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Shirokiya Inc. is the latest to unveil plans for a new project in Ala Moana Center's new Ewa wing! Read more about it from Pacific Business News' Darin Moriki (August 19, 2015).

The Shirokiya department store in Ala Moana Center has unveiled plans to open a $35 million retail, restaurant and entertainment area next year in the regional shopping mall’s newly redeveloped Ewa Wing.

"Our mission is to introduce various Japanese food selections, Japanese traditional culture, and the spirit of Japanese hospitality (omotenashi), from Hawaii to the world,” Shirokiya Holdings Inc. project coordinator Daisuke Mori said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company said its goal is to create a traditional Japanese town reminiscent of old Kyoto, which served as the capital of Japan for nearly a thousand years before that function was moved to Tokyo.

As it is currently proposed, the 55,241-square-foot Japan Village Walk area, located on the ground level of the Ewa Wing, will be leased for 25 years and feature 60 different stores within four main themes. That portion of the Ewa Wing is slated to open on June 1, 2016.

Among them is a 800-seat Yataimura food court and beer garden that will feature five beer service counters and resemble depachika food market areas in the basements of well-known Japanese department stores, such as Mitsukoshi, Daimaru, Matsuya and Isetan.

The Japan Village Walk area will also include a Nippon Komachi shopping alley, where regional Japanese traditional crafts will be sold along walkways designed to replicate shopping alleys in old Kyoto, and a Omatsuri Hiroba festival and event square, where festivals and events will be held three times each month.

The complex will also feature a Guardian Spirit Sanctuary, where statues of the 12 animals in the Japanese zodiac will be displayed.

Vintage Cave Honolulu Manager Miho Sato said the members-only fine dining restaurant and wine cellar owned by Shirokiya owner Takeshi Sekiguchi does not have any plans at this time to relocate.

The entire three-level Ewa wing, which was built on the site of the former Sears store, along with the nine-level, 4,500-space parking structure near Longs Drugs, will open on Nov. 12, two weeks before Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season.

The new wing will accommodate no more than 10 stores on the street level of the mall, 27 on the mall level and 24 on the upper level. In all, about 40 of the 60 stores will be open in November.

Chicago-based General Growth Properties, the mall's majority owner, has said the total cost of the project is $573 million.

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