The Difference Between a Bento & a Lunch Box
It has to do with the contents and packing style, but it has to do with the feelings of the packer as well.
Our Top 5 Bento Sites
Check out any of these inspiring sites to learn more about the brilliance of bento!
The 16 Best Worst Bento Lunches Ever
Enjoy these hilarious examples of times Japanese mothers, for whatever reason, decided today just wasn't the day for their loved one to receive an elaborate lunch.
The Force is With these 6 Star Wars Bento
How many wookiees can you fit in a lunch box?
All About Ekiben
Much more than dull meals to fill up hungry travelers, the best ekiben provide a small window into the regional cuisine and culture of the place where they're produced.
The Tumbler Bento: Pure Genius!
YouTuber Ochikeron assembles three very different bento-style lunches in plastic travel tumblers. What a great idea!
Better Know Your Bento Boxes
There are many different types of bento boxes that vary in shape and material, each with its own unique history.
The Cheapest Bento in Tokyo?
We sent our reporter out with ¥500 and a mission: go get lunch, and bring back change. He found what he was looking for in Taito Ward.
Epic Music Makes for Awesome Bento
Little Miss Bento reaches for Oscar gold with epic editing and musical selection!
Where to Buy Bento Accessories in Japan
While the period before the start of school in April is the hot time for bento purchases, you can pick materials up at any time of the year at specialty shops.
Halal Friendly Bento in Japan
Ever think of eating bento in Japan, but had trouble finding one that's halal? Wherever you are, we've got you covered!
A Brief History of Bento
Bento can be found everywhere in Japan, from convenience stores and railway stations to upscale department stores. But where did they come from?
Little Miss Bento's Snoopy & Woodstock Bento
Little Miss Bento shows us how to do a proper Peanuts lunch box.
The Kyaraben Behind the Cover
Kyarabenist.jp works to foster a love of "kyaraben," or character bento.
10 Rules for Good Bento
JustBento's Makiko Itoh shares the philosophy that guides her daily bento life.
Get Your Bento in a Tube
Takara Tomy's Smart Han is a kind of push-pop for your leftovers.
Catch His Eye with a Couples' Bento
Before dating, teenage girls may attract their love interest’s attention with a homemade lunch.
4 Businesses Inspired by the Bento Box
The bento’s sleekness, compactness, balance and visual appeal have spurred ideas for various businesses in Japan and beyond.
This Kyaraben Tutorial is Totally Kawaii!
Too cute to eat? In this breezy clip, J-food vlogger and cookbook author Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook shows you how to crank the kawaii factor of your bento box to dangerously adorable proportions.
The BBC Investigates Bento
With some Japanese mothers admitting to spending hours each morning on their children’s lunches, how far is too far in the name of kawaii?