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Apple Store Fukuoka
Type: Computer

Boutique computer store selling Macs, iPods and Software.

Review by Nick May

The customer accessible floorspace occupies one floor in this fairly uninspired take on an Apple store - (we ASSUME the others are better.) Internally it is all low wooden tables and high counters, but there is little to disguise the fact that the room is - well - boxy. It has the usual accoutrements - the "Genius bar" (we have high standards for what we classify as "genius" - we shall let you know if it meets it), some shelves of software (English and JP language versions), a few odd 3rd party peripherals and so on.

There are several places in the city one can go and fondle Master Jobs' latest gadgets should one so choose - there was nothing in the Fukuoka Apple store that would take us there rather than elsewhere. That said, it is open and - initially - inviting and will no doubt draw people in off the street.... where they will have to put up with music that is far too loud and annoying and makes serious thought, never mind speech, difficult. Is this a cunning plot - numb the mind to loosen the wallet?

One thing we DID note was that the demos running on the machines, plus the posters, seemed to feature very few Japanese. The main, front window display seemed to be offering the message that if one used iSight one would thereby acquire a caucasian granny and nephew... Surely Apple have not fallen for that old saw that Japanese find Americans "cool"? That was long, long ago, if it ever was... "Hideously white" would seem to be Apple's target customer, on the basis of the message we took from the demos we saw. Not Apple's intention, we are sure - but come on Steve old chap - spring the corporate wallet for some more demos with Japanese in!

It WAS raining hard, and the steely day tastefully complemented the rather brutal and overblown steel exterior. (The Apple logo lights up - we waited a while to see if it would throb, thankfully not...). What is it supposed to make one think of? A piece of Scandinavian kitchen equipment? A CIA prison perhaps? It's certainly an extraordinary rendition, in any sense of the word. That part of Nishi-dori ("west street") is not, we admit, "architecturally coherent", but Apple's neanderthal-browed bomb shelter still sticks out like a sore thumb.

By the by - the steel sides do seem awfully scratchable - we can't help but wonder how it will bear up to bicycle handlebars and the like as it is very near the pavement. Never mind, we have provided a link for some "touch up paint" should something amiss happen to those steely walls...

We use Mac's and even like them - despite what the egregious Steve has done to the Finder - but are firmly in the "it's a computer Jim, not a religion" camp of Mac users.

All in all, we were slightly disappointed - it lacks pazazz. But then it IS just a shed full of Macs.

It is on the corner of route 202 and Nishi Dori. There is a map on Apple's website at the link above.

5 min from Tenjin st'n on foot.

(Omuta line)
5 min from Tenjin st'n on foot.

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First published Mon Dec 05, 2005
    Updated Thu Dec 08, 2005

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