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On Bentos

Let me explain…

A “bento” is a Japanese style lunch box that has long been the rage of Japanese school children and world-wide Japanophiles alike. In my efforts to start eating a bit better, I decided to buy one.

Yup!
Yup!

The point lies in the packing of your future repast – you have to actively plan what you’ll pack and how to place it. Since this forces you to take a long bleary-eyed look at all the chips and sandwiches and pizza slices that might not quite fit, and in the long run might lead to your children weeping by your early grave, at the very least it makes you think about what you eat.

Here’s one of my early attempts:

Broccoli, Fried Rice and Salmon
Broccoli, Fried Rice and Salmon

Amazon, through its little aggregate data gremlins, discovered that I liked bento products, and thus began its commercial battle of attrition. I finally broke and bought a little sandwich cutter a few days ago.

D'awwwwww
D’awwwwww

Though obviously meant for five year olds I still couldn’t help myself. (I’d rather not think about what that implies >.>)  Here is the result of careful scientific experimentation with this nutrition-sectioning device:

Stamping animal faces should be a form of therapy.
Stamping animal faces should be a form of therapy.

Upon forwarding said image to my Mother, she demanded I bring my toy to our next Obligatory Relational Aggregation. I’ve decided to humor her.

These things are like one large bite. Of awesome.
These things are like one large bite. Of awesome.

I’ll be happy to pass along more eye-salting posts on bentos in the future.

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