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Mike and Matt dive into their passion - Japan’s convenience stores, known as conbini. From canned coffee to fried chicken to seasonal one-offs, we’ll be hitting you with the biggest news across the conbini landscape.

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Mike and Matt dive into their passion - Japan’s convenience stores, known as conbini. From canned coffee to fried chicken to seasonal one-offs, we’ll be hitting you with the biggest news across the conbini landscape.

    PSA - Keeping Cool at the Conbini 2022

    PSA - Keeping Cool at the Conbini 2022

    This week, we’re bringing you a public service announcement about how to stay cool at the conbini. Last year, we recommended a number of items, but this year we walk you through each of our own strategies for keeping cool. The chiki wars are still in high gear, and in a heated segment, Matt and Mike talk about the merits of craft beer.

    Last year's "Keeping Cool at the Conbini"

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    Two Trips to Hokkaido

    Two Trips to Hokkaido

    In this week’s episode, we take two trips to Hokkaido with 7-11 and Lawson. We review FOUR new chikis. Mike tries a Sugoonigiri from New Days. And Matt pumps Tim Horton’s.   




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    Conbini Pick 3: Main Dish, Beverage, Snack

    Conbini Pick 3: Main Dish, Beverage, Snack

    This week, we take a look at some replies to a tweet that asked you to choose your go-to main dish, beverage, and snack from the conbini. In the winners and losers, we both take aim at the question of “what is a good summer item?” Finally, we investigate Family Mart’s new style of store, otherwise known at the Famima concept.

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    • 40 min
    7-11 Says 'Aloha'

    7-11 Says 'Aloha'

    In this week’s episode Mike and Matt take a trip to Hawaii with 7-11. Mike wonders whether it’s safe to eat shelled shrimp. And Matt reviews his local Dunkin Donuts following its renovation.



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    • 44 min
    We Love the Dads (And of Course the Moms Too)

    We Love the Dads (And of Course the Moms Too)

    This week, we’re looking at father’s day, and trying to unravel a mystery about why there are so few father themed items at the conbini. We check out a bizarre cheese and Chiki release, revisit a spicy chicken sandwich, and take a look at a truly incredible collaboration between pizza chips, fish and cheese.

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    • 34 min
    Matcha Sweets and Cold Noodles

    Matcha Sweets and Cold Noodles

    This week we take a look at two interesting campaigns, one featuring matcha flavored sweets, and the other featuring all the varieties of cold noodle dishes Japan has to offer. In the winners and losers segment, Matt picks up probably the worst sandwich we’ve ever seen, and Mike picks up a mystery item that the two try to solve. Finally, in "At the Gemba", we at long last take a look at some items outside of the categories of chiki and chuhai.

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