Adores Akihabara’s store (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), an entertainment facility that was popular in front of Akihabara Station, with ads for popular anime on the building’s exterior wall, should close soon.
In the main areas around the station, department stores are closing one after another, probably due to the spread of a new infection with the coronavirus, and there are rumors of loneliness on Twitter.
Adores Akihabara store with anime ad (Photo courtesy of Tsurumi Robo @kaztsu)
“Closing notice” posted on the window (Photo provided by Tsurumi Robo @kaztsu)
Big stores like Sega and Tsukumo will close at the end of August
“Our store will be closed on the following dates due to various circumstances.
Tsurumi Robo (@kaztsu), who spreads information about Akihabara, posted a photo on Twitter on October 27, 2020, saying that such a sticker was posted in the Adores Akihabara store. As of the 28th, about 5,000 retweets have been retweeted and become the main topic.
According to the sticker titled “Closing Notice”, the karaoke facilities on the 3rd to 10th floors will be closed on the 20th, and the other karaoke floors on the 6th and above will be closed on the 31st. In addition, the 1st and 2nd floors of specialized prize game floors such as UFO catchers will close on November 8th. However, the adjacent second prize shop will continue to operate.
Adores is a company under the umbrella of Wide Leisure (Fukuoka Prefecture), which operates entertainment venues such as Rakuichi Rakusa and operates karaoke and gaming centers.
Speaking of Akihabara Square, it was once known around the world as an electric city, and was later called the “Holy Land of Otaku”, where many anime and game shops opened.
However, after being hit by the corona disaster, the situation changed, with major stores such as Sega Akihabara Building No. 2 and Tsukumo Akihabara Ekimae’s shop under the umbrella of Yamada Electric closing at the end of August and also closing. and restaurants and cafes for maids. ING
An Adores spokesman told J-CAST News on October 28:
“The number of foreigners has dropped to almost zero, but the number of Japanese customers has returned.
“I can not give you details about the reason for the closure of the store, but the impact of Corona, such as the reduction in inflow demand, is not small.”
Regarding the closure of the store, a series of surprised voices were heard on Twitter saying: “I was shocked because I thought it would not disappear …” It was sent.
Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya. It was written.
Akihabara, secretary general of the Trade Promotion Association, said in an interview on October 27th.
“I have not heard in detail why the store is closed, but it is estimated that almost 5 million foreign tourists visited, but due to the influence of Corona, it is almost impossible to enter the country. However, sales are close to zero. However, there are many stores that do their best, and Japanese customers are coming back. “Looking at the pedestrian paradise, half of the previous ones. If you were a foreign tourist, maybe half of them came back.”
It is said that there are many shops that handle regional coupons distributed by the government WITHDRAWAL ROAD campaign, and customers who come from all over Japan and use the coupons are also visible. In the future, he said he is considering what he can do about the GO TO shopping district by obtaining explanations based on the materials.
“Because there are few retail stores with a lot of space, there is a problem with having a lot of people. It seems that every store needs to come up with measures. I do not know how the shopping district will change in the future. “I think it depends on our ability to provide services that meet the needs of our customers.”
(Hiruyuki Noguchi, J-CAST News Editor)