My friend always gets the giggles when I use the word ‘fancy’ (which, I have to admit, I do a lot) and repeats it as a nasal ‘fancay’. So, this is what this mini-entry is about: being fancy, or rather, sneaking into GINZA SIX where the duck and I will never be able to afford anything, apart from, maybe, a cheap book and a cup of Starbucks coffee on the sixth floor. Anyway, this post is not really about how chronically poor the duck and I are but about what we discovered when our lovely friend led us through the modern beauty of this upscale mall in order to delight us with the impressive view of Ginza from the roof terrace. On this mini-adventure, there were three things that stood out to us:
When you’re taking the escalators it is impossible to miss this impressive installation. And, I have to admit, I did not know too much about the artist Yayoi Kusama at that time, but our friend, in the fashion of a true tour guide, told us more about her life, her art and where to admire it. There even is a museum with some of her artwork that opened in Tokyo fairly recently. It is rather popular so that the duck and I need to do some good old Japanese-style planning to get a pair of those highly sought-after tickets before we leave. Check out the Yayoi Kusama website, if you’d like to learn more about her and her art (especially if you’ve lived under a rock as, apparently, we have)!
What else did we see at Ginza Six?
Well, as I’ve mentioned before, the duck and I are so poor that it’s pretty easy to tell that we probably wouldn’t buy anything just by looking at us. But, even if we had lots of money, we’d probably never be fancay… at least in terms of fashion. Instead we’d buy all the books we could on the 6th floor. This is our number
At first we saw the great collection of books, especially those on art, and were instantly happy. Then we saw those… astronaut cats? They were casually chillin’ in the center of the book store, so we had to stop and admire them for a while. If anyone knows what’s up with them, let the duck and me know! If we’re brave enough, we’ll come back one day to investigate some more (if the cats are still there then, that is).
After the book stop, we made our way up to the roof terrace in a very fancy elevator that, again, we didn’t fully understand. What is it with upscale shopping malls and constant confusion? Does being rich also make you smart? If that is true, maybe the duck and I should work on a wealth accumulation plan. Because, gosh, we could definitely use that extra bit of intelligence!
The view from the rooftop was just as wonderful as our friend had promised us and we all stood still for a moment to admire the cityscape in front of us and to think about what growing up in Ginza might feel like (after seeing some kids play in the rooftop terrace greenery). A few photos and some footage later we made our way back down to reality and went for some nice and healthy lunch. But that is material for another post.
Until then, stay fancay, friends!