Figures A–H: An assortment of different styles of bento lunches

Crafting a Bento

How to make beautiful and delicious Japanese box lunches By Clamoring

Bentos, or boxed lunches, have a long history rooted deep in ancient Japan. They originally began as simple meals requiring little or no effort to assemble. Today they are a vibrant art form that is popular worldwide.

This project will attempt to provide the basic design principles, resources for obtaining the necessary tools, and some of the traditional rules for making beautiful and delicious bentos.

1. Know the rules (then break them!)

Like many other Japanese art forms, bento-making has its ...

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