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Tokyo Diner in the heart of London’s Chinatown for 20 years. A feng shui analysis.

Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London's Chinatown
Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London’s Chinatown. This restaurant has been in this location for 20 years. It is quite a feat. It is a story of success.

A Japanese Restaurant in the middle on London’s Chinatown in Soho for the past 20 years. The owner, Richard Hills is not Japanese by origin by a Japanophile at heart!. I have seen it at the corner of Newport Place and Lisle Street/Little Newport Street and took it for granted but, after hearing that it has been at that corner for what can be considered a life time, I thought that I should look at the location of the restaurant relative to the energy flows in Chinatown using the methods of traditional feng shui.

London’s Chinatown in Soho has recently had a constant churn in the tenants in the restaurants. It could be because of insufficient business for the asking rent or the owners had just enough. This churn or changing of ownership is a constant feature along Gerrard Street and Lisle Street in the 21st Century. The Tokyo Diner has being there for 20 years. This is quite a feat. Gone are the days where you could set up a restaurant and the owner would be able to do good business or literally print money. This was in the 1980s where Chinese Restaurants were relatively scarce. It is different nowadays as there is a surfeit of restaurateurs wanting to set up shop in Chinatown. However, with this increased competition, prices are relatively low and the quality has suffered. The Chinese food cognoscenti have moved to other localities like Queensway for a different quality of authentic Chinese food. The Chinese restaurants are now servicing the tourist visitor.

Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner in the heart of London's Chinatown
Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner (marked A)in the heart of London’s Chinatown. It is at a corner of a junction, ideal for fast food restaurants or coffee shops.

Tokyo Diner is at a “T” junction of Newport Place coming into Lisle Street. The energy coming down from Newport Place (from the North) mixes with the energy flow from Lisle Street (West) . A consequence of this energy mix, energy at 45 degrees to either Lisle Street and Newport Place will come through. The Door of Tokyo Diner is there to accept this energy. This configuration is known as Pai Lung (White Dragon).

I have always seen Tokyo Diner busy, it is rarely empty. There are other examples of coffee shops or fast food restaurants located near to road junctions and they are extremely busy. I have written a series of posts on the location of coffee shops. However, the restaurant of outside this “zone”, it will not reap the benefit of the energy from the junction. If fact, restaurants in these locations are known to change owners regularly.

The Tokyo Diner in feng shui terms, is classed as a “fast food restaurant” or a coffee shop. It is the Pai Long energy that makes work on this class of restaurant or coffee shop.

Previous blogs on coffee shops or fast food restaurants

1. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop

2. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – part 2

3. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – Starbucks coffee – part 3

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Canary Wharf, a feng shui analysis

One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District
One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District. The image was taken from Cabot Place.

Canary Wharf is the second financial district of London. The area of Canary Wharf was initially developed in the 1990s in the wake of the deregulation of the financial sector in the late 1980s when there was a huge demand for floor space.

Previously Canary Wharf was part of the West India Docks and from 1802 and it was one of the busiest docks in the world. However, this port industry started to decline in the 1950s and was closed in the 1980s.

Although the 1st stage of the development was completed in the early 1990s, it only took off only when it was linked to the Jubilee Line Tube (London Transport Underground system) for the millennium. Transportation to this business district was inadequately served by the Dockland light railway system.

River view of Canary Wharf - Showing the Energy Gap
River view of Canary Wharf – Showing the Energy Gap. This is where the energy gets into this financial district.

Structural outline of Canary Wharf
The image shows the basic outline of the Canary Wharf Development. The area around the river front is kept clear so that the energy from the river bend can enter the business district.

It is built along a spine (North and South Colonnades) with buildings on either side. The centre piece being One Canada Square which is one of London’s tallest buildings with 50 storeys and 235 metres high. This tower is a symbol of the regeneration of Docklands.

In the centre of the “spine” there is an underground shopping mall known as Cabot Square Shopping Mall. The entrance to this mall is in Cabot Square which faces the river. There is a smaller shopping mall – Jubilee Place at a quiet corner and linked with the Jubilee Line Station.

Feng Shui Analysis

Reuters video
The energy from the turn of the river enters the Gap and then allow to flow down the 2 roads (North and South Colonnades). Energy is allow to enter the complex through Cabot Square.

Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London's 2nd financial district
Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London’s 2nd financial district. The red arrows describe the direction and distribution of the energy from the river.

All the building by the Colonnades have their entrances by the road so that energy can easy enter the building thereby filling the properties with energy.

The main building of this complex is One Canada Square (marked B). There are various entrances to this building allowing this energy to get in. One conduit is the Cabot Square Shopping mall which allows energy from the entrance at Cabot Square (marked A) into One Canada Square.

The configuration of this landmark building is in the feng shui armchair configuration (marked C) . It as a clear view to the front with Citibank and HSBC buildings are on either side as the arms. The back rest are formed of the other buildings. The armchair configuration is a method for the building to retain the energy. See image.

The buildings in Canary wharf all have a regular shape. Either they are squares or rectangles. This is the ideal feng shui configuration in the building design. However, in the City of London, there are many different shapes as the developers are squeezing all the building into the available land.

The main Cabot Square shopping mall – which has the entrance facing the river in Cabot Square (A) is always buzzing with life with shoppers. There is another shopping mall, Jubilee Place, which is linked to the Underground system does not appear busy. It does not have any energy as it does not have an entrance gathering the energy from the energy rich areas of Canary Wharf. In my opinion, the Jubilee Place Shopping Mall was very much an after thought and the it was not in the initial design stages.

Test of the System – How successful is Canary Wharf?
The businesses in the Finance are very sensitive to success and failure. Should something not work, they are not afraid not to use it or not continue with it. Canary Wharf has continued to expand particularly after the commissioning of the Jubilee Line underground system to the district. It has about 100,000 people working there compared with 300,000 thousand in the City of London. However, a key indicator is the number of banking staff. In is claimed in the Financial Times, there are now more banking staff in Canary Wharf than in the City of London and the number continue to grow.

There is a continual programme of new office buildings in Canary Wharf indicating growth and confidence in the district.

Conclusion:
Canary Wharf is now part and parcel of the business scene of London. It is probably the newest and most dynamic area of Business London.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Marks and Spencer Marble Arch Flagship Store. A feng shui analysis.

Marks and Spencer Marble Arch Store in London's Oxford Street
Marks and Spencer Marble Arch Store in London’s Oxford Street. This is Marks and Spencer Flagship Store.

This Marks and Spencer Store in Oxford Road is renown throughout the world. It is so famous and with an incredible reputation to follow, it is the brand’s flagship store. It has the largest floor area for Marks and Spencer. Every time I have pass this building, I see a constant flow of people going in and leaving with the Marks and Spencer shopping bags. This shop, I would imagine would have the highest footfall and profitability per unit area in the group, or, it does very well indeed!

I looked at it from the conventional feng shui analysis on energy flow but it did fit with the volume of people leaving the building with purchases.

Google Earth Image of Marks and Spencer's Marble Arch Store in London's Oxford Street
Google Earth Image of Marks and Spencer’s Marble Arch Store in London’s Oxford Street. The red arrows show the flow of energy around the Store.

Feng Shui Analysis
There are 2 flows of energy passing this building. One is energy from the North (Baker Street/Orchard Street from Regents Park) and the other is from the West (Oxford Street from Hyde Park). However, the land and the roads in front of the store dip down to a lower level. In other words, the energy would be rushing down to the lower level and missing the entrances of the building. Therefore, there would not be much energy going into the building. Therefore, the business would be expected to be good but not that really successful as it is today. There must be another reason which energy flows analysis cannot explain.

Further Feng Shui Analysis
Looking into the relative positions of the doors of the building, it occurred to me that the combinations of doors were in a combination of Later Heaven and Early Heaven sequence. This is knowledge used by a group of elite feng shui consultants.

Door Direction Location
A South South West
B South South East
C South East South East
D East North East


1. These are the early heaven and latter heaven trigram combinations
East and South (trigram Li)
South West and South East. (trigram Xun)
North East and East (trigram Zhen)

2. The number combinations of the latter heaven trigrams
There are doors in the South and South East – (9 and 4). This is a good combination.
Then there is the door in the North East which faces East (8 and 3)
Then the energy from the West coming to the Door in the South West (7 and 2)

The positions of the relative positions of the doors are unusual for a shop in Oxford Street. Particularly, the corner of having a tilted door (to the South East) with an adjacent door facing South.

Some of these combinations are more significant than others in the final analysis of the early and latter heaven sequence.

Further Analysis

If you look at the image, you can see the back half of the store is an extension. In my opinion, it was because of the the success of the initial store that the back half of the store was built. I would conclude, it is the unusual combination of doors in the front contribute to the success of this Marble Arch store to be the Marks and Spencer Flagship store.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.