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Bento boxes, and what’s inside


Perhaps you’ve heard of the word “bento” in your lifetime. If you have, it’s certainly Japanese, meaning one’s lunch or lunch box. You have a variety of bento boxes to choose from, plus mothers nowadays get extremely creative when they make a bento for their kids to go to school to show off. Bentos made with characters are challed “charaben (kyara-ben; meaning “character bento”),” which is like the Totoro pictured bento above.

The boxes themselves have character pictures on them, such as the Japanese staple Doraemon. These sell for around 10 dollars. Although they seem, or made out of plastic material, they could be heated in the microwave by just putting the box inside it.
Some are made to keep the contained food frozen as well. 

Related: Totoro’s “bento” box

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