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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...

Jubako - Layered Bento Boxes

Jubako, Japanese Tiered Picnic Bento

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...

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...

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...

Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe

Japanese Okonomiyaki

Experience the delicious delicacies of Japan with this customisable Japanese Okonomiyaki recipe, the savoury pancake is easy to make and is full of authentic flavours and textures, it's sure to be a family favourite. Japanese Okonomiyaki Recipe お好み焼き for Bento translates to ‘grilled as you like it’. It's iconic street food in Osaka Japan that...

Kyaraben Bento

Kyaraben Bento, The Beginner’s Guide

Kyaraben Bento or charaben (キャラ弁) which is a short term used in Japanese culture for "character bento" is a way of elaborately preparing your bento meals with food decorated to look like your favourite cartoon characters, people, movie stars, animals, family members, plants or anything else that interests the family. Originally, Kyaraben bento intended to...

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic

Bento Box Magic | The sense of fun associated with bento boxes has made them highly popular worldwide. Besides the fun element, the functionality purpose is also served effectively by them. Bento boxes or Obentos as they are called in Japan are very appealing to kids and adults alike. Bento Box Magic Serves all purposes All kids...