A beautiful surprise when opening a Japanese lunch box.
In Japan, many children bring their lunch to school with them in what is called a ‘bento box’ or Japanese style lunch box. The word Chara-ben is derived from the two words, Character and bento, which indicates a characterized lunch.
This style of lunch was devised by homemakers who wanted make their children’s lunch more interesting as well as encouraging a wider range of eating habits. Great care and love goes into decorating the food to look like people, characters, animals, plants, and popular media.
Chara-ben is not sold in stores but the ingredients can found and recipes and ideas are available on the Internet or in bookstores. In Japan, a homemade lunch is a special dish that is prepared with a mother’s love and is also a great idea for lovers!