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Just Bento is owned and published by me, Makiko Itoh . I am a Japanese woman, born in Tokyo, and currently dividing my time between Japan and Provence, France…which sounds way more glamorous than it is. (I have family in Japan, my husband’s Swiss, and we have really run down house in France that we call “le money pit” ^_^;) That’s me in the photo on the left at age 3, absorbed in a cookbook no doubt. Besides Japan and France, I’ve also lived in Switzerland, the UK and the US (mostly in the New York City area) for extended periods.I am totally fluent in Japanese and English, and get along in French…and I can understand Swiss-German at least. While I’m passionate about promoting Japanese cooking and culture, I’m also interested in plain, simple, delicious and easy ways to prepare food.
JustBento is dedicated to the subject of healthy, simple bento lunches, some traditionally Japanese, some not so traditional. The focus is on bentos for health and weight-conscious adults, but many of the recipes and methods are applicable to bentos for all ages. The site was established in October 2007, and has rapidly grown to become top resource in English for people interested in bento or obento (お弁当.
JustBento is the sister site of Just Hungry , perhaps the best known Japanese recipe blog on the internet. There’s a lot more about me on the About page there  if you are interested. (日本語のプロフィールは こちらです  - Japanese profile.)
If you’re new to the site, you may want to start here: How JustBento is organized, and finding your way around .
I am the author of The Just Bento Cookbook , published in 2010 (early 2011 in the U.S.) by Kodansha International, and now published by Kodansha USA. It is entering its 7th printing (as of March 2013), and is available worldwide. More about The Just Bento Cookbook .
Some press mentions and appearances of note include:
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I have noticed a lot of new visitors coming to Just Bento lately, so now is a good a time as ever to explain how the site is organized.
If you just want to go straight to an overview of everything that’s on Just Bento, try the Sitemap .
Complete bentos show you assembled bento boxes, with an explanation of the contents, a calorie count, and often a timeline for how to assemble it. Each complete bento either lists the recipes for the contents, or if the recipes are more involved, link to the recipe pages.
Recipes are just that, recipes for individual components that go into a bento box. I’ve broadly divided the recipes into three types:
You can also start at the Recipe Index  page. From there you can go directly to individual articles, or click on various categories, such as Japanese recipes , Not Japanese recipes , vegan recipes , egg recipes , and so on.
Besides all of the above, you’ll find product reviews and various musings on bento!
The three articles below are at the core of my bento-making thinking, and are the reasons why I make bento for myself and my other half:
All of the recipes presented on Just Bento are bento or lunchbox friendly!
Just Bento is the little sister of Just Hungry , a general food blog/site that is mainly (though not exclusively) focused on Japanese cooking. For this reason, a lot of the recipes and bentos on Just Bento are Japanese too - after all, it is a Japanese tradition, and I (Maki) am Japanese! However you’ll find plenty of non-Japanese recipes, bentos that are not based on rice, and so on here too. Even with the Japanese recipes, I try to stay away from ones that use ingredients that are too exotic or impossible to get a hold of outside of Japan. I currently live in the middle of Europe in a country (Switzerland) with only a very small expat Japanese community, so I know how difficult it can be to buy some things that are taken for granted in Japan, or regions of the world like California or Hawaii where Japanese groceries are plentiful.
I’m an omnivore, but in recent years I’ve become more interested in vegetarian and vegan eating (see 75% vegetarian ), so there are also several vegan/vegetarian recipes and bentos. I like to alternate my bentos between meat-based ones and vegetarian/vegan ones.
Finally, since I don’t have kids and only make bentos every day for 2 adults, the site is more focused on bentos for adults, but I have a great advisor in my sister (who has 2 small kids), not to mention my mother, so you should find many healthy, tasty and kid-friendly recipes too.
Since Just Bento just started in October of 2007, there are several bento-friendly recipes over on Just Hungry that were posted prior to that date. Just Hungry is also where you will find some basic, foundation type recipes and how-tos, such as how to cook Japanese style rice and sushi rice . If you are interested in Japanese cooking as well as bentos, you might want to follow both sites.
The two requirements for any recipe posted on Just Bento (excluding the forums , where there are separate sections for Bento Recipes and General Recipes) is that it has to taste great, and it has to be suitable for bento. Furthermore, most recipes are on the healthy and low-calorie side too! (There are a few exceptions for often-requested favorites and such.)
The Just Bento Community Forum  is where we discuss everything bento-related, and some non-bento related things too. It’s a busy and friendly place - check it out!
Just Hungry  is Just Bento’s big sister; it’s now nearly 5 years old, and has lots of information of interest to bento makers. For this reason, the search box you see on every page on the left sidebar searches both Just Bento and Just Hungry at the same time. Chances are I’ve already written about a subject you’re interested in when it comes to Japanese cooking, so try the search and see if it’s there!
I am always open to suggestions, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact  me.
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An advertiser on JustBento.com must be in a bento, lunch, Japanese food or culture, or related business. Weight loss schemes, diet pills and ‘nutritional supplement’ sellers, or any business unrelated to the interests of our readers are not accepted.
Please note that we do not offer any kind of text link advertising, nor do we do link exchanges. We are also not interested in SEO services.
Individuals who wish to post classified type ads for sale or swap of bento related items may use the free Swapmeet and Marketplace  section of our community forum. All posts are subject to scrutiny by the forum staff and may be removed if deemed inappropriate.
(Updated September 2010)
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Each complete bento presented on Just Bento has a calorie count. This is derived from the following information:
Keep in mind that all calorie counts are approximate, since portion sizes may vary.
Most of the complete bentos (the numbered ones) are around 500 calories or lower. They can easily be made bigger or smaller just by increasing the volume of each component. (I frequently show larger “Guy” variations.)
The capacity of “1 cup” varies from country to country, in a maddening way. In the U.S. it’s about 240ml (236.588238 ml); in Japan it’s 200ml; in the UK it’s 436ml. I use 240ml (standard U.S. cup measure) as an approximimate middle ground, especially for rice. If you are very concerned about every single calorie, it’s best to invest in a good kitchen scale.
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Here are examples of reviews of products send by a publisher/maker:
Here are some reviews of products we purchased ourselves:
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