3.26.2005

An addict

I never know what I might find at the Conbini (convenience store). From Lawson to Asnas, through Sankus and 7-11...inside those small and delightful little closets owned by grumpy Obasans and talkative Ojisans. I am an addict. I buy all the mysterious little individually wrapped, "free cellphone figurine" offering, Obento supplimentatives I come across. If I skip my daily Conbini run I find myself "jonesing" for the packs of Junior high boys reading racy manga or the old men squinting at the "One Cup" sake displays. I even find myself missing the half-hearted "Irashiiiiii" as I walk through the sliding doors. I have been know to stand in the candy isle, doing my best to limit my gaijin bulk from blocking the Meiji choco from view of the other Conbini wayfarers. Standing and feeling the rush of people around me, listening to conversations I can only partially follow. In a Conbini you are just one of many, stopping for an onigiri or a sando. You don't have to be a gaijin if you're lithe enough to slip out of the way when someone reaches for the Pocky behind you. You are just another hungry Conbini addict, enjoying your fix for the day. In a Conbini you can sample all the tasty bits of Pre-Packaged Japan you can afford. Pocky to Pear Soda, pantyhose to TV games, cheap movie tickets to bath beads, whatever you need that you really don't need you can find if you look long enough. But the best part, the tasty centre of the Conbini treat is by far the never-ending swirl of people. Every segment of Japanese society eventually visits a Conbini...the Conbini. A consumer Mecca perhaps but more like a watering hole in the Gobi...every animal must drink. I am an addict and I enjoy my addiction. Perhaps you'll see me picking over the assortment of tsukemono or rummaging through the hyaku-yen snack bin. I'll be the invisible one, or at least the one enjoying his momentary invisibility.

9 Comments:

At 3:26 AM, Anonymous neonvirus.com said...

say it again dude! i totally liked this entry, it totally made me remember being in japan! I'm also a conbini addict! and i also bought the little weird package toy thingies sometimes!! and the night time clerk at my local conbini had better than the half harted "Welcome" he would like say the first half of the word at full volume and then whisper the other half in a creepy horse voice, was so cool~! hehe anyway, write more, more more!

 
At 3:26 AM, Anonymous neonvirus said...

say it again dude! i totally liked this entry, it totally made me remember being in japan! I'm also a conbini addict! and i also bought the little weird package toy thingies sometimes!! and the night time clerk at my local conbini had better than the half harted "Welcome" he would like say the first half of the word at full volume and then whisper the other half in a creepy horse voice, was so cool~! hehe anyway, write more, more more!

 
At 3:58 AM, Anonymous kayo said...

ohmygod i love combini too!! i tried all the nikumans from all the combinis in tokyo area!! the best one was circle K, and the next one was the 7-11 one! well the one we got from kyoto station was good too!!

i don't know about Asnas yet, maybe its kansai-only shop... is that popular?

yeah i heard because you usually go to combini getting sando or onigiri, thats why they put those stuff far from the door and casher, trying to make you look around and tempt to buy more stuff. and i spend more than $10 bucks at combini everyday!! scary--!

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Nymeria said...

Nick and Lisa and I think that conbini sounds a lot like all the corner coffee shops that Portland has. They have the best coffee. Plus Portland has a lot of other markets, like Saturday Market (Sundays too), and Farmers Market, plus all the really great shops downtown, and in the Pearl District. Also with Powell's, the BEST book store ever you can always find a book (or hundreds) to read. With all the great cultural districts in the city you can always find interesting purchases to make.

 
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