Economic crunch in Japan example #46: Tokyomango reports that the Mitsukoshi and Isetan department stores — they are both owned by the same company — will now be opened six days a week instead of the usual seven, also reducing their daily hours of operation.
Update: Seems like there was an error in translating the news, according to a reader (who adds two news links, see comments): “Consider this a case of poor translation somewhere along the line. It isn’t once-a-week, but rather once-a-month, and is restricted to regional stores. Branches in major cities will still be 7 days a week, however with shortened operating hours being considered.”
I’m off to Hong Kong until Sunday — accompanying my wife who is attending a conference — and so expect things to be slow here until then.
Shantell Martin is kinking off 2009 with another remix project — you can see results from last year’s “On the March Remixed” project here — this time with the CD jacket she created for Tokyo-based group KeKe as the piece to be remixed.
Here’s the deal (taken from Shantell’s announcement):
Please provide the following information to appear below your work:
City of residence:
A sentence or two about your remix:
No date line…. but sooner is always better than later.
Over at MoCo Loco, all contributors were invited to offer their top 5s for 2008. Here is mine, chosen from all the items that appeared in my “This Week from Tokyo” posts.
Time to find a new meeting spot in Roppongi. Almond Cafe — the branch which has occupied that particular corner of the Roppongi intersection since 1964 — is closing tomorrow to make way for a new building (the current building is apparently too old). This article also notes that Almond was the first company in Japan to introduce moistened hand towels (oshibori).