Who doesn’t love looking at an appetizing meal? It’s not too far-fetched to say that digestion starts right when we lay our eyes on our food. Perhaps this is why so many culinary shows focus on presentation? While we love a masterfully decorated plate of food, garnished with herbs and flowers, the saucers filled with colorful dips and sauces, this joy of looking at food ends when we peek into our lunch boxes. But Japanese Bento boxes are a prime example that it doesn’t have to get boring when the food is packed!
Bento boxes contain a single-portion of meals, and they’re usually carried around to school, work and even events. Homemakers would usually spend a lot of time showing their artistic skills when it comes to the bento. One category of bento boxes, known as the kyaraben, the character bento, is especially popular in the country. Here, food will be arranged in the form of an anime or manga character, sometimes even an animal or a plant. Because these cute lunches were made at first for children, they are vibrant, colorful, and contain healthy and appetizing food!
Now, when we talk of kyaraben, aka the character lunchbox, it is impossible to talk about them without Pokemon. The Pokemon phenomenon is well known around the world, and as it started in Japan, the country has a special emotional connection to the little pocket monsters. Nearly everything has had a Pokemon stamped on it, and this also is the case with bento. Pokemon bento boxes are loved not only by kids but also by adults, and the Japanese culture has wholeheartedly accepted this love for the anime. Then why not show this adoration in bento boxes?
Look at how charming these Pokemon bento look!
Doesn’t this make you feel all mushy inside?
For the love of food, and everything kawaii.
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