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Get Your Bento in a Tube

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Eschewing the beauty typically associated with the bento box—and even the box itself—Takara Tomy's Smart Han ("smart rice") is basically the sausage-maker of the bento world.

It's a kind of push-pop for all your leftover rice and other food from the night before, which you can fill up and then squeeze out by rotating the base of the tube. It's a no-nonsense, lo-fi plastic ejector of midday sustenance.

Is it bento? Who knows? But on a three-snooze-button morning, it may be the difference between a konbini (convenience store) lunch and something with a bit more of a homemade touch.

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