The ephemeral beauty of bento

January 31, 2011 § 6 Comments

The bento is no ordinary lunch box. It is a culinary universe, contained in a lunch box. I admit to having a soft spot for Japanese food and Japanese aesthetics, so it’s no wonder bentos fascinate me. Not just because they are beautiful. Because there is a whole different approach to food behind them.

  • Bentos elevate the idea of a lunch box. Not the rushed junk lunch one usually has at work, but the kind you take time to prepare for yourself or loved ones.
  • Bentos celebrate the ephemeral beauty of things. The beauty you glance at for a few seconds after opening the bento box and before devouring your lunch. So zen.
  • Bentos are all for portion control (bento boxes are notoriously small) and healthy food choices (traditionally rice, fish, vegetables and fruits are the prefered bento choices)

Bentos range from minimal to elegant…

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…and from kawai (cute) to completely outrageous (and some times kitch)

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See a gallery of the best bento boxes we found on Flickr after the jump

bento by kitsa sakurako

copyright: kitsa sakurako

bento by bentomom

copyright: bentomom

bento by luckysundae

copyright: luckysundae

bento by luckysundae

copyright: luckysundae

bento by sherimiya ♥

copyright: sherimiya ♥

bento by babykins

Copyright: babykins

bento by luckysundae

copyright: luckysundae

bento by sherimiya ♥

copyright: sherimiya ♥

bento by ContrariwiseJewelry

Copyright: ContrariwiseJewelry

bento by AugustusGloop

Copyright: AugustusGloop

bento by bentomom

Copyright: bentomom

bento by Augustusgloop

Copyright: Augustusgloop

bento by Token-Bento

Copyright: Token-Bento

bento by Token-Bento

Copyright: Token-Bento

bento by brennx0r

Copyright: brennx0r

bento by Token-Bento

Copyright: Token-Bento

bento by sherimiya ♥

Copyright: sherimiya ♥

bento by tomono♪♪

Copyright: tomono♪♪

bento by brennx0r

Copyright: brennx0r

bento by jadedrop

Copyright: jadedrop

bento by lsonlam430

Copyright: lsonlam430

bento by luckysundae

Copyright: luckysundae

Bento resources:

Just  Bento

Bento & co

Cute Obento

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