Convenience stores and selection
Like the ubiquitous vending machines of Japan, convenience stores are truly convenient and just as ubiquitous. They are everywhere. And the selections they have is quite amazing for such tiny stores. Although the aisles are narrow, the lighting is very bright and the cleanliness and the stock lining the shelves is always presented very nicely and neatly. In the photo above, you can see over 20 types of green teas. This is a small selection of the number of drinks available. In the other photo, salads are for sale. They are always and I do mean always fresh. Japanese convenience stores are very efficiently run. During lunchtime on weekdays, the convenience stores in the business districts of Tokyo will normally have well over 30 to 40 people queuing to pay for their purchases. Yet the lines move very quickly. You can find very reasonably priced food and drinks at the convenience stores in Japan.