In this weekly convenience store series, Conbini Monday, we are going to have a look at the inside of the Lawson store near my house.
There is always plenty of choice on the shelves in the cold section, whether you want sandwiches, onigiri, pasta, obento, noodles or salads.
With the change in law a few years ago, convenience stores are now able to carry a line of vitamin health drinks. Most stores now have shelf area dedicated to a number of different brands and types of mixtures. Here you can see Oronomin C, Fibre Mini, Weider Jelly, Ribobitan D, Ukon no chikara amongst others. Also, Red Bull is in stock.
Most stores also have some sort of ready to go fried foods cabinet and or a niku-man cabinet.
Taking a close up you can see on the top shelf plenty of kara-age (fried chicken) (からあげ) in different flavors, as well on the bottom shelf from left to right, american dog (アメリカドッグ) fried okonomiyaki (揚げお好み焼き), tai-yaki (たい焼き) and custard pie (カスタードパイ). Watch out for that custard pie ;).
A convenience store generally carries a wide variety of goods from stationary items, cleaning materials, underwear, magazines, sweets, noodles, alcohol, soft drinks, vitamin drinks, fried food, bento and of course a good selection of breads.
Conbini Monday wouldn’t be totally finished without a quick look at the latest product I found on my last visit. This “protein water” drink came out a little while ago from Suntory, and is an attempt to reinvigorate their DAKARA line.
Do you remember the old DAKARA commercial
I liked DAKARA, which was introduce in 2000 to compete against Coca Cola’s Aquaruis and Otsuka Seiyaku’s Pocari Sweat. I thought it even tasted better than Pocari Sweat, but it seems to have been slipping recently. This drink called “Protein Water” carries the same logo “Life Partner” as DAKARA and Vitamin Water did.
Here is an interesting YouTube clip of Protein Water