Soon after Japan opened its doors to the world in the second half of the 19th century, the Ginza district in central Tokyo became its showcase. When Japan’s first railway opened in 1872, its Tokyo terminus was at the edge of Ginza which rapidly became the center for shops selling all that was new and fashionable. It was soon also the hub of the media business and home to the many cafés and bars that were the new meeting places for artists and writers. Today, Ginza remains synonymous with all that is glamorous and exciting about Tokyo and is, in many respects, Japan’s window on the world. Ginza is also home to Seiko. Seiko was established in Ginza in 1881 and the Seiko clock that sits atop the Wako store, where Seiko was long headquartered, is a much-loved Ginza landmark.