MeijiShowa — historical images of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s all imagesphotographyart & printsmapscalendar [ ? ] view cart (0)

140916-0059-PP - Mitsui Bank, Suruga-cho


Tokyo Meiji 1880s Unknown

Suruga-cho (駿河町) in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. The three story building on the left is the Mitsui-gumi Exchange Bank (為替バンク三井組), designed by Kisuke Shimizu II (二代清水喜助, 1815-1881), and completed in 1874 (Meiji 7).

Its unusual design mixed Japanese and Western styles which made it stand out from its surroundings. It became one of Japan’s best known symbols of imported Western civilization.

Shimizu worked with American architect Richard P. Bridgens (リチャード・ブリジェンス, 1819 -1891) and would design important Meiji buildings like Mitsui House and Tsukiji Seiyoken Hotel. Shimizu Corporation still exists and now is a major construction company operating internationally.

Suruga-cho is also the location of Mitsui Echigoya (三井越後屋), the forerunner of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store (日本橋三越本店).

This spot was famous for its view on Edo Castle and Mount Fuji.

Photographed around 1877 (Meiji 10).

Maximum file size: 58.9M (3887 × 5045 pixels)

Pump Park Collection
Find similar:
Kisuke Shimizu, Mitsui, Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi, Suruga-cho, Tokyo, architecture, banks, buildings, business, companies, streets
1 Year License Editorial Advertising Packaging
Small (Web)
USD 45.00 USD 89.00 USD 115.00
Medium (B6)
USD 110.00 USD 140.00 USD 160.00
Large (A4)
USD 140.00 USD 170.00 USD 185.00
Larger sizes available. Contact Us!