Starbucks to Open New Branch at Mojiko Station―An Important Intangible Cultural Property

27.February.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced that it will open a new branch at Mojiko Station on March 10, 2019.

The new coffee shop will open on the station’s first floor, a former waiting room for third class citizens during the Taisho Period. Mojiko Station was built in 1914 and was the first station to be designated as one of Japan’s Important Intangible Cultural Property.

 

It underwent renovations for six years from 2012 to 2018 to be reconstruct its Taisho Period appearance. The newly painted pale yellow walls and ceiling of the former waiting room call to mind buildings from back then.

 

The concept of the Starbucks design is “Storyteller.” Through the station it is housed in and the coffee it serves it aims to tell a part of the the region’s history behind the zeal behind its pioneers.

The counter wall is decorated with iron plates that signify Japan’s industrial revolution and the history behind industrial area of Kitakyushu’s and its for the country’s modernisation. The plates, which are head marks from the front of a train, are branded with the Starbucks logo.

 

The ceiling also makes use of train railway railing from Kyushu for its decoration, showing respect for the people and culture of Kyushu and the development of Kyushu’s railroads. Some of the tables and chairs in the cafe too are made from chinaberry tree wood from Fukuoka Prefecture.

 

Experience history come alive through the contemporary at the new Starbucks at Mojiko Station.

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