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Published on 02.08.2016
Have you heard about Japanese convenient stores? At convenient stores in Japan, known as “Konbini” to locals, you can buy almost anything your heart desires. Those visiting Japan are often surprised at the high quality of Japanese konbini. So what exactly makes konbini so stellar? First of all, there are over 50,000 konbini in Japan, and almost every store is open 24-hours a day, even on major holidays. 50,000 stores may not seem like a lot for all of Japan, but Japan is small enough that it literally feels like you can pick a random direction to walk in, and you’ll eventually run into a konbini.
Secondly, konbini are famous for their wide range of goods. For example, Japanese foods like onigiri (rice ball), sushi, udon, ramen, and soba, or snacks like sandwiches, pastries, candies, and ice cream can all be purchased at konbini! You can even find prepared meals, like steaks and pasta, with flavor that is sure to impress. You can even have your meals heated at the register. Nikuman (Chinese porkbun), fried foods, and other foods made fresh at each konbini are also located at the register. In addition to food, cosmetics, books, manga, stationary, and electronic goods are also available for purchase. Konbini sell not only goods, but also services like fax (fax machines are still widely used in Japan), copying, ATM (7-11 allows use of foreign bank cards), concert tickets, and postal service. Some konbini also sell fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms.
Recently, with the increase in visitors from abroad, 7-11, the biggest konbini company in Japan, has started to innovate foreigner-friendly services at every store. In addition to the aforementioned foreign-banking services, 7-11 also offers free WiFi and translation applications available via smart phone. Currently, the only languages featured are English and Chinese, there are many more to come. Be sure to check out Japanese convenient stores if you are even in need of a quick bite while in Japan!
Source: Learn Tokyo/Tokyo Girls' Update
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