Salameshi, a TV program about working peoples' lunches on NHK

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A review of a fun program on NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster, about the lunches regular Japanese working people eat. continue reading...

Bento supplies vendor news, plus a summer bento safety reminder

Some news from the great bento suppliers who help to keep this site going, plus a reminder to keep your food safe during the summer months. continue reading...

Bento no. 81: Bean sprout burger bento with favorites

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Bento contents:

Total calories (approx): 630 cal (how calories are calculated)

Time needed: 5-10 minutes to assemble in the morning from pre-made components

Type: Japanese, a perennial favorite continue reading...

Lower-calorie, lower-cost, beef and bean sprout burgers

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A twist on an old favorite, the mini-burger, with crunchy bean sprouts added for texture - and to lower the calorie count too. continue reading...

A very Japanese spring vegetable bento

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Here’s a very Japanese, vegetable based spring bento from a few weeks ago. continue reading...

Various site issues (mainly for JustBento forum members)

(Update: I am still pondering what to do about the forum here. I have come to the conclusion that for me to personally moderate and monitor a forum on another platform is, not really possible in terms of the time I can spend. Of course anyone is free to start up a bento community anywhere (there are several around already) but I’m afraid I can’t monitor it myself. This site will of course continue to be up and active, and open to comments. continue reading...

Bento4Japan Giveaway - Bento starter set and adorable handmade bag!

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The Bento4Japan fundraiser organized by my fellow bento bloggers has already raised thousands of dollars to aid Japan’s disaster relief - and it’s still running! And, here’s a chance for you to get one of the prizes that was offered! continue reading...

A school ban on bringing lunch from home

A school in Chicago has banned all lunches brought from home, saying that lunch served at school is healthier. What do you think? continue reading...