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Mitsukoshi is the grande dame of Tokyo department stores. Founded in 1673, it has a pedigree that has long appealed to the matrons of Ginza and Nihonbashi.

In recent years Ginza’s somewhat staid, if elegant, ambience has given way to towering flagships for luxury labels and upstarts such as H&M and Forever 21.

The department stores lining Chuo Street were starting to look tired and renovations were bound to come. Mitsukoshi’s Ginza branch has been smartened up and extended with the addition of the new 12-storey East Wing. Since its merger with…



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