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Eki (駅) means “train station.” Ben is short for “bento.”
A bento (弁当) is a lunch box.
So what’s so special about train station bentos? Other cultures have train meals too right?
Ekiben are different by region, featuring delicacies, and are often seasonal.
Or use special containers using unique craftsmanship from the region.
Some Japanese even collect ekiben, or purchase as gifts for the family upon returning from trips.
A souvenir is called “omiyage (お土産).”