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Wataya Gochisou Deli Aki Miyajima Bento

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Wataya’s headquarters is located in Hatsukaichi City, Miyajima, in Hiroshima. Their catering division, Gochisou Deli, was started in 2000. Their bento, which incorporates seasonal ingredients, are all delicious down to the very last bite. Their luxurious Aki Miyajima Bento menu includes “Oysters marinated in oil” and “Anchovy Tempura”, which both focus on ingredients from Hiroshima, as well as their famous “Conger Eel Rice”, starring tender and fluffy conger eel on a bed of rice that’s been steeped in special sauce.

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Everything from the oyster marinade, developed in-house, to the selection of ingredients and the beautiful colors, is a feast for the eyes and thestomach. Minimum order varies depending on the region, and lunches arehand-delivered.

Cafe Gallery Chakura Seasonal Vegetable Chakura Bento

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Gofuku Street in Saidaiji, Okayama Prefecture became well-known after being featured on TV and in movies like “Always: Sunset on Third Street”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “In This Corner of the World.” The street is lined with old-fashioned shops that hearken back to the Showa era. Cafe Gallery Chakura offers a variety of bento for crews on location. Their special “on-location bento” was created in response to requests from crew members. They received lots of requests for more vegetables, leading to healthy bento with vegetables as the main part of the meal as well as in the side dishes.

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The result was mildly flavored bento reminiscent of a good, home-cooked meal. It’s also possible to have lunch at the cafe. It’s a welcoming area for film production; there’s a Gofuku Street location map and many shop employees who are always willing to lend a helping hand.