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    17 Photos Of Japan 7-Eleven Items That Put American 7-Elevens To Shame

    BRB, moving to Japan.

    7-Eleven is a US staple. Embarking on a family road trip and swinging by 7-Eleven for a quick Slurpee for the drive... Ah, memories.

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    After talking to fellow BuzzFeed staffer Keijiro, I was curious to see how 7-Eleven stores in Japan differ from those in the US. So, we decided to compare 7-Eleven products in our two respective cities: Tokyo and Los Angeles. Here's what we found:

    Note: This was a collaborative post. US item beats were written by Andria, and Japan item beats were written by Keijiro. 

    1. Every 7-Eleven in the US has some sort of coffee machine with assorted creamers, and usually an iced coffee option.

    Iced coffee machine and two hot coffee machines
    Andria Moore

    Some of the bigger stores even have like 10 different hot coffee flavors.

    2. In Japan, you can choose from hot lattes, coffees, or a premium Kilimanjaro blend.

    Japanese cups of coffee in different flavors
    Keijiro Abe

    They all come in an iced version as well.

    3. Beef jerky is a common US 7-Eleven snack item that comes in multiple flavors and brands.

    American-style beef jerky in red packaging
    Andria Moore

    I have personally never tried it, but I know it's popular.

    4. Beef jerky is also common at Japanese 7-Elevens, but dried squid has even more flavor choices.

    Dried squid in packaging
    Keijiro Abe

    Smoked, sour, grilled, soft, hard — the choice is yours! 

    5. The US 7-Eleven ice cream selection is always spot on.

    Ice cream treats in a fridge
    Andria Moore

    Don't try to tell me a Snickers ice cream bar on a hot summer day doesn't slap.

    6. In Japan, 7-Eleven has no Snickers ice cream bar, but there are always premium 7-Eleven original ice creams. There is a rich selection of sweets too.

    Japanese ice cream treats
    Keijiro Abe

    Some of my favorites are the dorayaki maritozzo — the Japanese version of a traditional Italian sweet – two pancakes filled with cream, cupped Mont Blanc cake, and the milk vanilla ice cream.

    7. Pretty sure they don't even sell these powdered donuts in grocery stores, and only at US 7-Elevens.

    package of powdered donuts
    Andria Moore

    They're packed full of tasty chemicals.

    8. Likewise in Japan, they sell pastries and breads specific to 7-Eleven.

    three breaded pastries with assorted stuffing
    Keijiro Abe

    There's the pull-apart chocolate cream bread, melon bread, and corn mayo bread.

    My favorite is the pull-apart chocolate cream bread.

    chocolate stuffed pastry
    Keijiro Abe

    9. In the US, most 7-Elevens offer a variety of hot dogs and condiments.

    hot dogs roasting on a spike
    Andria Moore

    (Although, only once in my life have I ever actually seen someone purchase one.) 

    10. Japan 7-Eleven doesn't have traditional American hot dogs, but they do have corn dogs, meat buns, and oden (a Japanese soup usually filled with boiled egg, fishcakes, etc.).

    Meat buns, soup, and corn dog with ketchup and mustard
    Keijiro Abe

    11. Or you can grab a bowl of soba noodles with spicy green onions.

    bowl of noodles
    Keijiro Abe

    12. US 7-Elevens also usually offer whole pizzas or by the slice, as well as assorted chicken wings and skewers.

    Assorted pizzas and chicken wings in a glass, hot case
    Andria Moore

    13. In Japan, it's common to grab an onigiri (Japanese rice ball stuffed with fish and wrapped in seaweed) and pair it with a hot bottle of green tea.

    Hot green tea in a bottle and rice wrapped with fish and seaweed
    Keijiro Abe

    This is a typical Japanese-style 7-Eleven breakfast.

    14. Of course, in the US, Slurpees are a 7-Eleven staple. Cherry, blue raspberry, Coke, and sometimes a random flavor are all frozen and ready to be slurped.

    Different Slurpee flavors
    Andria Moore

    15. In Japan, only a few 7-Eleven stores have Slurpee machines. However, there are plenty of other options for cold beverages, like this yuzu (citrus fruit) and lemon drink.

    Keijiro Abe

    16. And finally, Funyuns are a popular US 7-Eleven snack.

    Onion ring flavored chips
    Andria Moore

    17. In Japan, cracker and chip options range from cheese corn chips, edamame chips, and almond cookies.

    Cheese corn chips, edamame flavored chips, and almond cookies
    Keijiro Abe

    What are your favorite 7-Eleven snacks? Let us know in the comments below!