Apple’s opening its latest Tokyo Japanese Apple Store this weekend. To mark the occasion, it’s offering would-be shoppers a sneak peak.
In keeping with Apple’s love of embracing local culture, the new store makes use of in-store bamboo plants. There are also impressive two-story vitrine windows made from specially cast aluminum to create three-dimensional rounded corners. Resembling giant iPhones, these are the first of their kind at any Apple Store.
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“The opening of Apple Marunouchi marks a significant moment in Apple’s long relationship with Japan,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and People. “Marunouchi has amazing energy and our teams can’t wait to welcome customers to our largest store in Japan for the first time on Saturday.”
The store — the biggest one in Japan — is located in Tokyo near to the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi business district. It is opposite the historic Tokyo Station.
To coincide with the opening, Apple is launching a special series of “Today at Apple” sessions. Called The Tokyo Creative Guild, this special 12-part series will feature sessions from local artists talking everything from pop art to costume making.
Expanding its presence in Japan
This is the third new Apple Store to open in Japan since last April. It’s part of a multi-year retail investment and expansion in the country.
Apple has long had a close connection with Japan, largely thanks to Steve Jobs’ love of the country. Jobs had a lifelong affection for Japan, and visited often. Back in 2003, Japan became the first country outside of the U.S. to receive an Apple Store.