Starbucks goes traditional with new Japanese store design

Starbucks Japan has unveiled its new store design inspired by Japanese traditional architecture. 

Located in Oharai-machi, a flourishing town near the famous 2000 year-old Ise Jingu shrine, the new Starbucks store spans two stories, with design blending with the local historical landscape. 

The Oharai-machi store’s design “fits seamlessly into the winding cobblestone streets lined with traditionally-designed buildings”, according to the business.

The exterior features a traditional Edo-era facade with Japanese shop door curtains at the entrance and onigawara – Japanese gargoyle tiles – to decorate the roof.

Meanwhile, the store interior houses wooden furniture, creating a warm traditional ambience. 

The second floor offers a quiet space with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a landscape view to the historical town. 

This story originally appeared on Inside Retail Asia.

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