lunch box (bento)

On a Budget? Try These 5 Affordable and Delicious Foods in Japan!

If someone mentions Japanese food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Sushi (寿司) and ramen (ラーメン) have already gained substantial popularity in some countries. Right now, I live in a European city where I can eat them at many Japanese restaurants. But, sometimes, I do miss the taste of Japanese food available only…

Check Out JR Kyushu’s Newest Sightseeing Train in Kumamoto, Japan!

JR Kyushu’s (九州) newest train makes its first trip this March and with it are tales of hope. Named after kingfishers local to the Kuma (球磨) region, the KAWASEMI YAMASEMI (かわせみ やませみ) is the first sightseeing train launched by JR Kyushu after the Kumamoto (熊本) earthquake in 2016 and is hoped to be a symbol…

Cheap but Good Quality Food? Here Are 6 Affordable Ways to Eat in Japan

Japan is known for having expensive food in the market. This is probably one of the most common complaints of foreign people visiting the country. Contrary to this, there is actually a wide selection of cheap food having good quality. Like anywhere in the world, if you eat like a local, there’s no need to…

Looking for the Best Bentos in Japan? Here Are 3 Award-Winning Ekibens

When in Japan, you will most likely come across ekiben (train station bento boxes) shops housed within the train stations especially if there are long-distance train services passing through there. In order to ease your hunger pangs during the long journeys, there is a dizzying variety of prepacked bento meals sold at such shops to…

“Oishii! Umai!” Are Japanese People Obsessed With Food?

If you have ever spent any time watching Japanese TV, you will notice that 90 percent of it is dedicated to food. Food TV shows, cooking shows, comedians reacting to delicious food, comedians reacting to disgusting food, comedians touring their favorite eating places, etc., etc., etc… Why? Are Japanese people obsessed with food? Food is…

3 Ekiben Meals to Help You Sample Local Flavors!

Your trip to Japan will definitely not be complete if you fail to sample ekiben. Ekiben is a combination of the words “eki” (i.e. train station) and “bento” (i.e. lunch box) which when you combine together literally means lunch box at a train station. These ekiben have long been standing in Japan for decades with…

Cheap, Quick, and Yummy: Japanese Bento Chain Hotto Motto

Feeling tired from a long day at the office? Don’t wanna cook? Need to get some quick but healthy food? Why not give Hotto Motto a go! Arguably the most popular take out bento (boxed lunch) chain in Japan, Hotto Motto is found all over the country, from rural enclaves to bustling city centres. The…

Ekiben: The Special Japanese Railway–Only Bento Box

The word ekiben comes from a combination of the words “eki” (station) and “ben” (short for “bento”, meaning lunch box). Basically, ekibens are the station or region specific lunches that are sold at train stations all over Japan. History There are various stories as to when and where the first Japanese ekibens were sold, but…