Letter From Tokyo

Glitzy Ginza, like Singapore's Orchard, turning into lifestyle hub

Ginza intersection, with the iconic Wako building (left) with its landmark clock tower, and the Mitsukoshi Department Store (right), which first opened in 1930. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
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TOKYO - When I went back to Singapore for a short trip this May for the first time in three years, I was struck by how much Orchard Road had changed while noticing parallels with the evolution of Tokyo's premier shopping belt Ginza.

In Orchard Road, consumer electronics store Courts had taken over Robinsons' retail space at The Heeren, while sports retailer Decathlon had replaced Metro at The Centrepoint.

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