Monday/ Ginza district

Monday’s weather was perfect for being out and about.    This Ginza district lamp post with the Fenghuang (mythological bird of East Asia) on top has  a decoration with up-faces/ upside-down-faces on.   The Ginza street scene shows Matsuya Ginza, an upscale department store with a design museum on the 6th floor (white building on the right).   I love the chess set but didn’t make a note of who the artist was.   The Klein & More clock replica dates back to 1956 (a little pricey at  ¥ 47,250/ US$600, though).   Elsewhere in the store the Issey Miyake jackets went for $400 or so.  (Miyake was born in Hiroshima and witnessed and survived the atomic bomb at age 7 in 1945).   I ran into the Ichiro picture (from the Seattle Mariners) in the subway.  He is promoting Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and yes, that’s a Starbucks store name reflected at the top of the picture.    And back in the hotel I can watch high-definition manga animated stories.   The artwork is stunning, but of course the dialog is in Japanese!

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