When I heard about the newish Bape store in Shibuya, I thought to myself, if Nigo is really lusting after a broad mass market, Shibuya is a logical choice. The gigantic new Bape store behind Omotesando Hills, however, is a total mystery. I guess this is for the shoppers who can’t walk five minutes down to Busy Work Shop Harajuku or five minutes up to Bapexclusive in Aoyama. The store itself looked “neat” when I passed by it last week, but seeing that Bapexclusive always seems to be completely empty on weekdays, I can’t imagine consumer demand really warranted a bigger and badder retail space. More evidence that the entire Japanese fashion business is just a real estate game?