【[Small paradise] Convenience store】Beautiful stories from far away From Japan
2022-07-13 ｜ TOSHI
❚ “Small paradise” in Japan
Dear followers and readers, how are you? I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman.
Do you know “KONBINI “? In Japan, convenience stores are often referred to as this. Basically, it is open 24/7, and you can call it a “small paradise” where you can buy not only everyday items, but also books that will surprise you and gourmet sweets made by a renowned chef with just a Japanese coin. It is a place. Let’s talk about that today.
In Japan, convenience stores are often called “KONBINI(コンビニ)”. If you think about it, the abbreviation of “convenience store” may sound strange written in English, but when you say the abbreviat
ed version, it becomes like this written in Japanese Katakana.
Basically, it’s open 24/7, 365 days a year, there are everyday items as well as things that will surprise you. And they are everywhere in Japan.
For instance, there are coffees, teas, toilet paper, detergents, cosmetics, as well as foods that you can eat for breakfast or lunch today, and enough for dinner.
There are plenty of things you can eat right away if you use a microwave, but after the covid-19 pandemic restricts you from going out, there are stores that store seasonings, raw vegetables, and frozen meat, so you don’t have to go to the supermarket. You can now cook some food just by going to these stores.
There are also stores with drinks, alcohol (I think Japan is a country that is tolerant of drinking), cigarettes, books, manga, and DVDs. However, I don’t think they have a lot of DVDs these days.
❚ Sweets are often high quality despite their low price
Also, sweets are often high quality despite their low price and convenience. There is even the word “KONBINI SWEETS (コンビニスイーツ) convenience store’s sweets”.
Some sweets are supervised by a well-known chef.
Some people write critical food reviews about “KONBINI SWEETS”, once I was very suprised because one of them could write good food reviews about aftertaste of “KONBINI SWEETS”.
I recently bought a fruit gelato bar supervised by a Michelin chef, and it was amazingly delicious to buy it with one Japanese coin.
❚ When I go abroad and became homesick…”Convenience store”
When I go abroad and became homesick, I often think that there are no or few “convenience stores just like Japan”.
The ease of “convenience stores” is commonplace in Japan, so I don’t usually appreciate it so much. But on the evening of a slightly tiring day, going to a convenience store, buying a manga, drinking a little beer before dinner, and reading it for about 30 minutes is actually a luxury. At one point, I realized this.
Japan is a service powerhouse. In Japan, water always comes free at any restaurant or cafe. Therefore, the exhausting overwork of the severe people may become a problem, according to some. Of course, it can be improved upon.
However, if you ever come to Japan, please go to the “convenience store”.
It would be, at least, a place like a small oasis or a small paradise.
It’s just like a little slice of heaven!
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