I Just Really Need A Safe Place To Talk About Japanese 7-Elevens

I Just Really Need A Safe Place To Talk About Japanese 7-Elevens

With the Tokyo Olympics coming up, I thought I'd revisit one of my favorite things: Japanese 7-Elevens.

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If you've ever been to Japan, then you know there's basically a 7-Eleven on every corner. We're not talking about your basic American 7-Eleven.

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It's elevated.

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And while on the outside, a Japanese 7-Eleven looks like every other 7-Eleven you've ever been to — it's the inside that is totally and completely different.

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The thing about Japanese 7-Elevens, in general, is that for people from outside of Japan, there's basically an unlimited selection of things you've never tried.

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Let's start with the ice cream. The selection is unmatched.

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My personal favorite is this one called "Coolish." It's basically a juice box...but with ice cream.

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Another cool thing about Japanese 7-Elevens is that you can buy liquor there.

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They have beers in a variety of sizes.

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I mean, look how small that lil' beer is!

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It's also about $1.


They have individual cups of sake...

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...alcoholic juice boxes...

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...my personal favorite, "Strong," which is basically Sparks...

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These are deadly, as in they get you fucked up fast.


...and last but not least, Zima.

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Yes, you can still buy Zima in Japan.


The non-alcoholic drinks are equally as interesting.

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Pro tip: Mix the Fresca ginger ale with whiskey and you have a fabulous cocktail.


I wish I had more pictures of the beverage refrigerators, because honestly, they are my favorite.

They sell a ton of Pocky...

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...very cute salt shakers...

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...salad dressings in interesting containers...

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...ketchup in a tube...

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...and snacks you could only dream existed.

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They have avocado chips!

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Teeny tiny beef jerkies!

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Cheese in a bag!

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Candy cheese!

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I never tried this, but I'm still intrigued. 


The Cup Noodle selection will make the average gamer/college student shake.

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They sell real produce, like full-on shrooms.

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And look at this mayonnaise. Even the mayonnaise is cute.

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Like, the meals are quality and legit.

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They sell individual hard-boiled eggs. And no, these aren't your months-old hard-boiled eggs you buy at gas stations. These are fresh eggs with beautiful golden yolks.

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They sell soba noodles...

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...packaged meats...

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...and they have normal junk food like chicken nuggets.

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Apparently, they even have the best corn dogs.

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I can't vouch for this, but I wouldn't be surprised!


The secret best part of Japanese 7-Eleven is the refrigerator full of little bottles of remedies.

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That one is specifically for hangovers, and it's a lifesaver.


They don't sell just food at Japanese 7-Elevens — they also sell clothing and home goods.

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They sell these cool little beard groomers...

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...a selection of face masks that beauty addicts swear by...

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...flashy handkerchiefs...

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...big ol' bags of shampoo...

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...Hello Kitty diaries...

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...adorable boxes of tissues...

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...and United States of Benetton condoms.

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To sum it up, you could basically live in a Japanese 7-Eleven.

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Because last but not least, they even have free Wi-Fi.

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