The doorway in the impressive Renaissance-style facade of the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi contains two bronze statues of lions.
The lions are based on the four lions found at the foot of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square in London and were made by a British company in 1914.
Mitsukoshi Department Store opened in 1935 and the company itself began trading in 1673, when it was called Echigoya, selling fabric for kimonos. The company founder Mitsui Takatoshi would later establish the Mitsui business empire and Mitsukoshi stores.
Mitsukoshi Department Store Nihonbashi
Tel: 03 3241 3311
A 1-minute walk along an underground passageway from Mitsukoshimae subway station on the Ginza and Hanzomon lines or the Tokyo subway, a 3-minute walk from Shin-Nihonbashi Station on the JR Sobu Line or a 7-minute walk from Kanda Station on the JR Yamanote and Chuo lines.
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