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9 Region-Exclusive Mugs from the Starbucks JIMOTO made series

Did you know that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee shop chain with store locations all over the world, has a series of mugs that can only be purchased in a select few regions in Japan? Each mug was designed using each region's respective characteristics and can only be bought if you travel to these areas! With that, here's a guide on 9 of these limited edition mugs, and where you can buy them!

What is the "JIMOTO made series"?

The "JIMOTO made series" is a line up of products that incorporate the local resources and traditional craftsmanship of each region, and are exclusively sold in the stores in that region. These items, each made carefully by the hands of local craftsmen, showcase the technology and designs particular to the region. Since they're only available in a limited number of stores, they make great souvenirs!

What is the "JIMOTO made series"?

1. Sumida (Tokyo) Starbucks Iced Coffee Glass

A Sumida exclusive iced coffee glass with delicate Edo kiriko (traditional cut glass craft in Tokyo) patterns. Each cup holds deep roots in the local community, and is a carefully crafted work of the craftsmen of Sumida Edo Kiriko Museum, which also has a factory in the Sumida district. Edo kiriko is well-known within Japan as a highly regarded, traditional craft; infusing the craft with a modern essence, the product's design is absolutely stunning.
By the way, Sumida is also home to the 634m-high TOKYO SKYTREE! When you go sightseeing around this area, be sure to look for this glass, too!

35,000 JPY (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Marui Kinshicho, Kinshicho TERMINA 2, TOKYO Solamachi East Yard 6F, TOKYO Solamachi West Yard 1F, Kinshicho Olinas

2. Tottori Coffee Aroma Mug Sakyu

This mug displays a dramatic contrast between the refreshing, deep, blue color and the gentle, rolling curve on the bottom. The curved portion represents the famous Tottori Sand Dunes, and the blue color represents Tottori's ocean and skies that stretch out beyond the sand. This product was crafted in detail by an artisan at Genzui Gama, a pottery in Tottori, a prefecture flourishing with ceramic arts.
If you look at it carefully, you'll notice that it tapers slightly near the top. This shape was intended to further elevate the coffee aroma experience by wrapping its fragrance within the mug. Savor your coffee while enjoying the design imbued with the craftsman's techniques.

4,000 JPY (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Shamine Tottori, AEON Mall Tottori Kita

Tottori Sand Dunes

3. Chikuzen (Fukuoka) Coffee Aroma Mug Tobikanna

Tobikanna, a traditional technique in Koishiwara, is applied all over this mug. This technique uses the tip of a metal tool to make continuous markings on ceramics. In recent years, the designs created using this technique have been gaining attention in Japan, too. Like the mug introduced previously, it has a narrow rim that traps the coffee aroma in to allow you to enjoy it more.
It's also sold at the Starbucks Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando Store, a branch known for its unique wooden framework; check out the shop interior and buy yourself a mug while you're at it!

4,800 JPY (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Dazai Tenmangu Omotesando, Dazaifu Mukaizano, AEON Mall Chikushino

4. Hida Takayama (Gifu) Lacquered Wooden Mug

Hida Takayama boasts a long history of woodworking. It's even said that exceptionally skilled artisans had resided in this area since roughly 1,000 years ago. Recently, it has gained popularity as the setting for the movie "Your Name."
This lacquered wooden mug was inspired by the rich natural environment of Hida and the popular tourist attraction Takayama Jinya. For 176 years until 1868, government officials were dispatched from the bakufu (ruling military government at the time) to work at Takayama Jinya, which was a government office. This beautiful mug was painted with a charming, deep black lacquer, and expresses the long history of Takayama Jinya.
The Lacquered Wooden Mug (White), on the other hand, has cute designs that were painted on with a white lacquer. The patterns were designed based off the traditional Hida sashiko of the region. Sashiko was an embroidery technique used to protect against the severe cold weather by mending and reinforcing clothing. Originally stemming from the knowledge of common folk as they lived about their daily lives, this stitching style is simple but very beautiful.
Both variations are only available for purchase at the Takayama Okamoto location - It's a mug that can only be bought here, and nowhere else in the whole world!
5,900 JPY each (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Takayama Okamoto

Takayama Jinya


5. Tsugaru (Aomori) Biidoro

Biidoro is a glassware product that was made by applying the manufacturing method of glass fishing floats in the Mutsu Bay area. The glasses are all handmade, giving them a rustic, uneven texture. The soft pink hue adorning the HIROSAKI glass represents the cherry blossoms fluttering through Hirosaki Park, the dispersed white and green of the TSUGARU glass symbolize the snow and fresh greenery of the severely cold Tsugaru region, the red and black that appear to be flowing down the cup in the GOSHOGAWARA glass portrays the local festival Tachineputa, and the vivid green and red of the AOMORI glass signifies the Tsugaru oceans and the colors of Nebuta Festival. Each region's characteristics are expressed colorfully on these glasses. The store locations for each glass vary, so be sure to check the stores in the area you plan on visiting!
2,800 JPY each (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
[HIROSAKI]: Hirosaki Koen-mae, Hirosaki Sakurano
[TSUGARU]: Aomori ELM, Aomori LOVINA, Aomori Chuo, Hirosaki Koen-mae, Aomori Nishi Bypass, Hirosaki Sakurano
[AOMORI]: Aomori LOVINA, Aomori Chuo, Aomori Nishi Bypass


Hirosaki Park


6. Coffee Bowl Mikawachi

The first coffee cup made in Japan was said to have been Mikawachi ware, and was a luxury item presented to the Imperial household and shogun (military dictator) of the time. This Mikawachi ware coffee cup is made of white and blue porcelain, the standard characteristics of this type of pottery. Although it is a coffee cup, it also has an interesting and unique design that makes it look like it could be a Japanese rice bowl. By the way, on the inside of the cup is a picture of an anchor, which comes from the fact that Sasebo faces the ocean. There's a whale on the lid, too!

6,600 JPY (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Sasebo Yonkacho, Sasebo Gobangai

7. Koka (Shiga) Mug Shigaraki

The ceramic products made in Shigaraki, a pottery town boasting 1200 years of history, are known for their simple yet profound appearance. The mugs come in red and black, and the round white spot was designed to represent the stomach of a tanuki (raccoon dog)! If you look carefully, you can see a bellybutton.
Why tanuki? This is because among all the tanuki ornaments, the ones made in Shigaraki are the most famous. In Japanese mythology, tanuki are said to have the ability to shape-shift into various things, and they appear in disguise in many ancient folklore. Now when you look at the cup, doesn't it make you think that a tanuki disguised itself into a mug?
3,800 JPY each (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Koka Minakuchi

8. Kaga (Ishikawa) Stacking Mug & Coaster - Kutani

Gorgeously colored Kutani ware is widely adored both within and outside of Japan. Over the course of its 360 years of history, it has gone through many different decorating styles. The following 4 mugs were expertly crafted with the techniques of Kutani ware:

A design using silver leaves, one of the representative techniques of Kutani ware. The light, transparent blue of the cup is very refreshing and makes it seem very Kaga-like, as it's a place famous for its water.
This mug uses a style called Eirakufu, in which gold is painted over a coating of red. Eirakufu is known for its paintings of flowers, birds, wild animals, and insects, but this mug's design is based on Kaga's specialty product, crab! A geometric image of crabs walking sideways all over results in a humorous item.
The theme for this mug is "utai," the chanting in Noh theater. Noh is so popular in Kanazawa that there's a saying that "Noh chants fall from the sky." This cup is decorated with images of the masks and fans used in Noh.
This uses the striking Kokutanifu style, which consists of strong outlines and colors. The mug has images of Kenroku-en, Kotojiro lanterns, and yukitsuri (ropes placed around trees to protect them from the snow), which are reminiscent of Kaga. There is also a depiction of Seattle's scenery to add in a touch of Starbucks.
Ginzai 4,700 JPY (excl. tax), Others 4,500 JPY each (excl. tax)
[Starbucks Store Locations]
Kohrinbo Tokyu Square, Fair Mall Matto, Kanazawa FORUS, Kanazawa Nonoichi, Kanazawa Okuwa, Kanazawa FORUS 6F Coogo, Musashigatsuji Meitetsu M'ZA, Kanazawa Kuratsuki, AEON Mall Shinkomatsu

From left: Top [Shozafu], Bottom [Kokutanifu], [Eirakufu], [Ginzai]
*Coasters sold separately.

9. Miyajima (Hiroshima) Coffee Aroma Mug Momiji

The mysterious World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine is a popular spot even among tourists from abroad. This mug is made in the style of Miyajima Osunayaki, pottery which mixes sand from under the main shrine into clay. If you think about it, that makes this cup really lucky! The fall leaf design is applied one by one, so it's a unique in that no mug will have the exact same leaf! This Miyajima design is only sold at the Itsukushima Omotesando location.
6,500 JPY (excl. tax) [Starbucks Store Locations]
Itsukushima Omotesando

Itsukushima Shrine

Made using traditional local techniques, these mugs rightly fit the title of JIMOTO, the Japanese word for "local." Since you can buy these products in that specific region, they are perfect as souvenirs. Feel free to use this article as a reference, and go on a trip to the region to get yourself an exclusive mug!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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