OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Department Store on Monday sold all 120 of its special “bento” boxed lunches based on popular menus from the war period, store officials said.
The lunches, created for the day to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, were priced at 490 yen.
People started to line up for the special items at around 8 a.m. Store officials prepared tickets for the bento.
Instead of using rice, one lunch used millet while another used barley and came with baked, dried sardines and sweet potatoes.
“We used to eat much more meager meals than this. I want to give this to my grandchild and talk about the hardship we went through during the war,” said customer Kokaku Suematsu, 66, who lived in Kashiwabara, Osaka Prefecture, during the war to escape the U.S. bombings.
The store also gave out 10 yen paper bills circulated during the war, which are still valid today, as change.
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