For decades, convenience stores (konbini) in Japan have been a fixture in the urban landscape, a much loved and much praised part of Japanese society. But there are signs that the konbini business may be showing some cracks, that reflect the problems of the society as a whole.
They may or may not be stylish, but the wearable parasols designed for Tokyo Olympics volunteers do seem practical. Plus, there's some history behind them.
Is there really no tipping in Japan? Well, yes and no. When is tipping acceptable, and are the commonly held beliefs about tipping in Japan true?