A Famous Tokyo Landmark Returns To Tokyo As Nissan Reclaims The Heart Of Ginza

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Nothing symbolized Japan’s economic heydays more than Tokyo’s Ginza with its luxury department stores, designer boutiques and hostess bars, where a cocktail and some small talk could cost you big money. Ginza’s bustling 4-chome intersection is what Times Square is for Manhattan, and for decades, the cylindrical Nissan Building power-towered over the square. Its downstairs showroom, dubbed Nissan Gallery, was a major attraction – or possibly, its all-female staff was. In 2009, Nissan traded Tokyo’s most expensive real estate for a new building and tax breaks in neighboring Yokohama. The landmark Nissan Gallery was moved to Kanagawa as well, and a neglected Ginza showroom turned into a symbol for Japan’s lost decade. Two years ago, it closed.  Today, it came back, more glamorous than ever.

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