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Starbucks City Mug Tokyo - The Tokyo Tower

Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the 23 special wards of Tokyo (each governed as a city), which cover the area that was the city of Tokyo, as well as 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area with upwards of 35 million people and the world's largest urban agglomeration economy with a GDP of US$1.479 trillion at purchasing power parity in 2008, ahead of New York City metropolitan area, which ranks second on the list. The city hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city. Tokyo has been described as one of the three "command centers" for the world economy, along with New York City and London. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo, in what was formerly part of the old Musashi Province. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base and when he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century. Tokyo became the de facto capital of Japan even while the emperor lived in Kyoto, the imperial capital. After about 263 years, the shogunate was overthrown under the banner of restoring imperial rule. In 1869, the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved to Edo. Tokyo was already the nation's political and cultural center, and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well, with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace. The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the "Metropolitan Prefecture" of Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 333 metres, it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Built in 1958, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. FootTown, a 4-storey building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-storey Main Observatory is located at 150 metres while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 metres. The tower acts as a support structure for an antenna. Originally intended for television broadcasting, radio antennas were installed in 1961, but the tower is now used to broadcast signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV. Japan's planned digital television transition by July 2011 was problematic, however; Tokyo Tower's height (333 meters) was not high enough to adequately support complete terrestrial digital broadcasting to the area. A taller digital broadcasting tower, known as Tokyo Skytree, was completed on February 29, 2012.

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  Japan, Tokyo, 08 Icon Edition

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Badger   03 May 2012

This mug might be available at the US military bases in Japan.The recent e-bay seller of this mug may be at Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Yokosuka Base has its own Starbucks which is not owned 50% by the Sazaby League (which owns the Japan Starbucks). The Starbucks at the base is 50% owned by the Military. It may be a good idea to wait to see if these mugs are on sale at the bases in Japan before spending $500 on a mug like this on e-bay.

Badger   05 May 2012

Could be at Yokosuka Base. We are checking now.

Badger   05 May 2012

Yep....There it is.

Tajie   05 May 2012

CONGRATULATIONS, Badger! You just solved the myth of the Japanese Ghost Mugs....

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mugmania   06 May 2012

Thanks Badger! Now we understand why there is suddenly a plethora of Tokyo (and Osaka) mugs on EBay.

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! ;^)

andyk02   27 Jun 2012

I got a picture from my niece who is in Japan, they had TONS of Osaka and Tokyo. I'm not sure if it was at Yokosuka or not.

Kristine   05 Jul 2012

Hi Everyone, I have some Tokyo and Osaka Globals for trade... I'm mostly looking for the Japan Artsy mugs... Thanks in advance for your help.

Wumme0815   05 Jul 2012

I would be interested, but can only trade Germany Icon Mugs and maybe Belgium or Netherland soon...or Eastern Canada Mugs in a few weels....

Marieh   06 Jul 2012

Hi Kristine,
I'm a new member here and resides in Tokyo, may I know what Japan artsy mugs would you trade for your Osaka and Tokyo mug? Thanks!

Kristine   06 Jul 2012

Marieh, You live in Tokyo!? We should meet for coffee... The mugs I'm looking for are on my wish list- take a peek and see if you have any of them. I look forward to meeting you...Sorry Wumme, I don't collect the Icon mugs- as strange as that seems!

Marieh   06 Jul 2012

Oh great! I have a set of East demitasse , I have them coz I think its cute but just too small for me and Tokushima(normal size) but i wish icon mugs are a little bit smaller just like the Japan Artsy.

Kristine   07 Jul 2012

Can I trade a Tokyo/Osaka set for your demi's? And let's switch over to email to sort out when and where to meet... TTYL!

Ricky   07 Jul 2012

Thank you Badger for the information regarding this particular mug. I am now a proud owner of this mug which I was able to get through friend who works in the US Yokosuka Naval Base.

Badger   07 Jul 2012

Hey Ricky,Glad you were able to get it!

Kay   09 Jul 2012

Kristine i need trade or sell tokyo mug and osaka mug with you i have mugs from australia for trade

Kay   09 Jul 2012

Kristine i need trade tokyo mug and osaka mug with you i have mugs from australia for trade

marcelo   20 Jul 2012

wow, how do I get that mug?

Kristine   22 Jul 2012

Bhelle, It was so nice to meet you here in Tokyo! Thanks for the awesome trade! I love my mini's!!

Marieh   22 Jul 2012

So glad meeting you too Kristine, at last I have one of the most wanted mug! Looking forward to our next trade!

Badger   25 Jul 2012

59 users as of today own this mug!

Vadi Girl   08 Aug 2012

I used to live in Japan and would love to get this mug! Is anyone willing to trade for one of the Turkey mugs?

Badger   09 Aug 2012

Wow, 59 just jumped to 65 users in a couple of weeks!

Lhey   14 Aug 2012

Hi! I've just joined. Nice Site!!!Does anyone know how I can buy this online? Thanks :)

Taikobum   15 Aug 2012

Hi! I have access to this mug and also the Osaka one. Both are the 2009 collectors edition. I live in Japan and have access to the Naval base where the mug is sold. If anyone is interested in obtaining one or the other or both please feel free to contact me directly. I do sell them on Ebay but have recently become very unsatisfied with all the extra fees ebay imposes. If you contact me directly and are willing to pay me via Paypal we can certainly work out a better price for you than is offered on Ebay. I hope to hear from you as the supply is depleting rapidly.

Lhey   16 Aug 2012

@Taikobum - Hi! I have been looking for this mug since last year.Please email me at for the price.Thanks :)

Mel G   16 Aug 2012

@Taikobum, please email me on the prices of the Tokyo and Osaka mugs. My email address is Thanks.

7wonders   18 Aug 2012

Taikobum, I'm also looking for these two. Please email with pricing details, thanks!

Al   19 Aug 2012

I would also be more than happy to make the same offer as Taikobum. If anyone is interested in getting a deal on these Tokyo or Osaka, please just leave your email address and we'll work something out. Cheers!

Taikobum   19 Aug 2012

Al - Aren't you the one who charged someone $630.00 plus for one mug when these came out?

dvast8ya   19 Aug 2012


dvast8ya   19 Aug 2012

Well, technically, he didn't charge $630 plus. It's the BIDDER who offered and set that price!I don't recall what's the starting price, but the first time I saw it, it was already at $280. So, NO, he didn't charge $630 plus.

Al   20 Aug 2012

Precisely, buyers determine auctions, not sellers. If someone offered that much for something, I assume they must have really wanted it and were happy to finally receive it. And coming from an auctioneer yourself Taikobum, you don’t sound righteous; you sound jealous. At any rate, the offer still stands.

jsw1773   09 Sep 2012

@Taikobum, can you please contact me at about the Tokyo / Osaka mugs? Thank you in advance!

arakes84   26 Sep 2012

Hello everybody,
@Taikobum.. i'd love to have a Tokio/Osaka-Mug...a friend of mine is on in trip through japan and is looking around, but can't find anything...i love the country, already learning the language...maybe you happen to have a mug to sell :)
feel free to contact me, thank you in advance

ronron89   07 Oct 2012

@Taikobum Hey im interested with the tokyo and osaka starbucks mug. Could you email me the price and how can we transact. I will be in kyoto japan in November 21, 2012. Here is my email linc.cantor@gmail.comThank You

honeymufins   20 Oct 2012

@Taikobum - I know I'm kinda late to the party, but I was hoping you might still have some of these mugs left.Can you email me at Thanks

humbear   20 Oct 2012

@Taikobum - please email me your prices for the Tkyo and Osaka mugs to arnehumbert@yahoo.con - if you can still get them.Thanks!

Marj Yokoyama   20 Oct 2012

i wish they would release a tumbler version of this one. I'm only collecting tumblers.

Juergen   20 Oct 2012

I have Tokyo Osaka for sale. Please send PM via my profile if you're interested.

ranneru   13 Nov 2012

Hi Juergen, please pm me your price for Tokyo @ Thanks in advance.

Ming   16 Nov 2012

@Taikobum -please email me on Osaka & Tokyo mugs. I am interested.Email :

siwap   24 Nov 2012

@taikobum looking for the tokyo mug, email me at

Gael68   05 Jan 2013

Hello, I'm looking for the Tokyo mug 08, my email : HELP ME PLEASE.

Gael68   05 Jan 2013

@Taikobum - please email me your prices for the Tokyo and Osaka mugs to Thanks a lot.

Wajdi   11 Jan 2013

Can anyone sell this mug and osaka mug at an affordable price?

Jay W.   09 Feb 2013

I live in Japan and will be glad to help anyone out that would like the Tokyo or the Osaka mugs! But personally, I would not to respond to posters on here and send my money off to someone, you've heard too many stories of scammers! So I will not have you do something that I wouldn't do. However, since eBay offers Buyer Protection, I will be glad to post these up on eBay if anyone is interested.

Casper   12 Feb 2013

Jay W. can you help me to get osaka mug?

Jay W.   14 Feb 2013

@Casper: Sure thing link. Also selling the Tokyo mug link Good luck!

Taikobum   12 Jul 2013

Hello - If you are interested in purchasing a Tokyo or Osaka mug please email me at I can ensure you get what you are looking for. You can also purchase it from I have sets for sale priced at $101.01. I am sure we can work something out to ensure you get what you are looking for.Regards,Taikobum

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

Juergen   15 Nov 2014

Someone with a spare of Tokyo Icon mug to sell? Write me!

Richangel   26 Jan 2015

Anyone, at which base in Japan can we get the Tokyo and Osaka mug?

ExecuKev   29 Jan 2015

Anyone able to pick up a Tokyo icon? Message me on here and let's trade :)

Ila80   04 Feb 2015

Anyone has a spare one on sale or trading Pls let me know really after this one