Packing your lunch or your kids' lunch may involve a lot of plastic wrap which is not so good for the environment. Here is an alternative that gives a fun and beautiful twist to an everyday task.
Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cusine. traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand disposable mass produced crafted lacquerware.
Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento", which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.
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There are a lot of places where you may find bento boxes and bento supplies (Amazon,Target...)
One of them is the Bento Shop here.
You may find some bento lunch ideas at the following websites: