- Bento design
playing with food
- Bento is a traditional Japanese lunchbox. In its origin, the idea was to create a healthy, well-balanced meal that could endure long periods of time and extreme weather. Staples in bento typically include rice, seaweed, fried egg (tamago-yaki), and vegetables.Recently, bento has become an art form. Japanese moms will spend hours making a cute, colorful lunch for their kids, shaping food to form characters. These bento are called kyaraben— "character bento."These are my kyaraben. What started out as a Japanese class project (the Pacman one) turned into a love for bento making.