Known for its famous convenience stores, there is no way that the country will ever be short of them. I have found out just how closely tied my life has become to my local 7-Eleven, Lawson, and Family Mart (the first and last only 4 minutes away from Kitazono!).
If you have seen any Japanese sweet before, you may have seen it adorned with an odd shaped jello-looking thing. This is pudding! Pudding is mainly the same color everywhere, with the top layer varying in color and flavor. They are sold with the Yoghurts.
On rainy days most places will have an empty square object with holes in it waiting at the entrance. This is for wet umbrellas to be stored in, so the floor won’t get slippery in the store.
Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming, but Japan is always excited about any candy it can get its hands on, so you will never see these shelves dwindling down.
Ramen. The iconic symbol of a college student’s life, as well as a great “fast food.”
In Japan, there are bookstores everywhere (a dwindling enterprise in the United States) but here is just a small selection of what you could find at a convenience store. Yes, they do sell books here!
Never short of anything, here is a great combination of toiletries right next to school supplies. A great reminder to keep brushing your teeth in case you somehow forgot.
Coffee in Japan is like how a person breathes air. You need it to survive, and in Japan, they have pretty much convinced me of that.
Juice. Juice. Everywhere. I have yet to be a place where juice has not been within a few meters within my reach (either in store, vending machine, convenience store, etc.). Juice in Japan tastes very much like the fruit it is. For example, although cherry flavored candy doesn’t taste like a real cherry, the juice in Japan will for certain.
They even have cleaning supplies and detergents for those not wanting to go far from home to get them.
Bike parking is a must at any convenience store. You will always find bikes and sometimes scooters around convenience stores.
Honestly, a way I have found to save money on some delicious treats is going to the convenience store at night, especially for lunches and breakfast items. The price range can go from ¥50-¥900, and possibly higher depending on the item. Most foods tend to not go over ¥300.
“My Lawson, tis of thee, sweet land of groceries…”