Bento 弁当 bentō is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan however, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.
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