I thought the interior design for starbucks is pretty much similar everywhere, from Europe to Asia, until the other day I saw the one in Dazaifutenmangu Omotesando. In Japanese language, « sandō » means a road that leads up to a shrine and « omote means “front” or “main.”
Dazaifu is a famous Shinto shrine near Fukuoka. The omotesando to the shrine is extremely busy especially during the new year. In this road there are many shops selling special local snacks or souvenirs, among which a Starbucks absolutely stands out. The architecture of this shop is quite unique and eye-catching.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed this iconic Starbucks shop. As for the inspiration on this work, Kuma said:
Dazaifu Tenmangu is a very special location, a historic shrine, for locals and visitors. I wanted to show the essence of the place to honor its strong culture of craftsmanship.
I guess he really created something special, it seems a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary.
the busy Dazaifutenmangu Omotesando.
This little coffee shop is made of 2,000 wooden poles that vary from 1,3 to 4 metres in length. They cover the whole shop from ceil to the walls in weaving shapes. Wooden structure is widely used in Japanese style architecture. Dazaifu region is a great setting for this café.
Starbucks is Starbucks, coffees in this café are standard, not more special than the others (of course in Asia, you can expect more Matcha taste variations). Located in the busy street, the shop was busy too. I guess most people come here for its architect rather than coffees.
Here are some more details inside the Starbucks: