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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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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Fuji No Kuni at Shin Fuji JR Station

Yesterday on my way to Mishima City I managed to grab a Fuji No Kuni Ekiben at Shin Fuji JR Station (one of the two distinct stations in Fuji City) as the train was kind enough to stop for 5 minutes and allow me to buy it from the booth on the platform!

What with all the photographs to take I couldn’t finish it on the train and had to spend some time on the train platform in Mishima JR Station before I could leave to cover Mishima Taisha Festival!
“Fuji No Kuni” means “Mount Fuji’s Country” and this ekiben is a collection of Shizuoka Prefecture specialties!

Ekiben written both in Japanese and English!
A collector’s item? LOL

Like all ekiben companies tomiyouken Co. Ltd/富陽件 had clearly stated the contents on their price tag!

Chopsticks are found between the wrapping paper and the cover.

A complete explanation on a cute design is found on a small leaflet atop the transparent paper protecting the efood inside! Another collector’s item?

Now, what do we have?

Fresh ginger rice with edamame/新生姜ごはんと枝豆!

Fujinomiya City rainbow trout sushi/富士宮市のにじます野寿司!

A great combination of products from the sea and the land there!

Ko aji nanban zuke/こあじ南蛮漬/small pickled horse mackerels.
Shizuoka Prefecture Jyako Japanese pepper/静岡県産のじゃこ山椒/Jyako Sansyou.
Maguro no kakuni/鮪の角煮/simmered tuna.
Nasu no Ageni/茄子の揚げ煮/grilled and simmered eggplant/aubergine. Ingen/いんげん/stringbeans. Parsley/パセリ, mini tomato/ミニトマト.
Satsumaimo no amatsuyuni/薩摩芋の甘露煮/sweet potato simmered in sweet juices.

Chirimen shirasu/ちりめんシラス/Deep-fried sardine whiting.
Shizuoka Wasabizuke/静岡産山葵漬/Wasabi pickles from Shizuoka Prefecture in its capsule. Small bottle of soy sauce.

On the right Niwatori no Izu Miso tsukeyaki/鶏の伊豆みそ漬焼き/Chicken grilled with miso paste from Izu Peninsula.
At the top near the omelette, a slice of Yui no Kamaboko/由比野蒲鉾/Fish paste from Yui.
On top Amagi Shamo no Tamagoyaki/天城軍鶏の卵焼/Tamagoyaki-Japanese omelette made with Amagi Shamo chicken eggs!

I hope you will not need a dictionary!
In any case, absolutely delicious and intriguing!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Hama No Kama Meshi at Kakegawa City JR Station

Although both seem to have their own, the JR Stations of Kakegawa City and Hamamatsu City share quite a few ekiben/railway lunch boxes!

Although I bought this particular one at Kakegawa JR Station, it is a Hamamatsu product as the name states:

Hamamatsu Meibutsu/浜松名物/Hamamatsu Famous Product, Hama no Kama Meshi/浜の窯めし/Hama stands for Hamamatsu, Kama for a kind of cauldron and Meshi for Rice/Lunch.

Jishotei Co. clearly announces the ingredients!

Interestingly enough, they provide a spoon instead of chopsticks. You’ll see why later!

Now, what do we have?

The rice is of the takikomi gohan type, meaning that it was steamed with the juices of some ingredients placed on top of the rice as well as containing soy sauce and bits of shiitake mushroom. carrot, burdock root and chicken.
Th lower right quarter was covered with chicken soboro, or “powdered chicken, while the left quarter was covered with Japanese cucumber pickles mixed with bits of shiso.
In the center was placed a small simmered shiitake.
In the middle from right to left, red pickled ginger, boiled carrot and chestnut cooked in syrup.

There was also broiled eel in the middle!

The upper half was covered with tamago soboro, sweet powdered oemelette, with green peas.
A half slice of boiled lotus root was also included for taste and design!

As the “cauldron” was deep the whole ekiben was very satisfying and yummy!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Unagi Meshi/Eel Ekiben at Shizuoka City JR Station

Unagi/Eel/鰻 is one of the famous local products in Shizuoka Prefecture and they are particularly popular in Summer!
The eels are first grilled then repeatedly dipped into tare/sauce and broiled over a live fire.
There are many recipes for them and accordingly, tastes even vary from city district to city district!

Tokaiken Co Ltd. offers a single ekiben with eel simply called unagi meshi/うなぎめし/Eel Lunch.

The design is very simple and actually the eel represents the first character “u/う” of unagi/うなぎ in hiragana!

As usual all ingredients are clearly stated by Tokaiken Co. Ltd

A film of special paper prevents the eel to stick to the box cover!

Now, what do we have?

It all looks simple but this eel has been carefully broiled!

A small bottle of extra “tare/たれ” sauce is provided!

Pickled daikon and a sachet of Japanese pepper/sanshyou/山椒 for more seasoning.

That’s how it looks after having sprinkled the eel with the “tare” and the “sanshyou” powder!
One scoops it with chopsticks together with rice.
Simple, satisfying and delicious!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Kenkadako/Fighting Kites


  
On my way to work today I decided to stop at Kakegawa JR Station and sample my first ekiben sold in that station!
The name “Kenkadako/喧嘩凧/ means fighting kites ( the playthings, not the birds), another name given to the Hamamatsu Festival.

The same ekiben is sold at Hamamatsu and Kakegawa JR Stations where the Shinkansen/Bullet Train stops by Jishotei co./自笑亭株式会社.

A wet towel and chopsticks are graciously provided with the name of the company.

The box cover would definitely be a must-get collector’s item for the ekiben fan!

All the different designs are real emblems of family kites seen in the air (they are truly enormous!)!
Have a look HERE for a great picture collection of the event!

Like any other worthy company, Jishotei Co. clearly indicates the contents of the box!

One more paper towel is provided while the contents are well protected by an extra transparent hard sheet of paper.

Now, what do we have there?

Plain steamed rice with black sesame seeds.

Wasabi Zuke/wasabi stems and leaves pickled in sake white lees to accompany the rice and red pickled cucumber.
Curried chicken (popular anywhere, isn’t it?).

Nikudango/肉団子/ Meat ball made with minced chicken and onions.
Unagi Dani/鰻田煮/broiled eel. Eels are a famous product from Western Shizuoka Prefecture!

Hijikini/ひじき煮/simmered hijiki sweet seaweed with soy beans.
Niwatori no Karage/鶏の唐揚/deep-fried chicken.

Ebifrai/海老フライ/deep-fried shrimp.
Yakisaba/焼鯖/grilled mackerel.
Bottle of soy sauce.

The tidbits:
From left to right, bottom to top:
Simmered shiitake mushroom, ikadango/イカ団子/steamed cuttlefish paste ball, two kinds of colored (green and gray) balls of konnyaku/蒟蒻/elephant’s foot tuber, boiled satoimo/里芋/taro, simmered sweet kuri/栗/chestnut and ninjin/人参/carrot.

Very satisfying and so intriguing! And yummy!

To be continued…

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Shizuoka Furusato Bento

Been in a bit of a hurry today and couldn’t prepare any schedule or meal.
I decided to visit the ekiben stand in Shizuoka City JR Railway Station for the first time in 3 weeks!

There I acquired an ekiben I had been wanting to sample for some time: Furusato Bento/Home Town (Home Country) Bento!

The wrapping paper ia almost a collector’s item showing the main agricultural products of our Prefecture! Can you see them?

Shizuoka Prefecture is most famous in Japan not only for Mount Fuji, but also for its green tea, oranges, strawberries and musk melons!

As usual, Tokaiken Co. had clearly stated the ingredients on its wrapper!

The food was well protected by the hard transparent paper cover. A hand towel was also provided. Good hygiene!

Now, what do we have here?

The rice was steamed with the juices of the Katsuo kakuni/鰹角煮/Simmered bonito, another typical product of Shizuoka Prefecture and a preserved chestnut.

Plenty to accompany the rice!

Simmered and boiled vegetables: Boiled carrot. Boiled taro/sato imo and cut in the shape of a mushroom! String bean. Konbu maki/simmered seaweed roll. Bamboo shoot. Fuki/蕗/giant butterbur.

Boiled shrimp, small bottle of soy sauce, tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette, lettuce and another specialty of Shizuoka: sakuraebi kakiage/Cherry shrimps tempura!

And one more specialty from Shizuoka: pickled wasabi stems and leaves!

And for dessert, a fruit from Shizuoka: Orange!

This ekiben was well-balanced with no meat but only seafood, eggs and vegetables, but was still very tasty and fulfilling!

To be continued…

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Oogoshyo Bento

Oogoshyo/大御所 stands for “Lord” or “Leading Figure” in Japanese.
Actually in this case it stands for the first Shogun of the Edo Era, Tokugawa Ieyasu who retired in Sumpu, presently called Shizuoka City!

The Ekiben as I bought it at Shizuoka JR Station today. They call it bento but it is a real ekiben sold inside the station!

The “mon” or Japanese arms/family crest (heraldry) is the mon of Tokugawa Ieayasu!

Clear explanations by Tokaiken Co as usual. I tend to repeat myself, but it shows how the laws are strict about bento and ekiben business in Japan, although the same cannot be said for all…

A piece of translucent paper protects the contents!

Remember that this ekiben was inspired by what a Lord of the Edo Era would eat at a normal repast (more or less…)
Now, what do we have?

I introduced this kind of rice in the previous ekiben.
It is called “sakura han/Cherry tree rice” and is covered with finely flaked tai/ 鯛/red grouper and the rice is a mazegohamn/rice mixed with the juices of the simmered fish.
Actually the whole rice in Japanese is called “tai soboro” and is made with two types of seabream called “madai” and “Himedai” and some egg.

“Sekihan赤飯/” or “red rice”. Red is a color for celebrations in Japan.
This sekihan is made with glutinous rice and azuki beans making for a thick, nourishing staple as served for unknown ages in this country.

Now to the side dish: prawn tempura, grilled mackerel, kamaboko/steamed fish paste, tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette, chicken ball/niwatori dango and soy sauce “bottle”.

The same (clearer picture!) with the opened “capsule” of wasabizuke/wasabi stems and leaves pickled with sake white lees.

The dessert box with the wasabizuke “capsule”. The apricot and the “wagashi” were protected by an extra film of translucent paper.

The two types of wagashi: the one on the left is made with o-mochi/glutinous rice paste and sweetmeats/anko and the second one is a gli\utinous rice ball covered with kinako/soy bean powder.

To be continued…

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