This picture is from outside the patio area of a Starbucks next to the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo Midtown. Check it out. People lined up to have their pictures taken by a Starbucks employee next to a gaint Starbucks holiday cup. (Note by the way, this cup has one of those not very enviromentalyl friendly splash-sticks sticking out of the top.)
The most interesting think about the whole picture taking was the script. When I walked by it with my friend Ichiro, the Starbucks employee asked us if we wanted to get a memorable shot next to the cup, adding that "Starbucks will make your dreams come true."
Really. Can the company get the Republicans to stop messing with the health care bill? Can it create a few million new jobs? Can it make the subways in Philadelphia run like the subways in Tokyo? Can it make a really good cup of coffee?