Yes. That’s right. Starbucks. After not having one for years, Tottori Prefecture finally got its first Starbucks this past Saturday.
When I look at Starbucks coffee cups, I think of, well, Starbucks coffee. When artist Soo Min Kim looks at them, he sees something else entirely.
Diehard Starbucks drinkers are probably familiar with its secret menu, whipped up by dedicated fans and creative Starbucks employees. In Japan, one furtive drink in particular is now out in the open.
You know it, you love it. Starbucks. Or maybe you hate it. The coffee chain is everywhere. And at one shopping mall in China, a knock-off Starbucks sign has a memorable name.
This man might be the stupidest person to use the internet. Ever. Or, at least, one of them.
In Hong Kong, Starbucks patrons are upset and for good reason: the coffee chain's Central Hong Kong branch has used "toilet water" to brew coffee since it opened two years ago.
Whoops. A Hong Kong Starbucks made one customer unhappy after totally screwing up a first name. Imagine that! A Starbucks spelling fail? Impossible.
Chain establishments can start to blur together. They start to seem the same, because they all look the same. That's not always true for Starbucks, especially in Asia. Some of its ubiquitous coffee houses are not only unique, but so cool.
At Starbucks, you see people with their iPads, their MacBooks, and, yes, their gaming portables. What you don't usually see are people with their home consoles.
That's an Xbox 360 and a small TV set. In Starbucks. This is in Alaska. All that snow and darkness must make this seem normal.
I might seem like a friendly sort of fellow, ready and wiling to share his newly-acquired technology with the world, but really I'm just the asshole at Starbucks with the iPad.