Reading this entry at Yahoo! News about a Temple University prof’s multi-year Starbucks-based modern culture research project, the only thing that struck me as amazing was that there are 500 Starbucks in Tokyo.

“Is that all?” I thought to myself. “I think there are 500 Starbucks at the local mall.”

And also: Blecch! Starbucks? Blecch! Peet’s Coffee! (On those occasions when I am not near the Blue Bottle kiosk in Hayes Valley, of course.)

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