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A Bento prepared for Hanami.

Bentō (弁当 or べんとう) is a meal that is common in Japanese cuisine, made to take away to be eaten somewhere else. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Various kinds of containers are used, from disposable mass produced to handcrafted lacquerware. They usually have compartments for different kinds of food. While bento meals can be bought at many stores and bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya) in all of Japan, it is still considered a very important skill for a Japanese housewife to be able to prepare a good boxed lunch.

Bento can be very elaborate, aesthetically pleasing cuisine arrangements. Often the food is arranged in such a way as to resemble other objects: dolls, flowers, leaves, and so forth. For some special occasions like hanami, more elaborate and bigger bentos are prepared. People often take bento for a picnic.

Bento are often sold in train stations. These are called ekiben (駅弁). Those sold in airports are called Soraben (空弁). Kyaraben (キャラ弁), is a shortened form of the two words character and bento and is becoming more popular.

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Here are some foods that are often contained in a bento:

  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelette)
  • Karaage (deep-fried chicken)
  • Onigiri (rice ball)
  • Takosan Viennese (sausage like octopus)
  • Shogayaki (pork grilled ginger and soy sauce)
  • Sandwich
  • Fruit

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