description: Bento is the Japanese style boxed lunch. The videos in this play list show the different kinds of bento you can get here in Japan. You can also see other bento related videos in this series.
Wikipedia: Bento (弁当 bentō) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.
Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento", which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.
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Transcript: Okay, this is a chain store. It's like a fast food bento shop where you can buy. See we have a word here called bento. It means lunch box. So you can buy a set lunch at this place. It's called Hokahoka tei. We'll go inside here and see what it looks like.
They have these little snacks here. This is custard. Tea. You buy a set menu.