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Tonkatsu Wako, Chuo
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Wako Co., Ltd. is a department store retailer in Japan, whose best known store (commonly known as the Ginza Wako) is at the heart of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. This store is famous for its watches, jewellery, chocolate, porcelain, dishware, and handbags, as well as upscale foreign goods. There is an art gallery, called Wako Hall, on the sixth floor. Wako was founded in 1881 by Kintarō Hattori as a watch and jewelry shop called K. Hattori (now Seiko Holdings Corporation) in Ginza. In 1947, the retail division split off as Wako Co., Ltd.From 1894 to 1921, the Hattori Clock Tower stood on the site that Wako occupies today. In 1921, the Hattori Clock Tower was demolished to rebuild a new one. The reconstruction was delayed due to the Great Kantō earthquake of September 1, 1923. The new tower was completed in 1932 as the K. Hattori Building. In homage to its predecessor, the new store was also fitted with a clock.Its 1932 Neo-Renaissance style building, designed by Jin Watanabe, with its curved granite façade, is the central landmark for the district and one of the few buildings in the area left standing after World War II. The building functioned as the Tokyo PX store during the Allied Occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952. The clock tower plays the famous Westminster Chimes.
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  • Speaking of Ginza and be sure and prohibitively Wako head look. Day and of course nice but shining neon at night is nice. Reasonably can also enjoy window shopping is what you are selling in your shop is high, come to Ginza. Ginza fast fashion and drug stores has increased recently, but I want forever keeping patina of Ginza.
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  • Indeed it is a symbol of the Ginza. Could any flashy, whimsical buildings around the Wako store stands out. Interior is filled with a sense of luxury. Thought most likely Wako sill, rent a toilet, I visited the Office. That when going to the bathroom easily taught, but taught "go go." and referred to, has been little embarrassed. If you use the toilet should be Mitsukoshi Department store across the street.
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  • Wako sits in the heart of Ginza and symbolizes expensive watches, jewellry, chocolates. It was founded in 1881 by Kintao Hattori as a watch retailer. The current clock was installed in 1932 and if you...  more »