This is Meijiza Theater with its 130-year history. The grand theater was converted in 1993. It was thoughtfully designed so that the stage can be seen from any seats without difficulty. It is also equipped with the latest technologies. Thus, the theater enables a range of performances, such as Kabuki and musical.
'We have different shows every month. Please, visit here and enjoy the stages,' says the staff.
■The place of reestablishment of Chinese medicine
This is the place, where Dr. Kejuro Wada, a medical practitioner, published 'Ikai-no-Tettsui' after coming back from Russo-Japanese War.
This is 'Homi-tei,' a restaurant that has been in business since 1933. The owners, chefs, and even the customers continue up to the third generation. You may relax and enjoy the authentic western dishes. This is one of the popular dishes, beef stew. It takes 6 hours to cook the beef every morning.
'Please, stop by at our restaurant when you come to Ningyo-cho. We are looking forward to serving you,' says the staff.
■Ningyo-cho Imahan Honten
This is 'Ningyo-cho Imahan,' an old standing sukiyaki restaurant. It is famous not only for sukiyaki, but also for shabu-shabu, steak, and Japanese course dinner, using the first-grade beef. The restaurant has individual rooms with Japanese interior.
'Welcome to Imahan. We serve the best sukiyaki in Japan. Please, make yourself feel at home and enjoy the meal as your time allows,' says the staff.
This is 'Iwai-Tsuzura-ten,' founded at the end of Edo era. They make various boxes by weaving bamboos, pasting Japanese papers on them, and lacquer on the papers. It takes more than a half-year to receive the box you order since every box is handmade. The products are light and durable and popular among many people, including foreigners. This is a clothing storage box with beautiful glossing and coloring created by the craft workers. They can put your family crest and name on the products as you request.
■Bachihide Instrument Store
This is 'Bachihide Instrument Store,' founded in 1917. They sell and repair samisen. Famous samisen masters and geisha are the regular customers here.
'We have been opened since the middle of Taisho era. Though, it is shameful that people seem to forget Japanese traditions, samisen is getting popular among young people. We can repair any samisen. Please, feel free to consult with us about samisen,' says the staff.
This is 'Yanagi-ya,' selling taiyaki, a fish-shaped Japanese snack. There is always a long waiting line along the street. The pancake has crunchy surface, and it is filled with tasty bean jam inside.
'Bean jam is very important for taiyaki. We make bean jam every morning and use the fresh jam on the same day. Please, come and try our taiyaki,' says the staff.
This is 'Futaba,' the first class bean curd store, founded in 1907. They provide different kinds of bean curd that are made at the store every morning.
'Ningyo-cho Futaba has been passed down for four generations from my grandfather through my son. We like to provide fresh handmade bean curd that we make in the early morning. Please, try our bean curd,' says the third owner.
This is 'Minafuku,' an oden store that provides Japanese hodge-podge. They stock the ingredients from more than ten different places, and they make the soup, following their family recipe.
'We will have been opened for 50 years by the next year, and we will continue making delicious oden,' says the staff.
■Shitamachi Omoshiro Kogei-kan
This is 'Shitamachi Omoshiro Kogei-kan' that provides craftworks and recycled kimonos. The wooden nameplates written in Edo characters are popular.
'We gather kimonos that have been sitting in closets and sell them to others. We also provide various craftworks. Please, check them out,' says the staff.
■The Vestige of Kakigara Ginza
There used to be 'Ginza,' a silver currency foundry for 68 years from 1801.
This is 'Kaisei-ken,' a coffee shop opened in 1919. You may enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere, having their fine coffee.
'We have been running the coffee shop for 84 years here. Please, drop by when you visit Ningyo-cho,' says the staff.
This is 'Koami Shrine,' which was built in Muromachi period. It is a valuable architecture as a wooden shrine remained in Chuo-ku. It is designated as the tangible cultural architecture of the ward.
'537 years have passed since Koami Shrine was enshrined. It is propitious for luck, avoidance of misfortune, and business prosperity. Please, visit the shrine,' says the priest.