part 1by Mie
November 30, 2000: New shopping mall Wasada Town opens
|Wasada Town, a shopping mall first planned
in 1996 as a new core of Oita City, opens
on December 2, 2000.
Today, the mall is pre-open to the residents in Wasada district. In the evening, we drove out there together with my friend.
|Just ten-minute drive from home route 210
takes us straight down to the Town.
The Town is located along White Road, or route 210. I have long been waiting the completion of the mall. The construction started in February. This is a snap shot taken on October 7.
|Every time I pass the road, I was expecting what kind of wonderful shops would open.|
|I have to remember the sign of parking section so as not to get lost. The parking capacity is 3,200 including roof top lots, they say.|
The main hall is a huge Christmas tree filling the building with the atmosphere.
|A famous restaurant "Tsukiji Gintako" is heavily crowded with families.|
|Uniqlo, ready-to-wear apparel, appeals to young customers with its abundant beautiful colored clothing.|
|Passing through the Second Street section of Wasada Tokiwa mall, we came up to a festival square that accommodates 1,000 audience.|
|This is another festival town of CineFlex. The town will open on December 9, featuring 11 multi screens, 2,022 seats, and digital sound systems.|
|In the Forth Street are large-sized specialty stores such as Sports Depo and Home Wide. I enjoyed the first purchase here.|
|We had our first commemorative dinner in the complex here, at an Italian Garlic restaurant.|
|A waiter recommended large pizza and crispy salad of Japanese white radish.||My friend and my husband toast, but I don't because I must drive back home.|
|The waiter looks like pleasant having a Santa cap on. The pizza was tasty, thank you.|
|Starbuck Coffee shop came to Oita at last,
I have long been waiting for it. Today, the
shop closed earlier.
When they run the shop in full-scale, it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
|New bus services started as well. The route
connects the mall with many spots in Oita
city. The full-scale running will start on
December 2 using special Wasada-colored bus.
Many people were waiting for buses at the stop in front of Festa square.
|The mall closed at 6:30 p.m., because today was special opening for the local residents. I saw only a small part of the mall. I will come here again for shopping or watching movies the other day.|