Snack-happy Japanese nosh on Teagurt and clam chowder Doritos
December 28th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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Products in Japanese convenience stores come and go at a bewildering velocity. One day you find the greatest canned coffee of all time and then, a week later, it’s gone forever.

The existence of these products is often so brief they almost completely fail to enter our collective memories or get tangled in the branches of the Internet.

We step into the local convenience store - or the one right across the street from that one - and select the latest and oddest products we can find.

The results aren't always pretty, but the write-ups are crucial for capturing the ephemeral nature of Japan’s consumer culture.

The remaining question is why Japanese companies spend so much time and money developing products that are likely to disappear within a few weeks.

Read "Snack Nation: Japan's obsession with weird and wonderful pocket-money delights" on CNNGo.

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  1. Noxious.Sunshine

    I agree.. We have a gigantic international market that actually has live fish & eel tanks (whether they're salt or freshwater creatures or a mix of both, I'm not sure) and of course fruit, canned, boxed, & pre-packaged food, beverages (including beer), and appliances from all over the world. There's a lot of smaller places that specialize in Asian (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, & Thai) groceries – the best places to find sushi-grade salmon (or other fish, I guess. I normally just buy salmon)..

    Now that I think about it, I need to "man up" and venture into an Asian spot.. It's been many years since I've rolled sushi and cooked a Japanese meal.. I miss doing that lol..

    December 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Truth™@JDizz

    I concur...This is a place we go to a lot.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I like to go into different ethnic stores all the time and see what unusual things I can find. Hard to find seafood, found some frozen frogs, odd fruit.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:51 am |
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