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In 2016 the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs announced that Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store would be designated an Important Cultural Property, a momentous year in Mitsukoshi’s history that sees our store join the Nihombashi bridge itself among other landmarks nationwide as institutions recognised for their cultural contribution and guaranteed ongoing protection for the benefit of generations to come. However, as visitors to Nihombashi Mitsukoshi can attest to the building is not just a museum nor landmark in the simple sense, even as the buildings that make up the store today are dotted with carvings, antiques and art that each have a story to tell. Rather Nihombashi Mitsukoshi’s place in history is as a constantly evolving entity taking in the culture beyond its walls.
Even the Lion Entrance with its iconic lions statues that for many now is the main gateway to the store wasn’t always so, having been installed in Taisho 3 (1914). It wasn’t the entrance for the generation who stepped off the Ginza subway line in April of Showa 7 (1943) through the passageway designed by French interior designer René Prou that opened directly into the store,
nor for the generation who used to take the fine entrance that faced the Bank of Japan which is now used as a staff entrance, even as the marvelous detailed ceiling remains. Thus there is a certain irony to Nihombashi Mitsukoshi being awarded the prestige of preservation while it is an institution defined as being in a constant state of flux with its iconic features dependent on the era and aesthetics of the time.
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