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.
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.
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.