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BENTO BOX - THE JAPANESE LUNCH BOX

Food Presentation Photos & Ideas of Japanese Cuisine

Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal commonly used in Japanese Cuisines. The word "Bento" originally comes from the Southern Dynasty slang term meaning "convenient" or convenience. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box shaped container.

Bento boxes are not just used for organization or transportation. In traditional Japanese cuisine, visual presentation is as much a part of the dining experience as the taste of the food, so beauty is always an essential ingredient in any Japanese meal. The Japanese firmly believe that you eat with your eyes first. Presentation is truly an art form and great attention is paid to everything from the arrangement of the food. It also entices the appetite, leaving you with an enjoyable dining experience.