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80201-0002 - Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi

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The main Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Mitsukoshi was founded in 1673 as Echigoya. Daimaru was Tokyo’s first dry goods store, and Shirokiya Tokyo’s first Western-style department store (1886), but Mitsukoshi had some of the best locations. First in Nihonbashi, and later in Shinjuku (1929) and Ginza (1930).

The building on this image is the third Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store. It was built after the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 and replaced a building dating from 1914 which had been destroyed by fire. The Sky Garden on the roof featured gardens, ponds, a fountain and a panoramic view of Tokyo.

Japan’s first fashion show was held here in 1927. On April 1, 2008, Mitsukoshi merged with rival Isetan into a joint holding company called Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
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