JR East to sell boxed ‘ekiben’ meals in Paris

JIJI

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said it will start selling ekiben (train station boxed meals) in Paris on March 1 to help promote Japan’s food culture, which has grown popular in France.

JR East said Friday it will open an outlet at Paris Gare de Lyon station until late April. In Japan, ekiben — a portmanteau of eki (station) and bento (boxed lunches) — are sold chiefly at train stations for long-distance travelers.

The railway’s Paris outlet will sell five types of ekiben, including the Bento Paris-Lyon, Bento Makuno-Uchi and Bento Onigiri. Prices will range from €8 to €15, JR East said.

If sales prove strong, the outlet may be expanded, JR East officials said.

JR East initially planned to open the ekiben shop in December last year but put off the opening in the wake of November’s terror attacks in the capital.