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amazing japanese lunch boxes

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paper bag lunches apparently just aren’t gonna cut it anymore… and neither is that bruised banana or dry sandwich you made for your kid!  Japanese parents are really stepping it up with their amazing lunch creations, fitting perfectly inside a bento box.

Japan has long placed an emphasis on the importance of food presentation, and now mother’s are taking it a step further making packed lunches in the form of animals, teddy bears, even real people.  mom’s can take classes on how to spice up their child’s bento box.  this popular character Totoro is made of rice and seasame seeds.

when they interviewed the moms, one lady even said she feels “pressure” to make her lunches stand out.  this art form requires a lot of devotion, as some mother’s make different bento box lunch creations every single day.  a bento can take about two hours to make, and can be devoured in about…. 5-10 minutes?!

yes, that is a Michael Jackson sculpture made of seaweed, rice and fish.

photos via susan yuen and BBC

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Dominique Gstrein

I have always know how food for children should look good, with lots of vitamins, and these are very good examples. Super.

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i've seen her photos on flickr! japanese moms are so good at this stuff - i wish my mom made me cool lunches like that. THEY'RE ALMOST TOO CUTE TO EAT!