Starbucks (スターバックス) is unquestionably one of the most common brand names on the planet. There has not been a country I have visited that does not have one; some even have two stores in one block alone! For those who love collecting things on their travels – magnets, shot glasses, golf balls to name a few – these promotional items should surely be on your list… Starbucks city mugs!
Why the city mugs, you ask? Not only are they super practical and great to use, but they are also a fantastic reminder of all the good times you had in each city. The mugs in Japan pay special attention to landmarks and activities unique to every location. They are quite beautiful with intricate and interesting artwork. My favorite thing about them, however, is their size! Unlike the usual small mugs, they can hold quite a lot of liquid. Perfect for those mornings where you need a nice big kickstart of your favorite java. Out of all the Japan city mugs that they offer, here are five of my favorites!
The iconic Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the prominent feature of this mug. It is a perfect reminder of my life in Tokyo as I could so easily see this tower with its pretty lights walking home on a daily basis. Still brings a smile to my face every time I use it. However, this particular mug is now discontinued. Starbucks now offers a new Tokyo design which also features the more recent Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) as seen in the picture below.
Nothing is as awe-inspiring as the Osaka Castle (大阪城) which is the main picture on the facade of this mug. Again, however, this particular mug is now discontinued. Starbucks now offers an updated Osaka design as seen in the picture below.
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This mug belongs to a new limited art edition with notable gorgeous artwork of the well-known Golden Pavilion (金閣寺) that one can only see in Kyoto.
For those who familiar with Hokkaido, one knows of the snow and the famous winter festivals that occur there yearly. The mug itself emphasizes the snow theme with the polar bear and snow around the area.
Yokohoma is a great area for shopping and water views. Thus, it is not surprising that the mug reflects this as well, especially with its design of the well-known Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) and architecture of the city.
So if ever you find yourself in a Starbucks, make sure to check out their mugs. Some designs also come in tumblers for those who like to take their coffee to go. There are more cities featured such as Hiroshima (広島), Fukuoka (福岡), Nagoya (名古屋), and Sendai (仙台) just to name a few. Happy drinking and happy collecting!