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The Fascinating Japanese Bento!

Anmona Handique Mahanta

Apart from the culturally rich traditions and customs complemented with the finest etiquettes of discipline and punctuality, Japan is also wowed for its world-famous Japanese cuisines. And when it comes to Japanese cuisines, the very first thing that may come to your mind is all about Sushi, Sashimi , Tempura (battered and deep-fried fries), and delicious Ramen. But believe me that’s a lot more to explore and know about Japan’s rich culture of food. Today, through this column, I would like to share with you about the Japanese Bento culture that is so uniquely enriching and fascinating.

Now, what is a Japanese Bento? In Japanese, bento means ‘Lunchbox’. These lunchboxes are a single-portion or take out home-packed meals common in Japan (Source-Internet) These are not only just typical lunchboxes filled to refill the stomachs but are decorated with a variety of culinary offerings within attractive lunchboxes. Today, Japanese Bento’s are world famous for its unique representation of the meal sets and for the distinguished variety of food items which can be only found in Japan. And because of their outstanding presentation with colorful characterization, bento meals are the most appealing about this country, especially for tourist.