Ekiben - lunches served on stations
As railroads developed in the 20 century new direction of the Japanese cuisine appeared. At each station original obento started to be cooked. They were called ekiben. It is considered that the first ekiben was cooked in July 1885 at Utsunomiya station in Tochigi prefecture. In modern history there were thousands of obento kinds.
In Japan there are a lot of delicious things which are characteristic of one or another region. If you hurry to enjoy them we recommend that you should try ekiben. These lunches in attractive multicolored boxes are some kind of story-tellers, telling of this particular region's nature and delicious things it has. You will find in the box the products that have become honor of this region.
This ekiben consists of rice, boiled in tea, and snacks made of products, delivered from Gumma prefecture's mountain distrcts (Kanto region). Dishes for these lunches are made in the form of Daruma dolls. Owning to the rice boiled in tea the lunch has a special taste. Daruma obento consists of burdock wrapped in chicken meat, which is boiled in dashi seasoned by sweet sake and soy sauce.