I played golf in Ibaraki-ken last week and stopped at a Sankus convenience store in the parking area at Ishioka. It was a hot day and most people were either crowding around the ice creams or the cold drinks.
Here are some of the offerings from the cold drink section, mostly sodas, or should I say ciders. As you can see this summer looks like a hot contest between Pepsi, Coke, Calpis, Mitsuya and Asahi Coke?
First up we have Dr Pepper. This drink has not gone mainstream yet in Japan and I was surprised to see it competing for shelf space with the other ‘usual suspects’. The package design looks new as well.
There has been a lot of talk about the new Green Tea flavored Coca Cola drink. The bottle promotes the catechin infused drink which is supposed to be good for you?
Where there is Coca Cola, there is Pepsi. This is no doubt in reply to the green tea brainstorming at coke. Someone at pepsi decided to add the flavor of a Shiso leaf to their drink to spice it up.
While we are on the coke theme, here is Asahi and Sankus’s own PB label for coke. Not sure how many of these they are going to sell against the Green Tea Coke and Shiso Pepsi. Maybe they are hoping that people still want the original taste but made someone else.
All of the photos this week were taking with my iphone rather than the normal Canon Powershot G10. I wasn’t planning to take photos in this conbini but their range was so great I decided to take shots and the iphone was all I had available. As you can the quality of some pictures is not so great, including this next one.
Changing tastes a bit now, here is some Grape Fanta
Calpis aren’t being left behind. They have Calpis Soda on hand for a hot thirsty summer day.
If plain water is more your thing, here is some Fm yokohama / Circle K joint collaboration, Shonan Water.
and last but not least, some Kurozu-ryoku from Suntory under the same brand that makes DAKARA, Life Partners. This drink is made from black vinegar, honey and lemon. This one could be just the find for summer to revive your energy !
That’s the round up for the drinks. In case some of you are left a bit hungry after seeing all the liquids, here are some new finds to eat.
I introduced the BIZ cookie range previously from Morinaga. This week I found their latest edition to the range, Azuki puff Biz. Red bean mized with macha chocolate and cornflakes. That’s a lot to put in a small cookie.
Thanks to Sunkus convenience store at Chiyoda Parking Area for this weeks Conbini Monday.