GINZA SIX EDITORS
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Unique editors who are familiar with each genre GINZA SIX aimlessly
We spell way of enjoying that we found on foot.
GINZA SIX is fun even when GINZA SIX Is Fun Whenever
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.73
We always often visit Ginza aimlessly soon all the time partly because we live in point across the Sumida River. Though there is lot it, charm of town called Ginza thinks that it is big-hearted place personally. While it is said that alley one horizontal immediately enters in Ginza where long-established store of having a latent power to continue for 100 years and popular shop to be able to enter casually link the eaves, and there is height of the threshold in meaning while maison of high brand colored gorgeously on the main street stands in a row, and both price and formality attract shops of the highest grade, frontage is wide nevertheless, and there is depth of breast letting you think that it is fun if you come here at any time when.
In fact, we feel thing similar to this in GINZA SIX. The hall where unique shops gathered from all the countries of the world, as it were, of the countries leisurely tour was tasteful, and learned elation that hesitated about theme park whenever went, and seemed to be crowded, and the sense passed from opening for nearly two years; do not still change. Without purpose in particular, something may be fun by all means if we go to GINZA SIX. We visited GINZA SIX with such a feeling aimlessly this time.
When we enter hall and go on 2F, space of colonnade where huge art work was displayed appears overhead. Though there are many photogenic places, this space likes GINZA SIX most personally. Scenery of colonnade to look at from escalator toward upper floor in particular is particularly emotional. Scenery under eyes spreads as we get nervous, and, as for it, totally one town seems to appear, and heart always jumps. Central art work seems to quite do display substitute in half a year, and work of Nichola byufu is decorated now, but it is said that new item installation by Chiharu Shiota is displayed from February 27. It is a pleasure what kind of scenery stands up.
On the same escalator to 5F. We remembered that some card cases which we used were tired and just decided to look in "SOMES SADDLE". General harness maker only in Japan where "SOMES SADDLE" was founded in Utashinai-shi, Hokkaido in 1964. We deal with carriage tool to put in saddle and Imperial Household Agency for the top jockey playing an active part in the world and produce leather products such as bag or wallet. We had collected data on bag here before and were worried about a lot of parts which sympathized with thorough feelings for leather quality, manufacturing that there was not of compromise by all handmade products all the time.
At first leather of buttocks part of horse that it is rare material that picked up, card case (all 14,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price) of constant seller series "Hannover" using CORDOVAN. CORDOVAN is more vulnerable to water than other leather, and there is weak point that there is stain when we get wet, but after all this unique deep luster and hue are attractive.
There is item using calf as well as CORDOVAN, too, and that is of good quality unquestionably, too. And we check bag after having looked at card case. "BOSTON L" of HT label which "SOMES SADDLE" made Hiroshi Tsubouchi of shoes designer designer as for what was worried about, and started in 2014 (180,000 yen). Round steering wheel sewed by sewing machine for harness softly with moisture is quite strong, and leather is familiar with hand. As thick cowhide is called on in the four corners of bottom, we are glad of not minding dirt and shock more than required, and finishing. Though trip of degree often went out with rucksack for 3 days and 2 nights, we thought that such Boston was good.
There was good point of article which was not showy all even if we did to bag even if product of "SOMES SADDLE" made card case and let you think that you wanted to use for a long time carefully. In the first place leather products are items which can go together throughout the life if they care properly. Mind to enjoy trend lightly is necessary, but wants to know joy of continuing using one thing carefully properly. We add to complexion when we embezzle, and leather which taste only for oneself comes out to with secular variation seems to be piled up with way of life that oneself in the future should aim at, and attachment springs out suddenly. Besides, free, "SOMES SADDLE" performs oil up which is indispensable to leather care in maintenance space where not only he/she carves a seal, but also service added name to at the time of the purchase free carefully in shop. The point is relief all possible measures by any chance as there is team where is specialized in repair when it was broken.
What went successively "CIBONE case." This shop which performed spinning out from "CIBONE" in Minamiaoyama gives off presence conspicuously in 4F where lifestyle Shops gathers. It is products which were gathered at free cut end without being kept in genre including work of creator and modern manufacturing of Japan of home and abroad that handle. We like interior miscellaneous goods personally and look in various shops, but drop in regularly when we came to GINZA SIX as showcase to take hint of interior in select being oneself preference here.
"This says, and "is such how to use surely good?" seems to accentuate". We make an excursion in the shop while imagining such a thing this and that. There is gallery space in corner in shop and develops new plan every about one month, but we may know writer new there, and it also becomes one of the pleasure. Encounter with product which is good design raising resolution of daily livings. There is joy of new discovery whenever it comes and forgets that just just time passes.
There were a lot of desired things, but chooses two this time from that. Work of Akio Torii which ran ceramist tuft in Saitama burnt lump of Sue by kiln and we polished the surface and grew (3,981 yen ...). For example, when this has a look, it is like tea caddy, but how to use is free when there is not cover and we do and put accessories and accessory to paperweight if we say as it is just cylindrical ceramic ware. It is interesting that imagination of side to use how if it is oneself, and to use across function as simple tool is tried. It may be good to give as present.
Work of Yoshikuni Takemura that colorful calibers set up atelier in Chiba. There is not decided model, and form and color are different one by one, and work completed for style that form makes color impromptu and gives is attractive in each. What I all wanted to tell the true intention, but was worried about thing (short peace B/5000 Japanese yen) of small vase type. What shall decoration put where? This time to imagine scenery of new living is very happy.
Finally, get off to B2F, and to foods floor. We had plan to meet person after this and came over to look for the present to sometimes hand. When we meet person, we prepare present as much as possible. However, this present is difficult. Including quantity and price, look, taste if begin to think, there is not drill. Therefore we think that it is barometer of adult who can do it whether you know good present.
It is "jingoro" that it was recommended to such an adult who can do it. Shop where well-established beika restaurant "nichikojingoroirimochihonhoishidenoku" founded in 1907 provided "jingoro" in Nikko-shi, Tochigi for the first time in Tokyo. Let alone noted product, it is senbei. Above all, it is said that there are many people who come to buying by reputation expressly if "the artisan beauty" that SIX becomes limited to GINZA is exquisite.
"The artisan beauty" characterized by flavor that getsu migotaeto which we blend sticky rice with nonglutinuous rice and are made and did with a splitting sound is rich in. There are in all six kinds (do, and play seaweed seaweed soy sauce, prawns, mixture of pounded sesame seeds and bean paste, plum granulated sugar) in taste, the first popularity "do;" (1,200 yen with 18 pieces). Taste that taste of refined salt spreads in mouth when we eat a mouthful, and reputation is more than in iyaa, this. As package looks good, it is most suitable for present.
Besides, oneself who is person who likes drinking requests "spicy curry" (445 yen) as senbei of various taste lines in shop and lets you try curious taste. As for most of curry taste in the world, hotness is unsatisfactory, but this is considerably spicy and is satisfied very much. Furthermore, "coriander" (445 yen) is tried by flow of story with staff, too. In being said to person of shop, "we want such one to eat by all means" though coriander is weak point, and trying. Yes, it is surely coriander. But flavor of lemon works, and I do not hate. Rather do you like this?
It is said that "jingoro" of store's name was named for legendary master craftsman, Jingoro Hidari who are known as author of "sleep cat" in Toushoguu, Nikko. This Jingoro Hidari is told that a lot of mysteries were not actual people, but, as for the work said to that he made, approximately 100 places still remain in the whole country. As for showing off great erudition, we are especially thankful for present becoming the material of slight conversation though we are unrefined. Even, in that respect, "jingoro" is recommended.
There is some pleasant encounter even if we come over with NOPE orchid aimlessly and we are satisfied by all means and can return. GINZA SIX is place making daily livings fun for oneself. One where such a place was thinks that the life becomes certainly rich. It was really good that there was GINZA SIX.
Text: Masayuki Sawada Photos: Yuichi Sugita Edit: Yuka Okada
I live just on the other side of the Sumida River, so Ginza is close by. I’ll often go and wander around on my own time. Many things about the Ginza district are appealing, but what I like most is its inclusiveness. The main streets are decorated resplendently and lined with high-end fashion houses and stores of the highest rank, both in terms of price and status. At the same time, if you wander down one of the side streets, you’ll immediately come across tasteful establishments that have operated for a hundred years or more, along with welcoming places popular with regular folk. Alongside the glitter and high end, it is also full of stores and restaurants, which make Ginza less intimidating. The bottom line is its scope is broad, with an inclusiveness that makes Ginza a delightful place to visit whenever and for whatever reason.
I see this same quality in GINZA SIX, which features many unique stores from around the world. Visiting feels like an international tour. Each time I go, I feel the same excitement I feel when I go to a theme park. In the nearly two years since its doors opened, this excitement hasn’t waned. It’s always fun to go, even if you have no specific goal. I went and wandered GINZA SIX once again this time with that same sense of excitement.
Heading inside and up to the second floor, you come across a spacious atrium and a giant art installation overhead. GINZA SIX has many places for photos, but I like this space best. The view from the escalators to the upper floors is inspiring. As you go up, the view expands before your eyes, an entire town unfolding before you. My heart flutters no matter how many times I see it. The atrium artwork changes every half year or so, I’m told. The current work is a piece by Nicolas Buffe. A new installation by Chiharu Shiota is scheduled to go up on February 27. I look forward to seeing this new view as well.
I continue up the escalator to the fifth floor. It occurs to me, suddenly, that the business card holder I currently use is well worn, so I decide to check out SOMÈS SADDLE, an establishment founded in Utashinai, Hokkaido, in 1964. It’s the only maker of horse harnesses in Japan. The company supplies leather products such as saddles to some of the world’s top jockeys, as well as equipment for horse-drawn carriages maintained by the Imperial Household Agency. It also makes bags, wallets, and other leather goods. I did some research on the bags here once before for an article, and I was impressed by the company’s dedication to the quality of its leather and its uncompromising stance on handcrafting everything it makes. I’ve been interested in the brand ever since.
I first take a look at the brand’s standard HANOVER series business card holder (14,000 yen; all prices listed before tax), made of shell cordovan leather, a luxury equine leather made from rare material beneath the hide on the rump of a horse. Cordovan isn’t as water resistant as other leathers and can stain if it gets wet, which is the downside, but it’s deep gloss and coloring have great appeal.
Besides cordovan, some products are made with calf leather. These, too, are indisputably of the highest quality. After looking at the business card holders, I check out the bags. After signing designer Hiroshi Tsubouchi, SOMÈS SADDLE launched its HT Label in 2014. I’m especially intrigued by the BOSTON L (180,000 yen) in this series. The leather’s soft, and the rounded handles made with sewing machines used to make horse harnesses are sturdy and feel comfortable in the hand. The four bottom corners are thick cowhide leather to put to rest worries about dirt and wear. I often go on three-day/two-night trips with a backpack. I find myself thinking this Boston would also work.
SOMÈS SADDLE products, whether business card holders or bags, all have an understated refinement. They inspire you to use and maintain them for long with a special a sense of care. With proper care, leather products last a lifetime. An eye for the latest trends is commendable, but the joy of owning and cherishing something for years and years has an appeal all its own. The feel and color of a leather product deepens with use and over time. Unique qualities emerge. The article merges with the life you strive to lead, and you find yourself suddenly very attached. SOMÈS SADDLE also offers comprehensive line of services. The store will inscribe your name on a product, free of charge. The maintenance space within the store will oil the leather for you, another complimentary service that also happens to be essential to the care and maintenance of leather goods. And if something breaks, the dedicated repair team has you covered.
My next stop is CIBONE CASE, a spinoff of CIBONE in Minami Aoyama. It has a conspicuous presence, even on the fourth floor, among all the lifestyle shops. They carry all sorts of products selected without regard for category, including works by creators in Japan and abroad and products from contemporary Japanese makers. I like interior products of all kinds and tend to check out the various stores that sell these products, but the selection here is right up my alley. Whenever I come to GINZA SIX, I stop in and look at the showcases for decorative ideas.
Some of the thoughts that go flitting through my head: “Using something like that in that way, that’s sheer genius!” and “Hmmm, I bet this would make a nice accent piece.” I go around the store imagining worlds of possibilities. The store features a corner gallery with new exhibitions every month or so, a great way to discover new artists and yet another thing to look forward to. You’ll also find well designed products that pleasingly accentuate our day-to-day lives. The sheer joy of discovery every time you visit makes you lose track of time.
There’s a lot I want, but this time I choose just two. One is this work by Akio Torii (3,981 yen), who operates a ceramics studio in Saitama Prefecture. It’s made by baking a clay mass in a kiln and polishing the surface. At first glance, it looks like a tea caddy, but one lacking a lid. It’s a ceramic cylinder, to put it bluntly. You can use it as a paperweight or put it somewhere as an accessory of some sort. The uses are endless. What can I use it for? It transcends its function as a simple implement and tests the imagination of the person using it. It would make a good gift, too.
These colorful vessels are the work of Yoshinori Takemura, whose atelier is located in Chiba Prefecture. They lack a common recurring pattern to unite them. The artist’s style is to conceive forms and colors in the moment. Each and every work has a different form and color scheme, and all have their own appeal. Honestly, I want them all, but the single-flower vase (Short Piece B, 5,000 yen) is especially appealing. What should I put inside? Where should I place it? Spending time in this way imagining new possibilities for your life and living spaces is oddly delightful.
Finally I make my way down to the second belowground floor, the Food Floor. I’m planning to meet someone later. Since I habitually try to have something small for people when I meet them, I’ve come to find a little gift. But finding gifts like this is hard. If you start to think about quantity, price, appearance, flavor, and so on…the considerations can go on forever. Knowing what makes a commendable gift, I would argue, is one measure of a refined adult.
Recommended by one adult of this stripe is Jingoro. Jingoro is the first store opened in Tokyo by Ishidaya Honten, a traditional purveyor of rice crackers (senbei) established in 1907 in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. It’s known, of course, for its rice crackers. Of these, Takumi (Meister’s Senbei), available exclusively at GINZA SIX, are touted as masterpieces. Some people, I’m told, even make special trips to GINZA SIX just for them.
They’re made from a blend of glutinous and non-glutinous rice and have a perfect crunchiness and rich flavor. Six flavors are available: salt, seaweed and salt, seaweed and soy sauce, shrimp, sesame miso, and granulated plums. Salt (1,200 yen for 18) tends to be the most popular. They’re even better than advertised—you experience a distinct, refined, salty goodness as soon as you put one in your mouth. The stylish packaging, too, helps make them the perfect small gift.
The store also displays variously flavored senbei throughout. You can try the ones that strike your fancy. Since I like spicy food, I ask for the Spicy Curry (445 yen). Most curry flavored foods out there aren’t spicy enough, but these are plenty spicy, so I’m more than satisfied. Based on their recommendation, I also try the Cilantro (445 yen). I don’t normally like cilantro, but I’m told: “It’s precisely people who don’t like cilantro who should try these.” I do, and, well…they taste a bit like cilantro. But there’s also a hint of lemon here. I don’t dislike them; I kind of like them, actually.
The store is named after Hidari Jingorō, the legendary sculptor who carved the famous sleeping cat at the Nikko Toshogu shrine. Hidari Jingorō, of course, is shrouded in mystery, and some say he wasn’t even a real person, but the name is associated with distinctive sculptures in some 100 locations around Japan. Those who openly display erudition lack sophistication, but I’m thankful to have this little bit of information to go with the gift I bought. On this point as well, I can recommend Jingoro.
Come to wander, with no particular purpose or plan. You’ll still enjoy delightful encounters and go home deeply fulfilled. For me, GINZA SIX is a place that deepens the joy of day-to-day life. Having establishments like this, I think, can only enrich one’s life. I’m glad there’s a GINZA SIX.
Text：Masayuki Sawada Photos：Yuichi Sugita Edit：Yuka Okada
Masayuki SawadaEditor and writer. Born in 1975 in Saitama Prefecture. He joined an IT firm and led the corporate life after graduating from the Waseda University School of Commerce before eventually setting out to work as a freelance writer. Currently edits and writes for magazines, books, online sites, catalogs and more, with a special focus on interviews with individuals active across a broad range of fields.