There are many things about Japan that remain decidedly “old school”. Takashimaya Department store in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo is a bastion of such tradition from last century, with its ubiquitous flower arrangements, gilt elevators and omnipresent staff. The elevators themselves are perfectly modern but they have beautful touches of bygone eras. Chief among those touches is the concept of the elevator girl. She is immaculately dressed in a uniform complete with the pillbox hat. She has to manually close the bars before the official elevator door will close. She uses a lever to stop and start the elevator. She steps out on the floors to announce where the elevator is and where it is headed, along with what is located on that particular floor. It is truly a gorgeous throwback and a sight to behold. I highly recommend a trip to Takashimaya’s flagship store in Nihonbashi – go ride the elevator.