Conbini Culture: 7-11 in Japan and NYC

Convenience stores in Japan are models of efficiency, cleanliness, and quality products. The conbini, as they are called in Japan, offer a variety of hot and cold foods – as well as bentos and other dishes the cashiers will microwave for you.

So impressive are these conbini, the blog Shibuya246 has a regular series and a Facebook page devoted to the interesting and unusual products found within them.

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7-11 in Shinjuku, Tokyo
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This spacious 7-11 in Shinjuku has a clean seating area

JapanCulture•NYC loves Japanese conbini. The variety is almost overwhelming. If you’re hungry but in a hurry, go to the 7-11 and grab a boiled egg or an omusubi pack. You can also buy manga and other magazines, or just stand there and read them the way teenagers do when they’re on their way to school in the mornings.

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Boiled egg from 7-11
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7-11 omusubi (rice ball) pack
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7-11 omusubi with karaage, sausage, egg, pickles, and two rice balls with tuna

You can even do your banking at 7-11 with their international ATMs.

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ATM sign at 7-11
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Getting money is easy!
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Participating banks. Don't see yours? The 7-11 ATM accepts Visa.

7-11s are popping up all over New York City these days. While some people may not be happy about these convenience stores, JapanCulture•NYC doesn’t mind because the new 7-11s are looking more like their Japanese counterparts, with cleaner stores and even the triangular sandwiches. If we can get the same kind of customer service, we’ll be even happier . . .

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7-11 in Chelsea
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Sandwiches in an NYC 7-11

3 thoughts on “Conbini Culture: 7-11 in Japan and NYC

  1. Very interesting feature. I have wondered why there are no Slurpees or Big Gulp drinks available at any 7-11 in Japan? I can imagine they might be popular with younger Japanese customers.

  2. Thanks, Mark. It’s not common to see large drinks there like you do here, probably because the Japanese practice portion control better than Westerners. Another theory is that the Japanese generally don’t walk and drink at the same time, so a Big Gulp would be impractical. What do you think?

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