Around this time of the year, people gather in open spaces, prepare lunch boxes and eat while enjoying the charming pink tones of the sakura (cherry) trees.
However, because of the restrictions this year, lots of new hanami 花見 (the Japanese word for flower-viewing) alternatives and innovative home-picnic ideas have been buzzing over the internet.
Now that there are so many blossom-viewing options, you might wonder: So, what do we do about the bento box lunch?
If you plan on making it yourself, you can find some spring-inspired bento ideas here, or if you want to take an easier path, Seibu Ikebukuro has come up with a couple of hanami bento box lunches for this season.
Seibu Ikebukuro is a large department store linked to a food court and train stations. It has a wide variety of stores, from groceries, household items, restaurants to cosmetics, clothing, and high-end brands.
Their new colorful lunch boxes include bamboo shoots, butterbur, rape blossoms that remind you of spring, and many other seasonal ingredients.
The bento box lunches are available at the Deli Corner (sozai uriba / 惣菜売場) and baked goods corner (pan uriba / パン売場) of the Main Dish Market (okazu ichiba / おかず市場) on the basement floor of Sogo-Seibu, and most items will remain on sale until the first week of April.
Available April 2-4.
Since February, the department store has been offering a delivery service that makes it a lot easier for those who want a fresh, delicious spring-inspired bento box lunch delivered right to their door.
Deli Corner Official Page
Sogo Seibu Official Website
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