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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tokyo Daily Life's "Summary of Yurakucho"

Above, the Yurakucho Mullion. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The areas of Hibiya, Yurakucho and Ginza is pretty familiar to Godzilla fans.

In 1954, Godzilla stomped through Ginza and demolished or torched the Wako Department Store at Ginza Crossing and the Matsuzakaya Department Store.

Hibiya is known as the place where the Godzilla statue stands on a pedestal in Hibiya Chanter Square.

Yurakucho is known as the location of the Yurakucho Mullion buildings where the Toho Nichigeki Theater once stood (it was also demolished by Godzilla in 1954 as an "inside" joke). This means that Godzilla made an appearance in Yurakucho.

But there is more to Yurakucho than just the Yurakucho Mullion. There are stores, bars and restaurants galore jamb-packed in a small area. One of my favorite sushi restaurants (a revolving sushi restaurant) is just under the shinkansen tracks.

Tokyo Daily Life has posted an article (with plenty of photographs) of Yurakucho.

The article begins with:
Yurakucho is a shopping district adjacent to Marunouchi and Ginza. Going south on Naka Dori Street, you can reach there. You can enjoy contemporary and neat Tokyo, such as the Tokyo International Forum and the redeveloped buildings at the east side of Yurakucho station. There are commercial facilities that have the advantage of fashions at the east side of the station, such as Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO, LUMINE and MARUI. On the other hand, you can also enjoy miscellaneous and common Tokyo, such as Japanese taverns at an area called Gado-shita (below the girder) including Yakitori Alley. Yurakucho is a very interesting area where various aspects of Tokyo can be seen. By the way, the boundaries between Yurakucho and Marunouchi or Hibiya are indefinite, so I introduce the area along Naka Dori Street on an article of Marunouchi, and Nissay Theatre and the Imperial Hotel on an article of Hibiya.
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