Ginza Mitsukoshi department store’s second large-scale renewal involving the men’s fashion/accessories (6F) and home interior (7F) floors was completed on Oct 14. The 8th floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi will be revamped by the end of this year and open as the section dedicated to duty free products. This year, the department store celebrates its 85th anniversary.

“It’s almost a miracle that Ginza Mitsukoshi has been able to do business for many years at the intersection of Ginza 4-chome, a place frequented by people from all over the world. Today, we find ourselves at the start of a new chapter and hope to continue to be a store that global customers can be satisfied with,” said President and Representative Director Hiroshi Ohnishi of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings to the group of customers waiting to enter the renewed Ginza Mitsukoshi.

“We want to take on new challenges to become a global department store that sells the latest trends,” added Makoto Asaka, the Store Manager of Ginza Mitsukoshi. He highlighted that he is particularly fond of the “Global Message” zone located on the 7th home interior floor.

In commemoration of the renewal, the exhibit “Wooden Tea Boxes and the Future” showcases artworks created by various artists, which are displayed with a wooden tea box created with pieces of wood that were left over from when the Taian teahouse, within the Myokian temple located in Kyoto, Japan, was repaired. The exhibit is open until Oct 27. Artworks by Somarta designer Tamaki Hirokawa, Matohu designers Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi, and more are on display.

The “tea” theme is also seen in the lineup of tea ceremony equipment and Japanese crafts selected by actor Arata Iura.