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I love looking at Japanese bento boxes! They`re so adorable and it really helps the Japanese maintain portion control. The food that Japanese mothers also put into it look pretty tasty :) It definitely has more variety than in my diet, lol. It`s interesting to know that there are different kinds of bentos that are prepared for age groups (of course), working people, married, retired, and for their festivals / holidays. There are also diet bentos (pic 4)!
Here`s a Japanese bento lesson:
Kouraku bento - any type of bento eaten on an outing, such as for cherry blossom viewing. Can be an elaborate makunouchi bento, or something assembled at a convenience store.
Ohanami bento - a bento eaten while admiring the cherry blossoms.
Omotenashi bento - bentos served to guests; usually a makunouchi bento type.
Shoukadou bento- related to makunouchi bento; a formal bento served at restaurants, where a deep bento box is divided into 4 equal sections, each section with a small serving dish.
Hinomaru bento- the simplest kind of bento; the box is filled with white rice, and an umeboshi (pickled plum) is placed in the middle.
Jukuben - a light bento eaten in the evening at juku (exam prep school). Most Japanese schoolkids go to a juku at some point in their lives.
Doing this was good lol cuz I didn`t even know about these different bento boxes ;D! PS. some of these pictures are little mini toy bentos.