There’s something about Ekiben. I don’t know why, but when I travel by train in Japan, I eat Ekiben whenever possible.
It’s more expensive and less choices than Convini-Bento (Boxed lunches you can buy at a convenience store). Still I want to buy it because, I think, it makes my ordinary train journey exciting and enjoyable.
What is Ekiben?
Ekiben (駅弁, railway bento) are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on trains and train stations in Japan.
It’s a sushi roll eaten facing that year’s Eho (lucky/good fortune direction) strangely in silence for good luck on Setsubun in Japan.
The Eho changes every year and the Eho for 2019 is east-northeast.
I grew up in Hiroshima, and when I was little, I did Mamemaki (bean throwing and eating :)), but didn’t know about Eho-maki until I moved to Osaka for my university.
I was surprised (a bit shocked) when I first heard of the Eho-maki because a friend told me that her all family members would eat it in the same room, facing the same direction (the year’s Eho), in SILENCE!!!
Can you imagine that???
I think Eho-maki is now widely known regardless of the region in Japan.
Do you want to know how strange it is to eat Ehomaki in silence, and how it became widely known?
In the above video, the owner chef of the Sushi Bar Yasuda, Naomichi Yasuda, will show you how to eat Sushi in the right way!
Did you know Sushi Rice is as important as (or more important than) the fish?
Did you know that there is Special Soy Sauce for Sushi?
The chef will tell you about Ginger, Wasabi, Nori seaweed etc.
Then he will tell you how to eat rolled sushi and nigiri-zushi.
I knew that we should dip only the fish side of the nigiri-zushi into soy sauce, but even many Japanese do the rice side into soy sauce. I think it’s because it’s a little tricky to do it correctly with chopsticks.
BTW the salmon came from New Zealand, where I live!!!
Now you know how to eat Sushi in the right way, so why don’t you eat Sushi for lunch or dinner today?
SUSHI BAR YASUDA
Minami-Aoyama426 Building B1
4-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo