2 Jun

Just some random thoughts and observations, and some photos of various places around Tokyo.

First, when we visited Florida a few years ago, I went to the 7-11 convenience store to buy a six-pack of beer late one evening. But when I went to open the beer cooler, it was locked. The cashier told me that it’s illegal to sell alcohol in Florida after 1:00AM!

I was surprised by that. In Japan, alcohol can be bought at anytime day or night at 7-11 and elsewhere. There are even beer vending machines in Japan.

I looked at the internet and it seems that Florida’s laws are fairly liberal when compared to other states in America (In America, states make their own laws. Unlike other countries, like Japan, that have only federal laws).

For example, in Mississippi, not only are there hours of the day that you can’t buy alcohol…it also isn’t to be sold on Sundays and Christmas!

Missouri seems to be one of the strictest. In that state, alcohol isn’t sold after midnight or 1AM (depending on the day), public intoxication is illegal, and drinking outdoors is, as well.

I guess I have been living in Japan for a long time, because that all seems medieval to me.


Speaking of 7-11 in America, they are quite different from the ones in Japan.

In Japan’s 7-11 stores, there are no “Slurpees” or “Big Gulp” drinks, nor nachos or aspirin or gasoline (there’s no “Slurpee”, “Big Gulps” or nachos because those don’t appeal to Japanese tastes…but 7-11 Japan doesn’t sell medicine or gas because, in Japan, medicine can only sold by licensed pharmacists and gasoline at petrol stands).

But at Japanese convenience stores, you can pay your bills, mail packages, buy DVDs, toothpastes, underwear, boxed lunches, ice cream, spaghetti, おにぎり (rice balls), squid, beer, whiskey, おでん (Japanese boiled “hot-pot” food), and more.

7-11, by the way, has over 34,000 stores worldwide. 6,200 of them are in America…but Japan has the most—over 12,000 Seven-Eleven stores are in Japan!

The Japanese department stores chain, Ito-Yokado bought the controlling shares of 7-11 stocks years ago.

Ito-Yokado‘s logo is a white dove and it used to be used above all of their stores. But since most of their profits come from the 7-11 stores, they decided to emphasize the 7-11 name. So now all of their department stores have a “7 & i Holdings” sign above the stores (“7” for “7-11” and “i” for “Ito-Yokado”).

Not only does Ito-Yokado own the 7-11 worldwide chain, they also own the “Denny’s” family restaurant chain.

Here’s the “old” Ito-Yokado sign (I took a photo of it a few years ago when I heard that they were changing the signs nationwide):


Mariah Carey was on TV here recently because she came to Tokyo to promote a new CD.

I’m not a fan of her music so I don’t know much about her, but she seems right weird!

She was doing an interview on a popular morning talk show that I like to watch…and her young husband tagged along and they were snuggling the whole time.

Then the next day, she threw the opening pitch at the Tokyo Dome for a Tokyo Giants baseball game.

She wore stiletto heels on the field and rather than throw the ball…she dropped it right it front of herself.


Did you hear about the homeless woman in 福岡 (Fukuoka, Japan) who was living in a single man’s closet for a year?

In Japanese homes, there’s a small storage space above closets that many people seldom open, and that’s where this woman was living.

She got into his house and stayed in the closet when the homeowner was home, but whenever he’d leave, she’d get out and take a shower and eat his food.

He found her because he installed a security camera in his house when he noticed food missing.



here are a few pictures I took around Tokyo:

11 Responses to “Random”

  1. Glazier-Chan! March 17, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Do you have any problems with racism in Japan? I’m white also and I’ve heard stories that in Japan they don’t care for white people much 😦


    • tokyo5 March 17, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      Where did you hear that?

      I think very few people here discriminate against other people.


      • Glazier-Chan! March 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

        A man made a video on YouTube talking about his experiences in Japan. Maybe he just wasn’t polite


      • tokyo5 March 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

        Well, I don’t know about that person’s experience … but, in my opinion, a situation many times seems to a person the way that they preconceived that it would.


  2. goshinbi August 14, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    I had heard that there were a lot of 7-11’s but 12,ooo? I bet you see them everywhere. And another thing about buying beer is that Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas and South Carolina, have laws that let the cities set up the laws restricting sales of alcohol. Some cities have no restrictions, but some are “dry” meaning no alcohol at any time. My city is one of the dry cities but only 7 miles away there are no restrictions.


    • tokyo5 August 14, 2009 at 10:03 am #

      >I had heard that there were a lot of 7-11’s but 12,ooo?

      Yes, 12,000 7-11 stores in Japan. And there are other convenience store chains as well…Lawson, Sunkus, AM-PM, Family Mart, Mini-Stop, etc.

      >I bet you see them everywhere.

      Especially in big cities like Tokyo.

      >some are “dry” meaning no alcohol at any time.

      No such thing in Japan. About the only restriction on alcohol sales in Japan (besides the drinking age (which is 20)), is if there is a convenience store with a liquor license and another store opens next to it, the second store won’t be able to sell alcohol.


  3. tokyo5 May 31, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    >7-11 Japan doesn’t sell medicine…

    I wrote that in this post last year…at that time it was accurate…but starting tomorrow (1 June 2009), convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan will be allowed to sell over-the-counter medicine.

    See this post I wrote:


  4. tokyo5 June 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    S (my 2nd daughter)…


    You were very little when I took that picture of the “Ito-Yokado” sign.


  5. S (your daughter) June 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm #



  6. tokyo5 June 3, 2008 at 12:33 am #


    >Do you have the photos posted anyway else?


    >what is snap.com about?

    Just the photo upload service that is tied in with my blog service (WordPress).


  7. Mom June 2, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    Some interesting random thoughts-tks for sharing them. the owners of 7-11 must be so wealthy-hard to imagine. I had no idea that there were so many worldwide. I just use them for gas, I like to get in and get out quick. they have a high rate of crime-you couldn’t pay me enough to work in one.
    I did see Mariah Carey on the new one night too. she was dressed really strange, short shorts, high heals, and a blouse open to her belly button! it seems that so many celebrities get more and more weird as they gain more popularity. I missed seeing her throw the ball though, that had to be funny. what was she thinking?
    that is a sad but funny story about the homeless woman living in a someone’s closet too. actually sometime last year I heard a news report about 2 college students who broke into a single man’s condo and lived in his attic at night and lived in his house by day, doing the same things. they said they saved a huge amt. of money but ended up having to pay a higher price after they were caught. what a way to have to live!
    Do you have the photos posted anyway else? there are so many places to go online that I just haven’t had the time to try yet. what is snap.com about?
    well, I need to run for now. love You, Mom


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