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Ekiben/Japan Railway bento/Lunch Box: Takayama Station (Gifu Prefecture) Hida Beef Roast Beef Sushi!

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Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture is famous all over japan fot its very high-grade “Hida beef/飛騨牛”!
The day I had the opportunity to it as sushi, but just before boarding the first train back to Shizuoka I managed to purchase a great ekiben/railway bento at Takayama JR Station!

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Ekiban advertized at takayam Station beside Kinkamekan Company booth!

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On the train resting on thee small folding table in a neat vinyl bag!

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The ekiben!
Sold at Takayama JR Station on the Takayama Honsen railway Line.
HIda Beef! Roast Beef!
Jigure Sushi!

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Inside another hard vinyl box for full protection and super hygiene!

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Lid off!

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The roast beef!
Top quality meat! Soft and tender!

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More simmered beef, omelet strings and sauce!

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The sushi rice and the loacal pickles!
A full meal to satisfy anyone!

KINKAMEKAN Co.
Gifu Prefecture, Takayama City, Kawahara Cho, 30-2
Tel.: 0577-32-0184
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Ekiben: The Railroads Bento of Japan!

Ekiben (駅弁) is the abbreviation of Eki/駅 for Station and Bento/弁当 for packed lunch.
Ekiben is almost as old as railroads and railways in Japan adn have been , wirh high and lows, a feature at important stations all over the country.

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Ekiben being sold to travelers in 1902!

The very first ekiben was officially sold (actually two kinds of them) at Utusnomiya Station in Tochigi Prefecture in 1885, although food had been allowed to be sold at stations and to trains since 1877 in Kobe and Osaka Cities.

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Traditional ekiben booth inside Ofuna Station.

There is even a complete (in Japanese only) Ekiben Homepage in this country!

These days they are sold either at shops and stands located the entrance to the tracks, inside station markets or at stands on the very rail platforms although this is far from being a general rule. It is always a better idea to buy them before going through the gate to the platforms.

Shizuoka Prefecture has the third largest number of bentos on record (161 in 2015) after Tokyo and Kanagawa Perefecture as it has the largest number of Shinkansen/bullet train stations (6) in Japan and t takes no less than 3 hours to cross Shizuoka Prefecture from Atamait o Shinjohara, notwithstanding the the lines crisscrossing the rest of the Prefecture, especially Izu Peninsula!

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Hamamatsu Mikkabi Beef Ekiben in KakegawaStation!

Like the rest of Japan, this is the best way for travelers and tourists to discover the local gastronomy, be that of a Prefecture, region city or even village!

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Ekiben stand in front of the entrance gate in Numazu City!

For example Numazu City if famous for its harbor and fish but there is most consistent fare nearby!

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Rare Ashitaka Beef Ekiben!

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Although Mishima City is away from the sea it does offer a tasty Chirashi Zushi (Decoration Sushi) at its station!

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Some ekiben come in truly cute wrappings for collectors as the above “Kazutoyo Ekiben” sold at Kakegawa Station!

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And the contents are as beautiful!

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Some stations like Shizuoka City also have limited seasonal ekiben like this Winter “Chisen Fuyu Ekiben”!

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I savored inside the train to Tokyo!

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Even the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourist and Agricultural department promote themselves through ekiben like this “fuji no Kuni/Mount Fuji Land” in Shin Fuji Station!

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Mount Fuji-shaped Ekiben!

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Broiled eels are a specialty of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Don’t forget some of the labels, wrappings and boxes can easily become collector’s items such as the above Steam Locomotive Railway Ekiben you can buy at Shin Kanaya Station!

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Another one at the same station depicting the Shimada Obi Festival!

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A third one colorful at the same station!

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Containing a local product: green tea steamed rice!

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If one day you have the chance to get down at Shuzenji Station in the middle of Izu Peninsula, do not forget to visit this stand selleing “Aji Sushi/Horese Mackerel Sushi” with real wasabi!

So you know what to sample next time you travel through Shizuoka and the rest of japan: an unending gastronomy travel!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Hamamatsu Mikkabi Beef in Kakegawa JR Railway Station!

Mikabi in Hamamatsu City is not only famous all over Japan for its oranges but also for its beef!
Yesterday I had to stop in Kakegawa City and had a look at the ekiben/railway station bento they had on on offer when I discovered this new one among he more than half-dozen displayed.
I didn’t hesitate!

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As it is sold in its box and cover!
Note the oranges harvester between the oxen!
And also the three little guys with their drinks including Japanese sake!

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Everything is clearly indicated as dictated by the Japanese law!

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Jishotei Bento Company in Hamamatsu City must be one of the oldest in Japan as it was founded in 1824!

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The food inside is protected by a rigid transparent vinyl lid!

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One more sheet of soft transparent vinyl further protects the meat inside!

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Now, what do we have here?

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Grated wasabi dressing for the beef!

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Pickled cucumber!

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Two layers of succulent braised beef thin slices!

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The rice was steamed with Mikkabi ornage pulp for great taste balance!

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Red ginger pickles!

A bit expensive but really tasty and lighter than expected!
Perfect on a train trip!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Shizuoka Charcoal-grilled Beef in Shizuoka JR Railway Station

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Although I already sampled all the ekiben/railway lunch boxes on sale at Shizuoka JR Station I always keep an eye in case a new one or seasonal one appears.
I did well to do last Friday before taking the train to Kikugawa City as I discovered this new one put on sale beginning of September!

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The whole as sold with chopsticks and toothpick!

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It is advertised as “Sumi Yaki Fuu Gyuuniku Bento”!
“Suni/炭” stands for “char coal”, “Yaki/焼き” for “grilled”, “Fuu/風” for “manner/way/method”, “Gyuuniku/牛肉” for “beef” and “Bento/弁当” for “lunch box/box lunch/boxed lunch”!

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As usual Tokaiken Co. clearly sates the contents, price and consumption date limit as required by the law!

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The food inside is efficiently protected by a rigid transparent cellophane lid.

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Now, what do we have?

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Very simple, but elegant and tasty!
The charcoal-grilled beef slices with additional seasoning provided with golden sesame seeds.
The lettuce is very fresh!

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You can enjoy the beef, lettuce and rice separately, but if you are clever with chopsticks pick the beef and lettuce together!
Very tasty but comparatively light.
For the pleasure of both genders!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Ashitaka Beef in Numazu JR Railway Station

People often forget that Shizuoka Prefecture is not only celebrated nationally for cultivating the largest number of vegetables varieties as well as catching the largest number of seafood varieties, but that it also boasts no less than 12 recognized varieties of wagyu beef!

Numazu JR Station is comparatively a smaller railway station in Shizuoka Prefecture as the Shinkansen bullet train does not stop there but it has too many products to be proud of not to have a substantial ekiben booth at its entrance!

It sells no less than 7 regular ekiben on top of seasonal offerings!

As I had to attend a function there the other day I just couldn’t let pass the opportunity to sample their local wagyu beef ekiben!

Ashitaka/愛鷹 beef is raised on the slopes of Ashitaka Mountains north of Izu Peninsula and doesn’t come too often on the local tables as most of it is gobbled in Tokyo!

This particular ekiben has received national recognition!

Tounakaken Co in Numazu City advertises precisely all the contents.

The contents are well protected by a rigid transparent lid. Naturally chopsticks, separate spices and toothpick are provided together with the package!

Now, what do we have?

Boiled egg marinated in beef juices and boiled string beans.

Boiled kabocha and shirataki/Konyaku-konjac noodles.

Ashitaka beef cooked in two manners:
-Gyuu Sukini: beef slices simmered with onion and leeks.
-Gyuu Soboroni: minced beef simmered as above.

It actually proved more satisfying and well-balanced than expected. The beef taste would please anybody, be they Asian or Westerners!
A rare treat! And a collector’s item!

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Ekiben/Railway lunch Box: Oku Suruga No Iso Chirashi in Mishima JR Station!

Yesterday I suddenly had to go all the way to Mishima City, about half an hour and two stations away by Shinkasen from Shizuoka City and just had the time on my way back to sample a new ekiben/駅弁/Railway Lunch Box (or boxed lunch)!

Nice packaging!
Oku Suruga No Iso Chirashi/奥駿河の磯ちらし basically means a chirashi/decoration-style sushi made with ingredients from the far corners of Suruga Bay!

Can you see the little sign in the left top corner?
It is the registration as a “True Japanese Ekiben”!

Tounakaken Co in Numazu City advertises precisely all the contents. And there certainly were a lot of ingredients!

A rigid transparent plastic cover protects the contents.

Now, what do we have?
Actually a lot!
As the ingredients are all a bit “mixed up” I’ll give them right away. Let’s see if we can distinguish them later:
Sushi rice, Nishiki ko Tamago/shredded omelette, octopus, simmered shiitake, Sakura Ebi/Cherry shrimps, crab, gari/pickled ginger, tobiuo tamago/flying fish roe, cucumber, ooba shiso/perilla, white sesame seeds and seaweed!

Cucumber, omelette, Flying fish roe, octopus,…

Pickled ginger, shiitake, omelette, flying fish roe,…

Omelette, crab, cucumber, sakura ebi, flying fish roe,…

Here you can see that the sushi rice was first topped with konbu seaweed and simmered shiitake!

Eating local sushi on a train! What more can you ask? LOL

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Kazutoyo Gozen in Kakegawa JR Railway Station

Kazutoyo Gozen/一豊御膳 refers to Kazutoyo Yamauchi, a Lord that lived in Kakegawa City during the Feudal Japan Era in the 16th Century and made famous in a TV Drama Series, while Gozen means “Repast”!
I bought this ekiben inside the Kakegawa JR Station on my way to work!

The whole ekiben could have made for a real present to take home!

As usual Jishotei Company in Hamamatsu City give precise explanations of the contents!

The ekiben as it looks without the sticker.
It is wrapped in very sturdy paper in the shape of a “furoshiki/bento box wrapping cloth”!

The box cover is another collector’s item with the introduction to the story of Lord Kazutoyo Yamauchi!

The inside was protected by a sheet of hard translucent paper and a wet towel was also provided!

Now, what do we have?

Two o-musubi/rice balls both molded into the shape of cherry blossom.
The first one is mixed with sansai/山菜/wild mountain vegetables and topped with a salted cherry blossom!

The second one consists of rice steamed into green tea from Kakegawa City!

Pickles and wasabi zuke to season the rice and a wagashi/Japanese cake made of anko/sweetmeats and jelly.

Chicken meat ball, simmered carrot, tofu flower atop a boiled sato imo/taro, boiled edamame, simmered burdock root, simmered shiitake mushroom, Takano tofu and Yuuba maki/tofu skin roll.

Maitake mushroom/Hen-of-the-Woods Mushroom tempura, prawn tempura and deep-fried sweet potato.

Salted matcha tea was provided to season the tempura!

The tempura once seasoned with salted matcha tea!

I wouldn’t mind going back to the 16th Century if people then ate like that!

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