Originally the site of a silver coin mint ("ginza" in Japanese), the Ginza today is an upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district in central Tokyo, with many elegant department stores, restaurants and cafes. After being largely distroyed by a fire in 1872, it was redesigned by Thomas Waters, a British architect, according to a western pattern. Since then it has been Tokyo's modern, western-oriented centre. The Ginza contains some interesting architecture and outlets for virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics.
01 Coach fashion store 02 Pedestrians crossing street 03 Tree lined pavement 04 Pedestrian area and 0101 store 05 Yurakucho Itocia office tower
06 Printemps department store at night 07 Curved skyscraper at night 08 Bulgari store at night 09 Matsuya Ginza department store 10 San Ai building on Chuo avenue at night 11 San Ai building on Chuo avenue at night
12 Doutor cafe on Chuo avenue at night 13 Wako department store at night 14 Wako department store at night 15 World town building at night
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