There are more than 80 mouthwatering dishes to choose from, including ramen, fries, chicken, and, of course, plates and plates of sushi.
Craving some carbs? Indulge in this limited-time weekday lunch special for only 800 yen (US$7) per person.
Satisfy your midday McDonald’s cravings without breaking the bank!
Our man Mr Sato was recently granted access to the offices of Twitter Japan—and it turns out they put on a great spread every Monday!
Starting this summer, Japanese company Onewheel will offer a limited number of these Onewheel i-1 motorized unicycles. Their revolutionary design and features are sure to make prospective buyers think long and hard about whether they’re actually really cool or incredibly lame. Even their catchphrase “What is this?” feeds the ambiguity.
Packed lunches in Japan, or bento, are arguably more exciting than an anywhere else in the world. While such delicacies as cheese sandwiches, chips, and so-not-real-food-it’s-scary “snack packs” reign supreme in the West, typical bento lunches in Japan almost always involve things like rice, vegetables, fish, fried chicken, and potato salad. You name it, if it’s decent food it’s in there, and very often crafted into some cute character or artistic arrangement by a loving parent or spouse.
Today, thanks to a Twitter user in Japan, we’re going to learn how to turn the humble wiener or cocktail sausage into something far cooler: a mini version of a giant isopod.
If you’re at all familiar with bento, you’ll probably know that a lot of people will go all out to create adorable (or just plain amazing) meals for their children— or inner otaku, for that matter. I’ve heard that there is fierce competition to make the cutest lunches (especially for special events like Sports Day) so it’s no wonder that techniques and trends are continually changing, and it seems that the latest fad in lunches is the humble dinner roll.
Imagine that you’re running late for an important appointment. Rushing out of the house, you hop into your car, hastily buckling up and zooming off, praying that the roads are clear. Just barely five minutes on the road and you get caught at a red light. To make things worse, a lovey-dovey couple are staring into each other’s eyes as they slowly make their way across the pedestrian crossing, oblivious to the traffic lights changing from red to green.
Cursing under your breath, you impatiently tap on your GPS in an attempt to find the fastest way to your destination, and realize that you can take a shortcut by turning into a narrower road at the next turn ahead. Revving up, you decide to take the shortcut, doing an imaginary drifting move around the curve and swiftly slipping into the alley, only to find yourself caught in an immense jam of nearly a dozen buses lined up on that single lane. What the f#@%?!
Turns out, some inconsiderate hog parked his car in the middle of the road, just so he could get some takeout. Seriously?
According to a 2012 survey of 2,000 Shinsei Bank employees, the average worker now spends 510 yen (US $5.79) on lunch every day. That’s down from 710 yen (US $8.06) in 2001 and 600 yen (US $6.81) in 2007. That’s a 30% decrease in twelve years.
Nikkan Spa, a popular magazine in Japan, conducted its own survey and found an even bleaker outcome. In a survey of 100 salarymen (office workers) and public servants in their 30s and 40s, a surprising 64 percent of workers admitted that they spend 500 yen (US $5.67) or less on lunch. An even more astonishing 24 percent of workers get by on just 250 yen (US $2.84) a day.
A measly 250 yen (US $2.84) won’t even buy a beef bowl at Sukiya, famed to be the cheapest lunch around. If these salarymen can’t even afford the cheapest meals available for purchase, what exactly are they eating? Let’s take a peek inside the slimmed-down lunchboxes of Japan’s typical worker.