HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now Sunrise was the very FIRST to give you an exclusive look at the NEW Shirokiya Japan Village Walk as they took away the barricades and got ready for the Grand Opening of the New Shirokiya retail space at Ala Moana Center.
The new Shirokiya Japan Village will consist of four main themes.
- YATAIMURA (Quality Food Court and Beer Garden, 800 seats)
Yataimura will offer various Japanese food selections, including quality bento and okazu, such as takoyaki, yakitori, ramen, soba, sukiyaki, sushi, and more. In addition, Yataimura will also feature five beer service counters for the whole area.
The new Yataimura will resemble the famous Japanese "Depachika," the quality food court setting found in the basement of major depertment stores in Japan.
- NIPPON KOMACHI (Shopping Alleys)
Our walkways will be designed to replicate the shopping alleys of Old Kyoto with regional Japanese traditional crafts and artisans.
Also, visitors to Japan Village Walk may enjoy the seasons of Japan as you stroll under hanging trellises of sakura (cherry blossoms), fuji (wisteria), momiji (maple), and kusu no ki (camphor tree)
- OMATSURI HIROBA (Festival and Event Square)
Omatsuri - or festival – events will be enjoyed every 5th, 15th, and 25th of each month. 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 in the Omatsuri Hiroba.
- GUARDIAN SPIRIT SANCTUARY (Good Luck Gods)
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 – will be displayed in this spiritual sanctuary.
Opens officially on June 25th but they have a preview showing June 14 & 15 from 11a-2pm each day!