外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ

昔に比べれば国際的になってきたとはいえ、まだまだ"世界有数のワンダーランド"な日本。我々にとっては当たり前の光景が、外国人にとってはとても新鮮に映るのだ。

今回ご紹介するのは、料理総合誌<Bon Appetit>電子版に掲載された"日本のコンビニのすごさとその戦利品"。数多くの写真を交え、レストランやスーパーにも負けない充実ぶりを伝えている。

東京の下町。ランチタイムの混雑を避けようと、早めにコンビニにやって来た筆者(ジェイソン・ジェンキンス氏)。会社近くで一番の人気ランチスポットというのが、レストランでも食堂でもなく、コンビニなのだそう。

外国で手に入るコンビニの食事といえば、ポテトチップにちょっと怪しそうなジャーキーなどと限られてくるようだが、日本ではパスタからサラダ、フルーツカクテルにスシと、バラエティ豊か。比較的ヘルシーな食事が、これまたお手頃価格で手に入るというわけだ。

同サイトで紹介されたジェンキンス氏の写真には、混雑時のコンビニに整然と並ぶ人々の姿をはじめ、"真あじの一夜干しご飯"にサラダ(明太子クリーミィドレッシング付き)、麦茶にハッシュドビーフ、鳥そぼろ弁当にほうれん草のごま和えなどの食品が収められている。さらに"日本のファストフード"おにぎりや、スター○ックスの3分の1で飲めるセルフのコーヒーメーカー、焼酎から日本酒、ワインと品揃え豊富な酒類、そして買った食事を温められる電子レンジコーナーも掲載されている。

限られたスペースを最大限に利用し、便利さと満足さを提供する日本のコンビニ。外国人の目から見たコンビニ考はこちらでチェックしてみよう(食品の写真にカーソルを合わせると、盛り付け例も見られます)。

(参照元Bon Appetit)

■関連リンク
大人買いは当たり前!? ビヨンセ、90分で110万円分をお買い上げ!
【世界の注目記事】日本のトレンド? 額に生理食塩水を注入する「ベーグル・ヘッド」
【ブログ】ノエル・ギャラガー:日本ツアーあれこれVol.2 「日本はとにかく面白れえ!」

14 PHOTOS
ローマ法王がモチーフのアート作品
See Gallery
外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ
WHAT: Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan presents Pope John Paul II lying on his side clutching a large pastoral staff, felled by an errant meteorite.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Did you read the meteorite part of the description?

WHAT: A lovely watercolor by British comedian Robert Popper. Here's his caption: "I dun a painting of the Pope ('Goodbye Pope'): pic.twitter.com/bQm9Z45l."

WHY WE LOVE IT: We're just suckers for homemade pope paintings.

WHAT: This controversial Pope John Paul II statue by artist Oliviero Rainaldi stands in Rome.

WHY WE LOVE IT: When the statue was first unveiled in front of Rome's main train station in May 2011, it was widely criticized by passers-by as looking more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved Polish pope. Even the Vatican's own art critic wrote that it looked like a "bomb" had landed.

WHAT: Martinho Dias' color-hatched portrait of Pope Benedict XVI.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Dias has a whole series dedicated to intriguing portraits of Benedict XVI.

Image: Martinho Dias, #1 - Benedictus XVI - Portugal, paper, 22.8 x 15 in (Courtesy of SaatchiOnline.com)

WHAT: French anticlerical artist Jean-Paul Laurens painted this landmark work in 1870.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It depicts the famed "Cadaver Synod," when controversial pope Formosus (891 to 896 AD) was posthumously tried and convicted of perjury.

Image: Jean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921), Le Pape Formose et Etienne VII - Concile cadavérique de 897 (Pope Formosus and Stephen VII - The "Cadaver Synod"), 1870, oil, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Wikimedia)

WHAT: A hilarious take on the pope courtesy of Italian artist Pep Marchegiani.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It's part of an entire series titled "Vatigun," which you can view here.

Image: Pep Marchegiani

WHAT: A tribute to Pope John Paul II painted on a security gate in New York City. Artist James De La Vega, a graffiti artist with a degree from Cornell University, painted it on a Spanish Harlem storefront.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Who doesn't love some good papal street art design?

WHAT: China-based artist Michael Tsaturyan's "Pope Art." Get it?

WHY: Catholic Andy Warhol would be so proud.

Image: Michael Tsaturyan, Pope Art, Courtesy of SaatchiOnline.com

WHAT: Diego Velázquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Scroll to the next slide...

Image: Portrait of Pope Innocent X, by Diego Velázquez (1650). Roma, Galleria Doria-Pampili.

WHAT: Francis Bacon's remix of Velazquez's Pope Innocent X.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It is definitely one of the more frightening artworks we have ever seen.

Image: Francis Bacon, Untitled (Pope), Circa 1954, Est. $18/25 million, Sotheby’s New York, Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 13 November 2012.

WHAT: A portrait of Pope Leo X, with Giulio de' Medici (1478-1534), future Pope Clement VII, to the left and his cousin Luigi de Rossi (1474-1519) to the right.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We're not trying to stereotype here, but this looks like it could be an early scene in "Goodfellas." Just look at Clement VII's scowl and tell us he's not going to make someone pay.

Image: Pope Leo X, between 1518 and 1519, oil on wood, 154 × 119 cm (60.6 × 46.9 in), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

WHAT: A portrait of Pope Benedict XVI by German artist Michael Triegel.

WHY WE LOVE IT: When Pope Benedict greeted the artist at the Vatican, he reportedly said, "Ah, so you’'re my Raphael..."

WHAT: Portrait of Pope Julius II by Raphael.

WHY WE LOVE IT: That is one sad pope, guys. (We do love the copious amount of rings he's rocking, though.)

Image: Raphael (1483–1520), Pope Julius II, 1511–1512, oil on panel, 63 × 40 cm (24.8 × 15.7 in), National Gallery

WHAT: The Vatican's newest official court artist Natalia Tsarkova poses next to a painting of Pope Benedict XVI on December 18, 2012 in her studio by Rome.

WHY WE LOVE IT: After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican's latest official painter is something of an unusual choice -- an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl.

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
すべて見る
スライドに戻る

19 PHOTOS
過激すぎる内容で問題になったカバー
See Gallery
外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ

After a slew of accusations, 'Grazia' magazine admitted to heavily Photoshopping a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge at the royal wedding in April, whittling down her waist and copy-pasting her left arm over to replace her right, which was holding Prince William's hand. 

Cosmopolitan magazine's choice of then 17-year-old Dakota Fanning for the cover of their February issue caused controversy due to the nature of the magazine's sex-related headlines and the actress's young age. 

Although the magazine received a lot of heat for the cover, a spokesperson for the magazine told Fox News: "Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year." 

Vogue's April 2008 shape issue featured NBA star LeBron James and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen in a way that many believed perpetuated negative racial stereotypes about African American men. LeBron's forceful pose seemed to depict 'King Kong-like' aggression while Bundchen was depicted as a damsel in distress. 

Famed androgynous male model Andre Pejic caused a stir when he posed topless for Dossier magazine. The nature of the cover was so controversial that Barnes and Nobles censored the cover as they would for a nudie magazine because they were worried that customers would mistake Pejic for a woman.

Kate Upton has been making a splash this year, appearing naked in several magazines and as one of Terry Richardson's favorite models. Her rise to fame has not been without controversy, though, having also been the target of attacks from 'thinspiration' sites calling her 'fat.' 

However, this cover will stand out as the glossy that started it all.

The cover of V Magazine's September 2011 issue was intended to pay homage to Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" However, many readers were concerned that it was demeaning to supermodel Naomi Campbell and that it glamorized sexual violence.

It's hard to remember a time when celebrities didn't pose naked while pregnant on covers of magazines. However, that time existed and we have Demi Moore to thank for being the first, posing nude while 7 months pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair. 

The issue caused a whole slew of controversy and there were stories of the magazine being sold in paper bags, like porno magazines. However, a year later Moore posed nude on another cover for the magazine covered in body paint as a commemoration to this infamous cover.

Vanity Fair's March 2010 'Young Hollywood' edition raised brows when all of the celebs they chose for their issue were thin and white. Although all of the young actresses they chose did have big movies released in 2010, many wondered if there were no actors of color who could have been featured in the magazine?

Vogue Italia's plus-sized edition raised eyebrows not only for the magazine's choice of 'curvier' instead of rail-thin models, but because of the scintillating nature of the pictures inside the magazine. Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Edward Enninful, the models are photographed in various states of undress, making it slightly NSFW.

The American monthly magazine made two covers of their October issue, one featuring James Franco's face and one featuring his butt. Needless to say, this NSFW magazine cover is controversial because of its bumtastic nature.

Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman pose happily on the cover of Teen Vogue's November 2010 issue, however the magazine did not know that Dunn was pregnant until after the photo shoot. The 19-year-old model reveals her pregnancy in the magazine, and because Teen Vogue decided not to pull the cover, many advocates against teen pregnancy were concerned about the message that the magazine was sending to its teen readers.

When Kim Kardashian appears in the buff for any magazine, it's always controversial. In this case, the celeb posed for W Magazine's November 2010 cover with her lady bits covered by a tagline by artist Barbara Kruger. Additionally and perhaps more controversial were the outtakes of this shoot in which Kardashian is naked and dipped in silver paint.

W Magazine commissioned Chinese dissident and world-famous artist Ai Wei Wei for one of its November 2011, art issue covers. The cover features model Sui He recreating the scene of the artist's violent arrest.

Then 47-year-old actress Demi Moore appeared on the November 2009 cover of W Magazine looking a little too thin. The actress dismissed claims that her photo had been Photoshopped (especially in the hip area) saying that she was just very thin.

The British singer looked amazing on the cover of Vogue's March 2012 issue, so amazing that some people thought the Grammy winning songstress looked Photoshopped. The actress was drawn into controversy when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld called her "a little too fat," however, she dismissed the comments in the pages of this edition of Vogue.

The always controversial Lindsay Lohan graced the February 2008 cover of New York Magazine, recreating Marilyn Monroe's 'The Last Sitting' photography session of 1962. Since Lohan's spread featured the troubled young actress in various stages of undress and featured near-explicit nudity, the issue garnered a lot of attention.

Before the pop star became the center of a paparazzi frenzy (remember head-shaving, K-Fed, etc.), Britney Spears was a 'Teen Queen.' At least that's what Rolling Stone dubbed her in their April 1999 issue which featured the then seventeen-year-old Spears in lingerie and holding a Tellytubby. In 1999, the young singer was already developing into a sex symbol, but many believed that this cover was a little too mature for a 17 year-old.

Lindsay Lohan was photographed by the ever controversial Terry Richardson for Purple Magazine in 2010. Apart from the fact that the subject is Lindsay Lohan, the cover was controversial because she was posed in a Christ-like pose, with a crown of thorns adorning her head.

Male model Marlon Teixeira's embrace of Stephanie Seymour is striking -- is she being choked? And is that ever OK?

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
すべて見る
スライドに戻る

70 PHOTOS
リアーナのロック&SEXYなプライベート
See Gallery
外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

Rihanna's Holiday Album

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
すべて見る
スライドに戻る

24 PHOTOS
ジェシカ・アルバ
See Gallery
外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ

SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 30: Actress Jessica Alba attends the Lucky Magazine Hosts First West Coast FABB: Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference held at Annenberg Beach House on April 30, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Actress Jessica Alba attends the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List Party at the Hotel Bel-Air on April 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Actress Jessica Alba is sighted leaving the 'Bonpoint' store on March 2, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the Forevermark And InStyle's "A Promise Of Beauty And Brilliance" Golden Globe Awards Event at Beverly Hills Hotel on January 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

<> on July 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

<> the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 6, 2011 in New York City.

attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.

attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.

at The Baby2Baby event held at The Palihouse Holloway on April 20, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

<> at The Museum of Modern Art on November 30, 2010 in New York City.

(EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) XXX attends the Miu Miu store launch dinner to celebrate the opening of the new Miu Miu boutique on Bond Street at Lancaster House on December 3, 2010 in London, England.

attends the Lancia On The Red Carpet At 67th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 1, 2010 in Venice, Italy.

onstage during the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actress Jessica Alba watching a map near the Excelsior Hotel ahead of the 67th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

<> on August 31, 2010 in Venice, Italy.

<> at W Hollywood on March 23, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
すべて見る
スライドに戻る

13 PHOTOS
世界の奇妙なファストフード・メニュー13選
See Gallery
外国人が見た日本のコンビニのスゴさ
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
すべて見る
スライドに戻る
続きを読む