MANILA – In a few years, Filipinos will no longer need to get a visa – or even a plane ticket – to have a unique Japanese shopping experience.
This as Mitsukoshi, Japan’s oldest surviving department store chain, will open a branch in Taguig by 2021.
Here is what we know so far:
IT IS PART OF A CONDO PROJECT
The country’s first Mitsukoshi mall will be located at 8th Avenue corner 36th Street, beside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
It will serve as the base for The Seasons Residences, which features four high-end condominium towers ranging from 41 to 51 levels.
The mixed-use, integrated lifestyle center is a $400-million joint venture among the Philippines’ Federal Land and Japanese firms Nomura Real Estate and Isetan Mitsukoshi.
“We look forward to our fruitful partnership with Nomura Real Estate and Isetan Mitsukoshi and we’re very excited to bring a piece of Japanese life to the Philippines. We know a lot of Filipinos and expatriates would love to get a Japanese experience within the comforts of their own home. The Seasons Residences is the first of its kind in the country where residents can live, shop, and dine the Japanese way,” said Alfred Ty, chairman of Federal Land.
Toshihiko Sugie, president and CEO of Isetan Mitsukoshi, for his part, said: “We know how much Filipinos love to go to the mall to shop and eat, or to simply to relax, so we hope Filipinos will enjoy their Mitsukoshi mall experience. We are excited to open the first mall of its kind in the Philippines.”
To those who wish to get a glimpse of The Seasons Residences and Mitsukoshi mall, the property’s showroom is located at 7th Avenue corner 34th Street in BGC.
JAPANESE FOOD COURT, SUPERMARKET
Japan has been known for its department store food halls, and the Mitsukoshi mall in Taguig will have one as well.
A signature supermarket by Isetan-Mitsukoshi will be right next to the food hall, offering premium grocery items.
UNIQUE JAPANESE CRAFTS, FASHION ITEMS
Filipinos can expect to find a selection of international and Japanese brands – including those at are not available elsewhere in the country – at Mitsukoshi mall.
There will be sections dedicated to beauty and wellness, as well as clothes, accessories, and Japanese handicrafts.
Staff will be trained in omotenashi, or the art of Japanese hospitality, to complete the shopping experience.