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AEON Style, the shopping mall with the magic clock since 1987.

AEON Style, the shopping mall with the magic clock since 1987.

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.

AEON Style是我家不遠處的百貨店,自從1987年開店以來,有不少的改變,尤其近來的重新裝潢和設計。除了參觀新的設施外,也不忘看看那差不多30載的夢幻鐘是否仍在。

太好了!它仍被保留下來。

這個鐘自1987年百貨店開業時已經運作,每小時會有睡醒的小丑,還有夢幻鐘彈出小矮人和音樂伴奏,過幾分鐘後它們返回鐘內,一切回復平靜。很可惜這個鐘除了時間其他都不能運作,因為連店家都找不到人來修理這已壞了的鐘。只能透過YouTube回味。

A short clip taken by others

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.

在Facebook上分享,有些朋友也說他們很懷念這個鐘,小時候真的會為了看這個鐘每小時的那數分鐘,而在面前等候。此外,我們也提到裝潢前的百貨店,從討論中也讓我明白到,即使沒有意,一個空間鋪排總會構成人生的一些回憶。例如有個朋友懷念從前三樓的文具和玩具,因為父母總是放他們在那兒,然後安心在家具用品那邊購物。

社會在改變中,人也變得比以前富有。所追求的已不只是物質本身,還會考慮所渴望的生活方式。這驅使一家百貨店去重新定位和設計,成為風格店吸引顧客。在文具部,我找到很多設計商品,如Traveler’s Notebook、Maruman、Rhodia、Moleskine等。看起來像LOGON和誠品,但同時又沒有因風格而失去日常或辦公室必要的文具如我所買的保護私隱的印章。

一方面,我們會懷念從前,對新事物的興趣不大。另一方面,卻不知不覺與其他事物產生新的連結,甚至是情感,但這個過程總是慢得不容易看見。其實我們會愛上一些本來我們沒感覺甚至討厭的事物。所以,時間將告訴我,AEON Style是否成為我人生回憶的一部分。

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