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Apple Opens First Retail Store in Kyoto, Drawing Design Styles from Japan

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Almost 15 years after Apple opened its very first retail store outside of the United States in Tokyo’s Ginza district, Apple has opened another retail store on Shij? Dori in the ancient city of Kyoto.

The street, which is surrounded by many of Kyoto’s famous shrines and temples, has served as the city’s main shopping destination since the 1600s. In its opening announcement for the new retail store location, Apple said:

Apple Kyoto’s architecture takes inspiration from local design and materials, with the upper levels clad in a translucent envelope inspired by Japanese lanterns. The use of lightweight timber frame and special paper on the upper facade also draw reference to the country’s traditional houses. The building is centered around a multi-level atrium that is also where the store will offer free Today at Apple sessions daily on photography, music, coding and more.

On opening day, the line of customers stretched down 10 blocks. Check out some of the photos from the grand opening below!

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