Venus Fort Shopping Mall, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Venus Fort, a Venice-themed Shopping Mall, Odaiba, Tokyo, Kanto Region, Honshu Island, Japan

Venus Fort shopping mall in Odaiba, Tokyo embodies a Japanese vision of a young woman’s shopping paradise. The interior is modeled after Italy in the 18th century where the ceilings simulate the sky turning from day to night creating a sunset every thirty minutes. There are marble fountains along with all the shop fronts looking like the buildings of Venice. The stores are mainly fashion and accessories, together with restaurants and cake shops.

I’ve found that people who have built the Venus Fort are very-very wise. Not just smart, but worldly wise as well. Why? It’s very simple. Men (usually) hate do a shopping with women in fashion boutiques. So they’ve built an entertainment complex for men as well. When a couple enters the Palette Town complex in Odaiba woman will go to the right to the Venus Fort and men will go to the left to the Toyota Mega Web – a Toyota car technology showcase where you see some great racing cars Toyota produces, drive a micro electric car and sit in many of the current Toyota cars many of which are not available outside of Japan. Women do their shopping in fashion boutiques, spending time in restaurants and cafes while husbands enjoy playing with big toys. Everyone is happy. Family idyll is restored.


Venus Fort, a Venice-themed Shopping Mall, Odaiba, Tokyo, Kanto Region, Honshu Island, Japan

Venus Fort, a Venice-themed Shopping Mall, Odaiba, Tokyo, Kanto Region, Honshu Island, Japan

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Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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