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Shikaeshiben Bento

Did You Know About Shikaeshiben Bento?

Shikaeshiben (仕返し弁) translates to the “revenge” bento.

During the 16th century, home wives would make shikaeshiben as a way of getting back to their husbands. Meals would include fowl written insults, or the food would be over or undercooked, making it inedible

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Obento Lunch Box (obento-bako)

Obento Lunch Box

In Japan, there is a specific term for obento (お弁当).” If you ask a Japanese person what obento means you may get several answers. Obento (o-ben·to) has many variations. In this article, we discuss Yochien Obento Lunch Box "Kindergarten Bento" with a cultural order and meaning; it is a particular type of Japanese lunch box... read more

Bento Boxes Australia

Bento Boxes Australia

The first Japanese bento boxes Australia record were in June 1910 in an article by the Perth The Daily News were a young man recollects his experience of bento while taking a train ride in Japan. Bento boxes can be categorised into three types that we use today. Homemade bento which we make for the... read more

Influence behind the Shokado Bento Box

Shokado Bento, Simple, Elegant & Inspiring

Shokado bento box (松花堂弁当) pronounced "shookadoo" bento is a simple yet beautifully lacquered thirty-centimetre square box divided into four equal compartments like the Chinese character for FIELD 田, with partitions that include extended edges and a lid to keep its contents warm. Shokado Bento named after Shojo Shokado (1582-October 14, 1639) a respected Japanese Buddhist... read more

Jubako - Layered Bento Boxes

Jubako Bento “Layered Bento Boxes”

Used in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185), Jubako Bento (重箱) means "Layered Bento Boxes". Similar to bento boxes they are a combination of elaborately decorated lacquered boxes used for holding and presenting food in on outings or special occasions. The upper-classes traditionally used Jubako Bento to hold takeaway meals in for picnics, birthdays, celebrations... read more

Kyaraben Bento

Kyaraben Bento “Character Bento”

Most people are familiar with the bento box concept; the Japanese origin home-packed or pre-made store-bought meal. However, very few will be aware of what a Kyaraben bento is. A little unusual, fun and artistic; are some of the terms that would best describe a Kyaraben bento! Kyaraben What exactly is Kyaraben? Kyaraben or Charaben which mans... read more

Noriben Bento

Noriben Bento Made From Seaweed

Noriben Bento is a traditional bento meal made from seaweed, the name comes from nori (Japanese name for edible seaweed) and bento put together. Bento which is an inherent part of Japanese culture has caught up with the rest of the world and become a convenient and healthy option for serving dinner at home, lunches... read more

What Goes in a Bento Box

What Goes in a Bento Box, Five Fundamental Rules

Bento boxes have become extremely popular for young and old. The container which serves as a useful medium for carrying healthy lunches while on the go or used at home for a traditionally cooked Japanese meal can be divided into two types; the everyday sensible bento and the decorative or traditional bento. Five Fundamental Rules The... read more

Bamboo Bento Box

Biodegradable Bento Box, Use Bamboo

Biodegradable Bento Box, Use Bamboo | We are all well aware of the increasing impacts of global warming, and the go green initiative is being pushed forward. Many of us are looking at how we can reduce our impact on the environment by thinking twice when buying or using a product. One way of doing... read more

Wood Bento Boxes, Go Green with Your Next Meal

Wood bento boxes, go green with your Japanese inspired meal. We are all hearing about our contribution to the dramatic rise in global warming, and the Go Green Initiative is being pushed forward in urgent earnest by most developed countries. It's our duty to use sustainable materials for items that we use daily, and one... read more

Japanese Lunch Box

How to Prepare a Japanese Lunch Box

Japanese Lunch Boxes have become a popular substitute for a bagged lunch for the office and school or prepare elaborate meals for the family. The idea of packing bento may seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a little preparation and practice, the task becomes easier and is quite fulfilling. Packing a Japanese Lunch Box... read more

Established in 2004, Katachiware has become a trusted distributor with a unique and extensive range of Japanese inspired traditional bento boxes and accessories. What started as a hobby of collecting Japanese bento boxes eventuated into a business that has distributed thousands of bento boxes to retail, hospitality and many of Australia’s finest restaurants and hotels. If you eat from a bento box at your local restaurant, the chance is that they came from Katachiware.

In Japan, the bento box is a tradition, a necessity and a way of serving many controlled portions of food that tantalises your taste buds. And what makes them so intriguing is that they honour a Japanese eating philosophy called Hara hachi bun me (腹八分目), which dates back to 551–479 BCE. It teaches us to eat until we are 80 per cent full, that way you will still be hungry for the next day. The art in preparing bento helps us to live a balanced life, and when eaten, we are having a balanced meal. Confucian teachings translate this as “Eat until you are eight parts out of ten full”.

The Katachiware bento box collection gets its inspiration from traditional Japanese lunch boxes. Still, it draws its attention to the Shokado bento created before World War II by Teiichi Yuki, a famous chef in Japan. He was visiting the Shokado Tea Houses in Kyoto where he noticed an example of the Shokado Shojo calligraphy box.

Shokado was a renown Buddhist priest that made the box to carry his tobacco and calligraphy tools. Mr Yuki inspired by the box’s beauty that he developed a similar one that was lacquered and partitioned into four sections used to serve the shokado bento. The idea took off as it was easy to serve meals during large events and became even more famous for tea ceremony meals and cherry blossom viewing parties. Since then, the shokado bento has become more graceful, and the Katachiware collection continues with the traditional.

Bento Box (弁当) History begins in Japan, early in the Kamakura Period where they traditionally contained a serving of rice or noodles with fish, meat or chicken and the main course was accompanied by cooked or pickled vegetables. Today they are mostly mass-produced in a disposable plastic and also available in bamboo, camphor wood, ABS resin plastic with a melamine coating and wood hand-crafted in a lacquerware finish. In Japan they are found in railway stations, department stores and fast-food shops that specifically serve meals.

Bento Box History, From 1185 to 2021 bento can be traced back to the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Japanese packed their lunch to take to work, hunting, fishing, or waging war they carried parcels of packed food to eat the go. These portable meals would commonly include foods such as white rice, millet or potatoes.

Get the most out of the Katachiware collection we highly recommend taking a few extra steps to take care of the products to last a lifetime. Like all products made from wood or lacquered tableware products, we suggest washing most components with a soft damp cloth. For products made from abs resin soak them in warm soapy water for 15 minutes. Then remove excess foods or stains with a soft damp cloth, towel dry and store on a flat dry surface.

For products made from wood or bamboo, excess water can deteriorate the wood fibres and glues. Wood is biodegradable which will soak up moisture, so we suggest removing any remaining excess foods with a soft damp cloth rinsed in warm soapy water. Then towel-dry each component and stack them in an assembled format in a dry ventilated area. Do not immerse wooden products in water or allow pools to accumulate. For stubborn stains, mix a small amount of salt or baking soda to the damp cloth to “gently” clean the surface.

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It is important you receive an item which meets your expectations so if you are not sure before purchasing from our website please call to discuss and we will help you with your selection. If you change your mind and are seeking an exchange, refund or credit for a stock return, the freight will be at the purchaser’s expense and refund will be assessed once the unused goods have been returned. We always aim to ensure all purchases are in good condition when packed and posted. In the unlikely event you do receive a damaged or faulty item please contact us within 7 days of receipt of your order. Refund will be available in the instance of all major faults/defects as per Australian Consumer Law. Should you receive damaged stock generally we ask you to email a photograph of the item along with the packaging and delivery label for our review.