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The standered lunch in Japan is a ‘bento’, or ‘lunch box’.
Eating a delicious home made lunch box made by mom (or your wife) during your lunch break is a very ordinary scene in Japan.

The standard food in each lunch box is very simple. Standards include rice, umeboshi (pickled plum), fried salmon and tamagoyaki (grilled egg). It is a very important point that everything must still be delicious even if it is cold.

Standard Japanese lunch box

 

BUT! These days, this lunch box has been evolving in a lot of artistic ways…

Lunch boxes with food in the shape of popular characters have appeared!
They are called Chara-ben (Charactor lunch box) or Deco-ben (Decorated lunch box).

Moms and wives are taking the time to make these lunch boxes everyday.

Let’s check out their crazy efforts!
Please remember, this is all edible FOOD.

Cute charactors in lunch boxes!

There are two cute bears in a lunch box!
They are not stuffed animals- they are made of rice!

 

The popular Pokemon character, Pikachu.

Super Mario

If you have twins, you could give the other Luigi!
Kids must be so pleased to open their lunch box to see a great game character inside.

Popular motifs

 

 

Totoro and Hello kitty are the two most popular motifs in lunch boxes, especially with girls.
They are almost too cute to eat!

Strange motifs…

I am wondering how long it took to make this PS controller. The black is all dried seaweed.

 

Munch’s ‘The Scream’.
Personally, I don’t think I could eat this…

This is just a glimpse at the wild world in a box that is a Japanese lunch. Mothers (and wives) are truly only hindered by their imagination. What would you like to see in your lunch box everyday?

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