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Permanent Collection ~Japan Ekiben Encyclopedia~(HOKKAIDO/TOHOKU)

Permanent Collection ~Japan Ekiben Encyclopedia~(HOKKAIDO/TOHOKU)

April 10, 2019
NIPPON HODAI
Here are 91 specially selected ekiben from the numerous available from the north of Japan to the south!

HOKKAIDO:Marui Bento "Hokkimeshi"

HOKKAIDO:Marui Bento "Hokkimeshi"
Thick shellfish meat becomes more flavorful the more you chew.
1,000 yen

Two large, thick pieces of fresh surf clam from the nearby ocean are cooked until soft using a unique method, and placed on rice cooked in the broth from the surf clams. The surf clams' firm texture and broth-soaked rice are superb.
 

HOKKAIDO:Wakkanaieki Tachiurishokai "Sanpomeshi"

HOKKAIDO:Wakkanaieki Tachiurishokai "Sanpomeshi"
A luxurious bento packed with the glory of Hokkaido seafood
1,150 yen

The Sanpomeshi bento was first sold at Japan's northernmost station, Wakkanai Station. In this bento that is made in an oshizushi style, enjoy seafood that you can only get from Hokkaido, a land surrounded by the sea. Enjoy each flavor individually since even the taste of the rice is different so it matches each of the ingredients: sea urchin, crab, salmon roe and salmon. This bento is highly recommended for those who want to sample many different flavors.
 

HOKKAIDO:Nishiya Bentoten "Hokkai Ikameshi"

HOKKAIDO:Nishiya Bentoten "Hokkai Ikameshi"
A perfectly matched combination of ikameshi and special sauce!
580 yen

These little squid from Hidaka are packed with okowa (chewy rice) that steeped with flavor to the very center, then closed with a toothpick. You'll never tire of the taste of this bento. Since the rice is cooked to the core, the pleasant feel of the firm texture remains even when cold.
 

HOKKAIDO:Moriya Shoten "Kanimeshi Bento"

HOKKAIDO:Moriya Shoten "Kanimeshi Bento"
Stuffed with the goodness of Hokkaido snow crab
900 yen

This popular ekiben contains cooked snow crab from the Sea of Okhotsk around Abashiri on top of a bed of soy-sauce flavored rice produced in Hokkaido. The sweet and salty flavor of shiitake mushrooms, kombu and lightly-sweetened egg brings out the flavor of the snow crab even more. Another reason for its popularity is the magnificent crab illustration on the package.
 

HOKKAIDO:Shoyokan "Uni Ikura Don"

HOKKAIDO:Shoyokan "Uni Ikura Don"
Shoyokan
"Uni Ikura Don"
A superb and extravagant collaboration of sea urchin and salmon roe
1,230 yen
 

HOKKAIDO:Ujiie Machiaijyo "Ujiie Kakimeshi Bento"

HOKKAIDO:Ujiie Machiaijyo "Ujiie Kakimeshi Bento"
Ujiie Machiaijyo
"Ujiie Kakimeshi Bento"
A characteristic bento with the delicate flavor of good old Japan
1,080 yen
 

HOKKAIDO:Yonekura Shoten "Tokachi Winezuke Steak Bento"

HOKKAIDO:Yonekura Shoten "Tokachi Winezuke Steak Bento"
An exceptional ekiben made from the pride of the region
1,080 yen

This shop selected the best lovingly-raised beef, aged it, and chefs prepared it with devotion. The steak in this deliciously satisfying ekiben is pink in the middle and has been cooked to tender and juicy perfection, with a faint aroma of wine.
 

HOKKAIDO:Asahikawaeki Tachiurishokai "Ezo Wappa Mix"

HOKKAIDO:Asahikawaeki Tachiurishokai "Ezo Wappa Mix"
Highly regarded in Asahikawa, enjoy all the tastes of the sea at once!
1,050 yen

This ekiben is the mixed version of the different kinds of the consistently most popular Ezo Wappa; sea urchin, crab and salmon roe. Salmon roe, sea urchin, scallops, flaked crab and thin egg strips are beautifully arranged. Why not choose Ezo Wappa when you're not sure what you want to eat?
 

HOKKAIDO:Sapporoeki Tachiurishokai "SL Bento"

HOKKAIDO:Sapporoeki Tachiurishokai "SL Bento"
Becomes souvenir of riding the steam train after enjoying the ekiben
1,150 yen

This deluxe makunouchi bento contains many kinds of foods plus crab, sea urchin and salmon roe rice made to look like train wheels. The paper box with a classy photo of a steam train can be enjoyed as a steam train paper model after eating the bento. This bento has a long history. It has been loved by fans since its introduction in 1980, and underwent a revision in 2009.
 

HOKKAIDO:Otarueki Konai Tachiurishokai "Umi no Kagayaki"

HOKKAIDO:Otarueki Konai Tachiurishokai "Umi no Kagayaki"
So pretty that it looks like a flowerbed of the sea
1,580 yen

When you open the lid, the first thing that catches your eye is the shiny, high-quality salmon roe. Arranged to look like a flowerbed of the sea, in addition to the sea urchin, salmon roe, shiitake mushrooms and tamagoyaki arranged on top of the sushi rice, there are also shishamo smelt eggs. It's packed with choice delicious ingredients even where you can't see them. This is truly a deluxe ekiben rich in bright colors.
 

HOKKAIDO:Ikameshi Abe Shoten "Ikameshi"

HOKKAIDO:Ikameshi Abe Shoten "Ikameshi"
The original, super popular, sweet and salty sauce ikameshi ekiben
780 yen

This popular ekiben is made from fresh squid which is filled with raw rice (an ordinary and glutinous mix), and slowly cooked in a sweet and salty sauce. The simple flavor of the sauce, made of sugar and soy sauce, has soaked nicely into the squid, and since it has no bones, it's an easy to eat meal whose flavor can be thoroughly enjoyed.
 

HOKKAIDO:Hokkaido Kiosk "Hokuto Shichisei"

HOKKAIDO:Hokkaido Kiosk "Hokuto Shichisei"
A deluxe bento commemorating the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen
1,300 yen

The container is made to resemble as closely as possible the form and color of the Hokkaido Shinkansen H5 series. Taking the seven from the name Hokuto Shichisei (the seven stars of the big dipper), this bento includes a colorful variety of seven different main ingredients from Hokkaido, representing the regions that the Shinkansen passes through. It's arranged in a celebratory chirashizushi style to commemorate the start of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.
 

AOMORI:Yoshidaya "Fukko Aburikaki to Unimeshi"

AOMORI:Yoshidaya "Fukko Aburikaki to Unimeshi"
Lavish seafood from Sanriku, made to support the reconstruction.
1,300 yen

This bento is overflowing with lightly roasted plump oysters, beautifully arranged with sea urchin and salmon roe.
 

AOMORI:Kofuku no Sushi Honpo "Towada Barayakiju"

AOMORI:Kofuku no Sushi Honpo "Towada Barayakiju"
This popular grilled beef rib bento was developed at the B-1 Grand Prix
950 yen

This ekiben was approved by Towada Barayaki Seminar, the group winning the Gold Grand Prix at the B-1 Grand Prix in Koriyama. The flavor of the beef and onions slowly grilled in a sweet and salty soy-sauce based sauce is superb. It goes great with rice. This local ekiben will completely satisfy your appetite and taste buds.
 

IWATE:Abechiu "Hiraizumi"

IWATE:Abechiu "Hiraizumi"
A luxurious bento celebrating World Heritage recognition.
1,400 yen

This ekiben celebrates the recognition of Hiraizumi as a World Heritage Cultural Property in June 2011.
 

IWATE:Saito Shogetsudo "Maesawagyu Roast Beef Nikumaki Nigirizushi"

IWATE:Saito Shogetsudo "Maesawagyu Roast Beef Nikumaki Nigirizushi"
The best roast beef in Japan tenderly wrapped around rice
1,350 yen

Rumored to be the highest quality beef in Japan, the finest brand of beef in Iwate is Maesawa beef. This bento consists of bite-size nigirizushi made from tender roast beef on vinegared Hitomebore rice produced in Iwate Prefecture. Eat it with wasabi and the accompanying special sauce. Thoroughly enjoy the delicious, delicate flavor of Maesawa beef that melts in your mouth. The combination with vinegared rice makes for an even more refreshing taste.
 

IWATE:Maruroku "Hanamaki Bento"

IWATE:Maruroku "Hanamaki Bento"
Enjoy an ekiben of Japanese standard foods
1,120 yen

This is a high-quality, square, two-tiered makunouchi ekiben. In the bottom tier is simple hinomaru rice (rice with an umeboshi), while the top tier is completely packed with kabayaki eel, two pieces of fried chicken, a scallop, grilled salmon, dashimaki tamago, steamed meat roll, and stewed vegetables, making for an old-fashioned, filling makunouchi bento.
 

IWATE:Uomoto "Ichigo Bento"

IWATE:Uomoto "Ichigo Bento"
The traditional taste of Sanriku sea urchin and abalone
1,500 yen

The name Ichigo doesn't refer to the fruit ichigo (strawberries), but is the name of a local Sanriku dish, Ichigoni, made of sea urchin and abalone stewed in seafood broth. The ekiben is a skillful arrangement of Ichigoni that places the sea urchin and abalone prominently. In addition to ground and seasoned sea urchin that covers the rice, there are also pleasantly chewy slices of Sanriku abalone. This is a beautiful and sumptuous ekiben.
 

MIYAGI:Kobayashi "Gokusen Sumibiyaki Gyutan Bento"

MIYAGI:Kobayashi "Gokusen Sumibiyaki Gyutan Bento"
Eat this self-heating Sendai specialty piping hot!
1,350 yen

After marinating in a special salt sauce that enriches the flavor of the beef tongue, each slice is charcoal grilled. The combination of soft beef tongue and warm barley rice makes for a fine meal. You're sure to enjoy this Sendai specialty.
 

MIYAGI:Kobayashi "Musubimaru Bento"

MIYAGI:Kobayashi "Musubimaru Bento"
Cute onigiri and flavors from the food kingdom, Miyagi.
900 yen

Made of onigiri resembling the Miyagi tourism mascot, Musubimaru, the "Musubimaru Bento" gains an additional boost from foods produced in Miyagi.
 

AKITA:Hanazen "Torimeshi Bento"

AKITA:Hanazen "Torimeshi Bento"
This famous ekiben born in Akita is very filling!
880 yen

"Torimeshi" has been loved for more than 60 years by the people of Odate, Akita. The superbly balanced and tantalizing salty-sweet-flavored Akitakomachi rice and chicken has remained unchanged.
 

AKITA:Sekineya "Nihonkai Hatahata Sumeshi"

AKITA:Sekineya "Nihonkai Hatahata Sumeshi"
Grand Prix winner, this is the pinnacle of ekiben
1,050 yen

This bento won the Grand Prix at the Ekiben Competition. This specialty bento is made with the Akita specialty, sandfish. The sandfish have their bones removed, are soaked for 48 hours in a special sauce made from soy sauce, and are then grilled and placed on a bed of vinegared Akitakomachi rice produced in Akita Prefecture. This signature product of Sekineya also includes tonburi, also known as field caviar, and the Akita specialty, iburigakko pickles.
 

YAMAGATA:Matsukawa Bentoten "Yonezawagyu Yakinikuju Matsukawa Bento"

YAMAGATA:Matsukawa Bentoten "Yonezawagyu Yakinikuju Matsukawa Bento"
A magnificent, flavor-packed bento of name-brand beef!
1,600 yen

This bento contains both grilled beef and meatballs made from Yonezawa Beef. The savory grilled beef is basted with a secret sauce, and the meatballs are covered in a thick sweet and sour sauce. When bitten into, the meat flavor and juices fill your mouth.
 

YAMAGATA:Shinkineya "Gyuniku Domannaka"

YAMAGATA:Shinkineya "Gyuniku Domannaka"
The familiar Japanese beef bowl made even more delicious
1,250 yen

This beef-bowl style bento is made from ground beef seasoned in a special sauce and stewed beef piled on top of Domannaka rice produced in Yamagata Prefecture, cooked nice and plump. By stewing in a special original sauce made from delicious Yamagata soy sauce, an exquisite, not-too-sweet, not-too-salty flavor is achieved. It was first introduced at the opening of the Yamagata Shinkansen, and has now obtained popularity nationwide.
 

YAMAGATA:Mori Bentobu "Imoni Bento"

YAMAGATA:Mori Bentobu "Imoni Bento"
A hot ekiben that warms you to the core and relaxes you
1,100 yen

This Imoni Bento is the ekiben version of the Yamagata specialty imoni (taro and meat soup). It was developed in conjunction with the train attendants. The rice is slowly cooked using imoni broth, with plenty of imoni ingredients on top, like taro, konnyaku, beef, shimeji mushrooms, and boiled Welsh onions. Since it's a self-heating bento, it can be enjoyed piping hot anytime.
 

FUKUSHIMA:Fukumameya "Ohara Shosuke Bento"

FUKUSHIMA:Fukumameya "Ohara Shosuke Bento"
An exquisite double-decker meal that's also great with alcohol!
1,100 yen

This double-decker ekiben is based on the popular character Ohara Shosuke from the folk song Aizubandaisan.