konbini

Japanese convenience store customers reimagined as gacha game characters

Working at a konbini is like playing roulette with a gacha game mechanic.

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How to turn konbini food into a luxury Japanese meal

It looks like a breakfast at a fancy ryokan inn, but all this food came from a humble 7-Eleven and cost about 10 bucks

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Japanese designer creates dream sneakers that everyone wants to buy

These kicks pay homage to everything from the humble convenience store through to Netflix and even the old-school iMac G3

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Will our reporter’s wish to find the secret Dragon Ball sweets be granted?

Our reporter visits several Family Mart branches in her quest to unravel the mystery and comes to an important realization in the end. 

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Japanese convenience store praised for low-tech anti-coronavirus system

Unusual idea to protect staff and customers during a state of emergency might just work.

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The customers Japanese convenience store clerks hate the most

How to avoid being that customer staff can’t stand. 

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7-Eleven in Japan sells masks for ridiculously high price, gets slammed by customers

Japanese konbini criticised for being just as bad as notorious online resellers. 

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Studio Ghibli produces commercial for Japanese convenience store chain Lawson 【Video】

Academy award winning animator and a Ghibli artist who works at Lawson part-time join forces to pay homage to the konbini.

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Should a man in his 40s pursue a 19-year-old Japanese convenience store clerk?

Men and women feel very differently about whether this man should go after his crush in Japan.

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Soon you can drink your ice cream at Lawson convenience stores throughout Japan

It’s up to you whether you want to count this new beverage product as a drink or as a dessert. 

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Test your knowledge of Japanese convenience stores with this katakana puzzle

There’s a trick to this riddle that’s staring you right in the eyes.

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Shibuya convenience store overrun with rats 【Videos】

Turns out rodents love hanging out at konbini as much as people do.

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Cat refuses to move from Japanese convenience store on anniversary of store manager’s death

Animal’s mysterious actions make staff wonder if it was their manager returning in feline form to say one final goodbye

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Convenience store in Sendai celebrates its foreign workers with a special store display

Customers who were curious about the smiling foreign workers ringing up their order at this local konbini can now learn a little bit about what they have in common.

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We taste makunouchi bento at four Japanese convenience store chains【Taste comparison】

Our reporter shares which version of this classic style of bento (all for 430 yen/US$3.83 or under) overwhelmingly stole his heart and stomach.

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8 times when convenience store clerks in Japan should be commended for their hard work【Photos】

These star employees deserve special recognition for their organizational skills, creativity, and in some cases, downright wackiness. 

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7-Eleven Japan opens first stores in Kouchi Prefecture, nationwide domination almost complete

Convenience stores are easily a part of everyone’s daily lives in Japan. So long as you’re in an urban area, you’re probably never more than a five-minute walk away from one. More commonly known as “conbini” in Japanese, they really are just as handy as their name suggests. Need to pay a bill or for an online purchase? Do it at the conbini. Want to print some photos or scan something? Get it done at the conbini. Late-night alcohol- or munchies-run? TO THE CONBINI!

While some convenience store chains can only be found in certain regions, others can be found nationwide. After opening its first stores on Friday, March 6 in Kouchi Prefecture, 7-Eleven only has three more prefectures to go until they’ve got the entire country covered.

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