I’ll have some art for lunch

19 11 2008

Happened across this stuff in typical advertising fashion (i.e. looking for photos to mock up some ideas for Gladware) and thought it was way too cool not to share.

Bento (according to Wikipedia): is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento is readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend considerable time and energy producing an appealing boxed lunch.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged. Contests are often held where homemakers can compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements. The food is often decorated to look like people, animals, or characters and items such as flowers and plants. This style of elaborate bento is called kyaraben.

Cool, right?  Well, it gets even better!

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These were all done by the amazing and talented Sakurako Kitso.  Her Flickr photostream is here.

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4 responses

19 11 2008
Kelly

That is too funny – I have seen the ones like those that are Hello Kitty inspired.

20 11 2008
Rikki

Hehe! They do the same thing in Taiwan/China. I had days when I found it hard to eat my lunch/dinner. The baby chick was too cute or the rabbit, too real.

21 11 2008
Abby

That is awesome! I love the blue rice.

8 12 2008
Hedda

Love the Bento lunch art! 🙂

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