Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Food We Ate : Akita Ekiben - While Enjoying The View

After our trip to an orchard and having a great time looking at grapes, pears, apples and kiwis still attached to their trees/vines or whatever; we decided on the last minute to take the Resort Shirakami train on the Gono Line. By last minute, I mean - arriving Akita station literally a few minutes before the train was scheduled to depart.

We ran up the JR Ticket Office to book our seats and ran back down to the train's platform. Thank goodness for Japan Rail's punctuality. We never doubt their train schedule and pretty much can hop on any trains we suddenly have a fancy there and then. Zaini never leave behind his copy of the JR train timetable booklet.

It was nearing lunch time and we didn't have time to stop and buy any bentos at the station while running to catch this train. We got these from the food cart in the train. There aren't plenty of choice of bento sold by the food cart; and out of the two sold, we bought just one type because well... we can't eat what was in the other bento sold.
Bento box cover
It was kuri (chestnut) season so of course, there's kuri in the bento. Love, love, love them, I do. Nyum nyum. I also love the black fish in the photo above. The fish was so soft, one can eat it whole - fish head, eyes, tail, everything. It tasted like a savoury, chewy candy. Mmmmm... Anyone can enlighten me on what it is called?
Raimie was so hungry, he finished a box all by himself.
The train trip was really nice and for five hours we got to travel through the countryside from Akita to Hirosaki. The coastline view along this Gono Line was absolutely awesome!

I'll post more photos of the coastline sometime in the future. Wait for it!

12 comments:

  1. Must be nice dining while watching the scenes unfold from the train ride. I like chestnuts. They're tasty.

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  2. @Mei Teng,
    It was really nice. A great way to see a little bit of Japan (both scenery & well, culinary too) without too much effort. :)

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  3. I must say I love to experience eating on a train while watching the scenery change. That bento looks very nicely prepared and delicious too....hmmm now im cravin for some Japanese food ..

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope 2011 started off beautifully for you. We just got back from Cambodia ..lovely trip surprisingly hot for December and in the process my husband lost his wedding ring so now he has to spend buying a new set yesterday hehehehe *evil grin*

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  4. @cuteandcurls,

    Happy New Year! :)

    Bentos in Japan are always a sight to behold. :D

    So you yourself got a new ring lah? Yeay! But pretty sucky response from the hotel part about the ring thoug. :(

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  5. i enjoy scenic rides like this. the food looks yummy.

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  6. @LR,
    I enjoyed them too. A combination of lovely scenery, a leisurely ride and great food - bliss. :)

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  7. The cover itself is like a souvenir already. Raimie is a pro holding and using chopsticks by now.

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  8. @Ayie,
    He's still learning how to. :)

    Yeah, the cover can be a souvenir. Some of the bento boxes can also be kept as cool souvenirs. I posted about them last year, IIRC.

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  9. Oh yeah I remember that post!

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  10. @Ayie,
    You did! I'm so happy you did! :D

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  11. Wow! Nice to dine while enjoying the scenery in a moving train!

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  12. @foong,
    definitely nice. The awesome scenery makes lunch so much tastier too. :)

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