Oekakiben BentoKatachiware Japanese Style Tableware
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 flowers and plants.
Making oekakiben can become an art form and takes time, practice and patience to get the desired effect.
Contests are often held in Japan and on the internet where Oekakiben bento enthusiast compete for the most aesthetically attractive designs.