Enjoying with your eyes, and happiness from eating. I ♥ Ekiben!
You can only get limited edition ekiben at local shops, but big terminals have a huge selection of ekiben from all over Japan!
When the wrapper catches your eye, then buy it just because of the cover. Start a collection of unique wrappers or retro wrappers that reprint old wrappers.
A heavy meat ekiben? A light fish ekiben? Or maybe sushi? If you can't make up your mind, get a makunouchi ekiben with a variety of foods.A makunouchi bento is packed with a variety of different foods like grilled fish, tamagoyaki, kamaboko, fried foods, pickles and stewed vegetables.
Ekiben come with little displays of care and consideration, such as simple illustrations of the local region and logo designs on chopsticks and hand wipes.
Now it's time to eat! These bentos are filled with the delicious flavor of the local traditions as well as the climate and natural features. Experience all five sensations.
If you're in the countryside, eat your ekiben on the train. Viewing the scenery from the train window is an essential part of ekiben.
You can either enjoy your experience intently by yourself, or have a fun time with family and friends.
A cute container or present that comes with the ekiben can become a souvenir of your trip, or be sent to family back home as a present.
9.Finishing the Meal
Finish your meal with a sense of thanks.
Take photos of the ekiben you had on your trip, and share them with friends on a social networking service, or maybe even make your very own original ekiben map or story.
11.Reservations and Receiving Your Ekiben
If you reserve your ekiben ahead of time, you can get it on the station platform or delivered directly to you on the train.
12.Enjoying with Alcohol or Local Specialties
Double the deliciousness by enjoying your ekiben with local beer, sake or wine, or another local specialty.
Editor: Tadatsugu Numamoto, Chairman, Japan Railway Sales Central Association Reporting & Illustrations: Eri Nakada