Shirokiya Japan Village Walk Opens on Saturday
If you tried visiting Shirokiya at Ala Moana in the past few months only to find it shut down for business, fear not. The store will be having their grand re-opening event on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. and are coming back with 56 vendors and new cultural features. With a total project cost of $35 million, the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk will perpetuate 57 years of bringing Japanese food, culture and hospitality to Hawaii.
Compared to the old location, the new “Shirokiya Japan Village Walk” resembles more of a cultural theme park, creating an authentic Japanese experience through its food, décor and art work. The maze of alleyways of what seems like food heaven, were designed to replicate the shopping alleys of Old Kyoto with regional traditional crafts and artisans. Around one of the store’s many corners visitors will find a masterpiece art collection in the “Zeppin Plaza.”
The new store is also bringing back its infamous beer garden. The “yataimura” has 800 seats and 32 food kiosks including bento and okazu, takoyaki, yakitori, ramen, soba, sukiyaki and sushi. There are five beer service counters at each corner, where $1 draft beers will be flowing on the daily. The new yataimura resembles the popular Japanese “depachika”, bustling food courts located in the basements of major department stores in Japan.
For people looking for other dining options, there are six boutique restaurants featuring fine cuisine in the “Wagyu Plaza”, eight select bistros with popular dishes in the “Seafood Plaza”, and fresh Japanese pastries served at the Vintage Cave Bakery, which will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visitors can also enjoy the seasons and festivals of Japan. Events will be held on the 5th, 15th and 25th of the month, where festival games and treats, such as kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping), yo-yo tsuri (water balloon fishing game), wata ame (cotton candy), amezaiku (Japanese candy sculpture), and more, will be featured.
The Japan Village Walk is centered around their Guardian Spirit Sanctuary. Strategically so, according to Floor Manager, Trenton Yamada.
“There are ‘castle towns’ in Japan where the town is built around the castle so in a sense, that’s our castle. It’s where all of our energy comes from, all of our power,” he explained.
The Sanctuary houses Guardian Spirits, Buddha statues depicting each of the twelve animals of the Japanese zodiac – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar. Shoppers can visit their guardian spirit and pray for good luck and happiness.