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The history of Wako and clock tower

The history of Wako

1881 (Meiji 14) Hattori Tokei Ten (existing SEIKO HOLDINGS Corporation) founding
1895 (Meiji 28) Hattori Tokei Ten business starts at 4, Ginza
1945 (Showa 20) We do business in temporary office of 5, Ginza and start
1947 (Showa 22) April, Wako establishment (we succeed to retail section of Hattori Tokei Ten)
1952 (Showa 27) On December 8, the requisition as P.X. is canceled, and business in current Wako Main Building starts
2008 (Heisei 20) We close for approximately 300 days and perform repair, maintenance to succeed to building to the next generation

History of the Wako Clock Tower

1894 (Meiji 27) The first clock tower is completed in 4, Ginza corner lot
1895 (Meiji 28) Hattori Tokei Ten business starts at 4, Ginza
1923 (Taisho 12) It was during April, new store rebuilding construction, but construction is stopped by the Great Kanto Earthquake
1929 (Showa 4) Construction resumption
1932 (Showa 7) June 10, the second generation clock tower completion
1945 (Showa 20) We are requisitioned as P.X. (Post Exchange)
1952 (Showa 27) The requisition as P.X. is canceled and we do business as Wako from December 8 and start
1954 (Showa 29) Sound of chime of Westminster expression comes to sound from "Time Day" on June 10
1966 (Showa 41) Weight power part of clock which rolls up, and was expression is exchange to Seiko quartz crystal oscillation-style movement (machine body)
2008 (Heisei 20) We close for approximately 300 days and, other than repair, maintenance of building, wash stone outer wall and restore, and the shop is barrier-free again, too
2009 (Heisei 21) We are authorized to "modernization industry inheritance" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

It is height from ground to clock tower: 39.39m (height to the roof: 30.30m, height of clock tower: 9.09m)
The height of the lightning rod of clock tower: 8m
Size of clockface of clock tower: 2.4m in diameter
The length of the hand on the watch of clock tower: Long hand 1.17m, hour hand 0.75m

The history of Wako and clock tower

The first clock tower

It is 1894 (Meiji 27) that the first clock tower was completed.
Founder, Kintaro Hattori of Hattori Tokei Ten which was forerunner of Wako bought Choya Shimbun company building of 4, Ginza intersection corner lot, and, after extension and/or alteration, Hattori Tokei Ten started business at this new store in January, 1895 (Meiji 28).
We enter boom of the Taisho era, and construction is stopped afterwards by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (Taisho 12) although rebuilding was planned. In addition, open temporary store was destroyed by fire. It was the end of 1929 (Showa 4), and it was after that construction was restarted.

Second generation clock tower

It is the second generation when current clock tower was completed by design of architect, Hitoshi Watanabe in June, 1932 (Showa 7). Call style of this building to be built to look down at intersection of 4 in elegant curved surface about slow arc with style in the neo-Renaissance, and square clockface of clock tower turns to north, south, east and west approximately exactly. After the great earthquake, the tower’s exterior was made of genuine stone in order to prevent damage from future fires or earthquakes. In addition, decoration of delicate watermark of arabesque (arabesque) was garnished window part of bottom and building of clockface of clock tower with with bronze, and marble imported by Italy was used for wall surface in shop.

Establishment of Wako

Building with clock tower was requisitioned as P.X. (Post Exchange) at the same time as World War II was over, and stationing of the General MacArthur Allied Forces to lead began in 1945 (Showa 20). Hattori Tokei Ten began business in temporary office of 5, Ginza. Wako was established in succession to duties of retail section of Hattori Tokei Ten in April, 1947 (Showa 22) of the middle and, on December 8, 1952 (Showa 27) when the requisition as P.X. was canceled, started business in current Wako main building. In commemoration of the opening, up-and-coming designers competed with each other to design the building's show window, which much attracted people's attention. Since then, Wako's show window has been famous as “the face of Ginza.” This is now seen as a symbol of Ginza across the world.

Chime of clock tower

Sound of Westminster expression chime came to resound from "Time Day" on June 10, 1954 (Showa 29). We roll up weight, and, in 1966 (Showa 41), the times are exchanged for Seiko quartz crystal oscillation-style movement (machine body) to lead, and put together, and power part of clock which was expression still introduces high-precision movement into technical improvement. Nowadays, the Westminster Chimes sound out 45 seconds before the correct time. The first ring after the reverberations of those chimes dies down tells the correct time.

To succeed to generation of current clock tower - next; -

In 2008 (Heisei 20), we closed Wako main building for approximately 300 days to succeed to this building inheritance to symbolize Ginza to the next generation, and, other than repair, maintenance of building, cleaning restored stone outer wall and made the shop barrier-free again and redecorated clock tower of Wako which watched town of Ginza into more customers to stay comfortably. In 2009 (Heisei 21), we were authorized to "modernization industry inheritance" to authorize for the purpose of preservation, utilization about building or machine that Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry greatly contributed to the industry modernization of Japan. Wako will continue to strive to maintain the Wako Clock Tower as a symbol of Ginza that is loved by many people across the world.

The first clock tower
The first clock tower

Hattori Tokei Ten at the time of the completion
Hattori Tokei Ten at the time of the completion

Sales floor on the first floor
Sales floor on the first floor