Ekiben, boxed meals for train.

One of the most enjoyable thing when I get on a train is eating Ekiben, or lunch box for a train. They are sold in and around big stations such as Tokyo Station, and you can choose from variety of them. Since I bought some of them a few days ago, let me show you them, okay? :)

It says "Tokyo Bento". The name "Ekiben" means "Station (eki)" and "lunch box (bento)" respectively. "To" is gone somewhere, probably it's abbreviated I think.

When you open a cover, you'll see colorful meals like Japanese pickles, broiled salmon (It was amazingly good taste!) and so forth. Let's see the next...

Recently they put a menu of Ekiben inside, you can find where ingredients are gathered, what kind of food they put inside it ;)

I found a lot of Ekiben in Tokyo Station by the way, maybe they are over 30 of them available. Not only Japanese style, but also Chinese, Italian, and European style Ekiben are there.

The last one is seafood sushi style lunch box! I like it! ;) Most of ekiben are about 800-1200yen each. Not that cheap as a boxed lunch. But it's surely one of the traditional things in my country :D


Food I like.

For many years, I hadn't been a Japanese food lover. This colorless, sober meals had never attracted me at all. If I could choose Italian food or Japanese one, you know, there's nothing to hesitate at that time. However, I tend to eat more Japanese food recently without any particular reason. Tofu, or bean curd (see this post about tofu,), takuan, kind of Japanese pickles and rice make me feel so calm. Well, let me cook and tell more stories about Japanese food this year, shall we? ;)


Take it.

Regardless of what I hope, things change slowly but surely. I can't stop it though, I will never ever forget it.

Taken in West Tokyo, late 2011.


Koganei park, Spring 2013.



A beautiful afternoon, Koganei park ;)


You can do it! :)

Shortly after finishing my work, I rushed to Tokyo Station and hopped in a bus which brings me to my hometown Nagoya.I was so exhausted that most of the time I was asleep. That was the story of last week.

 Those two pictures are taken one of rest stops in the express way. Yes, I love this kind of "old-fashioned things".

And it's yesterday from Nagoya to Tokyo, I took a bullet train.

It was a beautiful morning, I could see Mt. Fuji clearly and which isn't that usual.

Whatever happens, I'll never stop enjoying eating :)


Something inside me.

 As a child, I cried at anything, when my father got angry, when my lovely pet passed away, when I felt so lonely, anytime I cried. Seemingly, this child-like habit has still remained in my mind.

 Still, I've never even thought I have to fix it. I wanted to be a kind person when I was a child. That was my dream as well as destination. Not the rich, nor joining a big company. Those prosperity really doesn't matter for me. "Go ahead, don't pretend to be something I am not" I always say myself.

 As it turned out, I became a part-time jobber at this moment. Okay, there's nothing worry about. Since I realized long before that I need triple times longer than others when I do something, I just make triple efforts.

 While I was grown up as a person who don't believe any religion, I strongly respect someone believe it. Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and so on. They are someone who I can't be.

 Instead of religion, I begun to believe people around me such as family, friends who care me. Loving close people deeply, Taking pleasure in walking on neighborhood to see the change of seasons and chatting what I saw with my friends forever. I strongly believe it makes life worthwhile.

 Yes, absolutely I'm not cut out to be a member of this busy, competitive world. However, I am what I am. Well......

Me ;)