The Japanese lunch boxes known as bento as beautiful as they are delicious. Ekiben, the bento sold at Japanese train stations, are bento at their most exciting: they're usually based on local specialties: up north, you might find a bento featuring snow crab; down near the city of Kobe, you'll find ekiben featuring that region's famously marbled beef. There are over 5000 train stations in Japan, and over 1,600 varieties of ekiben. In this gallery—a companion to the story Beautiful Bento
by Kenneth Wapner—feast your eyes on eight of our favorites, all available at Japanese restaurants in New York City this month.