Discover antique bento boxes inside of a long-running store
Just walking into this structure is amazing. Established in 1689, Hanbey Fu is a long-running store specializing in fu, traditional Japanese food made out of wheat gluten. Their incredible beliefs of hospitality and cherishing the importance of food culture of Japan, lead to this showcase creation of bento boxes which many of them are from the Edo period (year 1603-1868). As having a meal was considered as recreation, many enjoyed eating outdoors and appreciated the natural scenery. It is part of Japanese culture to have profound respect towards nature and the changes each season brings. These beliefs are well transmitted through variety of unique bento boxes that you can observe at this museum which is open for free to walk-in.
Bento Boxes that You Would Never Imagine Existed
Bento, especially back then, was not only for individual meal. People mainly enjoyed each other’s company surrounded by the nature. This recreational activity was to enjoy time filled with entertainment, hence bento boxes that can be converted into a board game was made! Excellent idea for a day out with a group of people, just imaging what kind of people must have used it is exciting.
More Unique Boxes
There are about 150 bento boxes showcased in the museum. You will discover many unique bento boxes like the one that looks like cast-iron but are actually made out of wood. Boxes were carefully stored because many of them have designs with seasonal flowers to be enjoyed for a particular season then kept to be used for the following year and so forth. You will see many compartments in some of the boxes. Many of them have a place to hold sake as well. As you go through the museum, you will notice beautiful, playful designs of these bento boxes.
Check Out Some Items at the Shop on 1st Floor
The first floor sells variety of fu products that is popular among locals and visitors. Hanbey fu is a famous store with a long history which started from the founder, Hanbey, who was a chef at the Japanese imperial family. Fu products are commonly eaten by monks because of their strict meat-free diet. There are savory and sweet ways to eat fu. For example, these savory fu products named “Zen” are very tasty; some people eat it in place of meat.
Manner & Tips
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The Bento Box Museum is located on the second floor. Feel free to just walk up the stairs.
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Bento Box Museum - Hanbey Fu main store / お辨當箱博物館
|Category||Museums & Galleries|
|Address||433, Shonincho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0903|
|Directions||1-minute walk from Keihan Line Kiyomizu-Gojo Stn.|
|Open Hours||9am - 5pm|
|Closed||New Year holidays|
|Credit cards||Free admission. Credit card accepted for 1st floor shop.|
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