Fans of gaming, especially in Japan, will find another reason to be sad this year apart from the still ongoing pandemic as Tokyo’s Akihabara sees a loss to one of its iconic landmarks, the Sega Akihabara Building 2 arcade. The popular destination’s imminent foreclosure was announced via a sign posted on the building’s door.
The message states:
“Notice of closure
Thank you for your continued patronage. We are sorry to announce that this branch, Sega Akihabara Building 2, will be closing.
Our last day of operations will be Sunday, August 30.
The entire staff wishes to express, from the bottom of our hearts, our sincere gratitude at the loving support you have given our establishment for so many years.”
For Undisclosed Reason
Sega did not explicitly state the reason behind the business’ closure. However, considering the state of affairs involving a global crisis, the cause is already very telling. The primary suspect being the lack of customers, particularly during the height of the pandemic issue, which remains ongoing.
Losing visitations from people only seems to be part of the issue, however. Another would be the event’s impact on the buying choices of people, which, intuitively enough, becomes prioritized to needs over wants. A situation that would otherwise bring local and international patrons going into the place for some good old entertainment.
But even before the advent of COVID-19, Japan is already suffering a steady and continuous decline in its arcade business. Possibly, due to losing popularity from other entertainment outlets that can be done at home electronically and online.
Both too convenient, its highlight can easily render anyone wanting to stick at home and yet still be amused, unlike the old days. Consequently, culminating in closing businesses in the arcade sphere, such as what happened Warehouse Kawasaki last year.
A Bitter-Sweet Farewell
Nobody is happy that the Sega arcade is soon to bid farewell and never re-open. Especially not by those who found the idea of hitting the arcade from time to time nostalgic. Something that will forever be as is moving forward starting next month.
But, in light of the downward trend in the business, it’s only fair to say that it’s been anticipated and therefore less surprising. The onset of the coronavirus being only the final nail to its coffin.
If anything, it only goes to show that there’s nothing permanent in this world. The only thing that is ever truly constant is change. Akihabara itself has proven that notion time and time again. It seems only that the dynamics remain ongoing still.
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