Here in Japan there are convenience stores everywhere, all along the streets one sees multiple signs for AM/PM, Lawson, 7/11 and the like. In the US, a trip to the convenience store usually implies a late night snack, or a beer and tobacco purchase. In Japan one can get these items and I dare say that convenience stores in Japan offer so much more. They are comparable to mini super markets in America, and as such it is where most Japanese people go when they need supplies for whatever reason. Food, toiletries, health and beauty products; all of these items can be found within the shelves of a “konbini”. Due to their popularity, they are able to offer better prices and more options than those of their American counterparts. Besides the usual candy and soda aisles we find in America, a Japanese convenience store is stocked with pre-prepared meals that come in little boxes known as bento. Bento boxes can hold a variety of different meals. I’ve seen some that have beef rice bowl (gyudon), pork cutlet with sauce (katsu), and many different varieties of cooked fish, seafood, or sushi. Some Japanese convenience stores have meal cards at the counter. For around 300-700 yen the clerk will cook you a meal of your choice detailed on the meal cards. With all the aforementioned information it’s hard to argue the usefulness of the Japanese convenience store.

Picture unrelated but cool!

Picture unrelated but cool!