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When Lawson gives you three types of lemons, drink lemonade

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

Lemonade has been poised to be Tokyo’s next big drink trend for a while now, and while a handful of specialty stores have popped up around the city, the all-important media frenzy has yet to take off.

Despite this, lemonade has now received a favorable nod from the convenience store gods. As part of its “lemon fair,” Lawson has started selling it in a regular-sized (¥180 after tax) and “mega” version (¥330 after tax).

The actual preparation doesn’t conjure up the dedication that children worldwide have brought to their lemonade stands — workers take out chilled cans and pour the contents into plastic cups — but the drink still offers nice relief from the summer heat.

Lawson claims to use three types of lemons in its drink, and the end result strikes a balance between sour and sweet. It might be slightly overpriced but when the mercury heads into the high 30s, I’ll honestly pay any price.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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