Monday, May 23, 2005



Ekiben means packed meals you can buy at train stations or on the train, often with local specialties of the area that you're traveling in.

This is the bento I bought at the station and ate on the train on my way back from Okayama on Sunday, 22nd. The rain on that day really messed up my plan in Okayama and I was very disappointed on my way back. That triggered me to buy a rather expensive bento to make up for the fun that I missed.

Everything tasted very good, which eased my disappointment a little.

BTW, to take this photo, I waited for the guy sitting next to me on the train to go to sleep. I can take food photos in public when I’m with another food blogger, like fish fish, but when I’m alone, I’m still shy…. ;P


Anonymous said...

Love your ekiben.. obachan..! 

Posted by MrsT

Anonymous said...

Sorry the rain ruined your plans, but the bento box looks so wonderful.. I'm always amazed at the packaging of Japanese beautiful..
I hope it tasted as good as it looks.. 

Posted by carlyn

Anonymous said...

greetings obachan,
i've always loved those bento boxes you can buy in the train stations. so well packaged and healthy, unlike the stuff you get in airports and train stations here in the us. sigh.

Posted by rae

Anonymous said...

Looks good!!! By the way, I am also very shy to snap pictures in public.....most of the time, people will be starring at me one kind. 

Posted by emotionalistic

Anonymous said...

the bento looks really yummy. 

Posted by Patrick Leong

Anonymous said...

> MsrT --- I loved it, too. Everything tasted good. It was worth the price.

> carlyn --- Yeah, it tasted good and the wrapping was good, too...the only thing I didn't like was the word on the wrapping, "Hare-no kuni" which roughly means "the land of sunny days." Why did it rain when I visited there?!!

> rae --- Hi rae ! Thanks for visiting my site.
The food we can get at train stations and airports are too expensive, though. That's something I don't like...

> emotionalistic --- Oh, you feel the same way? I noticed that the guy sitting behind me found out about my secret photo-taking because of the reflection on the window glass. ;P

> Patrick --- Yep. Did you know that they have some lovely ekibens  at Kyoto stn., too?  

Posted by obachan

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan,

You don't need to be shy when taking photos. I don't think anyone even minds. By the way, the Japanese that come to visit Hawaii take pictures of all their food. I think that's why most people don't pay attention!

This bento looks so yummy. I like to buy bentos because of the variety that you get for such a good price. Don't you agree? 

Posted by Reid

Anonymous said...

Well, things are a bit different around here where blogging isn't very popular yet. I think even here it doesn't look too strange when tourists are taking food photos, because that's understandable why they want to do so.
Yep, some bentos do have good variety for a good price, but some are just too expensive for their quality, I think...  

Posted by obachan