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160301-0004 - Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi


Tokyo Taisho 1920s Unknown

The main Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi (日本橋三越本店), Tokyo. This postcard was published sometime between March 1918 (Taisho 7) and September 1923 (Taisho 12).

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 second Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store. It was built in 1914 (Taisho 3) and destroyed by the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 (Taisho 12).

On April 1, 2008, Mitsukoshi merged with rival Isetan into a joint holding company called Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.

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