History

History About Bento Boxes

Bento boxes have a steep history in Japan dating back to the Edo period. Today they are one of the most common forms of packaging used for frozen TV dinners, takeaway, school lunch boxes and for serving deliciously cooked Japanese meals at home and more. Find information on bento history that includes Shokado, Jubako, Kyaraben, Hanami, Hinomaru, Ekiben, Japanese bento types & accessories and more.

Shikaeshi Bento Rice & Nori Broken Heart

Shikaeshi Bento, Revenge Bento Uncovered

Curious to know how a Japanese wife’s anger is expressed while preparing lunch for her husband? "Uncooked rice, an uncooked egg or a broken heart cut from Nori and one chopstick”, OUCH! Shikaeshi bento is the Japanese wives revenge bento prepared after an argument and its not the lunch you hope to try. Couples can’t always expect ...

Makunouchi Bento

Makunouchi Bento

Dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867), Makunouchi Bento (幕の内弁当) or "between act bento” boxes sold in tea houses "Shibai" located in theatres. Patrons watching Noh and Kabuki performances were entertained between acts with elaborately prepared makunouchi bento meals that included bite-sized portions that could easily be picked up...

Korean Bento Boxes

Korean Bento Boxes (Dosirak)

Dosirak is a lunch box that is widely used in South Korea, it consists of a bento box packed with a home-made meal that can also be purchased from dosirak stores. Similar to Japanese bento boxes they are normally served with rice and an assortment of traditional side dishes. Dosirak bento lunch boxes normally include a meal that is...

Bento Boxes Australia

1910, Australia First Discovers Bento

The first Japanese bento boxes Australia record was 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 family to take to school or work lu...

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-centimeter 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 ...

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 f...

Hinomaru Bento “Patriotic Bento”

Hinomaru Bento | The term, Hinomaru, means ‘circle of the sun’ in Japanese and stands for the Japanese flag. Hinomaru bento is a traditional bento box with steamed rice with a pickled umeboshi in the centre as its food contents. The red umeboshi or plum resembles the Japanese flag, and hence this bento is called the ‘Hinomaru’ bento. Hino...

Ekiben Bento Train Bento Boxes

Ekiben Bento “Train Bento”

In the Meiji period, the first ekibentō or ekiben "train station bento" was sold in 1885 at the Utsunomiya Train Station in Japan's northern Kantō region. The meal consisted of two freshly made onigiri balls, a few slices of pickled daikon radish wrapped in a sheet of bamboo bark. Since then, the ekiben bento “train station bento” ...

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben Bento

Oekakiben or "picture bento" is a type of bento box that is prepared by the mother for her child in a manner that the ingredients are decorated to resemble a picture or a scene. Often depicting objects such as animals, favourite pets, famous people, buildings, monuments, scenes from a favourite movie or specific items such as flower...

History of Bento Boxes

Controversial History of Bento Boxes

History of Bento Boxes starts during the Edo period (1603-1868) were various materials were used such as a magnolia leaf, oak leaf, bamboo sheath or bamboo leaf was used to wrap lunches on the go. These were not durable and didn't last long so they started to make bento wood. The earliest know record of bento was created by interwea...