Ginza, Tokyo’s shopping paradise
Ginza, the famous shopping district of Tokyo, is a mecca for millions of shopaholics local and abroad. Can you believe though that I never set foot in Ginza in the two years that I lived there? I’ve always been a fan of the more offbeat and funky styles that Harajuku, Kichijoji… had to offer.
Last time we visited, my uncle offered to take us to Ginza, so we said sure why not. I’m glad we went on a Sunday. It was ‘hokoten’, which means ‘padestrian paradise’. You might have heard that word in Gwen Stefani’s ‘Harajaku’ lyrics. It was exciting to walk along the main street of Ginza and staring up at all those tall buildings.Some highlights were shopping at Uniqlo’s biggest store in the world, eating sweets at a famous 100+ year-old bakery, finding the best okonomiyaki joint in all of Tokyo hidden away in plain view, and watching my son’s reaction to being in a foreign country for the first time…
Can’t wait to go back.