The Art of the Bento Box

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Adventures in Bento Making by Pikko

A close-up of a bento inspired by the story of Noah's ark.

Bento is the Japanese word for "boxed lunch," one that's generally housed in a to-go container that is separated into different compartments. Bentos usually hold everything from rice and fish to meat, veggies and fruit, and they're so common in Japan that you can find them sold everywhere. The bento, however, has been since turned into an art-form, with tons of fans all over the world pouring energy into carefully arranging their lunch boxes into familiar characters, cute animals or even entire scenes. Check out some of our favorites.