A restaurant in Fukushima, Japan that serves heavenly Chinese food

When we think about Japanese food, we immediately think about sushi, tempura, ramen, onigiri and takoyaki.  Japan has an amazing, unique and varied cuisine that goes beyond sashimi, cup noodles and curry rice.

On a larger scale, food is an important part of the culture. … It also operates as an expression of cultural identity. Through a meal, people can socialize, build stronger bonds, cooperate, work in teams and help society to develop.

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It is also a way to thank the gods in rituals. Traditional food in modern society is very important to keep the culture.  The Japanese focus on the small things in their cuisine that helps make such a large impact on the quality of the food. The country takes pride in its food and uses it for various symbolic reasons.

From the article of Ever in Transit, food is a very serious business in Japan. While Western cultures tend to appreciate matching dishware, Japanese cooks tend to use dishes with a variety of colorful patterns, shapes and colors. The specific choice of dishes is important and seasonal. Fine restaurants will often use antique ceramics and lacquerware.

There are many rules for proper etiquette that apply to every aspect of life in Japan, including food. Some of these like it is polite to make a slurping sound when eating noodle soups, though, you should not slurp if you are eating soup made with rice. Sticking your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice is also a no-no.

Japanese cuisine has been influenced by the food customs of other nations but has adopted and refined them to create its unique cooking style and eating habits.

The first foreign influence on Japan was China around 300 B.C. when the Japanese learned to cultivate rice. The use of chopsticks and the consumption of soy sauce and soybean curd (tofu) also came from China.

Much of what we know as Japanese cuisine and culture today can easily be traced to China. Rice; barley; wheat; buckwheat; noodle-making; soybeans and soy products such as tofu, soy sauce, and miso paste; and tea are considered staples of Japanese cuisine and all originated directly from China.

With the coronavirus pandemic, a country like Japan with one of the worst performances among the world’s major economies is bracing for a tremendous blow.


Trade has slowed to a crawl as other leading nations come to virtual standstills to curb the virus. With bankruptcies starting to pop up among hotels and restaurants.  

Businesses are doing alternatives to cope up and survive every day to earn a living. Since social distancing has been implemented. Dining in restaurants is also prohibited. The other way for restaurants is to sell take-out or Bento meals.

Bento (弁当, bentō) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean cuisines and other Asian cultures where rice is the main staple food. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box.

Bento is readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya), railway stations, and department stores.

There are somewhat comparable forms of boxed lunches in Asian countries including the Philippines (baon), Korea (dosirak), Taiwan (biàndāng in Mandarin and “piān-tong” in Taiwanese) and India (tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.

If you will go to Fukushima, I would recommend this Chinese restaurant named Manjyuen and the food is great. I have heard there is a university near the restaurant where the students will flock and dine there.

Their best seller is Hoikoro,  a Szechuan Chinese dish. The dish’s ingredients include pork, which is simmered, sliced, and stir-fried; commonly stir-fried vegetables such as cabbage, bell peppers, onions, or scallions; and a sauce that may include Shaoxing rice wine.


Because of the coronavirus, people prefer to stay in their homes. The restaurant now offers their Chef’s Choice Bento for take-out. This mouth-watering dish as soon as you taste it, will let you order for more.

Moreover, they serve their dishes with clean and safety protocols.


For more inquiries, you may contact them:


Chef’s Choice Bento – 750 Yen

Telephone no. 024-943-1809

Address: Fukushima-ken Koriyama-shi Asaka-machi Hideyama Ipponmatsu 211

OPEN: Monday to Sunday

Time: 11:00- 21:00 pm

  • Manjyue front
  • Manjyue set meal
  • Manjyue table
  • Manjyue side

Ochie Suenaga

A freelance blogger, metaphysics practitioner on Feng Shui, Bazi, and QiMen. The zeal of Mastering Anything.

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