konbini

The best-selling rice ball at Family Mart is…SPAM onigiri?

What makes the Tuna Mayonnaise Spam Musubi so popular with Japanese convenience store customers?

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Takoyaki ice cream appears at Japanese convenience store chain

A summer festival for the mouth…but this celebration isn’t suited to all tastes.

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Coming soon to Japan’s Family Mart convenience stores: A whole lot of digital signage

The Family Mart of the future plans to use plenty of electronic advertising to assault your senses.

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Family Mart’s Famichiki upsize astounds customers in Japan

Japanese convenience store chain gives customers much more than they bargained for.

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Japanese convenience store ice cream wins gold for reporter at the Tokyo Olympics

“Best convenience store ice cream” unites people of all nationalities.

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Olympic athlete’s journey from onigiri newbie to onigiri expert wins hearts at the Tokyo Games

Unwrapping a convenience store rice ball turns out to be one of the biggest challenges at the Olympics.

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Canadian reporter’s love for 7-Eleven steals the show at Tokyo Olympics

Feel-good story about a Japanese convenience store becomes one of the most unexpected surprises at the Olympics.

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7-Eleven under fire in Japan for mysterious holes in their onigiri rice balls

Customers wonder if the chain is now selling “air” as a new rice ball filling.

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We try the new Famichiki Burger from Family Mart

Is Japan’s new D.I.Y. fried chicken sandwich a match made in convenience store heaven?

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7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls

7-Eleven Japan announces their efforts to dramatically reduce food waste at its stores. 

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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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