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Ginza Six Editors Vol.79
X moon X day
Ginza of the afternoon when gentle rain smokes.
When we parted from friend to buy shoe polish at Washington shoe store and came to in front of S temple, Komimasa Tanaka came over with umbrella under which a couple of man and woman walk close together with young girl friend from the other side.
It is "Ginza diary (Shincho library) of Shotaro Ikenami" that says this.
On the other hand, my Ginza diary.
X moon X day
In front of Yasuaki Elementary School before the daybreak.
Early-morning Ginza only has garbage truck and taxi on Sunday, and there is not signs of life. Shooting will begin from now on. Model is hit with dryer for hair make in location bus, and, as for the stylist, hemming and ironing, photographer of pants repeat test shooting on the sidewalk. I, also known as editor of feeling awkward pretend to look at shooting Comte while stuffing the mouth with catering onigiri.
Shooting is over at 11:00 a.m. and is dissolved. It is GINZA SIX that we eat up A kebonode katsudon and buy pipe cigarette leaf with seasonal envelope, K water in K residence temple, and come over.
This is my Ginza routine.
At first we go up to 6F in GINZA SIX and borrow beautiful restroom. Have have a short rest in smoking area, is front row time aimlessly at ivy valley bookstore. Called a good Ginmi browse, and choose one book becoming the tomorrow's bread.
The next destination is "BELSTAFF" (BELSTAFF) of 3F.
We cannot help feeling admiration in this brand if born as man. Brand which men whom men such as Steve McQueen, Che Guevara, David Beckham loved loved "BELSTAFF." We excite delusion of to me whether you can become McQueen if you wear jacket here.
Half coat (price all as follows tax-excluded 88,000 yen ※) called trial master of "BELSTAFF" which is sold since appearance now in 1948 is all-stars of 501 and Converse of Levi's, constant seller constant sellers of man clothes same as Chelsea of EDWARD GREEN. There will be no help for it even if said to be moguri for fashion enthusiast if we do not have this.
It is secret, but does not have me yet. Therefore we go to visit the stock-rich shop whenever we come to GINZA SIX and watch timing to buy. Shall we do whether color shall make black in dark blue? Is size 36 or 38? Answers are different whenever they try on.
New line (96,000 yen) named ORIGIN catches eye when troubled with trouble. Because design uses new material while following trial master, anyway, it is light, and it is said that we are superior in water-repellent, quick-drying. It is in the back pocket to smartphone holder and must become the convenient first place.
We try to put. Is it this if we pose as modern McQueen in this? We think of this on seeing oneself reflected in mirror. God of fashion murmurs this in my brain at the same time saying, "no, at first we have this Chan of wakkusudokotton if we talk about "BELSTAFF", and I hate!". I want anything. Oh, we cannot give answer today either.
Well, it is feeling that somewhat lost that returns empty-handed because wage of work that we did half a year ago was just included. We are not doing loss, but are somewhat lonely. We buy something and want to return.
It is select Shops called "Gente di Mare" (Gen Teddy MARE) that we have such greed toward chest, and visited you aimlessly next.
Item which according to store's name, cafe of Portofino and risutorante of Naples, yacht of the Mediterranean Sea meaning people of the sea seem to match spreads. In other words, not shorts, tank top, the B sun, it means that there are a lot of cotton jacket (52,000 yen) and linen shirts such as photograph.
It is till kolo 1901 that got a lot of looks. This is Italian brand which is famous by making tailored collar jacket with article while using cloth for sweat shirt. There were many navy jackets of simple single breath, but there was thing using in double breath and metal button in this season until now (55,000 yen). Appearance that is classic with double & metal button in being easy comfort. We have been deceived by GAP called this.
We discover safari jacket (55,000 yen) which I love! It is said that this is thing of shirt brand of south Italy called Jean net. Safari jacket which shirt shop makes is comfortable, as a matter of course, to wear shirt. But, by decorative design of flap & patch pocket of chest and waist, we are proud of looking nice effect that is higher than simple shirt. Atmosphere that the staff dresses well is good, and price is the same level as shirt can I get a minute?, and mind relaxes.
Smartphone sounded at the same time to put hand in the pocket, and to be going to take wallet. It is displayed 1 by icon of LINE when we see. "We cook saying that we come home at noon, but what kind of feeling is it? Two children say that they want to go out to play with daddy early. It is from wife. Because shooting was over before noon, we forgot what told family last night when we would go to park in the afternoon. Present, half past 2 p.m.…….
We think that it is so at home of any place, but, as for husband having bad anything, there is much time feeling deep indebtedness to wife though we are not doing. Urgent reply. "Shooting overwhelms a little and it is almost over and returns". Safari jacket is sorry.
Well, do you return? Do you buy even any present home in late apology?
Here is 2F under the ground. Food street of department store is really fun. Noted product of all over the country of the whole country meets to all members and does not stop slaver.
When walk aimlessly, Nantes! There is "Ogino-ya". Young; boiled pot rice of mountain pass which cut, and did, and ate by all means in the summer on way home from Karuizawa. Where is she who was in passenger seat at that time now? Mixed rice, chicken, bamboo shoot, quail egg, chestnut, apricot which stock of soy sauce flavor worked for at the same time to think of this…Harmony shook for miracle to be able to taste in Ginza of this. Go-Coo! ri.
Boiled pot rice which there was the shop in front when we visited the Tomioka Silk Mill by shooting several years ago, and bought home, and got great popularity from family. We will do pleasing another's humor in this in apology that rescheduling performed of park play.
Thing of paper container matched pot of familiar Mashiko ware, too, but of course chooses the former. We reuse this earthenware to accessory case and ashtray. Furthermore, we use plastic container which attached pickle entered as pill case because it has a pretty shape. It is boiled pot rice which is ethical how!
Not only Tokyo, city of Japan feels that it becomes uniform cityscape. But Showa that I love remains in Ginza. Furthermore, we are glad that new place that can be relieved like GINZA SIX though it is luxury coexists. It was attracted by Joshu beef steak lunch of "Ogino-ya". We are told that "BELSTAFF" does not give groundless answer with moguri. We wear safari shirt and want to go on a trip. We love "the yakiniku hills and rivers" which go this time, and became. GINZA SIX does not stop.
Text:Takashi Ogiyama Photos:Yuichi Sugita Edit:Yuka Okada
A Drizzly Afternoon in Ginza
I take leave of a friend of mine who goes to buy shoe polish at Washington. When I get to S-do, Komimasa Tanaka comes by, sheltered under an umbrella shared with his young girlfriend.
This is from Shotaro Ikenami’s Ginza Journal (Shincho Bunko Paperback).
My Ginza Journal, on the other hand, goes like this:
Before Dawn in Front of Taimei Elementary School
It’s early morning, Sunday, Ginza. A garbage truck and a few taxis are stirring, but little else. We’re getting ready for a photo shoot. The model is in the production bus getting her makeup done and her hair blown and styled. The stylist is hemming pants and ironing. The cameraman is outside taking test shots repeatedly. With nothing better to do, the editor—me—is stuffing himself with catered rice balls while poring over the plans for the shoot, for a pretense of seriousness, in fact.
The shoot ends at 11:00 a.m. We disperse. I down a pork cutlet at A-kebono and buy a few seasonable envelopes at K-kyodo and pipe tobacco at K-sui. Then, I stop by GINZA SIX. That’s my Ginza routine.
At GINZA SIX, I first climb to the sixth floor to use the beautiful restroom. I stop briefly at a smoking area and hang out at Tsutaya Books for nearly an hour, taking my time browsing and reading before choosing a book that will nourish me tomorrow.
My next destination is Belstaff on the third floor.
If you’re male, this is a brand you’ll find irresistible. Belstaff is a brand loved by men who love the cool nonchalance of men like Steven McQueen, Che Guevara, David Beckham. I’m troubled by the conviction donning one of these jackets will transform me into Steve McQueen.
The Belstaff Trialmaster jacket (88,000 yen; all prices listed before tax), introduced in 1948 and sold even today, is for men a standard-among-standards, like Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars, and Edward Green’s Chelsea shoes. A man lacking this jacket could scarcely be regarded a fashion-lover.
All the same—just between us—I don’t actually own one. So every time I’m at GINZA SIX, I come here, which has many of the jackets in stock, and contemplate the idea of buying one. Should I go with black or navy? Size 46 or 48? A different answer comes to me each time I try one on.
As I dither in this way, a jacket in the new Origins collection (96,000 yen) catches my eyes. The design is in the spirit of the Trialmaster, but with up-to-the-minute materials. The jacket is light, water repellent, and quick-drying. The inner pocket has a smartphone holder; no doubt this jacket is convenient.
I put it on. Regarding myself in the mirror, I think, if you really want to be a modern-day Steve McQueen, this might just be the one… At the same time, I hear my other self whispering in my ear: “No, if you’re talking Belstaff , you have to get the waxed cotton, the real deal, first!” I want them all. Good heavens! I can’t come to a decision today, either.
I’ve recently been generously paid for a job from six months back, so to go home empty-handed would sound a discordant note. It’s fine, I guess, but the decision leaves me feeling hollow. I think I’ll buy something before heading home.
With this in mind, I make my way to Gente di Mare, a mixed-label boutique.
The store’s name means People of the Sea. The clothing here looks perfect for a café in Portofino, a restaurant in Naples, or a cruise on the Mediterranean. In other words, no shorts, tank tops, or flip flops, but a wide range of linen shirts and cotton jackets like the one here in the photo (52,000 yen).
Circolo 1901 intrigues me. This famous Italian brand makes sophisticated tailored jackets from sweatshirt fabrics. They’ve traditionally been simple single-breasted navy blue jackets, but this season they offer a double-breasted version with metal buttons (55,000 yen). The comfort is casual-perfect, but the double-breasted styling and metal buttons give it a classic look. The combination of style and comfort blows me away.
I love safari jackets. Here I’ve found a great one (55,000 yen)! This jacket is from Giannetto, a South Italy shirt brand. A safari jacket from a shirt-maker is bound to be as comfortable as a shirt. But the decorative back flaps and patch pockets of the chest and the waist give it a look that goes well beyond a shirt. The store staff is wearing one; it strikes the perfect note. The price, too, is around that of a good shirt, so not so hard on the wallet.
As I’m reaching into my pocket to take out my wallet, my smartphone rings. I look and see one text message has arrived. It’s from my wife. “You said you’d be home around lunch. How’s it going? Your two kids can’t wait for you to get home and take them out to play.” The shoot was going to be over before noon, so I planned to take them to the park later. I’ve forgotten I told my family this last night. It’s already 2:30.
This is probably true with all families, but there are many times when the husband can’t really look his wife in the eyes, even if he hasn’t really erred in some specific way. I immediately reply: “The shoot’s taken a bit longer than anticipated, but it’s almost done. Home soon!” Reluctantly I part with the safari jacket.
So I guess it’s time to head home. Maybe I should buy a little something to bring back as an offering in apology.
This is the second below ground floor, the Food Floor, and it’s really fun, filled with specialty products from all over Japan. I can’t stop drooling.
I walk around a little and, hey, they have an Oginoya! In the summer when I was a young man, on the way home from Karuizawa, I’d buy this boiled rice bowl, a local popular take-out. My girlfriend would sit by me in the passenger seat. Where she is now? I find myself wondering. As I’m thinking this, I’m trembling at the miracle of being able to enjoy in Ginza this harmony of boiled rice soaked with dashi from Rijiri kelp and secret soup stock, topped with chicken, bamboo shoots, quail eggs, chestnuts, and apricots. I gulp.
A few years ago, on a visit to Tomioka Silk Mill for a shoot, I found an Oginoya there, too. I bought some and brought them home. It was a big hit with the family. Maybe this is how I can atone for the rescheduled park outing and return to the good graces of my family.
The rice is served in customary ceramic Mashiko-ware bowls, with the option of paper containers. I, of course, go with the former. These bowls can be reused as accessory holders, ashtrays, or what have you. Plus there’s an appealing plastic container filled with tsukemono pickles one could repurpose as a pill case. Who knew this take-out rice bowl could be so reusable and ethical?
Japanese cities in general, not just Tokyo, are gradually becoming more standardized. But Ginza retains the feel of the Showa era I love. I’m delighted Ginza offers new places like GINZA SIX that provides luxurious yet unpretentious comfort. I’m mesmerized by Oginoya’s steak bento with Joshu beef. Belstaff is going to tell me to make up my mind already! I want to wear a safari shirt and go on a trip. Much as I’d love to stop by, this time, I must forgo Yakiniku Sansui. And so forth…I can’t get enough of GINZA SIX.
Text:Takashi Ogiyama Photos:Yuichi Sugita Edit:Yuka Okada
Ogiyama stillWEB magazine "Shop Italia" (https://shop-italia.jp/) to send premium Italian information to chief editor. After having successively held editor of many fashion magazines for men including sense chief editor, Leon deputy editor, the present post. In addition to luxury item coloring fashion, car, male lifestyle including mechanical watch, we love bar of the Showa era and pure cafe, too. Born in 1972.