Was walking home today after reading some of the China-Japan news and passed by the local Ito Yokado store. The store is usually jam-packed with affluent Chinese buyers buying imported milk and other food products. Not today. This time there was a big sign saying the store was closed until tomorrow. The big Ito Yokado sign on the roof was covered by large pieces of tarp, there were security guards stationed outside each entrance, and huge Chinese flags were flying upfront. I wanted to take a picture but it was too dark.
I continued walking and managed to notice this sign in a local storefront window.
The irony in the fact that the store sells Japanese-inspired designer clothing was lost on the shop clerks inside. Notee the effort put in to make the sign multicolored and multilingual — stylish….