Country of origin: United States
Why we love it: The bucket -- social, reliable, easy to carry. Doubles as impromptu guitar-shredder hat.
Why its logo is easier to remember than the names of people you just met: Back in 1952, when Harland Sanders started selling his fried chicken recipe with its 11 secret spices (salt and pepper are two of them) to his first franchises, he probably didn't think more than 50 years later his company would be most successful far from the American South.
Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, currently holds 39% of China's fast-food industry.
Provenance problem: The very first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise opened in Utah, four states away from Kentucky.
Country of origin: Japan
Why we love it: The clean design, functionality, cleanliness and hyper-tissue packaging of Tokyo, without having to go to Tokyo.
Why its logo is easier to remember than the number of the flight you're on when filling out the immigration form: The first two Japanese characters on Muji labels mean "without" and "brand."
Muji, a retailer of minimalist furniture, housewares and clothing, has turned "no brand" into an ingenious piece of branding.
Focusing on simple, unadorned design, Muji offers neck pillows and lots of other products for travelers at its 205 outlets in 32 countries.
Auto reflex: In 2001, Muji collaborated on a car with Nissan. True to form, there were no identifying badges and it was only available in white.
6. MOS Burger
Country of origin: Japan
Why we love it: After Spotted Dick, the most amusing name of a foreign food product out there.
Why its logo is easier to remember than the name of Japan's prime minister: The second-largest fast food franchise in Japan behind McDonald's, MOS Burger decided to offer a burger that was twice as expensive as anything else on the menu. So in 2003, the limited-edition Takumi burger was introduced, an item available only at select locations, it comes with a business card signed by the chef who prepared it.
MOS Burger opened its first store in 1972 and now has 1,749 locations in nine countries.
Burger trivia: MOS rice burgers feature a "bun" of rice mixed with millet and barley.
5. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Country of origin: Canada
Why we love it: Riffraff-proof.
Why its logo is easier to remember than your mothers' birthday. Wait, did we do that one already? If you were looking for a discount at your room at the Four Seasons, all you need to know is that the hotel is now owned primarily by two billionaires, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia and Bill Gates.
We can safely assume they're not handing out coupons.
One of the premier luxury hotel chains, there are more than 89 properties around the globe.