I want to have a "bento" for lunch.
Nathaniel : Look at that peaceful scenery!
Hideo : We're still in Chiba prefecture, not in Tokyo yet. Further along, you will see more buildings from the window.
Nathaniel : Aren't you all starving? Let's have lunch while we can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Hideo : It's a bit early yet, but let's have lunch. What would you like to eat?
Nathaniel : Since I've come all the way to Japan, I'll have a "bento".
Hideo : Did you say "bento" just now?
Nathaniel : It's a boxed lunch that contains rice and fish.
Hideo : Oh! you mean "bento." There are several varieties of "bento." Let's buy some "makunouchi bentos."
Nathaniel : What's a "makunouchi bento" like?
Hideo : It's a kind of "bento" eaten by the audience between the acts of a Kabuki play.
Nathaniel : Really, I know "Kabuki!" I saw it once in New York a long time ago.
Makunouchi bento The most popular type of bento sold at railroad stations and by vendors on the train. It has been popular for a long while, and is one of the pleasures people look forward to on a trip. Nowadays, they are also sold at convenience stores in populated areas.