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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.

Conbini Boys Conbini Boys

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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.

    Hot Dog Summer

    Hot Dog Summer

    It’s getting hot out there, but our old friend the Gooodog is here to save the day, with Lawson proclaiming that this summer will be the “Summer of Hot Dogs.” The Chiki Wars are alive and well with a ton of new offerings, including a curry-infused Famichiki and a Final Fantasy themed Karaage-kun. Finally, in the winners and losers section, we see some winners sure to keep you cool, and some losers that make us once again question the photography team at 7-11.

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    • 32 min
    Conbini News Lightning Round

    Conbini News Lightning Round

    In this week's episode, we do a lightening round of conbini news. We take a look at the scoreboard and share our winners and losers, including an entire bento box packed into an onigiri. Then Mike heads to Gemba to talk McDonald's 50th anniversary.



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    • 30 min
    Jimoto Frappuccino

    Jimoto Frappuccino

    In this week's episode, Mike and Matt go Conbini adjacent and look at the Jimoto Frappuccino campaign at Starbucks featuring unique Frappuccinos from all 47 prefectures. We take a look at the new item scoreboard and share are winners and losers for the week, where Mike continues his assault on the 1/2 day vegetable claims.

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    • 41 min
    The Ice Cream Episode

    The Ice Cream Episode

    This week we’re talking ice cream. It’s getting hot, summer’s about to start, and so we thought it would be a good time to introduce the ice cream zone at the conbini. We walk you through the lay of the land, talk about the different ice boxes you’ll find, and then introduce some of the legends of the conbini ice cream world. Matt picks up one of the most shocking losers we’ve seen in a while, and to close it out Mike introduces his family’s experience with Lawson’s Okaasan Shokudo.

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    • 44 min
    Top 3 Underrated Conbini Items

    Top 3 Underrated Conbini Items

    Last week, we looked at our top overrated items at the conbini, and this week we're continuing that trend by offering up our 3 most underrated items. If you've been listening to the show for a while, you can probably guess a couple of them, but some of them might surprise you. We make a big announcement during the scoreboard segment, then Matt reveals an amazingly appetizing loser,  followed by one of the juiciest winners that we've ever seen.

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    • 42 min
    Top 3 Overrated Conbini Items

    Top 3 Overrated Conbini Items

    In this week's episode, Mike and Matt share their top 3 most overrated items. Mike goes off on products claiming to contain a half-day's worth of vegetables. Lawson comes out with a dessert haul for the ages. And Mike celebrates the new cheese-in famichiki

    Our Overrated Items


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    Matt 1
    Matt 2
    Matt 3

    Winners and Losers


    Ramen Salad
    Half-Day Vegetable Kimchi Soup
    Matcha Desser Haul
    Parisian Sandwich

    What's the call on the haul?


    Check out the haul

    At the Gemba


    Cheese-in Chiki



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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

NinoFan ,

Underrated

As a long time expat in Japan, I confidently report these guys nail it and love the humor.Unparalleled insight into the world of the conbini. I’d love to be a correspondent for the Tarumi Station conbini scene- 4 in one eki! Let’s go!

Smudgeroni ,

Another knockout episode

Loved this t all and was so happy our dear Spicy Commentator was back! One question...why are so many Conbini products written in English?

flapyestpappy ,

Wooooowser

Wow another entertaining episode, can’t wait to buy some of these drinks next time at 7 / 11. Do they have any cans of scotch on the rocks? And, if I remember correctly, 1000 yen equal to about 10 dollars? Hope Abe is felling better?

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