27 Jul '16, 12pm

Why do Japanese mothers spend so much time on their kids' lunch boxes?

Why do Japanese mothers spend so much time on their kids' lunch boxes?

If you thought packing lunches was a chore, be thankful you don't live in Japan, where carving vegetables and cutting nori into cute characters and scenes has become a national obsession. There was a time when I thought packing school lunches was a real pain, but then I learned about character bento boxes and realized that I have nothing to complain about. My chore is not nearly as oppressive as that of countless Japanese mothers. While I pull together a pita with hummus, some carrot sticks, an apple, and a cookie, my well-meaning Japanese counterparts are sitting at a table carefully shaping the contents of their child’s bento box into a masterful work of edible art. Character bentos, or kyaraben , as they’re called, are apparently common throughout Japan. These bento boxes are filled with food that has been carved into ornate flowers and animals, characters like Hello Ki...

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