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Want to start on your bento journey? Great! Now comes that first step of choosing the right bento box. But with so many different sizes, shapes and materials, this can be a daunting decision. We’ve compiled our best tips so you can select the perfect bento box for you! P.S All Bento Boxes now 15% off until February 8th!
As the New Year approaches, it’s almost time for our favorite type of bento to make their grand appearance: Osechi Ryori in Jubako! Osechi Ryori is traditional Japanese New Year’s food served in beautiful multi-tiered bento boxes called Jubako. Labor-intensive, visually stunning and full of symbolism,, Osechi Ryori is a probably the most iconic type of boxed food in Japan. Learn more on the blog
🍰🍗💕 What event do you associate with fried chicken, strawberry shortcake and romance? If you’re stumped, you probably aren’t alone. The answer is in fact Christmas in Japan! Ever since its introduction by Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, Christmas has evolved over hundreds of years to what it is now: a cozy, secular celebration that has its own Japan-specific quirks. Learn more on our blog
We recently got to chat with Dulguun (@dulguunts) from Mongolia for our Bento Tips blog series! We love seeing Dulguun’s tasty bento creations on Instagram and were blown away to learn she makes bento regularly for her very large family (seven children)! Dulguun says "When preparing bento, try to keep a variety of flavors and colors in one bento. My husband says there is love in a bento. I wish more people would pack and take bento❤️"
Introducing "Bento Tips", a new blog series where we speak with our favorite bento experts for their bento making advice! We're kicking things off with Shio (@shio7769), a Japanese food artist and influencer. Shio makes vibrant and whimsical bento boxes and meals that incorporate seasonal ingredients and reference Japan’s changing seasons.
Have you seen our latest bento recipe for Shogayaki Ginger Pork? In Japan, pork is popular, not only for its flavor but also because it contains vitamin B which helps combat exhaustion. With the addition of the satisfying, gingery sauce, Shogayaki is a good choice when you’re tired and need a easy and delicious meal to revive your body and spirit!
We were pleasantly shocked when we saw that Mab Graves had painted the lid of her Suri Urushi Bento! Using gouache and acrylic, Mab completely transformed the subdued bento with an adorable Kappa (amphibious yōkai imp from traditional Japanese folklore). Learn more about the amazing Pop Surrealist artwork of Mab on our blog
Last Friday on January 21, Kyoto city was blanketed in over 10cm of snow, the most snow it had received in 5 years! This year has definitely been a snowy one for Kyoto and we are enjoying the magic of these winter landscapes. Take a look at some familiar destinations transformed by the snow on our blog.
Join the Bento&co Team in changing the world with onigiri (Japanese rice balls)! Led by Table for Two, a Japanese NPO that fights against food inequality, Onigiri Action provides school meals globally to children in need. How does it work? Just take a picture of onigiri and post on FB/IG/Twitter with the hashtag #OnigiriAction Our team enjoyed participating again this year with our yummy onigiri! Learn more on our blog!