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Conbini Monday Wk58

It has been quite a few weeks since the last Conbini Monday. Looks like some of you have been getting hungry and asking me when we are going to get back in the conbini mode again. Here are a few chocolate snacks to keep you going for…

Conbini Monday Wk57

Had a few problems with the server yesterday, which required the data center installing new ram chips. Looks like the traffic has been eating through the ram and burning a whole in the motherboard. New ram installed now so I hope we…

Conbini Monday Wk46

Lots of goodies for todays conbini monday. I almost forgot about it, since it is a holiday in Japan today. Lucky the convenience stores are all open no matter that everyone else gets the day off. I went to…

Conbini Monday Wk45

The snacks keep coming this week, but as we get towards the warmer weather there is a definite 'sakura in pink' theme starting to develop. Have you noticed packaging in the stores start to change…

Cute Faces, White Day Japan

White Day Japan is coming up on March 14th - this is a day that was first celebrated in 1978! It was introduced by the National Confectionary Association in Japan to try and get men to buy something for the women who gave them flowers on…

Shibuya Streets Vol 11

It is Valentines Day today and as always in Japan it is predominantly the women giving chocolates to the males. There are chocolates to be bought for those who you treasure and also chocolates for co-workers, known as giri-choco. I…

Royce Chocolate, Japan

For all those Royce chocolate lovers .... it is available on Amazon Japan You can buy Royce in a set with wafers, potato chips and nama chocolate included in the purchase. Sounds great. Are you a Royce Chocolate fan? I…

Crunky Chocolate Jigsaw

Find out more on Amazon Japan. Do you love Crunky chocolate? When I first came to Japan, I could never work out why they called it Crunky. It seemed a stranged name to give to the chocolate. Was it because it was a bit crunchy?…

Meiji 56 Chocolates

Most of us will know Meiji Chocolate from the chocolate bars you can buy in the convenience stores. Meiji have chocolate makers for a long time, but recently opened a chocolate cafe and started a range of boutique chocolates. They call…

Conbini Monday Wk29

This week, Monday is a holiday in Japan, so for all those who normally have their Conbini Monday on the first day back at work, you will have to wait until tomorrow to stock up on snacks. As with last week, there were plenty of…

Conbini Monday Wk27

Yakult is well known for its Yakult milk drink which can be found in supermarkets overseas as well as Japan. Yakult has a number of subsidiaries that make other products such as these cereal bars made from Yakult Health Foods.…

Yamanote 100 Years

The Yamanote Line is currently celebrating 100 years since its naming. The original portion of the Yamanote Line was built in 1885 between Shinagawa and Akabane called the Shinagawa Line, passing through areas such as Tokyo station,…

Conbini Monday Wk10

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…

Conbini Monday Wk9

Following up on last weeks look at Mitsuya Cider, I found a new Premium product from them which is selling in a limited quantity set. The drink's unusual plum taste comes from being made of part domestic umeboshi. Seems like…

Conbini Monday Wk6

What a long week in between Conbini Monday's. There are some interesting topics to look at in the convenience store arena at the moment. The law for selling drugs / medicines is set to change on June 1st, which will allow convenience…

Conbini Monday Wk5

I have about 7 convenience stores all within 3 minutes walk of my house. The Lawson is about 10 seconds away (too close to avoid visiting anytime of the day), then I have a Ministop, 7-11, Family Mart, another Lawson and 2 ampm's. It is…

Do you prefer Chocolate or Caramel Beer?

We are passed Valentine's Day now but one product which has proven a hit and is sticking around long after the novelty should have worn off is Sweet Beer. There are two stand out types with a number of brands competing for market share.…

Can eco choco save the planet?

Many countries are looking at ways they can help reduce the harm we cause on the environment through consumption of resources and how we dispose of them after use. In Japan, for a few years, there has been a big "eco" campaign by many…

Morinaga releases ChocoFlake Bar

There are a number of chocolate and other flavored power bars on sale at the moment. making me think a niche has been identified in the market that manufacturers are now competing for. Morinaga has released a ChocoFlake Bar and a Milk…

Meiji Fran in 2 new flavors

Meiji have launched 2 new flavors under their Fran line of chocolate sticks. They are Mix Berry and Apricot. It might not seem like they go too well with chocolate, but I can assure you the taste is good. The basic Fran product is a cocoa…

Just another trip to the convenience store

The new sweets keep coming from the local convenience store. Here are two I tried today. The Mickey/Minnie ones are Hokkaido Milk sweets and the strawberry ones are Cubyrop Gummy filled with collagen. I am not even going to try and guess…

Yuzu Potato Chips

I bought a pack of Yuzu Potato chips the other day to try something different. Yuzu is found in Japan although originally came from China. The taste is very similar to a mandarin and may even be a derivative of that fruit. There are…