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Coutume Japan Goes Big In A Ritzy Tokyo Department Store @COUTUME_CAFE by @Hent03

Coutume Japan Goes Big In A Ritzy Tokyo Department Store @COUTUME_CAFE by @Hent03

The Takashimaya department store in Futako-Tamagawa is a picture of elegance and refinement. The stately building stands tall, like a church of high quality fashion and designer goods, in which immaculately dressed floor staff are the oracles of new trends and apparel. The halls of this Takashimaya are where the faithful gather to shop, admire, and now, thanks to Coutume Cafe ‘s latest outlet, indulge in specialty coffee. Department stores have long been a staple of Japanese shopping culture—starting out as dry goods stores for the samurai and upper classes, development throughout the 20th century took them to the forefront of retail westernization in Japan. Adapting from the west while catering to a domestic audience, department stores in Japan are now unique experiences unto themselves—representing a luxurious, refined way of life. Until recently, it’s been in the baseme...

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