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Tote Around Your Very Own Bento Backpack

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Most people with a fondness for Japanese food or culture have heard of bento boxes, the stylish and convenient containers into which Japanese boxed lunches are placed. But if our love of bento is so big you can’t fit it all into lunchtime, what you need is a Bento Backpack.

Available from Village Vanguard, the Bento Backpack is, sadly, not a gigantic set of actual edibles. But on the bright side, it has plenty of space to carry take-out in, since it’s 40 centimeters (15.8 inches) tall by 25 wide and 17 deep, making it pretty huge by Japanese standards.

The clear vinyl covering opens to grant you access to three removable zippered pouches bearing lifelike images of trusty bento favorites.

As with any bento, the thing that ties everything together is the rice, which, as per the orthodox style, has a pickled plum sitting in the center of it.

Of course, no one wants to eat a bento that’s just rice, so you also get some okazu, as the non-rice parts of a Japanese meal are called. For the Bento Backpack, those come in the form of karaage fried chicken, tamagoyaki omelets, grilled salmon, thin-sliced carrots with burdock root and sesame spinach.

The Bento Backpack can be ordered here for ¥5,940 (US$54) through Village Vanguard’s online shop, with shipping scheduled for late September, 2017.

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