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Tears flow as the iconic Sega Akihabara Building 2 Arcade closes its doors after 17 years
August 31, 2020 at 5:30 PM PHT (GMT +8)
"A painful goodbye." This is how the staff and the avid fans of the iconic Sega Akihabara Building 2 Arcade described the official closure of the arcade last August 30, 2020 after 17 years of operation. In the arcade's final closing hour, the supposed lively and cheerful district of Akihabara turned quiet and emotional as tears flow all over the place with fans all over Japan witnessing the closure of their beloved arcade as the staff vowed to express their gratitude and appreciation for the past years of being one of the attraction in the famous city center of Tokyo.
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Photo Courtesy: フォト秋葉原, @PhotoAkiba on Twitter
Earlier this month, it was reported that the iconic arcade will close its doors on August 30 through an unexpected notice of closure posted on the premise of the building stating that the beloved Sega Arcade Building 2 is coming to an end. The notice went on to thank the fans from the bottom of their hearts for almost two decades of “loving support.” The arcade is located along the southern edge of Akihabara.
Sega has not issued a statement as to why the arcade is closing but the obvious reason would be a downturn in business due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has vastly decreased the number of visitors to Akihabara in particular.
Other arcade branches of Sega is still and will still be in operation as stated by Sega.
According to SoraNews24, Originally opened by Sega in October of 2003 under the name “Akihabara Kigo,” the arcade started welcoming gamers just as the otaku culture boom really began picking up steam, and has stood through the neighborhood’s transition from a solitary shopping spot to a full-fledged tourist destination drawing otaku both from across Japan and abroad. Standing on a corner directly across from the Manseibashi Bridge that stretches across the Kandagawa River, the unobstructed view of Sega Akihabara Building 2 made the skyscraper a prime canvas for massive murals promoting the latest video game release or anime tie-up.