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Conbini Monday Wk43

This conbini monday falls on the 1st day of March. I can't believe 2 months of 2010 are already gone. Another month and we will be 25% through the year. Wow!! As well as the new food and drink, there are always some old…

Conbini Monday Wk42

I took a few photos of the Yokote convenience store on my recent visit to Akita-ken. The photos in the store I had on my iPhone and have shown some here. The photos outside were on my Nikon camera. The outside photos I already…

Conbini Monday Wk41

The new products are starting to roll into the convenience stores quickly again. It is surprising how many new products that are and how quickly they disappear if sales do not come straight away. I am having to snap some pictures when I…

Conbini Monday Wk40

There looks to be a new promotional theme at Lawsons. Rilakkuma was missing and the popular anime "One Piece" have taken over the store. You can see in the following photos quite a few different products and tie-ups with "One Piece".…

JR Convenience Stores

Looks like 7-Eleven have realized that NEWDAYS, the Japan Railway in-station convenience stores that grew out of small kiosk shops, have been gaining ground in the competitive convenience store market. NEWDAYS have been popping up…

Japan Post

The Conbini Box #1 offer has been completed and the packages sent out. I took a few snaps of the process and also shot some live ustream footage. Picture seemed to go on and off when I was recording. Maybe I need to stick to the…

Conbini Box 1

Thanks to everyone who replied saying they wanted to get a taste of Japanese convenience stores, conbini, in their own home. The poll finished up with most people wanting a US$50 box inclusive of postage. I have checked prices at the…

Conbini Box

After a few requests from members and many nudges, I am putting together a package of tasty convenience store treats for people who are living outside of Japan. (If you live in Japan you can also receive as well). Japanese…

Family Mart on Twitter

Family Mart announced last night that they are starting a Twitter account to promote their chain of convenience stores. They are the first convenience in Japan to begin using Twitter as a form of communication with their customers.…

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.…

Japanese Honesty

It is often talked about by visitors how clean and how honest they find the everyday Japanese. Business can get a bit murky sometimes, but out on the street there are a lot of good well meaning people around. Friends have told me about…

Conbini Monday Wk14

Calbee make some great potato chips and this weeks to pick is no exception. With the top left hand label mark saying "we introduce new interesting flavors every month", it looks like we could be seeing some good stuff coming up.…

Conbini Monday Wk13

Banana Diet was big with the ladies last year and ever since banana flavored products have been coming on to the market in an attempt to ride the trend and cash in on sales. This Asahi product in their Bakers Delight series was a set…

Post Office Conbini

A few years ago, with the postal service in Japan being scrutinized by politicians for privatization and everyone looking for ways to restructure the business operations, many local post offices were closed and the service of buying…

Conbini Monday Wk11

I went down to the Disney convenience store to check out their supplies for this weeks Conbini Monday. They had a few special Disney goodies as well as the usual great conbini supplies. First up are some Disney specials produced by…

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…

Disney Conbini

If you thought all convenience stores in Japan were the same, branded as a Lawson, 7 Eleven, ampm or other type, then you need to take a closer look at the convenience store at Maihama in the new Disneyland Hotel. At first glance it…

Conbini Monday, Wk8

Mitsuya Cider has been a well loved Japanese drink since Asahi first introduced it in 1884. Originating from Hyogo-ken from humble beginnings, its fresh sparkling taste conquered Japan and is also popular overseas. With such a long…

Conbini Monday Wk7

Rilakkuma did the shopping this week for Conbini Monday, and I can warn you now, he went wild!! Trendy Magazine, in their latest July 2009 edition, are highlighting a number of products that have become hit products in the first half…

Conbini Monday Wk4

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,…

Conbini Monday Wk3

Following up the Spo-Vege drink from last week, I thought we would stay with the drinks and take a look at this interesting find that i saw sitting on the shelves last night. It is called Pudding Jake Shake, a drinkable version of…