So after my friend told me about how odd the A&F in Japan is, I decided to check it out myself.
And wow…“odd” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
It’s about, what…8 floors!? And my friend and I took the stairs for all of it, LOL.
When you enter, the greeters (there were two) said, “Hey, how’s it?” to you, which I silently laughed at. Most of the people there we hapa…and there were some really attractive guys there. One of the greeters looked like Jonghyun from SHINee.
There were way more workers in those 8 floors than there were customers…so many of them were just standing around. At one point, with the typical A&F music blaring from the speakers, two of the workers did this little dance…jig, thing. Like you would if you walked casually into a club you’ve never been in and you’re trying to not look too awkward. : | <- doesn’t know how to describe it.
And the paintings on the walls by the stairs were really…manly? Shirtless buff white guys in only their underwear doing various things…skiing, lifting weights, posing in odd positions. So very strange. XD
We walked all the way to the top (and no sales racks! :< Though they don’t do many day-to-day sales here, especially in larger companies like A&F.) and decided to take the elevator back down. The elevator each has a worker in it too, who acts like a bellhop of sorts, asking what floor you want to go to and then makes small talk to you.
He asked us (in Japanese of course) if it was our first time here, and we told him it was. I guess we looked very shocked at the entire place, because he then commented about how the first time people come in, it’s always a bit surprising for them. LOL. 本当にビックリした〜
So yeah! It was interesting to say the least. The workers were very hot, the atmosphere of the store was kind of odd…but other than that it was pretty much the same. Same dark feel to the store, dimly lit, same prices, same strong smell… haha~ :p