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September 1, 2002, Tokyo, Japan: Officials from Louis Vuitton partake in a Shinto ceremony to bless the opening of the world's largest Louis Vuitton store on Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday morning. The French luxury brand inaugurated the 3,300-square meter  in the total floor space, including an exhibition room for its historic products and a hall for meetings on Sunday. Despite a decade long economic slump, luxury designers have seen double digit growth in Japan where consumers are eager to embrace brand name products. Over 3000 people waited in line in sweltering 33 degree heat for the first day of opening including some who waited for 3 days...All photographs ©2003 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.This image may not be reproduced without expressed written permission from Stuart Isett.