Published Sep 22nd, 2009
Japanese people take their home made box-lunch, bentō, to school, work and picnics.
A bentō consists of rice, fish, meat, and vegetables as a side dish; therefore, it is nutritiously balanced.
Bentō are also available in many places; for example, bento stores, convenience stores, train stations and department stores.
Making bentō is like an art project.
To help to make beautiful bentō, there are various bentō tools are sold at stores.
The mothers of kindergarten kids love to make kyara-ben, character bentō, for their kids.
Kyara-ben is decorated to look like anime/manga characters, or animals.
There are kyara-ben contests where mothers incredibly cute food art to complete.
This is JAPAN Style!
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