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Wako, Chuo

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Wako 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.The 1932 building was designed by Jin Watanabe in art deco influenced neoclassical style. Its curved granite façade and clock tower form 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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  • I went into the shop is famous for, right in the middle of Ginza is a couple of times. So a little while ago, was selling my favorite bags upstairs I went. Building up there and the stairs is a classic. If I loose time is flowing like atmosphere. Clock counter on the first floor. Do you Hey, it take a look?
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  • If you go to Ginza always look the jewellery Department of Wako. You can always see fewer permanent Gimel and buceratti. Has become the place for my favorite of these brands in the Ginza 外senai. Of course, Wako jewelry is nice. Really sophisticated. Alone how to counter us explained very carefully and will increase knowledge about jewelry. Would you like to come and visit.
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  • And Bai 貨 is a long history of Construction, is the Landmark of Ginza, weighting look far to know Prada Ginza shopping street, can also be said is the sister projects the center point of the street. But not applicable insert game go, internal only total 4 coating (B1-3/f), Mai 貨 are compared year long 貴 Fu styles, Ke Lu comparison over the century.
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  • One of the most photogenic building in Ginza. Especially during night. The old style between the modern.
  • Very posh place to visit. We had the opportunity to see the roof as well. Spectacular view.
  • A historic building that sells high end Seiko watches. I recommend visiting the Seiko Museum in combination with visiting this building. Nice pictures can be had if you go across the street to the Nissan building.
  • The outside of the store is really nice at night when it's lit up. It's a high end store, but worth popping inside for some window shopping.
  • A popular building in a popular intersection.

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