Ginza is a district of Chūō, Tokyo. It is a popular upscale shopping area, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses located in its vicinity.

Eiji Miyake, the main protagonist of the novel number9dream, while having a coffee at the Jupiter Café, thinks that Tokyo needs a good flooding to clean it up and imagines “mandolineering gondoliers punting down Ginza.”