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  • this is how a japanese train bento was made.

  • Yeah, mm So I've always wondered how a Japanese at train bento was made And luckily the folks at JR Tokai passengers oblivion and show me how it's made this video as part of my new series called Made in Japan, where I go in and show you how truly things are done here in Japan.

  • I'm so excited to show you this.

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  • All right, let's go inside of the factory if you've ever eaten a japanese train bento.

  • Good chances that was made by JR Tokai passengers, they sell bento boxes, only giddy.

  • And what's mommy says at Hokkaido Shinkansen stations employing about 530 staff to make this all happen.

  • And today I'm taking you into the heart of it where trained bentos are made in Japan at the Tokyo Show me factory.

  • So I've made it inside the building.

  • Let's go see inside of the factory.

  • Excuse me.

  • Can I go in the factory with you?

  • All right?

  • We're in.

  • So the factory is quite thorough and meticulous about preventing staff from introducing contaminants and bacteria, dust etcetera into the factory.

  • So they enforce strict policies on dress code, cleanliness and sanitation, which is, I'm sure comfort to many of their customers.

  • To start the bento making process.

  • The ingredients are received in the loading dog.

  • Every single box from vendors must be inspected.

  • They inspect about 253 100 boxes every day.

  • So after the inspection boxes are brought to the refrigerators and freezers boxes are organized by category like meat and pickles, so that the staff can quickly access the ingredients.

  • Now the preparation process begins wrapped packages like these are taken out of the boxes and sterilized.

  • In this area, vegetables are fueled by hand, then there Washington, electrolyzing water tank.

  • Finally their place in this machine to spin dry.

  • There's a door just behind me.

  • Let's see what's in this room.

  • Oh he's cutting fish.

  • Apparently the ingredients are all cut by hand and each one is counted in order to prepare just the right amount based on how many bentos are being made that day.

  • Now that all the ingredients are sliced up, the cooking process begins.

  • This is the boiler area.

  • Japanese boiled dishes are cooked in these giant bats.

  • Oh that's to Conoco in english bamboo shoots.

  • Let's talk to that guy.

  • Excuse me going to ask you a question how much food is made at one time.

  • What is your favorite food to make?

  • What is that?

  • They also boiled daikon, radish, Kornienko and sata Imo.

  • Yeah.

  • To cook the pumpkins.

  • The workers also use a special oven.

  • So this is where they grill the fish and check it out.

  • Mm hmm, mm.

  • The temperature and duration the food is cycled through the grill are precisely said to ensure food is cooked perfectly each and every time, but just in case the temperature is also checked when it comes out and this is the fried section, definitely my favorite place in the factory right now, pork katsu is being tried for the spicy masala katsu curry sandwich, wow, that looks so crispy.

  • Immediately after frying the cuts is dipped into the curry sauce.

  • I can watch this all day.

  • Other foods like karate fried shrimp and karaoke are also cooked in this fried oasis.

  • After all the food is fried, it's then cut into pieces and ready for the bento boxes.

  • All right, So this is where all the rice has made impact.

  • A bento box wouldn't be complete without rice.

  • So, it's no surprise that this factory makes 260 kg of rice about £570 every day.

  • I guess workers here always have a rice day.

  • Look at all these machines.

  • This giant pot itself can make up to 13 kg, about 28 a half pounds of rice.

  • So in order to fill the day's demand, the factory utilize a team of rice cookers.

  • The rice is then spread out by hand to help eric out.

  • So it's nice and fluffy when it goes into the bento boxes.

  • The factory will also produce a flavored rice.

  • This one in particular is a sarin attack economic johan clam flavored rice.

  • It's using one of their popular bentos.

  • Futagawa May she Rice isn't just for Bentos, but it's also used to make only Geary the Japanese rice ball.

  • If you don't already know Japanese love their own a giddy.

  • The factory make about 2000 only kiddies every day.

  • So this machine makes the square rice beds and then the feelings are added on top by hand.

  • Afterwards, the machine takes the field rice beds and presses it into a triangle ship and finally add the wrapping.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm.

  • Depending on the type of only guilty though, the seaweed is sometimes done by hand.

  • I think this one is gonna chicken ball.

  • I hope you're enjoying the tour.

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  • I wonder what he's doing.

  • Let's go ask him.

  • Excuse me, Can I ask you a question?

  • What are you doing?

  • How often did the machines break down?

  • So it looks like everything's been refreshes.

  • So now all we have to do is wait till this evening.

  • Alright, we're back.

  • It is after one a.m. In the morning and look at all of these people hard at work.

  • Let's see what they're doing.

  • Now.

  • It's time to finish up the plating and complete the final product to ship out the bentos as fresh as possible.

  • On the day, the factory plays all of the bento boxes.

  • After midnight, each worker is responsible for one task on the production line.

  • It's amazing to see how many different dishes are all packed into one bento box and the factory makes different kinds of bentos every night.

  • So when one mental product is completed, the workers we stock a different set of dishes in preparation to box.

  • The next one.

  • In total, about 8000 bento boxes are made at the factory every day.

  • But due to coronavirus is about half that.

  • Now, holidays are the most busy, as that's when customers are traveling the most on trains.

  • So during this time They make up to 10 bentos per day.

  • At the end of the production line to workers are paired to inspect every single product before final packaging.

  • What do you look for during the inspection?

  • What's a common issue with the bedroom box?

  • So what happens to the ones that don't pass after the inspection that bentos are cleared for the automatic packaging machine?

  • Yeah one's package the finished products and then moved to the shipping prep area.

  • Each product has a barcode which needs to be scanned into the system.

  • When scanned the system notifies the worker by a flashing number above the shelves in which basket.

  • To stop the product.

  • The number on the display represents how many items the stock and each basket on the shelf represents a store location.

  • This is amazing!

  • There's just so much food here.

  • Let's go check out some more.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah after midnight bentos are not the only product being made.

  • Foods like sandwiches and only giddy are also being ready for morning delivery.

  • Let's have a look at the sandwiches first, cutting the bread crust by machine.

  • Mhm.

  • Mhm.

  • And spreading the margarine as well.

  • Other ingredients like mustard, katsu and lettuce are added by hand.

  • Once the sandwiches completed its process through an automatic slicer, Then package one x 1 again by hand.

  • Then the sandwiches are wrapped by machine to complete the process.

  • Mhm.

  • Oh and someone needs some extra topping love So this is done by hand as well.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • This made in Japan tour wouldn't be complete if I didn't show you the back office, wow.

  • Even all of the office workers are suited up.

  • It's pretty awesome.

  • Excuse me, What are you doing?

  • How do you decide what goes into a bento?

  • How did you get this job during the interview?

  • Did they test you by making you taste food blindfolded?

  • How?

  • So this is where all the new products are born.

  • The development room, the team comes up with new ideas, creates test products and conducts Taste us.

  • They'll even create products many times until it's perfect and ready for mass production.

  • One of the most important things to check is whether or not the food tastes good when it's cold because bento boxes are made to be eaten cold.

  • What are you testing today?

  • How, how is the prototype coming along all of us?

  • So back to the factory finally from three a.m. Delivery workers start to load the trucks for morning deliveries so that the bentos are ready in stores for customers just before the earliest bullet trains start running.

  • Mm hmm.

  • All right.

  • So that is how a Japanese trained bento is made.

  • Let me know what you thought in the comments.

  • Also, let me know what you thought of my made in Japan series.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/05/22
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