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Starbucks turns to Japanese tea culture for first outlet in Uji


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is pulling out all the stops to blend in with its first cafe in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, giving it a local tea culture theme and matching decor.


The coffee shop will be opened by the front gate of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on March 31, Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. said on Feb. 7.


As the new outlet will occupy a space along the front approach to the temple, customers there can admire the fresh green of spring or colorful autumn foliage around the front gate and the Ujigawa promenade, which can be seen from the cafe.


The building will have a gable roof to match the surrounding scenery, and Uji tea culture-related features will adorn the building, such as an ornamental lid of an Uji tea chest, according to Starbucks officials.


Another cafe and a parking lot stood on the site until last year.


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