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Starbucks City Mug Osaka - Osaka Castle

Osaka is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the biggest part of Keihanshin area, which is represented by three major cities of Japan, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the third largest city by population after Tokyo and Yokohama. Historically the commercial centre of Japan, Osaka functions as one of the command centers for the Japanese economy. The ratio between daytime and night time population is 141%, the highest in Japan, highlighting its status as an economic center. Its nighttime population is 2.6 million, the third in the country, but in daytime the population surges to 3.7 million, second only after Tokyo (combining the Special wards of Tokyo, which is not a single incorporated city, for statistical purposes. See the Tokyo article for more information on the definition and makeup of Tokyo.) Osaka used to be referred to as the "nation's kitchen" in feudal Edo period because it was the centre of trading for rice, creating the first modern futures exchange market in the world

Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. Originally called Ozakajō, it is one of Japan's most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometer square. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. The Castle grounds, which cover approximately 60,000 square meters contain thirteen structures which have been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. The castle is open to the public, and is easily accessible. It is a popular spot during festival seasons, and especially during the cherry blossom bloom (hanami), when the sprawling castle grounds are covered with food vendors and taiko drummers. The large indoor arena Osaka-jo Hall is also located within the grounds of the castle park.

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  Japan, Osaka, 08 Icon Edition

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starbucksfanboy123   27 Apr 2012

Selling my Osaka mug on ebay [ Link ]

Sbx mugger   01 May 2012

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Badger   05 May 2012

Might be on Yokosuka Base.

Badger   05 May 2012

Yep, there it is. Thanks Kristine.

Al   08 May 2012

These mugs are not coming back out. The remaining stock of the 2009 Icon mugs were shipped to one location in Japan (Yokosuka) to be sold off. Last checked, they had about a dozen or so left. When they’re gone this time, I think it’s safe to say they’re gone for good. I’m just glad I was able to get mine! ;^)

Erol   22 May 2012

I have one extra Osaka mug and will only trade it against Mexican mugs.

Wumme0815   22 May 2012

Would trade it for tje mexico mug i have, can check my collection if intetested.

dvast8ya   04 Jul 2012

If Wilson's information is correct, Osaka and Tokyo icon are not really that rare...I don't think these will go away any time soon, as more will be come out...

dvast8ya   15 Jul 2012

Well, at the rate Osaka and Tokyo mugs are being listed and sold on eBay, these two are clearly NOT rare. Wilson mentioned something like 4000 pcs produced.

marcelo   20 Jul 2012

wow, how do I get that mug?

Vadi Girl   08 Aug 2012

Anyone willing to trade for Turkey, Ankara or Istanbul?

Taikobum   15 Aug 2012

I have several extra starbucks Osaka mugs available for sale - looking to unload them. Any takers

Taikobum   18 Aug 2012

dvast8ya - Just to clarify, I live here next to the Starbucks store and I can tell you, and everyone else, that the store manger told me there are only 2,000 of each mug when they re-released them months ago. I estimate, from what I have seen, that the supply is well under 1,000 of each now. If someone wants to get these mugs, they might have to pay the price before they become even more rare. May I remind everyone that this is the only Starbucks store in the world that is selling them. Let me know if your interested, as I can facilitate in getting you a set for less than ebay prices.

Taikobum   18 Aug 2012

If your interested in obtaining this mug you can either email me at or visit my add on ebay and take your chances on getting one. [ Link ]

Al   19 Aug 2012

Here's a cheaper set [ Link ]

Taikobum   19 Aug 2012

Al really - I suppose if someone is that interested in saving .05 cents

shugal   04 Sep 2012

Taikobum, thanks a lot for the beautiful Osaka and Tokyo mugs! They arrived safe and sound.A note to collectors who are interested in getting mugs exactly as they are sold in the store: The orginal SKU# tag on the bottom from the manufacturing company was removed somewhere and replaced with a tag in Japanese. As I can't read that, the only things I can decipher are the location (Tokyo or Osaka) and the price of 1,100 Yen. The standard white box the mug is shipped in also has a similar tag on the side, but without the price.

Taikobum   12 Jul 2013

Hello - If anyone is interested in purchasing this mug you can contact me at I am sure we can work out something that will be to your liking. I also have them available on Ebay for $101.01 in a set with the Tokyo mug. I look forward to hearing from you soon.Regards,Taikobum

Kristine   28 Oct 2013

I moved back to the USA a couple months ago, and my mugs have arrived (safe and sound!!) Please let me know if you are interested in trading for either this mug or the Tokyo Icon. I have three of each. I have recently added a few new mugs to my wish list-- take a peek and see if there is any way we can help each other out! There is someone out there who I promised a trade to -- if you are reading this please email me again

malaysian   11 Jan 2014

anyone care to trade this mug or any from japan icon with mug from malaysia icon collection pls contact me at

elle   13 May 2014

I have extra mugs 2008 global icon edition: germany, madrid, thailand, phuket, bangkok, pattaya, chiang mai, china, macao and hong kong.
i accept all 2008 global icon edition
if someone is interested to trade one or more mug please email me at:
thanks to all muggers/traders