Shop ‘n Chill


So you get to the Ginza Mitsukoshi department store food hall bright and early to nab a coveted bunch of First Grapes Of The Season before they’re sold out, then you spot a nice piece of salmon for dinner. You buy it before remembering that you have to go to the dentist after doing your shopping. Oh no! That fish is going to smell like, well, let’s just say Dr. McFlossmore is going to be breathing through his mouth, wondering how to broach the subject of that odor.

What to do, what to do?

Mitsukoshi refrigerated coin lockers to the rescue! Yes, conveniently located on the perishable foods floor is a bank of chillin’ cubbies in which you can stow your groceries until you’ve finished getting that root canal, lunching with the empress’s sister, or whatever other urgent chores must be dealt with in Ginza before carting that fish home on the subway.

And they’re free! You put in ¥100, take the key, then get the ¥100 back when you return it. Polite signs exhort shoppers to take their purchases home in a timely manner, of course.

A tip o’ the beanie to Tokyobling’s Blog, where I first read about this fab invention! If you’d like to visit the Ginza Mitsukoshi the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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