Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lazona Shopping mall

Lazona is a popular shopping mall in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. The mall opened in 2006 and is located next to the Kawasaki station west exit.

The name is a combination of the words, Lazo (lasso) and Zona (region), the roof was designed by the Spanish architect Ricardo Biofill the plaza is very distinctive as it gives the impression of ground floor despite being a second level.

The large number of stores at Lazona, currently over 280, is with no doubt one of the reasons of the popularity, additionally one of the two IMAX theaters in Japan is located there (the other is located in Saitama, a no so short trip from Tokyo).
The place is always full of customers, especially on weekends.



AdelaideBen said...

Wow... didn't realise there was only 2 Imax's in Japan. Freaky. Shopping centres are definitely the rage in Japan now... we had an Aeon centre open up near us a couple of years ago. Downside is that it's also lead to a lot of smaller suburban shops shutting as they had to either move in, or just couldn't compete. Sapporo's economy has been hit pretty hard in recent years.

island4jp said...

Yes, they are indeed, here at Tokyo a lot of small shops are also closing unable to compete. the bad economy is everywhere but can't really tell by the amount of people visiting the shopping malls.