City Life, Coffee Connections, Explore and Discover, Photography

konbini (コンビニ)

Japan is being conquered by convenience stores and more to come

Doors are open 24/7

Even in the most remote area where there are no public schools and government facilities rest assured you will find at least one konbini (コンビニ)!

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A good option for travelers and visitors to get food and ration on the go.


David Z


City Life, Coffee Connections, Events, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Universal City Walk Osaka

This Universal City Walk is just outside Universal Studios Japan theme park.

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Even if you are not visiting Universal Studios Japan theme park, there are lots of restaurants, cafe and shopping to enjoy here outside the park.

Can be a nice place to hang out with friends for a cup of coffee!


David Z


Coffee Connections, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Starbucks @ Kobe Kitano Ijinkan

This could be the most iconic Starbucks store in Japan and it is in Kobe!

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It occupies a building dated way back in 1907, long before Starbucks was created!

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Location @ Hyogo Chuo-ku Kobe 3-1-31Kitanocho Kitano Monogatarikan, about 10 minutes walk from Sannomiya Station.

Visitors to Kobe won’t miss this spot.

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Happy visitors from Germany

David Z


City Life, Coffee Connections, Explore and Discover, Food, Photography

Cheap Lunch #001

Inside Japan, eating out can be expensive compared to cooking your own meal.

With lots of choices for supermarkets and low cost raw materials many housewives cut cost by preparing home-cooked O-Bento for their working men and families.

When you are out and needed to pay for a quick bite, there are very limited options for cheap lunch depending on locations and providers.

Convenient stores can be an option but most of these konbini (コンビニ) don’t provide eat-in space and Japanese culture considered it “bad manners” to eat and walk on the streets!

Take a breather and relax …here is one good option if you happen to be in the right location!

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This Hot Dog by Burger King cost only 150 JPY! And you can dine in!

Here are three Burger King at popular spots in Kobe and Osaka

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Burger King @ Namba

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City Life, Coffee Connections, Events, People

Coffee Break with a Local Young Talent

Had an amazing coffee break with someone I think of as a next-generation enterprising talented professional in Japanese society.

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Kodai Okabayashi is in his early 20s and already has an impressive professional portfolio in photography and video production.

This young man is multilingual and at the same time serving as Creative Director with TEDxNamba a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas and organizing events encouraging meaningful exchanges leading to launch of new projects.


Check out his home page here

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