bento culture

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

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.

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!

Great Bento Ideas: One box, infinite bentos

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All you really need is one bento box....

What do you call a bento creator?

Now that bentos are becoming more and more popular outside of Japan, the question arises:

What do you call someone who makes bentos?

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Bento tidbits from Japan: Beautiful takeout bentos in Kamakura

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As part of my ongoing (irregular) series reporting on storebought bentos in Japan and elsewhere, here are a couple of gorgeous bentos bought and consumed in the historic town of Kamakura.

Takasugi-san chi no Obento (The Takasugi Family's Bento), a manga about families, love and bento

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A manga series in which bentos play a pivotal role. And a question - have bentos or packed lunches affected your relationships?

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