A place with memories
AEON Style is a shopping mall not far away from my home. Since its opening in 1987, there has been a lot of changes, especially the recent renovation and redesign of space for shopping and dining. When I first visited the new one, besides enjoying the shopping experience, I did check if the magic clock, which started nearly three decades ago, was still inside.
Thanks God! It’s still with us!
The magic clock started working in 1987, the year when the shopping mall (called JUSCO at that time) began its business. Every hour the Joker woke up and the clock face showing some happy dwarfs opened. A few minutes later, everything returned to normal. It’s so fascinating especially for children! Unfortunately the hourly show can only be seen on YouTube (see below) taken by others, since the related compartment can’t work and the mall is not able to find people to repair it.
When I shared the photo in Facebook, some of my friends commented that they missed the clock so much. They even said they would wait for the music show in front of the clock. We also talked about the mall before renovation, and the discussion let me realize that the space arrangement can also contribute to childhood memories, although it’s always unintended. One of my friends missed the third floor with stationery and toys putting together, as it was the area that the parents let her alone for a few hours so that they could concentrate on buying household items without worrying about the safety of their children.
The society is changing and we are getting richer. We do not only satisfy with the material itself, but also long for a lifestyle we are expecting of. Thus the shopping mall has to be rebranded and redesigned as a stylish store. In the stationery area, I found that there are much more well-designed products like Traveler’s Notebook, Maruman, Rhodia, Moleskine, etc. It seems it becomes another lifestyle shop like LOGON and Eslite in Hong Kong, but the conclusion is not totally correct as I still found some important and necessary (office) stationery like ‘GUARD YOUR ID STAMP’, the roller-type stamp covering personal information so that privacy can be protected when you throw away your documents.
On one hand, we miss the past experience so much, and don’t appreciate much on the new one. On the other hand, we are (unconsciously) developing different kinds of new relationships and attachments with other things, so slowly that the changes can’t be observed easily. One day, we will love something that we used to have no feelings and even hate. Time will tell me if AEON Style becomes a part of my memories in my life.