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Bento 101 (Getting Into the Bento Making Habit) Part 5: Keeping it going

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Welcome to the last lesson of Bento 101: Getting Into The Bento Habit. In this lesson we’ll talk about the best reasons to get into the bento making lifestyle, and some tips for keeping it going. continue reading...

Bento Lunches for Grownups feature on Redbook

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I'm very happy that JustBento is featured on the website of Redbook Magazine, in a slideshow titled Bento Lunches for Grownups. It has 9 bentos from this site (maybe you'll recognize a couple) that are all very easy to put together. It was a real pleasure to work with Ava on this, and I hope it will introduce even more people to the world of bento. (For those of you not in the U.S., Redbook is a major women's magazine, aimed primarily at American working women with families. Wikipedia on Redbook.)

If you found us via Redbook, welcome! You'll find a lot of information here, from the very basics on up. We're just concluding a Bento for Beginners online course called Bento 101: Getting Into The Bento Habit (start here, and follow the links at the bottom) which may be helpful if you're curious about how it all works.

I'd also like to belatedly say hi to everyone who came over from LifeHacker. Hi guys! Bento really is a pretty good life hack. ^_^

Food doesn't always have to be hot to be nourishing

Pondering the prejudice in many cultures against ‘cold’ food. continue reading...

It's bento season again! (Open thread)

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This has to stop. I’m declaring the re-opening of bento season! 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...

A school ban on bringing lunch from home

A school in Chicago has banned all lunches brought from home, saying that lunch served at school is healthier. What do you think? continue reading...

Bento lunches and "shokuiku" (food education) at a Japanese kindergarten

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Another Japan Times article - about how bento lunch time is used as a teaching opportunity at Japanese kindergartens. continue reading...

The healing power of an umeboshi onigiri

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An essay from a new Japanese book really strikes a chord… continue reading...