health conscious to store specializing in honey "L'Abeille." When I want to show feeling "properly", I choose among lineup from Greece.
Specifications special as for the honey from Greece said to be the world's highest mountain as for the design of bottle. It is totally like perfume and D fuser when we enter black gift box.
Tasting did "red HEATH" to be what first arrival in 6 years (125 g/2,000 yen) this time, but flavor was bright, and it was felt, and acidity such as tightly tight dried fruit was taste to remain in impression very much in the spy sea, heavy sweetness, too. Well, it is right honey for gift!
Speaking of perfume, GINZA SIX-limited "pal fan Demy ELLE" which soaked rose and violet in honey of Acacia from Hungary is check required. We are popular if there is man who can choose this lightly. Surely.
Finally having come store specializing in cookies "Ben's Cookies" from the U.K. 10 or more kinds of cookies to be assortment of products same as main store in Jiyugaoka are hot from the oven with oven of the all counter depths.
When we purchase with canned red gift (1,300 yen with four pieces, 2,600 yen with eight pieces), we have you individually wrap by one piece in combination to like grilled length and fill. Because all the expiration date is 4th, but it is additive-free, and preservatives is completely made, too. I can hand to family having child in peace.
Shopper whom ribbon of stripe was tied up to is very cute. We purchased without forgetting portion of the food in own snacks and morning of the next morning and it was like that and scolded comfort.
Feeling that present procurement skill completely improved when we asked a question to the full for the future to go and got much gain and returned. GINZA SIX the second floor of the basement. Frequency to further come seems to rise in 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