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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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  • Wako is a large shopping centre in several floors, located in Ginza. We walked around the building and found the most expensive shops with luxury goods such as watches and jewelry. The staff was very polite and stood outside shops and greeted. Fun to be seen.
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  • A landmark of Ginza neighborhood, with his Seyko watch at the top of the tower. Beautiful and imposing building. But nothing that you can't help but view. Will likely see even when the Ginza.
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  • 位於銀座四丁目交叉口的WAKO尤其頂樓的大時鐘是銀座最明顯的地標和精神支柱. 屬於SEIKO子公司的百貨店在二次大战直後乃美軍專用,後來成為日本上流社會人士流連的百貨店.店内精品,名錶,眼鏡,陶瓷和禮品等價錢貴得嚇人,而且居然星期天也不營業,名符其實的高级店.