Author: Amy R. Remo
It stands as a remarkable showcase of world-renowned Japanese architectural ingenuity, bringing functionality and tradition to a modern and spectacular setting.
The Philippines’ first Mitsukoshi is arguably set to become Metro’s newest iconic lifestyle hub, blending time-honored Japanese traditions and design principles with a thoughtful, contemporary aesthetic to further enhance the shopping experience. increase.
Long waits as Filipinos will soon get a preview of the much-anticipated MITSUKOSHI BGC and a taste of the ‘next Manila lifestyle’, just months ahead of its grand opening scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. is about to end. This November, his upscale four-story retail space will be soft-opening.
Premium and unique design
MITSUKOSHI BGC by Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., one of Japan’s largest department store groups, is a premium commercial space located on the podium level of The Seasons Residence in Bonifacio Global City. The latter is a Japan-inspired four-tower mixed-use project being jointly developed by leading Filipino developer Federal Land and Japan’s Nomura Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Mitsukoshi is widely known for its mega shopping complexes, so its first foray into local retail is expected to be similarly bold and impressive.
Tokyo-based multidisciplinary design firm Torafu Architects and Asao Tokoro, who designed the podiums and emblems for the podiums and emblems of the previous Tokyo 2020 Olympics, have created a casual yet sophisticated environment for Japanese design. We worked together to showcase the design elements.
For example, the façade, designed by Torafu Architects and Tokoro, represents a series of diverse connections, symbolizing a bridge between the Philippines and Japan, with a unique geometric pattern that incorporates traditional Japanese hemp leaves in a modern way. doing.
A symbol of innovation and hospitality
In particular, Mitsukoshi BGC is characterized by having a lion statue, the symbol of the Mitsukoshi Group, placed in front for the first time overseas. The lion that greets customers as they enter the luxury shopping mall is a symbol of Japanese tradition and innovation, as well as Mitsukoshi’s spirit of hospitality.
Also at the main entrance is the monument “Joining Hands”, alluding to the act of putting hands together in search of friendship.
It is part of the unconventional design of commercial spaces by Nomura Co., Ltd., a Japanese interior design firm best known for its experiential retail spaces and cultural centers such as museums and libraries.
There are traditional Japanese designs everywhere, such as the approach to the shrine, the sando, and the garden, known as the bird garden. These create a more open, bright and airy area with fewer walls blocking the view or narrowing the space.
The layout of the store from the ground floor to the third floor is also tailored to the needs of family-oriented Filipinos.
“Next Manila Lifestyle”
This thoughtful design forms part of Mitsukoshi’s overall vision to bring the ‘Next Manila Lifestyle’ to the country, all set to redefine the traditional retail experience. increase.
The concept offers a high-quality lifestyle through a curated mix of renowned local and international retailers, specialty Japanese grocers, specialty beauty stores, and many beloved brands from Japan. and experience.
The core tenant of the mall is Mitsukoshi Fresh on the first basement floor. A premium supermarket with a wide variety of fresh Japanese food and groceries, including original bakery brands and salad bars created in collaboration with popular Filipino restaurants.
Another quaint and traditional Japanese addition is Depachika, or the food market on the basement floor, which mixes notable global dining and Japanese food concepts such as Mitsuyado Seimen, CoCo Ichibanya, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory and Ben’s Cookies. .
Several dining concepts will open here in the coming months, offering an authentic taste of Japan in a Zen-inspired space. These include Senryo, a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Petien, and other sumptuous sushi restaurants. Ramen Nagi is a local favorite.
MITSUKOSHI Beauty provides Filipinos with easy access to natural and organic cosmetic brands. Japanese cosmetics brand Kanebo will also open its first store in the Philippines.
Japanese women’s clothing brand Snidel will also make its first foray into the Philippine market through MITSUKOSHI BGC, while Japanese Seiko and Maker’s Watch Knot will also open new stores here. Another one of his first attempts for the Philippines is Japan’s Key Coffee, which he will open in December at Lexus’ new showroom. Meanwhile, Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya is trying to introduce Japanese culture to Filipinos through its books and other novelty items.
In addition, there are plenty of functions unique to the store, such as a dedicated kids room with a children’s toilet, a family toilet, and a nursing room. A state-of-the-art indoor entertainment facility, including digital sports, is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2023.
MITSUKOSHI BGC is a truly exciting and highly anticipated addition to the local retail scene, offering many firsts and unique luxuries set against a backdrop of timeless and sophisticated Japanese design. It’s definitely worth the wait.
For the latest information on Mitsukoshi BGC, please visit Mitsukoshi BGC’s Facebook and Instagram.
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