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Friday, March 19, 2010

Wako Building Ginza

The Wako Building in Ginza Tokyo is one of the up-market area's most famous landmarks.

Wako Building Ginza

The present rounded building was built in the 1930s and amazingly survived the World War II bombing of Tokyo. Wako was originally founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori as a watch business called K. Hattori (which later became Seiko). The first company building on the site was demolished in the 1920s to make way for the existing structure - the clock at the top of the building pays homage to the company's roots.

Wako, the retail business split off from Hattori (Seiko) in 1947 and now the company is a high-end store selling watches (of course), jewelry, women's fashion items, baby wear and expensive foreign chocolate.

Wako Ginza also has two restaurants, a cafe, tea salon and chocolate salon. The Wako Hall is an exhibition space in the building.

Wako has branches in Haneda Airport, Hiroo and Shinsaibashi in Osaka

Wako Building
Tel: 03 3562 2111
Hours: 10.30am-6pm; closed Sunday

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