I knew early on that there would always be a tradeoff when it came to the place I lived. When I lived in Ichikawa, Chiba-ken, I wouldn't be able to see my family or my Toronto friends all that often, I wouldn't be able to appreciate truly homey and comfortable coffee shops, and I wouldn't be able to see a lot of wonderful parks or the squirrels that would be scurrying about in them. Back in Toronto, I don't see my old students/friends anymore, I miss how truly convenient convenience stores are back in Japan, and the vending machines were ubiquitious.
The tradeoff also affects my food choices. When I was living in Japan, I missed Greek food, Tim Hortons and Swiss Chalet. Over here, I miss great tonkatsu, ramen and conveyor belt sushi. However, I really miss those supermarket/convenience store box lunches or bento. Bento was pretty much a daily ritual during the work week for me since I usually worked nights at my school or juku. They were as comfortable as comfort food can get....and about as nutritious. Still, it was great to have one.
That picture above is of an atyical bento. I don't think I had ever come across a yakiramen bento before. Of course, yakisoba bento is a regular thing, but this one I tried was the Hakata Tonkotsu (pork bone broth) Yakiramen....very enterprising person who came up with this idea. A lot of people adore the Tonkotsu Ramen from Fukuoka with its thick flavourful soup so why not bring that to a plastic box?
|Hamburg Steak with Demiglasse Sauce|
I will always appreciate getting my cheap and tasty Chinese food, Greek food and double-doubles now that I have been back in my hometown for almost a year, but once in a while, I will get that yearning for my karaage bento.