TJ’s book review: The photo-book “EKIBEN,” features packed lunches that are sold at each local station all throughout Japan! Colorful packages and tasty treats that’ll make you hungry!

2017-04-05 Guri   Culture, Foods & Drinks, Goods,


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“Bento” is attracting interests, and even overseas.

As you may already know, there are many kinds of boxed lunch in the world, but Japan’s lunch box uses a variety of ‘lunch box only’ ingredients and the way people arrange the food is very detailed.
The well-known Chara-ben, features food that looks like characters from animations. Even the word “Bento” is becoming familiar overseas.

“Ekiben” is really important to the Japanese bento culture.
“Ekiben” are the lunch boxes sold at train stations and on trains, prepared specifically for eating on the train. These bentos are rich in variety and differ from location to location. Each locale reflects their own cultures and traditions into the bento and eating ekiben during their trip is a pleasure for those who travel in Japan.

Look, this Ekiben has 2 bottles of sake! It’s sold at Matsue station in Shimane Prefecture.
Look, this Ekiben has 2 bottles of sake! It’s sold at Matsue station in Shimane Prefecture.

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This photo-book features a variety of Ekiben sold throughout Japan! Let’s re-discover the appeal of Ekiben!

The photo-book, “EKIBEN” was published by IBC publishing and inside you’ll find 56 pictures of interesting bento with fun designs that utilize traditional crafts from various locales. It is written in both of English and Japanese. All these fun & mind-blowing designs can be purchased in Japan only. In addition to this, most of these packages can be used as a moneybox or accessory case, so you can keep the packages as regional souvenir.

This case looks like a Shinkansen! These packages are only available in Japan!
This case looks like a Shinkansen! These packages are only available in Japan!

Let’s travel all over Japan, collecting Ekibens!

It’s no exaggeration to say that all the tastes of a region are gathered in a box of Ekiben. Each Ekiben is seasoned in a different way according to the locale, with different ingredients used, and even methods of processing/preserving the food differ according to the each locale’s climate. The long-acquired cultures and wisdom are packaged in a nice box that reflects the traditional craft and folk art of each locale.
This book shows that, Japan’s profound locales are exhibited in this one, tiny box of Ekiben. Why not travel throughput Japan with this book and collect Ekiben.

[EKIBEN The Ultimate Japanese Travel Food]
Language: English and Japanese
Price: 1944 yen
Publisher: IBC publishing, Japan
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I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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