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Wednesday, 26th November 2008
In Events In Japan,

Third-largest shopping mall opens in Japan

Japan's third-largest shopping mall opened its doors for the first time today (November 26th) in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Around 1,500 people queued up to be the first inside Hakyu Nishinomiya Gardens, reports the Associated Press.

Keiko Saito, 35, travelled from the larger city of Kobe to be among the first eager shoppers to enter the mall this morning.

He commented: "My friends and I have long been looking forward to coming here because no shopping in Kobe are as big as this."

The mall itself is luxuriously decorated with carpeting throughout and sofas for consumers to relax on.

Hakyu Corp, the mall's developer, said the ambiance was created to attract consumers with an appetite for upmarket products.

According to, the biggest mall in Japan is Aeon LakeTown Mall in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, at around 220,000 square feet in size.