|■Meiji-ya Kyobashi Store
This is "Meiji-ya Kyobashi store," which is located on the first floor of the head office building of Meiji-ya. The building, which survived through the war, is the first one to have subway attached to it in Japan. The store provides a variety of snacks, liquors, fruits, and so on from all over the world. They also have 600 kinds of wine from 13 countries.
■Oyabashira of Kyobashi
If you walk toward Ginza on Chuo-dori Ave., you may find a part of Kyobashi Bridge under the highway. This is called "Oyabashira of Kyobashi."
■The monument of Edo-Kabuki
On the other side of the street, there is the monument of Edo-Kabuki. This is the birthplace of Edo-Kabuki.
■The vestige of Kyobashi-Daikon-Gashi Vegetable Market
Right next to the monument, there is the vestige of Kyobashi-Daikon-Gashi Vegetable Market, which was called "Daikon-Gashi."
■National Film Center / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
On the Kajibashi-dori Ave., there is National Film Center / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The library holds about 20,000 books on films. On the wall of stairs, the panels of movie has-beens are put on display. They also show world's film classics in the main auditorium that can contain 310 persons.
There are about 150 antique stores on the back street. This is "Gallery Nishikawa," the smallest antique gallery in Tokyo. They provide Chinese old ceramics and Asian antiques.
This is "Cafe Kimura-ya." They serve fine coffee that is dripped with cloth instead of paper. You may relax and enjoy, having coffee and viewing the paintings on the wall.
This is a distinguished vanity gallery, "Gallery Kubota." They provide the world's old master paintings.
The vestige of the residence of Hiroshige Ando
This is where Hiroshige Ando spent the last 10 years of his life. He is famous for drawing pictures of everyday life in the Edo Period, called "Ukiyoe."
■Bridgestone Museum of Art
This is Bridgestone Museum of Art, where Mr. Shojiro Ishibashi, who is the founder of Bridgestone, shows his own collections. They will be closed until January 2003.
This is Peace Bell built on the median strip on Yaesu-dori Ave. The 26 bells, made in Holland, play seasonal music.
■The monument of Jan Joosten
This is the monument of Jan Joosten. "Yaesu" is named after him.
Back on Chuo-dori Ave., you will find Mercian Salon, where there are 70 kinds of strictly selected wine. They also serve food that go with wine well. This is "terrine of an eel cooked with red wine," and this is "compote of a peach" on the left.
This is "Ichinokura Kyobash-ten" that serves meals with selected chickens and fish. You may enjoy the dishes with sake of well-known brands from various parts of the country. The restaurant has a nice and calm atmosphere. They are "Jidori-oyako-don" and "Kakiage-seiro" from the lunch menu.
This is "Isehiro," a yakitori restaurant of old standing. There are many steady customers for the yakitori, which is cooked with strictly chosen chicken. You may use a "Chickener," an Isehiro's original folk, so that you can keep your hands and mouth clean. This is the full-course, containing 10 skewers of chickens and some vegetables and a cup of soup.
That is all for this month's feature, a walk in Kyobashi area. Please, visit the places of your interests as your time allows.