At Shinegawa Station, in Central Tokyo, a traveler can have lunch on the tracks. I don’t mean that anyone can just eat on the platform while waiting for a train; I mean that one can have a hot, hearty meal right there at the train tracks. It’s a whole new meaning to fast food. First one picks and pays for a dish from the vending machine – the choices are all some sort of ramen noodle bowls with various accoutrements such as pork, tofu, scallions, etc. A ticket pops out of the machine, and the hungry traveler hands it to the chef
behind the counter. Within a minute, the chef has assembled the food and handed it over. This is by no means a method of food preparation reserved for the train tracks – these types of vending/casual counter joints exist throughout the city of Tokyo for various types of food such as Indian and Chinese dumplings, in addition to just noodles. The proximity of the tiny restaurant to the train tracks, in addition to the
speedy service – it really is JUST for travelers waiting on a train – struck me as quite convenient and much healthier than lugging junk on to the train.
I was headed to the airport via the Narita Express and watched several hungry people eat and then jump on to the train. It was convenience in action. Yum!!