Photographer's Note

Random buildings that filled up the street of "glittery" Ginza. They all look like it's Christmas in July. The ground is even painted silver gray which lits up the street even at midnight.

Ginza is the home of that notoriously expensive cup of coffee and that even more extortinate apple.

The 1920's were the heyday years for Ginza. Men striving to be at the very height of fashion and sophistication flooded in. The "cafes" were the big attraction - where the "pretty women served the drinks!"

One step on - "cafes" are now hostess bars - the haunt of the middle-aged businessman; the shopping streets are very much the territory of the middle aged housewife. But fashion is still very much the word. Brand name bags costing tens of thousands of yen are the essential shopping accessory and if you're not dressed up as if going to a wedding, well, please, do kindly remove yourself.

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