Shimonoseki ekiben



Shimonoseki Stationlunch
Shimonoseki Ekiben Station lunchbox

gansoo fukumeshi 元祖ふくめし
the original puffer fish with rice

blowfish with rice and also crab legs
The Japanese reads FUKU, good luck! FUKUMESHI
The kind of fugu used for this bento is on a non-poisonous kind.
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This bento has been prepared for more than 40 years. The present supervisor is doing his job for more than 40 years, starting a busy day at three in the morning! Sometimes they prepare 300 lunchboxes durng busy seasons.

The ekiben contains fugu pieces of deep-fried kara-age, simmered as nimono, marinades with sakekasu and then fried and some soboro minced fish meat. The rice is cooked with a broth from boiling fugu.

The ekiben container has not changed much in design, only the material changed from ceramics to plastic.

This ekiben is sold only in the FUGU season, from October to April.
During the rest of the year, another ekiben with more different types of seafood is sold. Since fugu dose not keep well, in summer it is then served as a piece of sushi in the summer ekiben.

Shimonoseki was an important and busy harbor station between the main island and Kyushu and the globefish of the area was especially delicious.
On March 14, 2009 the last BLUE TRAIN "Hayabusa" and "Fuji", connecting the station directly with Tokyo and Oita/Kyushu or Kumamoto/Kyushu, were stopped because not many people use them any more these days. The kiosk at the platform was shut down after the last ekiben and tea was sold when the last train had left!

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Blue Train

At the station restaurant, there is also a noodle soup with fugu blowfish tempura.
fugu tendon ふく天うどん

and a drink called SKAL, sukooru, スコール
乳酸飲料 with milk acid
Skal Water
on a bottle, it reads like this
“Milk based soft drink.
Tender to your mouth. Nicer to your mind.
Skal Water always takes you to the cow-mooing meadow.”

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fugu ryoori ふぐ料理(ふく料理)dishes with globefish fugu
from Yamaguchi prefecture, Shimonoseki

Blowfish (fugu, Japan) .. Puffer, Globefish, Swellfish


rittoru Pusan festa リトル釜山フェスタ Little Pusan Festival

at the

Shimonoseki Green Mall shopping street
guriin mooru Shootengai 下関駅前のグリーンモール商店街
with many stores providing Korean food.

tonchan nabe トンチャン鍋 pork hodgepodge
pork innards (horumon) are placed in the pot, covered by a lot of seasonal vegetables, then all is simmered till done.
A mixed Korean-Japanese dish popular in the war times, later re-imported to Korea too.

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Shimonoseki station, Yamaguchi prefecture
JR山陽本線・下関駅 Sanyoo Main Line, Sanyo Main Line
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Shimonoseki town 下関市  Shimonoseki-shi
a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It is at the southwestern tip of Honshū, facing the Tsushima Strait and also Kitakyushu across the Kanmon Straits.
The city was founded on April 1, 1889. It is known for fugu, as this is where the largest catch of these fish is taken in Japan each year.

The geographical position of Shimonoseki has given it historical importance, especially with the Bombardment of Shimonoseki in 1864 and the Treaty of Shimonoseki, where a defeated China handed over Taiwan, Penghu, and Port Arthur to the victorious Japanese in 1895. The Heike and Genji fought at Dan-no-ura near the present Kanmonkyo Bridge.

On January 7, 2006, the wooden station building at Shimonoseki station, which had dated back to 1942, was destroyed in a fire, the cause of which is suspected to be arson.

Karato Market
Nagato Market
Green Mall shopping street (Korean Town)

The main JR Nishi Nihon stations (Sanyō Main Line and San'in Main Line)
Shimonoseki station
Shin-shimonoseki station
Hatabu station
Ozuki station
Kawatana-onsen station
The main JR stations (Sanyō Shinkansen)
Shin-shimonoseki station
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Worldwide use

Things found on the way

. Senteisai festival 先帝祭 and Antoku Tenno 安徳天皇  


Related words

Ekiben 駅弁 Station Lunch Box

Regional Japanese Dishes

Roadside stations (michi no eki 道の駅) Highway Service Areas


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