【Only in Kyoto!】 Starbucks is releasing new “Lucky Charms” charms exclusively at three locations in Kyoto!

Starbucks’ Kyoto limited edition “JIMOTO made Series HIGASHIYAMA” will be available at three Starbucks stores in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto from December 13, 2022 (Tue.). It will be available at three stores in Higashiyama-ku starting December 13, 2022 (Tuesday).

Starbucks Kyoto Higashiyama-ku Limited Edition Goods “Lucky Charms”

The “Lucky Charms” were created in collaboration with “Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo,” a long-established Gosho Ningyo (1) maker. The charms are inspired by the Fukudama (2), a traditional cultural item still popular in Gion, Kyoto. The charms are a series of playful goods, in which the type of charm is not known until the red and white Lucky Ball capsule is opened.

1 Gosho dolls
Traditional dolls based on the figure of an infant. Its roots can be traced back to the Heian period (794-1185), when it was transformed from a life-size doll to ward off epidemics to a “hitogata” that took the place of the doll and assumed the role of the victim of disasters, and then to a gosho doll to wish for the safe return of the child.

A round, red-and-white ball filled with good luck charms. Children and gei-maiko (geisha and maiko) in the Gion area used to receive them as New Year’s gifts at the end of the year, a traditional culture that has been handed down only in the Higashiyama district (Gion) of Kyoto’s Hanamachi district. It is said that on New Year’s Eve, after the bell had rung, they would break open the New Year’s gift and use its contents to predict their fortune for the new year.

New work with a motif of “MIZUNOTOU”, the Chinese zodiac sign for the 23rd year of the year.

The newest addition to the lineup is a limited-quantity version of the “Lucky Charm: MIZUNOTOU DOSHI ETO DOREI,” a clay bell featuring the Chinese zodiac sign for the year 2023, “MIZUNOTOU. The rabbit, with its large, erect ears, is a symbol of good fortune since ancient times. The “Fukuzeki Usagi” wearing a green ODEN (chanchanko =Japanese casual coat) with the image of Starbucks on it beckons good luck to you.

A total of 6 types of lineup with the addition of standard charms.

The lineup also includes three beckoning cat series (Shiro, Kuro, and Mike), which are well-known as good luck charms for prosperous business, a piece dog, which is a charm for safe and fertile childbirth, and a crawling child, which is a charm to ward off evil spirits and to ward off misfortune in infants. All charms are handmade by craftsmen who carefully breathe life into them.


Lucky charm 癸卯歳干卯干支土鈴(MIZUNOTOU DOSHI ETO DORUI)

【Sales Period】 Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – Friday, February 3, 2023
【Price】 2,530 yen
【Store】 Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Gion Hotel, Keihan Gion Shijo Station, Kyoto Niningsaka Yasaka Tea House
*The event will end as soon as the products are gone.
*One “Lucky Charm: MIZUNOTOU DOSHI ETO DOREI” may be purchased per person, per store, until sold out.