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A beautiful Mother's Day bento

Mother's Day bento

My mother sent me photos of a gorgeous Mother’s Day bento my stepfather got for her (and for himself too of course!) yesterday. It’s from Hikagejaya, a restaurant in Hayama, a town near Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture (where Yokohama, where my mom lives, is too). I’ve written about Hikagejaya previously; it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Japan, and their bentos are just wonderful. continue reading...

School lunch in Japan: is it so different?

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Since the focus of this site is bentos for lunch, I’m always fascinated by the subject of lunch in general. An interesting article in the Washington Post appeared yesterday, about school lunches in Japan. continue reading...

Offbeat: Great bento-related IKEA TV ad

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A bit of weekend fun! An IKEA campaign with the neatest looking bento box ever. continue reading...

Great bento box makers: Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten in Odate, Akita, Japan

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Last year, I visited the workshop of Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten, one of the most renowned makers of magewappa (bent wood) bento boxes and other items in Japan. Here, finally, is my report. continue reading...

Two approaches to katsu sando, plus more Japanese sandwiches

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About the katsu sando, a very Japanese sandwich, and other sandwiches from Japan. continue reading...

Great bento box makers: A visit to Hakoya in Ishikawa, Japan

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In April, I had the opportunity to pay a visit to one of my favorite Japanese bento box makers, Hakoya. Here’s my report, with lots of eye candy for bento box lovers! continue reading...

Salameshi, a TV program about working peoples' lunches on NHK

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A review of a fun program on NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster, about the lunches regular Japanese working people eat. continue reading...