Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Aeon Mall Kofu-Showa

DVC00001For the longest time I’ve complained about my area not having very many places to shop and eat non-Japanese foods well now I prayers have been answered. A large, new shopping mall was just opened just a few streets down from where I live.
Subway counter.The Aeon Kofu-Showa mall has a lot of firsts for Yamanashi-Prefecture. First of all it has a SUBWAY SANDWICH RESTAURANT. I am a huge Subway fan so news of it being there made me giddy as a schoolboy. The mall also has a pretty decent food court and restaurant area. Another notable American fast food establishment is the Sbarro Pizza at the 3rd floor food court. Now I can eat American style pizza without any of that damn corn or mayonnaise that the Japanese love to throw onto everything I hold holy.
YESSSSSSSSS! Now if we only got a Dominos up in this area I'd be set.
The real downer is that Japan Subway is 25% more expenisve and they are stingy with toppings.
As for shopping there’s also an Aeon grocery store which is pretty big and has a lot of cheap, affordable produce and other goods. The Aeon Mall also sells all kinds of imported beers and liquor. Stuff I couldn’t get without shopping online or happening to find some at an overpriced bar.
Finally a non Japanese beer that is AFFORDABLE.
Now I can get Samuel Adams, Heineken, and other beers I like at my own leisure. It sure beats the bland cookie-cutter 3 main beer flavor Japanese beers I’ve had to endure over the past 4 years. I used to really like Japanese beer when it was a luxury item back in the US, now its like Budweiser to me. Especially Asahi Super Dry. I am an Ebisu/Sapporo man but most restaurants and stores most commonly carry Asahi. Boo.
Variety is the spice of life.
For clothes and other merchandise, it is a wonderland for Yuko. It is also a godsend for me as I don’t need to drive out a couple of hours west just to get to a proper mall for Yuko to shop at. There are a couple of clothes stores I can shop at too. They have a Gap and a GU which both carry my size and at affordable prices.
Yes! Finally a clothes store that I care about!
All in all I am very happy this mall was opened. I wish it was opened a year earlier. The whole tsunami and nuclear disaster really soured the opening. The mall literally opened a day before the disaster struck. For the first month or so the mall had odd operating hours because of the disaster. Now that things are back to normal as of June, when this entry was written, the mall seems to be operating at full capacity minus some of the lights and climate control systems that are off for conservation purposes.

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