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    Effective May 2018


    Kurasu (“we”) operates the web site located at www.kurasu.kyoto (the “Website”). We have created this Privacy Policy to inform you of our information collection, use, and sharing practices for this Website.


    Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



    We collect information for the primary reason of improving your customer experience and enabling Services on our online store.

    When you purchase something from our online store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect personal identifying information you give us such as your name, billing & shipping addresses, email address and phone number.

    We also collect such information when you choose to use certain other features of our website. This can include when you submit information about yourself, for example, through surveys, contests, promotions, and posting content on our website through product reviews.

    Other uses of such information include, without limitation: fulfilling your order; customer service; tracking emails that we send to you, and to improve your experience with our website. 

    The personal information you provide to us is added to our databases.

    We also automatically gather certain non-personally identifiable information, specifically about how you interact with our website. For example, which pages you view, and how often you visit our website. This information is collected through cookies, pixel tags, and others. This data gives us information about your shopping experience and is used only to improve your experience with our website. Your browser usually allows you to opt-out of such collection. There are also certain applications that you can install on your browser, which enable you to opt-out of cookies/pixel tags as well. 

    Email marketing (if applicable): With your permission, we may send you emails about our store, new products and other updates. 


    How do you get my consent?
    When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.
    If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.

    How do I withdraw my consent?
    If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at hello@kurasu.kyoto or mailing us at:
    1-9 Tsuruyama-cho Kamigyo Ward Kyoto City, Japan


    We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.


    Our store is hosted on Shopify Inc. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.
    Your data is stored through Shopify’s data storage, databases and the general Shopify application. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall.

    If you choose a direct payment gateway to complete your purchase, then Shopify stores your credit card data. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your purchase transaction data is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, your purchase transaction information is deleted.
    All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
    PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.
    For more insight, you may also want to read Shopify’s Terms of Service here or Privacy Statement here.


    In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.
    However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions.
    For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers.
    In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.
    As an example, if you are located in Canada and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act.
    Once you leave our store’s website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Policy or our website’s Terms of Service.

    Certain Third Parties use cookies and other technologies on our website, to better understand how a user interacts with our site across multiple devices. This allows us to serve ads to our customers, connect with social media, and improve our customer experience on our site. These Third Parties include:

    Google analytics:
    Our store uses Google Analytics to help us learn about how a customer uses our website, for example which pages a customer looks at, how often they visit, and so on. We use this information to improve the customer experience on our website. 

    Currency converter plus:
    This Shopify application collects a user's IP (Internet protocol) address in order to show the correct currency based on the user's location. 

    This Shopify application collects the email addresses that were voluntarily given on our website. We use this application to send you emails about your purchases, our store, new products and other key information. You are able to opt-out of these emails (please refer to Section 2).  

    Website performance monitoring:
    We use performance monitoring software, such as Hotjar, that allows us to understand how a user interacts with our website. The software helps us improve our website design, so that we can provide a better customer experience. 

    We use targeting and advertising applications, such as Shoelace, that enables us to show ads to users that have visited our website. This software uses cookie information to show ads to our users on social media platforms. 

    When you click on links on our store, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.


    To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
    If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.


    Here is a list of cookies that we use. We’ve listed them here so you that you can choose if you want to opt-out of cookies or not.
    _session_id, unique token, sessional, Allows Shopify to store information about your session (referrer, landing page, etc).
    _shopify_visit, no data held, Persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit, Used by our website provider’s internal stats tracker to record the number of visits
    _shopify_uniq, no data held, expires midnight (relative to the visitor) of the next day, Counts the number of visits to a store by a single customer.
    cart, unique token, persistent for 2 weeks, Stores information about the contents of your cart.
    _secure_session_id, unique token, sessional
    storefront_digest, unique token, indefinite If the shop has a password, this is used to determine if the current visitor has access.
    PREF, persistent for a very short period, Set by Google and tracks who visits the store and from where


    By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.


    We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.
    If our store is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you.


    If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at hello@kurasu.kyoto or by mail at
    [Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]
    1-9 Tsuruyama-cho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan 602-0802