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January 23, 2019

Nihonbashi: Blending Old and New

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Known as a center of travel and commerce since the Edo period, Nihonbashi is now home to redevelopment projects giving people a whole new reason to visit. Let's see how the area is skillfully blending the traditional with the modern.

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Takashimaya Nihonbashi Store This long-established department store, founded in 1933, serves as a symbol of Nihonbashi. Its well-regarded building has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It opened a new annex in autumn 2018 with over 100 shops including fashion brands, everyday goods, cafes, restaurants and more.

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Suigian At this restaurant and lounge, you can get an easygoing, accessible look at traditional Japanese forms of theater like Noh, kyogen and more. Performances pack the best scenes of a play into digest form. From 8:30PM, the space transforms into a bar featuring female performers who dance, play shamisen and more.

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Kawashima Kami Ten This over 200-year-old store specializes in washi, Japanese paper, and features washi-based postcards, card cases, Japanese fans and more popular as souvenirs. They also have innovative products like washi ware, plus stoles, socks and towels made with washi fibers.

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Train Hostel Hokutosei This hostel reuses parts from the sleeper train Hokutosei, which went out of service in 2015, including its bunk beds, ladders, lighting fixtures and more, to make guests feel as if they're taking a train trip.

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Roji Nihonbashi This store offers a unique lineup of canned foods made by an over 300-year-old food company. Features flavorful foods you won't often find canned, like habanero sardines, mutton kabab and more.

Further Info

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1) Takashimaya Nihonbashi Store
Address: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku
2) Suigian
Address: 2-5-10 Nihonbashimuromachi B1F, Chuo-ku
3) Kawashima Kami Ten
Address: 2-3 Nihonbashikodenmacho, Chuo-ku
4) Train Hostel Hokutosei
Address: 1-10-12 Nihonbashibakurocho, Chuo-ku
5) Roji Nihonbashi/Nihonbashi Ichi-Ichi-Ichi
Address: 1-1-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku

Reporter

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Winnie Hsu 

Nationality:
Taiwanese
Occupation:
Business Consultant
When did you first come to Japan?:
October 2013
Reason for coming to Japan:
Reason for coming to Japan: I have been interested in Japanese culture as well as the delicate and cute Japanese goods since I was a kid. Therefore, when I came across the opportunity to study in Japanese colleges, I did not have a slight hesitation! Arriving in Tokyo by myself at the age of 18, I embarked a great journey from then. My decision to come to Japan is probably my best decision so far! I am truly in love with the city, and embracing the everyday challenges and excitement. And I want to share with more people the wonderful things in Tokyo.
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