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Sengoku Basara Limited Edition Bentō Meals Sold

posted on 2009-09-20 18:56 EDT
Drawing of samurai "One-Eyed Dragon" Masamune Date adorns wrapping

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: Kobayashi, a bentō (boxed meal) producer based in Sendai City in the northern Japanese prefecture of Miyagi, has begun offering an official limited-edition Sengoku Basara bentō meal on Saturday. The Sengoku Basara anime version of the real-life samurai Masamune Date adorns the wrapping on the Dokuganryū Masamune Bentō.

The bentō helps promote the "Sendai-Miyagi 'Date na Tabi' Campaign," which will bring sightseers of historical Japan to northern Japan during the last three months of 2009. As the powerful warlord of Northern Japan, Date made Sendai his base of operations; remnants of his Aoba Castle still stand near the city to this day. Until December 31, the vendors at the Japan Railways station in Sendai will sell the bentō. The bentō's name comes from Date's nickname, "Dokuganryū" ("One-Eyed Dragon"). Legend has it that he tore his own right eye out after losing it to smallpox. The box is filled with sasa-kamaboko (bamboo-leaf-shaped fish cake), shiso-maki (shiso-leaf roll), and other culinary specialties of northern Japan.

Sengoku Basara manga artist Chimaki Kuori designed rice bags with a bishōnen samurai character earlier this year, and official Sengoku Basara rice bags, miso (soy paste), noodle sauce, and sake followed soon after.

Source: Kahoku Online Network


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