Supporting the town with a "rice planting bento" that delivers sincerity! Restaurant Mukohiwa (Hokuryu Town)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Finally, the rice planting season has arrived!

Rice planting season has arrived!

Popular rice-planting bento

In the earlier areas of Hokuryu Town, rice planting work started around May 15 (Friday). An essential part of this rice planting season is the "rice-planting lunch box"!

The restaurant that has received numerous orders within Hokuryu Town is "Shokudo Mukohi" (restaurant).
On Saturday, May 16, during the rice-planting lunchbox season, we covered the lively activities at the restaurant.

Restaurant Mukohi, Exterior

Restaurant Mukohi

Some days we receive more than 100 cases a day.

This year, perhaps influenced by the spread of the new coronavirus, the number of orders for boxed lunches on the first day was half that of last year. Nevertheless, the number of orders over the approximately half-month period of this rice planting season exceeds 1,000. On a few days, there are 40 to 50 orders, and on many days, there are over 100 orders.

On the day of the visit, cooking begins before 6:00 a.m. and by 10:00 a.m. the food is ready for delivery. Part-time staff members also help out. On that day, 43 orders were received, including boxed lunches and rice bowls.

Busy preparing for the event!

Bento Menu

Three types of bento boxes are available: A (650 yen), B (750 yen), and C (850 yen). For side dishes only without rice, each is discounted 100 yen.

Delivery Menu

Bento B Set

That day's lunch was filled with side dishes such as fried dumplings, shrimp, salmon, fried noodles, egg rolls, meatballs with starchy sauce, vermicelli salad, etc.!

Bento B Set

Bento C Set

Bento C Set

Various rice bowls

Various rice bowls are also available. The orders of the day were "Katsu-don", "Ton-don", and "Karaage-don"!

Various rice bowls

Bento Delivery

Lunch delivery starts at 10:00 a.m!

The lunchboxes are loaded into the car, and the person in charge of delivery is the wife, Yuko.

On this day, we had an order from Numata Town, so we started from Numata Town in the far district. By 11:30, the delivery was complete. Then we start our lunch service.

Delivered to the doorstep of each home!

Supporting farmers with nutritious lunches

During this busy farming season, farmers are at their busiest and most mentally and physically demanding. The hard work is physically exhausting and requires nutritional support.

Our customers look forward to their daily bento, so we take care to vary our daily bento menu as much as possible.

Also, we offer a free serving of rice to customers who request a large serving of rice," says Yuko Sato, the customer-oriented wife of the restaurant's owner.

Add sincerity to your bento!

We are grateful and deeply appreciative of the many people who order and support us during this time of year. I will do my best to be of service to everyone and meet their expectations," said Mitsuo Sato, owner of the store.

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Mitsuo Sato, owner of the store, being interviewed by Atsushi Shima, a reporter of the Kita Sorachi Shimbun

We send our unlimited love, gratitude, and prayers to the people at "Restaurant Mukohi" who deliver sincere delicacies and warm sincerity to the farmers who are hard at work planting rice, the lifeblood of the ear of rice.

Sacred paddy field landscape where life resides

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