GINZA SIX EDITORS
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Unique editors who are familiar with each genre GINZA SIX aimlessly
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Indulging an Adult Body and Mind Indulging an Adult Body and Mind
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.96
Magazine called "& ROSY" (and Losey) where I act as chief editor is beauty magazine for adult. As we make the space for person valuing beauty for oneself today's and refined appearance, what check make and fashion of gathering people, accessory trainer works and is useful for wonderful shop of Ginza very much.
However, as it is difficult to secure "silver bura" time as we do leisurely, we walk town while we attend at presentation of cosmetics and check spot worried about. We go in particular to visit GINZA SIX well. Beauty floor of B1F is substantial and is worth seeing. As we check what kind of brand is popular whether customer has beauty member do what kind of make, it may be thought that it is suspicious individual (laugh).
We take a break a little if we finish investigation. GINZA SIX likes place with wonderful Shops indulging oneself tired at the same time to give inspiration made with the space. Of this time like it me "indulge, and introduce spot".
At first, "L'Occitane atelier de Province" in B1F beauty floor. The shop reflecting the image of atelier of southern France Province is unhurried made spaciously. As well as cosmetic Shops, we add to cafe.
"86 CHAMPS COLLECTION" (Quatre station wagon cis Collection) of bottle that it is colorful we enter Shops, and to have stood out immediately. This is collaboration with patisserie boutique "Pierre Herme Paris" of France. That, as for the founder Olivier baud sun and Pierre Herme of L'Occitane of patissier, friendship is very deep. If we are said so, color of fragrance is like macaron and is wonderful.
In incense-like which there are all six kinds the first popularity "razuberimatchagurinti" (all 90 mL of 15,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price). Tourist from foreign country in particular seems to come to buy. Sour-sweetness of berry is blended by flavor of strong Matcha and is drawn into the unique world. "Mandarin Immortelle" that flower symbolizing brand as for my favorite is fragrant (90 mL of 15,000 yen). We can be refreshed with fresh citrus and flavor of refreshing Immortelle.
We will have you wrap with fabric of L'Occitane KOLOR by all means if we bought gift to friend. Ribbon can print the name. Structure which person who gives glory to dried flower of cloth and Immortelle which we got on table, and received present can enjoy twice. It is ethical and is smart consideration.
After having done shopping, we are enchanted in hand treatment. When shop is crowded, I may come to decline, but am glad service that we can receive free if I purchase cosmetics basically. We feel that fatigue of work goes down straight when we have you untie while enjoying flavor of hand cream and body milk.
Next time to cafe booth. At first, we check "flavor extra virgin olive oil" which Mr. Olivier baud sun deals with. It is lineup that width of dishes including "Mandarin" (100 mL of 1,700 yen) and "basil" (100 mL of 1,500 yen) seems to spread through.
In cafe menu, parfait is absolutely recommended. There are many shops which can eat parfait in GINZA SIX and anything is delicious, but keeps here above all. We can taste fresh parfait using seasonal fruit and can be relaxed because we use space luxuriously.
What ordered from this time "strawberry Rose parfait" (1,000 yen). Fully raw strawberry is had topping of by biscuit that texture that is ice and ice, Krispy of sweet Rose which let strawberry paste just freeze is fun. That cafe of L'Occitane spread out from there to world L'Occitane by origin in Japan. It is taste of assent that the world envies.
It is B2F "candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE" (PAPABUBBLE) good to "we indulge" that introduces next. What begin in Barcelona in Spain, and is PAPABUBBLE opening a shop in cities the world 30 or more now, but display art work made of candy alone only in here. In Shops made under the theme of art, it is concept like GINZA SIX.
Aristrist that what was displayed today deals with sculpture, work "candy pool" of Kunihiko Nohara. Girl (?) who put ribbon, and wore sunglasses Though is art object of this, as for the ribbon, lollipop, hair are gummies and candy. Sunglasses are made of cakes clogged up of marshmallow and gummies!
When house of cake which dreamed of in a childhood becomes art; in such a form…. Besides, we can purchase this work. Price is 180,000 yen. When all of editorial department danced madly with joy if we bought home, we have been lost in thought for a while.
Of course a lot of candy which is done as souvenir even if it is not art work. As for "gummies candy" which we tried (nine 1,019 yen), Flavour of strawberry and fresh and young fruit including orange spreads to fill the mouth by color.
People in volume perfect score product that cookies and marshmallow entered rum raisin-flavored chocolate as for "Rocky road" of popularity No. 1 (one 797 yen). Calory will share curious person with friend (laugh).
There is feeling indulged enough even to here, but there is shop to indulge, and not to be able to take off as spot of adult one more. That "Ironbark Grill & Bar" (iron Burk grill and bar) at 6F. Wine cellar which prepared that champagne and about 200 wine in shop of modern Australia dishes to be able to enjoy gurasufeddobifu which eats only grass, and grew up and original dishes which added taste of the sum to Australian material including lamb is the best part.
Bar counter that door in shop is stylish. In lounge of the mood that is lux that loose sofa and good chairs of comfort line up when we further advance. Restaurant of atmosphere that the depths are more stylish. As there are three different areas of flavor, it is usable until the tidy dinner in various scenes since we wanted to drink a little. Restaurant where two windows are in GINZA SIX is rare. We can enjoy night view of Ginza to the full.
As for saying, "let's be going to have rice lightly" after having attended at presentation of late time, and talking in this lounge.
If combine with dry champagne, fresh oyster (one 600 yen ...). Simple version to have you squeeze lemon is required. Oyster which is sweet, and is kurimii which we further put amazake cream and caviar on is taste only in this shop. As it is taste that we cannot forget, please try.
While the staff of shop is refined professional, it is friendly. He/she recommends dishes matching that in sequence when we convey preference of meal.
As oyster was too delicious, we have ordered the second cup unintentionally. We stay too long carelessly in one and sofa that dishes are fantastic being too comfortable (laugh). But it was good crop because we fully listened to opinion of writer and another magazine editor about "& ROSY" which we took out April issue recently.
Will to the next work always springs out when we indulge oneself to one's heart's content in GINZA SIX. We can work hard at work with positive feeling next time to enjoy that we come to play again. We think GINZA SIX to be power station for me.
Text: Misako Umeda/Yumiko Kazama Photos: Mari Yoshioka Edit: Yuka Okada(81)
I’m the editor-in-chief of the beauty magazine ＆ ROSY, a publication geared towards adults. Our content tends to target people who prefer more sophisticated looks or loftier aesthetic standards—people who always focus on what works well for them. That means an important part of my job is observing the makeup, fashion, and accessories of the people wandering around the wonderful boutiques of Ginza.
Having said this, in reality, it’s hard to find the time for leisurely strolls around Ginza. I end up just walking down the streets on my way to a cosmetics show, checking out spots along the way. I often go to GINZA SIX. The extensive Beauty Floor on the first belowground floor is well worth anyone’s time. I look to see what brands are popular, how the customers at the counters have beauty advisors do their makeup. For all I know, people may regard me as a suspicious character!
When I’m done with these investigations, I take little breaks. GINZA SIX gives me inspiration for my magazine. At the same time, I love all the great stores I find here for indulging my tired self. Today, I’ll introduce some spots where we adults can indulge a little.
First up is L’Occitane Atelier de Provence on the Beauty Floor, the first belowground floor. Both a cosmetics boutique and a café, this spacious store is designed to resemble an atelier in the Provence region of southern France.
On entering the shop, I immediately notice the colorful bottles of the 86 Champs Collection, a collaboration with Pierre Hermé Paris, a French pastry boutique. L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan and pâtissier Pierre Hermé are close friends, I’m told. Speaking of which, it’s nice how the colors of the fragrances recall a palette of macarons.
Of the six fragrances, the most popular is Raspberry & Matcha Green Tea (90 ml, 15,000 yen; all prices listed before tax). This, I’m told, is especially popular among customers visiting Japan from abroad. The rich matcha aroma blends with the pleasant tartness of the berry to create a unique fragrance sphere. I’m a fan of the Mandarin & Immortelle (90 ml, 15,000 yen), with its fragrance of the flowers that symbolize the brand. The fresh citrus and invigorating immortelle make for a bracing blend.
If I were buying this as a gift for a friend, I would definitely have it wrapped in fabric in one of the L’Occitane colors. You can also have your friend’s name printed on the ribbon. The person receiving the gift gets the added delight of the fabric and dry immortelle flowers, which could then be displayed on a table. It’s an ethical, conscientious, and stylish touch.
After making my purchase, I’m spellbound by the hand treatment. It’s not always offered when the store is crowded, but this wonderful service is otherwise available at no cost when you buy a cosmetic product. I feel tension dissipate as I take in the aromas of the hand cream or body milk. I feel my work-induced burdens and fatigue lift and fade.
Next, I cross to the café booth. Here, I begin by checking out the Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil developed by Olivier Baussan. With Mandarin (100 ml, 1,700 yen), Basil (100 ml, 1,500 yen), and more, the lineup will expand anyone’s culinary horizons.
From the café menu, I firmly recommend the parfait. GINZA SIX offers many places to enjoy parfaits, all delicious, but this is my absolute favorite. You get both a fresh parfait with seasonal fruit and the opportunity to relax in a spacious atmosphere.
This time, I order the Strawberry Rose Parfait (1,000 yen). It features strawberry ice cream, like strawberry paste that’s been frozen, pleasantly sweet rose ice cream, and crispy biscuits, topped with fresh strawberries. L’Occitane’s cafés actually got their start in Japan before expanding around the world. It’s easy to see why something this delicious would be the envy of the world.
Now I’ll tell you about the Gallery of Sweets Art by Papabubble, on the second belowground floor, another ideal place to indulge yourself. Launched in Barcelona, Papabubble now operates stores in more than 30 cities around the world. Still, this is the only location that displays artwork made from candy. A store with art as its theme—very much in the spirit of GINZA SIX.
On display today is Candy Pool, a work by Kunihiko Nohara, artist and sculptor. It’s an objet of a girl (?) wearing a ribbon and sunglasses, but the ribbon is a lollipop, and her hair is gummy and candy. The sunglasses are made with a profusion of candy, like marshmallows and gummy!
Here before me, as art, is the candy house I dreamt of as a child. And, for 180,000 yen, you can actually buy it. I picture the delight among my editors if I returned with this to the office…
It’s not necessarily art, but of course there’s lots of candy that would make perfect gifts or souvenirs. Gummy Candy (9 for 1,019 yen), available to sample, comes in juicy fruit flavors like strawberry and orange and various matching colors, an inspirational mouthful of flavors.
The most popular item is Rocky Road (1 for 797 yen), an imposing piece of rum-raison flavored chocolate with cookies and marshmallows. If you’re counting calories, this is something you might want to share with a friend!
I feel I’ve indulged myself abundantly thus far, but there’s one more can’t-miss place on our little tour of adult indulgence: the Ironbark Grill & Bar on the sixth floor. 100% Grass-fed beef, lamb, and other delicacies from Australia are arranged in Japanese styles—unique fare offered at a modern Australian eatery. With some 200 champagnes and wines, Ironbark Grill & Bar also offers an impressive wine cellar.
Just inside the entrance is a cool bar area. Step farther inside, and you’ll find a relaxed lounge with roomy sofas and comfortable chairs. Beyond the lounge are the stylish restaurant spaces. Each of the three areas has its own style. Each is ideal for a different occasion, whether for those seeking just a drink or those with sights set on a lavish dinner. Restaurants with windows on two walls are rare, even at GINZA SIX: Come here to gaze out to your heart’s content on the night lights of Ginza.
Say you’re attending a cosmetics show at a later hour. I’d suggest the lounge space here as the picture-perfect solution if someone says, “Do you want to grab a bite?”
I order the fresh oysters (from 1 for 600 yen) to go with a dry champagne. The simple version with squeezed lemon is essential, while the sweet, creamy version with amazake cream and caviar is one of the restaurant’s signature flavors. Definitely try the oysters—they’re unforgettably delicious.
The restaurant’s staff are professionals, both friendly and sophisticated. Tell them what you have in mind. They’ll recommend dishes to match.
The oysters are so good, I order a second glass of champagne without thinking. The food is wonderful. The comfort of the sofa is so hard to give up… I end up staying for quite a while. But the time I spend here proves worthwhile in other ways—I spend it listening to the expansive opinions of a writer and editor from another magazine regarding our latest April issue of ＆ ROSY.
After these sojourns of indulgence at GINZA SIX, I always feel reenergized for my next project. I return to work with a positive spirit; at the same time, I long for the next time I’ll be back. For me, GINZA SIX is like a power station.
Text: Misako Umeda / Yumiko Kazama Photos: Mari Yoshioka Edit: Yuka Okada（81）
Editor-in-chief of ＆ ROSY, a beauty magazine for women. Joined TAKARAJIMASHA, Inc. in 1997. Served as editor for CUTiE and beauty editor for sweet. Named deputy editor-in-chief of sweet in 2015; became editor-in-chief of ＆ ROSY in September 2016.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram