written by Scott
Bento or O-bento are essentially boxed lunches. They usually consist of a mix of small edibles such as rice, sushi, pickled vegetables, teeny omelettes, or tofu. Leaving it there is a disservice, though: bento are omnipresent in Japanese life. Schoolchildren go off with their own home-packed bento in ingenious little boxes, sure, but so do salarymen, people on trains, picnickers. You can buy them almost anywhere you find travellers or commuters, and they range from 4¥ boxes of rice-with-protein to 15¥ or up artworks of sushi, pickled rarities, tempura, and more. Why don't we do this in the US?
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