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10 October 2015

Oh-ito line Eki Ben, Oito-sen(駅弁 大糸線弁当 松本 長野), Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan

Local food from Shinshu area on train board

On the last week end of August, I have been to the Seiji Ozawa festival in Matsumoto city. I had taken the limited express Azusa for the return journey. This train named "Azusa" was very famous as the South Japan Alps express for the climbers.
On the noon, Azusa left Matsumoto station. The late summer sunshine was coming into the carriage through the huge window. I started lunch with some wine which was produced from Shinshu area.
The wines from Nagano and Yamanashi are very popular in the Tokyo area. The sweet grapes are major agricultural products in this local. There are several famous wine producers in Nagano and Yamanashi. The famous ones are following: Nagano as Shinano, Hayashi and Idutsu, Yamanashi as Katsunuma, Tohmi, Sadoya (All are located in Katsunuma) or Enzan. All wines were known as very flesh and sweet like Austrian or German ones, but some high end products were very famous among the Japanese food restaurant.
You can get small bottle of Nagano Wine at the station
I chose the Ohito sen Eki ben, the lunch box gathered the food from the Matsu-kawa mura area along the Ohito line. The village named Matsu-kawa mura is known as the male long life in Japan. All foods are very simple and like cooked home or family. Potato was sweet and Mushroom has very juicy sauce. The rice was also sweet and cooked with purple rice. All staffs are boxed in the lovely bamboo basket.
The package made from bamboo skin
  
The sweet but strong tannin from the red wine was nicely matched with the lunch box.
Purple rice cooked with white rice.

Pork Miso-yaki(braised with Miso)

Simmered vegetable, Japanese radish and carrot

Tamago-yaki (Japanese style omelette)

Simmered Shirataki with miso (Shirataki: noodle of Konnyaku made from devil's tongue starch)

Simmered Black beans

Shiitake mushrooms simmered with soy sauce

Matured black beans with malted rice rolled with Abura-age (fried tofu)

Tsukemono (Pickled vegetable)

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