Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture boasts an authentic Edo-era Japanese feel. Now, a new Starbucks is opening there will be boasting that same sort of Edo-era theme as well. This is because it will be inside a traditional “kura” clay warehouse which visitors can see all over Kawagoe.
The “kura” clay warehouses feature classic Edo-era architecture, with classic Japanese rooftops. However, while inside the classic building, the new Starbucks store will still maintaining a modern aesthetic. It will blend both the traditional style with a more modern look, which figuratively also describes Japan today. Inside, it will keep its historic warehouse style, while also having customers enjoy a courtyard-like feel. It will also boast the black-and-white stucco grid pattern seen on traditional storehouses.
But that’s not all apparently because this new Starbucks will also feature a lush garden and terrace seating. Customers will be able to enjoy “the scenery of the changing seasons” throughout the year, and the seats and benches will use the Kawagoe Tozan, a locally made fabric that was first created towards the end of the Edo period.
The new Edo-style cafe will be able to seat 77 people, and will open in 19th March. And from the looks of things, it won’t be hard to find as it will be located on the same street as Kawagoe’s historic bell tower. As for reaching Kawagoe, it’s just a 30-minute train ride away from Tokyo.
Source: Sora News 24