Shinjuku Bento surprises us with historic ingredient from the samurai era

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

Unusual ekiben takes us back in time with a hot ingredient. 

One of the things we love about train travel in Japan is the opportunity to purchase pre-prepared bento lunchboxes known as “ekiben” to enjoy during the journey. These lunchboxes don’t have to be eaten on board trains, however, as ekiben are commonly sold at stores inside the station, meaning anyone who passes through can buy them to savour a taste of rail travel back home or at the office.

Recently, we were passing through Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station when we came across a very unusual bento that caught

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