A bento is a Japanese boxed lunch. Where a Western boxed lunch is composed of one main meal (e.g. a sandwich  and a few side items, the bento is composed of many small hors d’oeuvres divided into different sections. Bentos are often ordered from restaurants for events/meetings, and  are set up into grids and each square is filled with a different little treat.  I’ll upload a picture of an adult bento from a restaurant the next time  I get one.

Bentos are also made by wives and moms for husbands and kids. Usually, kids in Japanese primary schools have to eat the lunch provided to them by their schools. When the kids go on field trips though, their moms pack their bentos, and they go all out.


A teacher’s bento.


cicada bento



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