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Conbini Monday Wk48

Lawson have launched their new point service with Ponta, but Rilakkuma is not missing out. Here he is a the register advertising a campaign.

Lawson have launched their new point service with Ponta, but Rilakkuma is not missing out. Here he is a the register advertising a campaign.

I went out to Chiba at the end of last week to play golf and snapped a few interesting items in the local Chiba convenience stores. Many items are the same as central Tokyo, but a few caught my eye that I hand’t seen before.

Found these Chiba-kun keyrings when I was out at a convenience store in Chiba before playing golf. hi Chiba-kun!

Found these Chiba-kun keyrings when I was out at a convenience store in Chiba before playing golf. hi Chiba-kun!

Banana Crunky Icecream. Excellent.

Banana Crunky Icecream. Excellent.

Anyone up for a Nandog ?

Anyone up for a Nandog ?

Corn chocolate? Has anyone tried these?

Corn chocolate? Has anyone tried these?

Edamame chips, always good for snacks.

Edamame chips, always good for snacks.

Some interesting looking fuwafuwa cakes.

Some interesting looking fuwafuwa cakes.

Kinoko no yama have been a popular candy treat for a long time. Here is a new flavor for them with kinako. That is kinako flavored kinokos. Try saying that quickly a few times.

Kinoko no yama have been a popular candy treat for a long time. Here is a new flavor for them with kinako. That is kinako flavored kinokos. Try saying that quickly a few times.

The original Kinoko no yama.

The original Kinoko no yama.

There are a few dried fruit products appearing on the shelves recently. Spring must mean fruits I suppose, which is why they are taking the place of the throat sweets we dont need now winter is almost gone.

There are a few dried fruit products appearing on the shelves recently. Spring must mean fruits I suppose, which is why they are taking the place of the throat sweets we dont need now winter is almost gone.

The major convenience stores generally have their own brand of crackers, chips and sweets as well. Here is a selection by 7 Eleven.

The major convenience stores generally have their own brand of crackers, chips and sweets as well. Here is a selection by 7 Eleven.

An donuts also in the 7 Eleven brand.

An donuts also in the 7 Eleven brand.

Rilakkuma has his own mini snack box at this Lawson store.

Rilakkuma has his own mini snack box at this Lawson store.

These new pocky are particularly tasty. Kiiroitori was looking after these for me.

These new pocky are particularly tasty. Kiiroitori was looking after these for me.

Definitely looks like Spring.

Definitely looks like Spring.

I was surprised to see a Subway inside this Family Mart store. Maybe they are going to team up with more mixed food/brand ideas. Near my house there is a Tullys inside a Family Mart store as well.

I was surprised to see a Subway inside this Family Mart store. Maybe they are going to team up with more mixed food/brand ideas. Near my house there is a Tullys inside a Family Mart store as well.

Weider Jelly has quite a few good themes for their well being jelly. This one is Beauty !

Weider Jelly has quite a few good themes for their well being jelly. This one is Beauty !

This wasnt at the convenience store, but was actually the cake I bought for my birthday. Very tasty. I bought the Kaorina cake with custard cream. The sakura cake looked good to as did the fruits cake.

This wasnt at the convenience store, but was actually the cake I bought for my birthday. Very tasty. I bought the Kaorina cake with custard cream. The sakura cake looked good to as did the fruits cake.

Hersheys is having a go at the convenience store market and has come out with these bite size packs. Lets see how long they remain on the shelves.

Hersheys is having a go at the convenience store market and has come out with these bite size packs. Lets see how long they remain on the shelves.

Hope you had a good Conbini Monday wherever you are.

Suica Penguin working for Lawson

Conbini Monday Wk43

Suica Penguin working for Lawson

Suica Penguin working for Lawson

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!!

Lawson are promoting their Ponta point system. What happened to using the Rilakkuma brand? Where did this new character come from?

Lawson are promoting their Ponta point system. What happened to using the Rilakkuma brand? Where did this new character come from?

Rilakkuma candy on hand for sore throats.

Rilakkuma candy on hand for sore throats.

These look interesting. Green tea milk

These look interesting. Green tea milk

As well as the new food and drink, there are always some old favorites to fall back on.

There is always lots of good action in the Pocky corner

There is always lots of good action in the Pocky corner

Some new fran and toppon to try

Some new fran and toppon to try

Kinako mochi chocolate bread. what a mixture.

Kinako mochi chocolate bread. what a mixture.

Some tasty looking monblanc with a well known face on the top.

Some tasty looking monblanc with a well known face on the top.

Pirikara Tofuchige. Sounds like it might be a little spicy!

Pirikara Tofuchige. Sounds like it might be a little spicy!

Edo style soba from Nissin.

Edo style soba from Nissin.

Maxim have this new cafe latte out for adults. wonder what the children get to drink?

Maxim have this new cafe latte out for adults. wonder what the children get to drink?

ok, should have guessed. here is what the children get. lined up under the cafe latte, morinaga mami- milk

ok, should have guessed. here is what the children get. lined up under the cafe latte, morinaga mami- milk

I took a look at Tsutaya DVD rental recently and spoke with some of their staff about ways to improve their store for foreigners in the area.

Tsutaya have a in store video rental box in this Family Mart store.

Tsutaya have a in store video rental box in this Family Mart store.

1,000 DVD's to choose from in the Tsutaya box

1,000 DVD's to choose from in the Tsutaya box

Looks easy enough to rent and return here.

Looks easy enough to rent and return here.

A few treats for the upcoming hina matsuri. cotton candy and sweets.

A few treats for the upcoming hina matsuri. cotton candy and sweets.

Do your conbini’s have an equally good stock of new products each week?

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Conbini Monday Wk39

Some Wantan noodles from ace cook. The pig character seems familiar but I can't remember where I have seen it before.

Some Wantan noodles from ace cook. The pig character seems familiar but I can't remember where I have seen it before.

It was a cold today in Tokyo today, and at night the rain turned to snow. I doubt it will settle and be there tomorrow, but it certainly made the evening colder than normal.

Family Mart have the regular supply of coffee drinks, and they also have their own range of juices. The mango smoothie on the right looks like the one for me.

Family Mart have the regular supply of coffee drinks, and they also have their own range of juices. The mango smoothie on the right looks like the one for me.

More juices, this one is strawberry. All the packaging makes the goods look more attractive to buy.

More juices, this one is strawberry. All the packaging makes the goods look more attractive to buy.

I was surprised at how many empty shelves there were waiting for new products. The store manager told me that the stock was just about to arrive, maybe in another hour or so.

I was surprised at how many empty shelves there were waiting for new products. The store manager told me that the stock was just about to arrive, maybe in another hour or so.

Another empty shelf waiting for new products.

Another empty shelf waiting for new products.

These whipped custards looked quite tasty. I liked the shape they made on the top of them.

These whipped custards looked quite tasty. I liked the shape they made on the top of them.

Quite a large area set aside here for the new products about to come in.

Quite a large area set aside here for the new products about to come in.

People were buying their marukaburi sushi ready for Feb 3 (Wed) and Setsubun.

People were buying their marukaburi sushi ready for Feb 3 (Wed) and Setsubun.

A poster showing the marukaburi sushi. Are you buying one this year?

A poster showing the marukaburi sushi. Are you buying one this year?

My visit to the conbini was a late one today, due to some work commitments and the weather getting colder. I kept waiting for it to warm up before I stepped outside ^_^. Do you normally go out in all weather or prefer to wait for a time in the day when its warmer?

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Conbinbi Monday Wk38

I have had a few hot dogs in different countries, but never tried an Egg Dog before. Anyone seen egg dogs in other parts of the world?

I have had a few hot dogs in different countries, but never tried an Egg Dog before. Anyone seen egg dogs in other parts of the world?

Some interesting items this week with a few combinations of different ingredients. Senbei with plum, noodles with cream stew and egg dogs.

Bakauke senbei has been a hit for a long time.  This pack has ume flavoring. nice.

Bakauke senbei has been a hit for a long time. This pack has ume flavoring. nice.

This R-1 yoghurt by Meiji seems to be a popular item at the moment. I have seen it in a few conbini's. Maybe the red packaging just makes it stand out more.

This R-1 yoghurt by Meiji seems to be a popular item at the moment. I have seen it in a few conbini's. Maybe the red packaging just makes it stand out more.

A nice little snack here to help your afternoon work speed on. Cho-pan from meiji.

A nice little snack here to help your afternoon work speed on. Cho-pan from meiji.

Cup Noodle with a difference. This one is a white cream stew noodle. I have had white cream stew chicken a lot, but never thought to mix noodles with it.

Cup Noodle with a difference. This one is a white cream stew noodle. I have had white cream stew chicken a lot, but never thought to mix noodles with it.

The caramel version with this packaging were a very popular item. This time around it is rich and smooth chocolate in the wrapper.

The caramel version with this packaging were a very popular item. This time around it is rich and smooth chocolate in the wrapper.

Some dark vinegar noodles from Ajinomoto, limited edition for this season.

Some dark vinegar noodles from Ajinomoto, limited edition for this season.

If the egg dog above wasn't enough to fill your hunger, why not try one of these Banana sticks ^^.

If the egg dog above wasn't enough to fill your hunger, why not try one of these Banana sticks ^^.

A classy looking box of chocolates to find in the conbini. These Charlotte selection from Lotte should go down well, but there are only 6 pieces in each box.

A classy looking box of chocolates to find in the conbini. These Charlotte selection from Lotte should go down well, but there are only 6 pieces in each box.

Evangelion Coffee from UCC

Conbini Monday Wk32

Glico seem to keep bringing out new versions on this successful theme for Pocky. The latest is Chocolate Fromage. Chocolate on a cheese stick, great idea.

Glico seem to keep bringing out new versions on this successful theme for Pocky. The latest is Chocolate Fromage. Chocolate on a cheese stick, great idea.

If its sweets you are looking for, then this week won’t disappoint. Put your main meal away and dig into a few of these filler upper snacks.

Crunky is a long time favorite of many. I am not sure this strawberry cheese tart version will beat out the original, but nice try. I think someone suggested on Twitter that I pick up a NY Cheese cake from @Famima_now. This is as close as I got to that.

Crunky is a long time favorite of many. I am not sure this strawberry cheese tart version will beat out the original, but nice try. I think someone suggested on Twitter that I pick up a NY Cheese cake from @Famima_now. This is as close as I got to that.

Meiji have some interesting packaging for these Poporons. In grape and apple flavor they might fill a small space between meals.

Meiji have some interesting packaging for these Poporons. In grape and apple flavor they might fill a small space between meals.

Calbee are bringing out more new flavors in their Jagariko range. Here is a glimpse of some pizza flavored ones. Could be good.

Calbee are bringing out more new flavors in their Jagariko range. Here is a glimpse of some pizza flavored ones. Could be good.

The selection of nuts seems to be picking up. What types of nut varieties can you get in your part of the world? Cashews sprinkled with seaweed? Almonds mixed with octopus?

The selection of nuts seems to be picking up. What types of nut varieties can you get in your part of the world? Cashews sprinkled with seaweed? Almonds mixed with octopus?

Lawson have launched their line of premium sweets under the name Uchi Cafe Sweets. This premium eclair looks particularly tempting. The photo doesn't really do it justice. It looks a lot better in real life.

Lawson have launched their line of premium sweets under the name Uchi Cafe Sweets. This premium eclair looks particularly tempting. The photo doesn't really do it justice. It looks a lot better in real life.

As always, there are plenty of drinks to help you wash down the tasty treats.

Beer and Chu-hi are popular items at the conbini. This Chu-hi offering from Suntory is a limited sale for winter only. Get your cherry cola and lime ginger ale Chu-hi  down you at -196 degrees celsius.

Beer and Chu-hi are popular items at the conbini. This Chu-hi offering from Suntory is a limited sale for winter only. Get your cherry cola and lime ginger ale Chu-hi down you at -196 degrees celsius.

This might be trying if only for the novelty factor. Someone decided it would be a good idea to have fizzy Tea. I hope they didn't put milk in before they shook it up.

This might be worth trying if only for the novelty factor. Someone decided it would be a good idea to have fizzy Tea. I hope they didn't put milk in before they shook it up.

There have been quite a fe soba-cha drinks coming on to the market. Here are 2 different types, one from Ito-en and one from Suntory. There are quite a few people with Soba allergies so they will have to watch out for this one.

There have been quite a few soba-cha drinks coming on to the market. Here are 2 different types, one from Ito-en and one from Suntory. There are quite a few people with Soba allergies so they will have to stay clear of this one.

Ava round out the drink selection here with some cute promotion.

Evangelion Coffee from UCC

Evangelion Coffee from UCC

Merry Christmas at Lawson right now courtesy of Rilakkuma and friends.

Here is a nice money box to save up for some prezzies.

Here is a nice money box to save up for some prezzies.

What is your favorite from this week? Did you get anything yourself?