Mitsukoshi Ginza Store - Tokyo
Down at the Epcot Center in Florida, there is a store in the Japan pavilion that sells all sorts of novelty items from Japan including a live oyster/pearl tank where you can pick out an oyster and once opened, discover a pearl. That store is called Mitsukoshi.
I had been going to the store for a couple of years until Natalie told me that it was called Mitsukoshi and that it is a department store in Japan. Like...this isn't just a 'shop' in the Japan Pavilion, it is actually a location of this department store.
Having been to Japan a few times now for work, on my most recent trip, I decided to try to get into one of the Tokyo locations. Turns out, the Ginza location was located on the walk between my hotel and the office I was working in all week.
You can see the store in the photo above: the *older* store is the main portion located on the corner. A bit down to the right, you can see the *newer* addition they've added. Here's a look at that new section from a different angle:
The store spans a dozen or more floors. I went up the escalator to the ninth or tenth floor where the kids section was, but I didn't end up buying anything from Mitsukoshi. Neat experience even without the purchases.
I know the next time we go to Epcot, I'll take in the Mitsukoshi location there with much greater admiration.