This is Bento
Bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. Containers range from disposable mass-produced to hand-crafted lacquerware.
- Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops, railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.
We have three types of them.
In Japan, it is common for mothers to make these containers for their children to take to school. Because making them can take a while, some mothers will prepare the ingredients the night before and pack everything the following morning before their children go to school.
All over the world in every Airplane
The idea of Bento boxes has gone from Japan to all over the world. In the 1970’s airline companies were struggling when serving food on board, that’s when the idea of using these boxes went from one airline to another. Today you see versions of Bento boxes on all domestic flights, they are easy to carry, secure, easy to clean and great to store in a compact place on board.