The adorable Bento Box Lunch fad has been sweeping the kids lunch circuit – no longer are simple PB&J sandwiches, a juice box and a couple of crackers in a plain brown paper sack going to cut it. Moms are now going all out in a creative, time consuming, food war to create the best, most inventive Bento lunches I’ve ever seen. Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, the Bento Box Lunch has become accessible to everyone.
Bento boxes are a traditionally a Japanese takeout, home-packed meal where food is indvidually placed. Bento lunches are visually appealing and simple in concept. Modern Bento lunches such as the “Kyara-ben” (character bento) are created to look like popular Japanese characters and “oekakiben” (picture bento) are created to represent scenes, people or places.
Since I find the creativeness of the Bento Box Lunch so fascinating, I have been collecting them on Pinterest on a board I have aptly named Bento CraZy. Here are a few of my non-licensed character (for fear of being sued) favorites:
These talented moms sure have upped the ante in kids lunches. Now, I only wish I had the time to create such beautifully intricate masterpieces in my kids lunches too!
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