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A Place Where You Find Something Whenever You Go A Place Where You Find Something Whenever You Go
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.65
I liked hanging around since I was a child. When I'm in elementary school, I'm just on a detour, basically, I don't go straight home. Even now, on my way home from work, I went to drink with a thought, stopped by a public bath, watched a movie, and so on.……I'm sorry. Not only that, but also get off at the station just before and walk home. In addition, during that time, they read out at convenience stores. The point is that it has not changed since ancient times.
Even so, GINZA SIX is the best place to hang. Apparently, the passages lined with stores seem to image the small path behind the alleys in Ginza. It's not straight, it's a random, winding layout. It's a bit hard to tell where and what. But when you turn around the corner, you can suddenly see a nice shop in front of you or find what you want. That's something fun.
By the way, I am in charge of architect Tadao Ando, and eight years ago, I was chasing a teacher on a business trip to Italy. At that time, the teacher was saying something like this. "It must not be too functional. The reason why many people visit Venice many times is that the city looks like a maze. Whenever you go, people will repeat because they have new discoveries and excitement. " I see, I think GINZA SIX is good. You can meet something new whenever you go. That's why I go there many times.
The first thing I visited this time was "VENINI" on the first floor. In the brand of the long-established Venetian Glass, founded in 1921, I knew this Venice when I interviewed Tadao Ando in Italy, and the teacher announced the lighting "VELIERO" in collaboration with Venice in Milanalone. To date, we have been working on four products, and now this store is lined with the fourth new object, ANDO COSMOS.
"ANDO COSMOS" is an object that the teacher says, "A combination of a cubic body and a sphere, which is the origin of architecture." Available in four colors: crystal, blue, green and red. The price is 3,080,000 yen for crystals and 2,880,000 yen for other three colors (all excluding tax). The overwhelming presence is that if you decorate your house, you will surely play a leading role in interior decoration. Crystal sells only 19 points in the world and 30 points in the other three colors, and has entered 4 points in Japan, but it seems that 3 points have already been sold. As expected, ANDO is popular!
In addition, Venni has a variety of products, from chandelier to vase. Both are made by Venice's Maestro blowing one by one, and the coloring is exquisite. The light is transparent and reflected is beautiful anyway. He says he has more than 100 kinds of palettes. This time, my friend is called to a newly built house, but I want to bring a small vase of Venini as a celebration. Indeed, ANDO COSMOS is impossible, but the vase series is relatively affordable and perfect for gifts.
Next to the 5th floor. There are plenty of shoes and bags here. When I was walking around, I noticed a store at TUMI. Personally, I have been using a carry case of Tumi's Bali stick nylon for more than 10 years. I was thinking about something new, so I went into the store.
19 DEGREE ALUMINUM is a collection of aluminum carry cases. As the name suggests, a diagonal line is applied to the surface at a angle of 19 degrees. This is not only beautiful but also to increase strength, and it is a tsumi-like design that emphasizes functions. Four colors, mat black and silver, season-colored amber and gunmetal. There are three types: in-flight carry-in (100,000 yen / gammetal color: 110,000 yen), short-term travel (120,000 yen), and long-term travel (135,000 yen). It might be nice to buy a new one.
Even so, the functionality of Tumi really surprises me. The 3WAY Brief (69,000 yen) of the Japan Limited Holiday Collection is a representative of that. Recently, I always carry a PC, so it is very convenient to carry on my back. No matter who sees it, it can be seen at a glance that it is a Tumi business bag in a design, so I'm glad that it can't be seen like a uniform high school student even with a jacket or suit. Anyway, the pockets were enriched, and I personally liked the waterproof pockets that can store folding umbrellas and plastic bottles.
And what I thought was good was the folding umbrella of Tumi. You can not only open with one push but also close it. In addition, a ventilation hole is provided so that the umbrella does not turn over even in strong winds. The black folding umbrella is something like the Ossan, but this Tumi umbrella is different. A man of a neat adult seemed to have it, and I really wanted it. The M size is 10,000 yen, which seems to be concave if lost.…I'm sorry.
Next, go to the Foods floor on the second basement floor to take a break. It seems that there are shops unique to GINZA SIX, such as new business formats and the first store in Tokyo. Walk around and enter the shop where you suddenly thought it was good. That is "Cafe ExPERTO". This is a coffee shop that focuses on varieties, cultivation and selection in the producers, storage in Japan, and roasting. What attracted me was the appearance of Takeshi Miyazaki at the counter. It is definitely full of aura that will make delicious coffee.
So, according to Miyazaki's recommendation, I decided to have Katura coffee from Beja Vista Farm in Katura, Colombia. "Let's compare and drink how much the taste changes depending on how you brew," said Miyazaki. I was brewed by two methods: hand drip and French press. Even so, I feel good about Miyazaki's work. I just fall in love with my wife. The appearance of pouring hot water carefully conveys the affection and passion for coffee. He seems to have worked at a coffee farm in Hawaii to master coffee. "The most important thing for coffee beans is transportation. Our beans are only carried under proper temperature control. " Listening to that commitment, you can understand the price of 1,500 yen per cup.
It's a taste, but if you brew it with a hand drip, it's a transparent taste that doesn't taste so much as you think it's coffee. After passing through the throat, the lingering lingering nose and lasting for a while. Now, it can only be described as elegant. On the other hand, if you brew with French press, the moment you put it in your mouth, a flavor with a punch spreads in your mouth. I was surprised at the depth of the coffee, as if the same beans were made, but the taste was so different depending on how they were brewed.
Finally, I decided to hang around this Foods floor to find Ginza souvenirs. I'm in trouble because I have a lot of things I want. Even so, it's really fun to hang the GINZA SIX. GINZA SIX is such a place where you will stay long if you notice it.
Text: Motoyuki Yagi Photos: Takao Ota Edit: Yuka Okada
I’ve always liked wandering, ever since I was a kid. In grade school, I’d always swing by here and there. I rarely went straight home. Even now, after work, I go out for drinks on the spur of the moment, step into a public bathhouse, or go and watch a movie. I’ll get off the train a stop early and wander home on foot. Then, on my way home, I’ll duck into a convenience store for no reason and stand there reading a magazine. In all these years, I haven’t changed.
GINZA SIX is a great place to wander. Its store-lined hallways are modeled on the little Ginza alleyways found off the beaten path. The halls are laid out randomly, and they curve. They’re not set along ruler-straight lines. You don’t always know exactly where everything is. But when you turn a corner, a great store suddenly appears before your eyes, and you find something you like. That’s surprisingly fun.
Covering the architect Tadao Ando eight years ago, I happened to follow him on a business trip to Italy to research an article. While we were there, he told me, “Obsessing over the functional can be bad. Why do you think people come to Venice again and again? It’s because the city itself is a labyrinth. You’re thrilled once again and make new discoveries each time you visit. That’s why the city has so many repeat visitors.” I thought that made sense. I think that’s also what makes GINZA SIX special. No matter how many times you go, you find something new. It makes you keep going back.
My first stop today is Venini on the first floor, a venerable Venetian glass brand established in 1921. I first discovered Venini on that trip to Italy with Tadao Ando, who released the Veliero lamp he designed with Venini at Salone del Mobile Milano. The architect has been involved in four collaborations with Venini so far. This store carries his fourth work in the series, Ando Cosmos.
Ando Cosmos is an object that combines cubes and spheres, “the foundational geometric elements of architecture,” as the master put it. It comes in four colors: crystal (clear), blue, green, and red. The crystal Cosmos is priced at 3,080,000 yen. The other three colors are 2,880,000 yen each (all prices listed before tax). The work has an unmistakable presence. Displayed at home, it would undoubtedly become the focal point of your interior. Only 19 of the crystal and 30 of the other colors have been created. Japan had four, but three have already sold, a testament, if any were needed, of Ando’s popularity.
Venini offers various other products, from chandeliers to flower vases, each created as one of a kind by master Venetian glassblowers. The range of colors is exquisite, and the light penetrating and reflecting off the glass is simply lovely. Venini’s color palette features more than 100 colors. I’ve been invited by a friend to see his new house, and I think I’ll bring him a small Venini vase as a housewarming gift. The Cosmos is, of course, out of my range, but the vases are reasonably priced and would make good gifts.
Next, I head up to the fifth floor. Here, everywhere I look, I see shoes and bags. As I’m wandering about, Tumi catches my eye. I’ve had a Tumi ballistic nylon suitcase for over ten years and was just thinking it was time for something new, so I went in.
19 Degree Aluminum is their collection of aluminum suitcases. As the name suggests, the diagonal ridges on the surface are at 19 degree angles. Not only are the lines beautiful, they strengthen the case, a functional design touch that’s also a Tumi trademark. The suitcases come in four colors—matte black, silver, gunmetal, and amber, the last one as a seasonal color—and in three formats—a carry-on (100,000 yen; 110,000 yen for gunmetal), a short-stay suitcase (120,000 yen), and a long-stay suitcase (135,000 yen). There’s no question they’d make good replacements for my current suitcase.
Tumi’s functionality is truly astonishing. A perfect example is the Three-Way Brief (69,000 yen), available only in Japan. I carry a computer around with me all the time these days, so a backpack is very useful. Anyone can tell at a glance it’s a Tumi business bag; the design is perfect for carrying with a jacket or suit without creating the impression of a high school student in uniform. It has plenty of pockets. I especially like the waterproof pocket, perfect for a collapsible umbrella or plastic drink bottle.
Tumi’s collapsible umbrella also catches my eye. It both opens and closes with the press of a button. It features air vents to keep the umbrella from turning inside out in gusting winds, a typical and carefully considered Tumi touch. Black collapsible umbrellas tend to be associated with typical middle-aged men, but this one breaks the mold: It’s more the accoutrement of a refined gentleman. I find myself wanting one. The umbrella in medium size is 10,000 yen, so losing it wouldn’t be trivial, but still…
Thinking to take a break, I next head to the Food Floor, the second belowground floor. Many of the restaurants and stores found here are Tokyo firsts and exclusive to GINZA SIX. Many present new formats. I wander around a bit and enter a place I find immediately appealing. That place is Café Experto, a coffee shop that takes special care with everything from bean varieties, cultivation and selection in the country of origin, to storage and brewing in Japan. I’m particularly drawn to the demeanor of Takeshi Miyazaki behind the counter. He has the aura of someone clearly capable of brewing a delicious cup of coffee.
Following Miyazaki-san’s recommendation, I choose Caturra bean coffee from Colombia’s Bellavista farm. Miyazaki-san suggests I compare two different brewing methods to see how the brewing method affects the coffee’s flavor. I have the cups brewed via hand-drip and French press. I’m entranced by Miyazaki-san’s graceful gestures as he works. The care with which he pours in the hot water vividly communicates a passion for coffee. Miyazaki-san tells me he once worked on a coffee farm in Hawaii to find out as much as he possibly could about coffee. “An important aspect of coffee beans is, in fact, how they’re transported. Almost all our beans are transported under strict temperature controls.” The obvious care that goes into a single cup helps explain the 1,500 yen price.
Now, to the taste: The hand-drip has a limpid flavor free of unpleasant notes—it almost doesn’t seem like coffee. After I take a sip, the aftertaste lingers in my nose for a long time. Highly refined is the most apt description. In contrast, the French press has a punchy flavor that fills my mouth the moment I take a sip. The coffee beans are the same, but the flavors are completely different. The profound complexities of coffee amazed me.
Finally, I wander the Food Floor looking for a Ginza souvenir. It’s hard to choose—there’s so much that I want. Still, wandering GINZA SIX is a sheer joy. Before you know it, you’ve been here for hours. It’s that kind of place.
Text：Motoyuki Yagi Photos：Takao Ota Edit：Yuka Okada
Born in 1972. Graduated from Sophia University and joined Hinode Publishing. After wandering overseas for a time, he returned and helped create the first issue of Tokyo Calendar. He joined Gentosha in 2006 and joined the GOETHE editorial department. Since 2018, he has been editor-in-chief of the web version of GOETHE.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram