I hope you are all doing well. I'm currently still dealing with a lot of stuff hence the lack of updates. Hopefully that will change soon.
Now on to part 2 of my series about things I miss about Japan: Konbini
The cold bottled green tea felt like a gift sent from heaven during the crazy hot summer days. Most Konbinis offer a great variety of teas and other drinks, you could probably spent a month or two trying every flavor they have. During winter you can also find a lot of hot drinks which is very nice as a warm-up on the go. They also have seasoned food like Oden in Winter.
Konbinis also offer some pre-made meals which I stayed away from because I like cooking and I'm not a big fan of pre-made products. I like to know what's in my food (Onigiri are an exception because I love them "^^).
You can also find products outside of the food & drink category in Konbinis: a small selection of stationary and beauty products, umbrellas, Manga & magazines. I rarely bought those products but especially the stationary and beauty products can come in handy when you're traveling in Japan and you forgot to bring something. Just hop around the corner to a Konbini and problem solved. The prices may be a bit higher than in a drug store or supermarket though.
One thing I didn't like about Konbinis: they will give you a plastic bag without asking. Coming from environmental concious Germany and getting eco-friendly behaviour hammered in my head since childhood days I didn't like that. Of course you can tell them that you don't need a plastic bag. But be warned you will confuse the poor staff member and he will probably forever be scared of you XD
All in all I think that konbinis are really great and they made my stay in Japan much more pleasant. I realized how much I got used to them the first few weeks back in Germany. I often found myself thinking "I'll just hop to the konbini now to get xy" before realizing that there are no konbinis here.
One downside is probably that being opened all the time means you need staff all the time and the working conditions for them are not the best, I could imagine.