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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Crispy013, Dec 30, 2017.
Some local Tohuku brews:
some surprisingly good Belgian style wheat beers around.
An interesting special edition pocky
Which what flavour, apart from special?
Looks like raspberry champagne.
Local flavour. Milk bread?
Yukimi Daifuku, the best 100 Yen ice cream most Konbinis have
NHK is reporting that Seven Eleven opened in Niseko this week and it's the biggest Seven Eleven in Japan.
Was given some as a gift at our lodge. Quite nice! I think the bubbles cut the starchiness of the sake.
If you like Mio, you might like these ones too. All of them are sparkling sakes. You can buy them at konbinis too, not all, though. Sparkling sakes are getting popular recently.
You can buy those in Melbourne. Seen them around in Japanese groceries
I drunk this sparkling sake last night and I found it very yummy. It's from Shirataki Sake Brewery and the brewery is in Yuzawa and the brewery has tours too. http://shiratakisake.com/
About the tour:
My new favourite snack.
Yeah, what is it,what flavour, there in 14 days might look for it
There are several flavours. This one is cheese. Kind of like a dorito chip, but it’s puffed up and really crispy and light. Quite easy to eat the whole packet if you’re not careful .
Ohh yummo, definitely look for them
"Begin Japanology" is a great series that I'm currently watching parts of on youtube.
This episode is really interesting....it's about conbinis. The section on the development of the first japanese convenience store (a 7-11) is especially fascinating.
See it here
Lawson's new ice cream.
My sister's in Japan for the first time and is already mining the good stuff:
Japan keep producing new confectioneries, chuhai, etc too often. Whenever I go to supermarkets and Konbinis, I see a lot of new ones. Japanese New Year Holidays = The biggest family reunion period = Drinking and eating a lot together. Every year around December 27th - 28th, I go to a supermarket and buy a lot of alcohol beverages to drink with family and ski mates during New Year Holidays, and it takes me a long time. I mean, soooooooo many new Chuhai every year and all of them look yummy, so it's very difficult to choose.
Devo that my Bro isn’t a social media guy - he is on day 1 today. First time seeing snow. First time to Japan. I SO want to be a fly on the wall. You’re lucky you can be a fly on the wall a bit @Tanuki
I'm basically stalking my sister on Instagram.
Worth a follow?
I found a really nice Chuhai last year, grapefruit or peach maybe. I assumed it would be available at a lot of places, but I didn't see another one for the entire trip
That I understand
That might be a bit stalkie
I've seen lots of grapefruit.
Both in 5% and 9.% strong.
Peach is around as well?
Strangely enough she knows my neighbor.
By the way, Konbini is very convenient and full of yummy foods and drinks and I love konbinis veeeery much, but you are paying extra for the convenience. For example, 500ml bottled green tea is around 90 - 95 Yen at supermarkets, 130 Yen at Konbinis and 160 Yen at vending machines. If you want to use 1 Yen coins as much as possible and want to get drinks at lower prices, you should go to supermarkets. I mean, I think more than half of supermarkets in Japan now have self-checkout machines and you can use coins as much as you want there. A lot of Konbinis also have self-checkout machines now, but you can't use coins but only cards such as Suica.
In Australia. You can only use ten coins maximum
In Japan, at least twenty coins, I think. I mean, if it's 1,783 Yen. I always try to use only 100 Yen coins, 50 Yen coins, 10 Yen coins, 5 Yen coins and 1 Yen coins. So I think I often use more than 20 coins.
Honestly . The only thing I pay cash for in Australia is a sausage sizzle at Bunnings and a Pork roll at local bakery.
Everything else is pay wave (credit card system like suica)
I'm also a very Suica person, always trying to avoid using cash.
Actually, I think Japan was a kind of frontrunner in terms of cashless society back in 2005, not many foreigners believe it, though. I mean, even before apple started selling smartphones, you could pay by use of cell phone and Suica at Konbini, etc before 2005. There are some reasons why Japan have got behind.
Reason 1 : Too many different cards are available, and they are competing so hard, which makes each card inconvenient. I mean, there isn't a dominant card which you can use everywhere. One card at shop A, the other card at Shop B, etc, then it's not convenient.
Reason 2 : Japan is facing aging society. The elderly tend to rely on only cash.
Reason 3 : Cash is very reliable in that there aren't fake bills at all in Japan.
Reason 4 : Japanese people love cash for some reason
Oh I appreciate the reasons.
I also appreciate how complicated Japan can make itself.
The vast gulf between cutting edge to backward makes it interesting
OK. Stupid question time...can I use my suica card at conbinis outside of Tokyo?
I used mine in Asahikawa at 7/11
OK, thanks. Sounds more convenient that ferreting around with 1 yen coins all the time! Why have I not done this before??
You can use Suica at major konbinis, such as 7/11, Lawson and Family Mart throughout Japan. Not only at konbinis, but also at a lot of shops, restaurants, vending machines etc which are walking distance from JR stations, you can use Suica.
All these year coming to Japow, and the penny only drops now! Or...should I say.....the yen only drops. D'oh!
I better leave right now.
Except Seicomarto (last time I checked)
Haha, I don't regard Seicomart as a major konbini chain. Seicomart is only big in Hokkaido
This graph is about how many stores each Konbini chain has in Japan. 7/11 = 20437, FamilyMart = 15469, Lawson = 14289, Mini Stop = 2238, Daily Yamazaki = 1518, NewDays = 1203, Seicomart = 1196 and Circle K =490. So, Seicomart is the 7th biggest Konbini chain and more than 90% Seicomart stores are in Hokkaido.
Red = 7/11, Green = FamilyMart, Blue = Lawson, Orange = Seicomart.
This is the number of stores of 7/11 = Red, Lawson = Green and FamilyMart = Blue. As you can see, they are still growing.
And in some of the Hokkaido ski resorts it was seicomart or seicomart...
Not so much now, more and more of the other conbinis popping up.
I contemplated getting Suica cards last season given 2 trips south but in the end I needed to put coins into the train ticket machine just twice (the rest was covered by our rail passes), so didn’t.
I think I will be getting one this year though - ready for RWC.
And another stupid question.....I am assuming I can top up in same conbinis, and not just at ticker machines?
Just the regular Kirin ones. Maybe it was just a localised phenomenon.
Yes, you can. You can use Suica at 7/11, Lawson, FamilyMart, Mini Stop, NewDays, Circle K and Daily Yamazaki (But not Seicomart!) and you can top up at those Konbinis as well, but you need to ask a shop assistant except 7/11. I mean, all Konbinis above have ATM, but only 7/11's ATM can accept Suica. Print out this "Suicaに 円チャージして下さい". 円 = Yen, so if you write 10000 in front of 円 and hand over 10000 Yen and your Suica to a shop assistant at the cash desk, he / she will put 10000 Yen in your Suica.
10000 yen on a Suica!!!?
I always have 20000 Yen on my Suica. I sometimes spend 20000 Yen within a week, so I need to top up once a week or so.
but you live there
Oh, JR say "You can use Suica at Seicomart" too, I guess not all Seicomart, though.
Many shops, restaurants, hair salons, etc near JR stations accept Suica. If you see this mark "Suica", you can use Suica.