Convenience stores (konbini) are everywhere in Japan and open 24/7. This is where I pay my bills in cash, get my cash from the machine.
Salarymen get a shirt and underwear for those days where they missed the last train and slept in a capsule hotel.
People tend to buy their snacks and lunches there.
I was never a fan and never got into it. There is no soul, employees are for the most part underpaid Nepalese or other immigrants. that does not leave you with the best mood, it is all ready made foods with loads of wrapping, industrial salty food, drinks in cans, not really my thing.
I tried to use their machines for copies, printing and ticketing and never got my way through.
With the Japan aversion to immigration, the rapid population shrink and the labor shortage, there are talks about reducing opening hours and even closing some of them.
I wonder how Japan will be in 10 years, not only for konbini but also lifestyle…
What I like about this one is
- the location – Shiodome metro stop, so very central, easy to reach, you may go even for a short moment
- the size – it is large and sets you out of the city for a moment
- the tea house – a moment out of time, sitting there and enjoying a pastry and tea while admiring the trees, let your shoes off at the entrance of this beautiful wooden house
Honestly, not much to visit but quite an atmosphere.
Reiko San and Chikako San introduced me to ramen, and to Tenma. I always had a great time in Osaka and spent quite a few week ends there on my own, shopping and walking around, observing people, truly a special place