Monday, March 13, 2006

Lunch Boxes...Bentos

Originally uploaded by pookie_san99.

One feature of food in Japan is the ubiquitious bento.
They are readily available from many convenience and department stores and also railway stations among other places.
Lunchboxes vary according to seasons and regions.

Prices also range from around 300 yen upwards.The more expensive ones contain seafood delicacies such as sea urchin.
The lunchbox pictured cost me 500 yen.
It conforms to the tradtional 4:3:2:1 ratio of 4 parts rice,3 parts fish or meat,2 parts vegetables and 1 part either pickled vegetables or dessert.
Consideration is also given to the color content of the box.The more colorful the better.The actual container can be a simple stryofoam box or a more elaborate and expensive wooden lacquered container....

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