A Starbucks in Kyoto Blends Global Branding and Japanese Culture

In a tatami room, one of three on the second floor, the cushions are covered in kimono silk. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

It occupies a converted a century-old town house, its existing facade and daibei fence preserved. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

The local in-house design team imbued the Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninei-zaka Yasaka Chayaten with traditional Japanese elements including a tatami room with silk-covered zabutons. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Ninei-zaka is a favorite street among tourists, with its stone paving and historic structures. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Wooden benches are custom. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

The ground floor is furnished with Western-style wooden tables and chairs. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Paper shoji-style screens front some windows. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Wooden latticework is custom. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

A customer is dressed in a traditional kimono, which tourists can rent when visiting. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

A concrete-floored hall with wooden structural posts stretches from the entry to one of three gardens. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

A former bathing room is now a seating area. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Beneath wooden ceiling planks, the glowing coffee bar evokes the lanterns hung throughout Kyoto during the annual Higashiyama Hanatouro festival. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

Chairs and tables on the second floor are some of the few elements found in other Starbucks locations. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

The courtyard garden is centered on a stone water basin. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

In accordance with Japanese tradition, guests are asked to remove their shoes in the tatami rooms. Photography by Jimmy Cohen.

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