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Starbucks Blends into Kyoto Surroundings (News)

Kyoto, June 27 (Jiji Press)—Starbucks is dropping its standard design for a new outlet in Kyoto to harmonize with the atmosphere of Japan’s former capital. Opening on June 30, 2017, the shop is based in a traditional two-story Japanese building over a century old. It is located just a short walk from the temple Kiyomizudera, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Push through the noren curtain …
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Coffee and Identity at Starbucks Japan: A Matter of CulturePablo Figueroa

In his witty article “The Name on My Coffee Cup,” published in the New Yorker, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh describes how his name is systematically misspelled when ordering coffee at American Starbucks—“Zal,” “Sowl,” “Sagi,” “Shi.” In the United States, Starbucks employees write down your name on the coffee cup. I had never given thought to this before—every time I went to Starbucks in Seattle or Los Angel…
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Japan Brews Up a Rich Coffee CultureTakai Naoyuki

Finding a “cup of joe” in Japan has never been easier—from the ubiquitous Starbucks to fresh coffee for ¥100 at convenience stores. Here we take a look at recent coffee trends, including some unique mom-and-pop cafés off the beaten track. 
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Liberating a Library in Saga PrefectureTakenaka Harukata

A public library in the city of Takeo has been revamped with the help of the retail chain Tsutaya. We sat down with the mayor of Takeo, Hiwatashi Keisuke, to find out more about this initiative.
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