Monday, August 3, 2009
(Police 08) Thanks Mom! for the Bento
Bento is definitely an integral part of Japanese culture.
You can purchase different style of Bento called the "Eki Ben"(literally means meals at the station) at most of the larger train stations. And each station would usually have their specialty bento box. I did a little research and holy crap, there's hundreds of different kinds of bento boxes throughout Japan.
When I was attending the middle-school in Osaka, my Mom would get up every morning to prepare bento boxes for me and my brother. And this is not slapping some lunch meat between two slices of bread, folks. She'd have to cook rice, fry this, fry that, and had to actually cook a set of meals so that I can huff it down in like 5 minutes, choke a bit, then wash it down with tea so that I can go outside to kick ass in the afternoon dodge ball session.
Bento is also readily available at all the convenience stores in Japan. By the way, convenience stores are ubiquitous in Japan is an understatement times 2. Convenience store (or konbini) is like Starbucks in the States. Almost in every other corner, you'd see either 7 Eleven, or ever-so-popular Lawson.
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