FRIDAY FUNNY: Only In Japan
Canal City Hakata used water and nature to establish a unique destination for the city. The project’s mix of uses also created a commercial success. In the first year, more than 16 million people visited, sales exceeded $500 million, the cinema captured 55% of the city’s box office sales, and the theater sold out every performance. Success carried outside too. The neighboring, historic shopping arcade reversed years of decline thanks to increased foot traffic. Cinema attendance citywide rose 50%. And Fukuoka was dubbed AsiaWeek’s “Best City in Asia” in 1997.So move over, dancing fountains of the Bellagio, there’s another water wonder in the world.
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