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A Starbucks in Kyoto blends global branding and Japanese culture

from Interior Design

Traditional noren curtains, silk cushions set on tatami mats, softly hued earthen walls. Were it not for the placard emblazoned with the famous wavy-haired siren, you’d be hard-pressed to guess you’re in a Starbucks. But this faithfully restored, century-old townhouse on a historic Japanese street is the Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninei-zaka Yasaka Chayaten, part of a company-wide drive toward what it calls “locally relevant design.” Starbucks Coffee Japan designer Taichi Yamamoto says, “We weave in area design elements so that people can rediscover a community’s history, crafts, culture, and industry.” more


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