Mar 172013
 

From the blog of Alphamom

First off some of us are wondering what a Bento Box is.   In the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568 to 1600), wooden lacquered boxes like today’s were produced and bento would be eaten during a hanami or a tea party.  A Hanami party was the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (“sakura”) or (less often) plum blossoms (“ume”).[1] From the end of March to early May.

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Traditional Japanese Bento Box

Today they are more or less fancy packed meals or snacks.

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They come in many shapes and sizes.  Kids love them and they also have a more elegant box for the sophisticated adult in us.

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All of these can be found at Amazon.com and there are so many to find online.

Top photo came from Alphamom blog site and it explains the bento box basics for back to school.  Trust me you’ll love it.

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