Bento vendor

This girl is almost always around the train exit with her pushcart, selling "bento" (lunchboxes) everyday around lunchtime.

Given the cheap price, I always wish I could get one and try, but unfortunately there's no place around my area where I could sit and eat. I could take it back to my office/desk, but then I'd always be bothered by the phone…

Lunchtime is my "relaxation" period when I grab my kindle, sit, eat and read for a while before heading back to the office. It's a very precious moment of the day, and means that I may never get a chance to try out these tasty-looking bentos unless some open-air eating spots open up around my area 🙁

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March 27, 2012 – Bento vendor

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11 Comments

  • March 31, 2012 - 15:05 | Permalink

    two empty cereal boxes glued or otherwise held together could make a good lap table substitute 🙂
    recycle afterward

  • March 31, 2012 - 15:42 | Permalink

    That's one of the things I love about Paris: pretty easy to find a place to sit down and have finger food. Weather permitting, of course 😉

  • March 31, 2012 - 22:12 | Permalink

    have you checked out the outdoor area of Ark Hills? There's places there to sit that aren't connected to the restaurants inside – either in the 'upstairs' garden area or the main corridor near the fountain 🙂

  • April 1, 2012 - 13:45 | Permalink

    +scry mettety , that's an interesting idea! I don't know that I'd be able to lug around a couple of cereal boxes with me when I go for lunch, but it's something I'll keep in mind! 🙂

  • April 1, 2012 - 13:47 | Permalink

    +Thomas Paris , true, it's Tokyo is not particularly inviting that way, I'd guess probably because space is at a premium…and my work area is particularly bad, it's just full of business buildings, and nothing much around.

  • April 1, 2012 - 13:48 | Permalink

    +Peggy M that is an option, but the main downside to that is that it's just not that close by – I'd have to spend about 1/3 my lunch hour just going back and forth 🙁
    I might try it when the weather warms up and when I'm getting desperate for new things to photograph though 🙂

  • April 3, 2012 - 17:39 | Permalink

    wait, didn't you say that you sit, eat, and read during your lunch break? if that's so, couldn't you eat bento?

  • April 4, 2012 - 04:10 | Permalink

    +hikaru starr , I sit and eat – at a restaurant/cafe… basically not places I could bring my own food/bentos. I don't want to eat at my desk because then I'd constantly get interrupted by calls, and that's not a very relaxing/enjoyable lunch unfortunately…

  • April 4, 2012 - 15:50 | Permalink

    +Jeff M , i see. it's interesting. it shows a lot about my state of mind that it didn't even occur to me that when you said you like to "sit, eat and read" during your lunch break, it meant at a cafe or restaurant. i assumed that you were sitting on a bench or something outside.

    i guess you're like a real grownup or something.

    would it cause problems if you unplugged/turned off your phone during your lunch break at your desk?

  • April 5, 2012 - 00:50 | Permalink

    That's a good question +hikaru starr . Technically, it would be well within my rights to ignore the phone if it rang at my desk while I was eating lunch. However, (and maybe this is largely due to cultural expectations), it just wouldn't feel "right" psychologically.

    Because yes, I could technically tell my coworker to pick up calls that are ringing at my desk, but it would be stressful because I'd feel that in a way I'd be shirking my responsibilities. I'd feel the urge to rush through my meal and I wouldn't be able to relax.

    I think it's partly a cultural thing, and partly a personality thing 🙂

  • April 5, 2012 - 04:51 | Permalink

    Yep, and also a bit of genetics thrown into the mix 🙂 Don't do as I do, do as I say: Best to get away from your desk!

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