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Finding the Special Everyday in Ginza Finding the Special Everyday in Ginza
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.58
I have always liked "normal" since I was a child. I didn't hate "Tokubetsu" like an athletic meet or an excursion, but I was not good at including myself and creating a relaxed atmosphere for everyone. It doesn't change when you grow up. I'm grateful and grateful to spend my time at my own pace. Because I live a freelance life without routine, I may feel extra.
And Ginza. It is one of the best towns in Japan, or the world. It's glittering, but it's not wet. It is common for this town to be a great deal. It is also a town that can change everyday. If you visit GINZA SIX, the most new and Ginza-like spot, you can feel that. GINZA SIX has a lot of "likes" that I like.
I first visited Tabio Japan on the 4th floor. It is a specialty store for high-quality socks made in Japan. These socks are comfortable to wear anyway. You're playing with your socks. He says, "If you look at your feet, you can see the value of a man." No matter how expensive you wear shoes, you can't stand with socks for 3 pairs and 1,000 yen. In the first place, the quality of socks that enter between your feet is important to know the truth of high-quality shoes.
I came to look for long hoes (high socks) that are often used in the coming season, but among the abundant lineups, I caught my eye with "silk x cotton bunner longhorses" (\2,200). This socks, woven with only a few machines in Japan, uses high-quality silk above the instep and thick cotton piles at the sole. So to speak, it's a good place for business socks and sports socks, and it's hard to feel tired even if you walk all day thanks to the cushioned soles.
Originally, since I knew Tabio in sports socks, I have used various socks, but it seems that there was such a "hidden ball". All socks made of cotton, wool and silk with good touch are in the 1,000 to 2,000 yen range. If you think about spending your time comfortably, I don't think it's a luxury shopping.
GINZA SIX's B1 beauty floor is glad that men can hang without resistance. Speaking of department store cosmetics corners, there are cosmetic manufacturers' counters lined up, and the atmosphere of women seeking beauty and various fragrances are mixed, and there is an atmosphere of "boy prohibition", but it is completely different from that. There is room on the entire floor, and you can search for an uncle's "beauty".
This time, I stopped by "John Master Organic Select". I've been worried about using this NY-born organic brand shampoo and conditioner since I used it in amenities at overseas hotels. It feels good to wash and calms your hair. The gentle scent from nature is also impressive.
Shampoo and conditioner are rich in lineups, but which one to choose is after a "head skin diagnosis" (free) of about 3 minutes. If you check the condition of pores and scalp, you can quickly find the best product.
In my case, the scalp is normal and the normal shampoo "L & R Shampoo N" (\2,400) is selected. L&R is lavender and rosemary. A slight scent is healed. Conditioner is "R&A Hair Mask" (\4,400). I don't like hairdressing, so it's likely to have the effect of putting together dry hair. But what I liked was the plump scent. The scent of rose and apricot is not too sweet and elegant. Because you are an uncle, you should invest in hair quality and fragrance. It is a thankful story because "normal" can be moistened and the smell of uncle can be removed for thousands of yen. In addition, we purchased "Rip Carm" (\1,500) in preparation for the coming season of drying. Not only hair but also lips aim to be shiny.
Finally, go to the food floor of B2. Ah, while being shaken by a certain temptation, he arrives at his goal, Raveil. This is a specialty store with honey from all over the world. I love honey. Originally, I searched for a pair of yogurt that I ate like a staple food and started testing various honey. Every time you travel around Japan and around the world, you will check various honeys and order them by mail order. I've been looking for "ideal honey" for many years, but it doesn't seem necessary anymore. If you visit this "Laveil", you will find a lot of delicious secrets that are carefully selected by professionals.
Honeys collected from 10 countries, including Japan, Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, and New Zealand, are rich in variety. Acacia, orange, lemon, apple, buckwheat, coffee, chestnut, cherries…The lineup, which has more than 85 types, can be tested all, and I'm glad that customers like me who are selfishly requesting "that and this" will be able to respond sweetly and without sticky.
By the way, my recommendation as an amateur honey critic is honey from Sicilia. It has high stickiness and a unique touch. However, the flavor is very gorgeous, and you can feel the features of each flower. It tastes like scooping it into a spoon and licking it as it is. This time, we got "new nectar" and "Wakayama mandarin orange 250g" (\3,300), which are not domestic new rice. Fresh taste with unique sweetness and slight bitterness like grapefruit. You can mix it with yogurt or apply it to bread. The honey of "Laveil" is likely to make everyday eating habits fun.
Finally, it's not shopping, but let's introduce the services that I want people like me to use at GINZA SIX. Normally, parking lots for general customers are B4, but Valet Parking members who usually have a parking lot for general customers will be B4, but will be required to make an advance reservation at least one hour before the day after registration with GINZA SIX APP members. With a charge of \2,000, you can "slow down" the car and go directly to shopping. I don't have time, but I want to do some shopping. It's perfect for such a case. With a service like a luxury hotel, you can enjoy a little luxury.
Fashion, care and go to GINZA SIX! Of course there is. But that alone doesn't mean we enjoyed everything. You can relax your shoulders and enjoy yourself. Still, it makes "normal" "tokubetsu". It was a day when I felt the depth of the GINZA SIX.
Text: Koske Kawakami Photos: Sachiko Arakawa Edit: Yuka Okada
I’ve liked everyday things ever since I was a kid. It’s not that I didn’t like “special” things like school events—sports day and field trips—but I’ve never really liked how everyone, myself included, would get restless and jittery. I disliked that atmosphere. I feel the same even now, as an adult. I love the everyday, when I can spend my time at the pace I prefer; I appreciate being able to do that. I work freelance, so my days don’t have a set routine, which may be why I feel this so strongly.
So, here I am in Ginza. A special place in Japan and one of the world’s special places. It glitters, but it’s not restless. It’s special, but it’s also everyday. It’s a district that transforms the everyday into the special. You really perceive this visiting GINZA SIX, the newest, distinctively Ginza spot in Ginza. GINZA SIX is full of the special everyday things I love.
Today, I first visit Tabio Japan GINZA SIX on the fourth floor, a specialist boutique for high-quality socks made in Japan. These socks, simply put, are comfortable. Don’t laugh and say they’re just socks! It’s been said you can judge the quality of a man by his feet, and it’s not just about shoes. No matter how much your shoes cost, if you’re wearing 3-for-1,000 yen socks, you’re not in the running. One can’t really know the value of luxury shoes if the quality of the socks you wear falls short.
I came looking for knee-high socks, which I’ll wear a lot this coming season. Out of the extensive lineup, what caught my eye was the Cotton/Silk Banner Socks (2,200 yen). These socks are knitted with machines rarely found in Japan. From the instep to the top is high-grade silk, while the sole features thick cotton pile. They take the best parts of business socks and athletic socks. The cushioned sole makes me feel I could walk the entire day in them without getting tired.
My first experience with Tabio was with athletic socks. I’ve worn various Tabio socks since then, so I can’t believe these gems were hiding in plain sight. Tabio’s socks are made from cotton, wool, and silk. They all feel great on your skin. Prices range from 1,000 yen to 2,000 yen—not excessively luxurious, to my mind, if you consider the everyday comfort they provide.
The Beauty Floor on the first belowground floor of GINZA SIX, I’m happy to say, is a place where men, too, can wander comfortably. With all the cosmetics counters, overheated enthusiasm of women seeking beauty products, and the swirl of intermingling scents, the cosmetics areas in department stores can feel forbidding to men. It’s totally different here. The floor as a whole is very relaxed, freeing you to seek out beauty, as it were, as a middle-aged man.
On this visit, I drop into John Masters Organics Select, the boutique of an organics brand from New York. A hotel I stayed at overseas provided the brand’s shampoo and conditioner as amenities, and I’ve been interested ever since. The wash feels great, with a relaxing effect on my hair. They also leave a gentle, natural scent.
There’s an extensive lineup of shampoos and conditioners. I can’t decide which to choose, so I seek out a free scalp diagnosis, which takes about three minutes. Having your pores and scalp examined helps immediately identify which product is optimal for you.
In my case, I have a normal scalp, so I get a shampoo in the normal range, the L&R Shampoo N (2,400 yen). L&R stands for lavender and rosemary. The faint scent alone is soothing. The conditioner is the somewhat luxurious R&A Hair Mask (4,400 yen). I don’t like hairspray, so my hair tends to get a little bushy; this conditioner helps keep it under control. What grabs my attention, though, is the well-rounded scent: the rose and apricot are refined, without being too sweet. I’ve always felt middle-aged men should invest in hair quality and scent. For just several thousands of yen, it’s an interest that enriches everyday life and helps send middle-aged mustiness packing, something to be thankful for. I also buy Lip Calm (1,500 yen)—with winter approaching, the air grows dry. So I’m shooting not only for shiny hair but lustrous lips.
Finally, I go to the Food Floor on the second belowground floor. I’m find myself tempted here, there, everywhere, but I arrive at my intended destination: L’abeille, a specialty store for honey from around the world. In all honesty, I love honey. I originally wanted simply a good partner for yogurt, which I eat like a staple. In trying all sorts of honey, I came to love honey generally. Whenever I travel in Japan or anywhere overseas, I check out the honey. I also buy it online. I’ve looked through the years for the ideal honey, but it appear I could have avoided the ordeal. At L’abeille, I’ve found an assortment of pure, delicious honey rigorously selected by honey professionals.
L’abeille offers many types of honey from a total of 10 countries. Japan, of course, but also Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, New Zealand, and others. The lineup has over 85 varieties, including acacia, orange, lemon, apple, buckwheat, coffee, chestnut, and cherry. All are available to be sampled. I tend to want to have my way and taste this and that, so I’m delighted by the sweet but not overbearing customer service.
Incidentally, my recommendation, as an amateur honey critic, is a honey made in Sicily. It’s highly viscous, with a unique texture and a florid flavor. You sense the characteristics of the different flowers. Scoop up a spoonful—it’s so delicious you’ll want to lick the spoon. This time, I buy Wakayama Mikan 250 g (3,300 yen), a “new honey” made in Japan (the “new” indicating the latest extraction, in the same way new rice is the most recent crop). The sweetness is tinged with a faintly bitter grapefruit flavor for a unique and fresh taste. I bet it’d be delicious mixed with yogurt and spread on bread. The honey at L’abeille will undoubtedly make your everyday meals that much more enjoyable.
Finally, while it’s not something to buy, I want to tell you about a GINZA SIX service you might like to use if you’re like me and prefer traveling by car. The normal parking lot for customers is on the fourth belowground floor, but there’s also a valet parking service in a dedicated area on the second belowground floor. (First, sign up to become a GINZA SIX APP member, then make a reservation no later than one hour before that day; the charge is 2,000 yen.) If you do use the service, you can just leave your car and go directly inside to shop. If you want to shop but don’t have much time, the service is perfect. It feels like you’re at a nice hotel, so you get to enjoy a little luxury as well.
Get decked out, pump yourself up, and go to GINZA SIX! Of course, that’s fine too, but you don’t necessarily experience everything doing that. Loosen up a bit, wander around, and enjoy. Even then, it’s something that will make your everyday something special. Today was day for getting a sense for the depth of GINZA SIX.
Text: Kosuke Kawakami Photos: Sachiko Horasawa Edit: Yuka Okada
Editor and writer. Born in 1971. Joined Bungeishunju, a publisher, in 1993. After working in the editorial departments for Shukan Bunshun, CREA, and Title, he participated in 2003 in the inaugural issue of GQ JAPAN. Began freelance career in 2006. Writes and edits magazines, books and websites in fields ranging, broadly, from interviews to fashion, watches, cars, and agriculture; also involved in advertising production. His books include Richard Mille: Professional Conceptor.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram