A bit creepy

Abandoned and surreal!!
This is from the department store across the street from
the Kitakami JR station at 5:30pm/17:30 ….
Not a soul to be seen, except for the waiter at a restaurant.
Not a single guest to serve though…
For whom is the restaurant open, and who has played at these machines?
The music kind of adds to it…
I started to wonder about this area:
What has caused this abandonment?
The Tsunami (March 2011 Tōhoku  earthquakes)
of course never reached this far inland,
but the quakes certainly hit this area hard.
But there must be more to the story…Kitakami seems more
abandoned than other towns up here.