The Japanese do love a long line up or queue as my British friends would say. The Japanese will line up for whatever time it takes to get a bowl of ramen, or in this case that last creamy scoop of ice cream. Yesterday, April 25, 2013 the last Häagen–Dazs scoop shop in Shin Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture would forever close its doors by 9 p.m. local Tokyo time. The line was seriously ridiculous as it stretched out the department store around past the Vie De France bakery and all the way down to the dry cleaners. I guess everyone wanted that last scoop even if it was a cold and slightly dreary afternoon.
There was a time when Häagen–Dazs scoop shops occupied the poshest of neighborhoods across the land, but those days are long behind. New brands have opened their doors and just the economy itself isn’t what it used to be. I guess people here don’t really want to go out for a scoop, they rather just drop in at their local supermarket and bring home a pint.
Sayonara Häagen–Dazs! It was good till it all melted away.