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Starbucks Opens Its First Ever Traditional Japanese Tatami-Style Outlet In Kyoto
By Yoon Sann Wong, 03 Jul 2017
On 30 June, Starbucks officially debuted Kyoto Ninei-zaka Yasaka Chayaten—its first ever, traditional Japanese-style outlet with tatami rooms in Kyoto.
The shop is located inside a two-story, 100-year-old traditional Japanese townhouse, just a stone’s throw from UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu temple, which is a popular tourist attraction.
The brand has retained the building’s original design as a tribute to Japan’s unique architecture. On the second floor of the 3,000-square-foot store are three tatami-styled rooms.
“Here customers can take off their shoes, relax, and enjoy their favorite coffee while sitting on cushions covered with silk fabric produced in the Tango region of Kyoto. Each room has an alcove where hanging scrolls are mounted in Nishijin-ori kimono fabric also produced in Kyoto.”
“There are gardens in the front, back, and center outfitted with stone water basins, thoughtfully positioned stones, moss and trees, emulating the beauty of a traditional Japanese garden,” writes the brand in a press release.
Check out details of the new store via the video and images below.
[via The Japan Times, video via ANNnewsCH, images via Starbucks Newsroom]
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