GUNDAM Café We Will Miss You
The official of the famous Gundam-themed cafe in Japan announced that all the stores will be closed in January next year including the one at Akihabara, Tokyo, the first and the biggest among all branches. The first store was opened at Akihabara in 2010, and it has become a must-visit place in Tokyo for every Gundam series fan. In 2020, it merged the next store that was originally AKB48 CAFE and expanded its covered area 4 times bigger than it was.
No one really knows what the reasons are for them to shut down the business, but one of the factors must be the negative impact of the coronavirus. Since the pandemic, many local shops closed because the number of visitors to Japan has drastically plummeted.
It's pretty sad that I haven't got a chance to visit Tokyo...let alone the shop itself. I just hope that the economy will restore soon and more shops will open by the time I get there.