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iya
Bento-ing from: Hudson › Ohio › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I am very happy to say that I am now a proud owner of a Hakoya 2-tier, found in an actual brick&mortar store despite being in what someone has coined "bento wasteland" that is Northeast Ohio. Heh. And it's a lovely red sakura one, too! Before this, I mostly used a sterilite container (the round one that I think can hold 2 cups?), that ginormous fit & fresh container with the removable rectangles inside (which I used.. the big box is now a dried fruits container), and a variety of reusable/disposable containers (square ziplock, those cute dollar store animal-face food containers whose covers break like crazy, and the like). I just got my hands on a Cinnamoroll from another asian store, but have not had the chance to use it yet - I somehow convinced myself to use the disposables first.. without actually disposing of them. Most of my containers are being utilized for freezing stuff though (rice, especially!)... but back to the box. Heh. I expect I'll be fairly consistend with making bentos now that I have a "real" bento box.

PS
surprisingly, this holds quite a lot of food. Visually, I thought it wouldn't be enough for me, but I'm stuffed right now.

Karinn
Bento-ing from: Youngstown › Ohio › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I'm Ohio too, and I know what you about little choices as far as actual stores you can frequent for bento items. Most of my things have had to be ordered online. *Sigh*

iya
Bento-ing from: Hudson › Ohio › USA
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Hi there, neighbor to the east! :D

So far, I have just ordered from Ichiban Kan once (I have always had stuff in my shopping cart, but never managed to place the order), and have been making do with dollar store finds, and the two asian stores near me (both are like 20 minutes away, but in opposite directions!). It really seems that online is our best hope - though I have found a couple bento boxes, accessories and such are nowhere to be seen! Egg molds, barans.. nothing! If only shipping didn't kill some of the online deals, it wouldn't be so bad..

neveth
Bento-ing from: Richardson › Texas › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I have a bunch of random dollar-store bentos, (mostly hello kitty)

Where is everyone GETTING their lock n lock boxes? I can never find them ANYWHERE. (I'm in Texas, if that helps) I'd love to have some of those so I can send bentos with my boyfriend and have some plain single-tier ones for myself!

anon.
Re: What's your box?

try jbox.com or amazon they have tons

trixel
Re: What's your box?

I found my lock n locks at Target and Ralph's. I think Ralph's is exclusive to Southern California, but you should see some at Target.

In addition to the Lock n Locks (one with four dividers and a couple small snack boxes), I have the giant Fit & Fresh, Lunch on the Go. With the Fit & Fresh I find myself using the top snack boxes and the freezer insert more than I use the actual box as it takes up so much room in my bag.

I *just* picked up two tier 350/220ml grape Putifresh (so cute) and a 2 tier Natural Lunch in beige. I've not tried them out yet, but they look to be pretty functional and a great size - not too small and not Fit & Fresh HUGE. :P

Denise in NE
Bento-ing from: Lincoln › Nebraska › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I've ordered my Lock and Lock boxes from both of these stores:

www.reuseit.com
www.heritagemint.com

Karinn
Bento-ing from: Youngstown › Ohio › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I just got a Vivo square bento box in various shades of pale green, lime, blue and aqua; previously I was using a bento from JBox in a cherry blossom motif, but it was too small, more for a child. However, I can feel bento mania forming.....;-) Making lunch is a heck of a lot more fun when you have a cute lunch box and my co-workers often comment on how cool my lunch is!

Aly
Re: What's your box?

I don't have one yet, but I ordered a Deluxe Tenmari set from Jbox.com in red with white dots.
http://www.jbox.com/PRODUCT/BENTO202

xx_remix
Bento-ing from: San Jose › California
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Re: What's your box?

I've got 3 sets that are all but adult-like haha.

One of them is a yellow 2-tier Rilakkuma bento that I stupidly had my boyfriend pay TOO much for. I was crazy for it and didn't know about less expensive alternatives at the time. With the box came a separate set of metal utensils in a case. And it came with more plastic utensils in the box. And a bag to boot.

I recently went to Ichiban Kan in san francisco and bought a cherry 2-tier bento with the utensil set and strap.

And I have a hello kitty bento from the dollar tree. :3

All are between 500ml - 530 ml.

avlor
Bento-ing from: Sioux Falls › South Dakota › USA
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Re: What's your box?

On our trip to Seattle, I picked up a Boujour Mie set for my preschool age daughter - because it has kitties on it. We use one or two of the sections of it every day for lunches.

It looks like this.

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maki
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Re: What's your box?

Inspired by the popularity of this thread, I've just started a new Flickr group/pool - Bento Gear! See announcement. Let's see your gear! :)

Fayet
Bento-ing from: Freiburg › Germany
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Re: What's your box?

I just gave in and ordered my first "real" bentobox on Thursday. I decided on the pink Lube Sheep Putifresh box with apples on it I found for what I thought an acceptable price on ebay.. and now I'm waiting for it to come in! :) I'm really excited about it. It even comes with a very cute bag to carry it in.. I guess my boyfriend thinks now that I have serious mental problems - getting all excited about a lunch box and everything..

Besides that I'm using the good old cheap boxes from Migros, which are doing a fine job as well. But, well.. they don't have those cute phrases on that the putifresh boxes have! ^_^

sharonian
Bento-ing from: Copenhagen › Denmark
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Re: What's your box?

Hi, am new to bento-ing for myself but have been packing food for my 5yrs old son during weekdays for his lunch for abt 2+yrs. He has a triangle shaped box and a pokemon pikachu shaped box, which is really cute.

I recently gotten myself a fish-shaped bento from a japanese restaurant here (you can see the same bento in Bento&Co) and also, very inspired by Maki's single onigiri box, I ordered the pink girlie face one for myself (from Bento&Co), which arrived last week. =) I'm now eyeing on the cool soup tumbler that's being sold in Bento&Co as well. =P Oh, did I mention I'm a stay at home mum who actually doesn't need all these cute bento boxes? heh heh

mosaica
Bento-ing from: › Vermont › USA
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Re: What's your box?

Velkommen!

../mosaica (også fra København)

Fayet
Bento-ing from: Freiburg › Germany
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My box came in today! I was very excited when I picked the parcel up at the post office.. and surprised, because it was so small. It's amazing how neatly that box can be stacked into itself - the tiers just fit into each other, bag into the first, belt into the second, and it doesn't take much space up in my cramped kitchen. Perfect!! And it's sooo pretty.. hach. You notice the exitement, don't you? I just had to share.. ^__^

Adriana
Bento-ing from: Belleville › Ontario › Canada
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Re: What's your box?

I'll be ordering this one in a few days...
http://www.jbox.com/PRODUCT/PRIM024

Isn't it beautiful? :D
I can't wait till it arrives lol.

Adriana

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Adriana
Bento-ing from: Belleville › Ontario › Canada
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Re: What's your box?

This is the one I've ordered for myself :D
I'm so exited to get it. I can't wait! :D lol

http://www.jbox.com/PRODUCT/PRIM024
Isn't it pretty?

Adriana

iLUFFbento
Bento-ing from: edmonton › Alberta › Canada
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Re: What's your box?

I Got a Pink lock n lock kinda style box. Then a Kitty SHaped One,that Comes With a Fork and Spoon. I'll Post Pics When I Can
^^

avlor
Bento-ing from: Sioux Falls › South Dakota › USA
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What's your box?

I picked these up this summer at a local kids toy store - Kidtopia.

Lube Sheep - Clickety Click Bento Box

Hello Kitty Bento Box

Evie
Bento-ing from: › UK
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Re: What's your box?

I have a 2-tier pink Hello Kitty self-locking bento box with a spoon and fork, which I bought off Ebay. I thought it would be a bit small, but I fit plenty in there!!
I would like a thermal one, but I can never find any in my area, and my dad dislikes ordering online, so my purchase was a one off. I LOVE bento boxes, and there are some real cute ones on J-List. I saw an amazing Pikachu one but I'll never get to order it. lol.

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Jiza
Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Re: What's your box?

anyone owns one of these??

http://cgi.ebay.es/Baby-Zoo-Elephant-Large-Bento-Lunchbox-w-utensils_W0Q...

i want to buy one...

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Kayblah
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Re: What's your box?

Mine is a tiny green, white, and tan bento with Totoro on the front!

I think it was meant for a child (the chopsticks are so tiny!), so its hard to make food that fits in it, however as far as condiments go, in my travels I have found a tiny jar of ketchup that I can refill and also itty bitty bottle of hot sauce!

Since I couldn't find a real furoshiki, I just wrap the whole thing up in a peace sign bandanna. It seems to work well.

Annemieke
Bento-ing from: Culemborg › Netherlands (Holland, Europe)
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Re: What's your box?

I currently have two two-tier boxes in yellow (the colour of the sun... I love summertime!!!!)
one seems to be the standard of Lube Sheep that a lot of people have, without the chopsticks I'm afraid, and the other one is Deli style... I want to order more and I keep drooling over my keyboard everytime I go on a search... when I find a job I'll reward myself with something new!!!

moonshae
Bento-ing from: Melbourne › Australia
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Re: What's your box?

I just got a new bento from a friend who went to Japan. It's a pink polka dot Lube Sheep with a bear on the elastic strap. But I also got food picks! And furikake shakers and mayo containers! Sadly he couldn't find ANY thermal bentos which is what I really want for some reason.

PK
Re: What's your box?

Oh, I forgot, I also have some "parka" glassware. They have tops like locknlocks, but the boxes are glass. I love them for setting gelatin in. I found them on sale at a Korean store for $1.95 each!

Kneesoxrock
Bento-ing from: › USA
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I have four boxes, but have only used two. I have a pink Hello Kitty box and a yellow "Smile Duck" box. It is so cute! It says "I love Smile Duck" on the top, has two layers and it's own matching chopsticks. The layers stay banded together with an elastic band.

The so far unuse boxes were on sale at the Disney store; A Mickey and friends red glitter one and a Pooh bear and friends yellow one. The latch broke when I brought it home, but crazy glue has made it good as new!

オタク
Bento-ing from: › North Carolina › USA
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Re: What's your box?

"What's your box?"

A Tupperware container that holds about 3 cups of food.

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オタク
Bento-ing from: › North Carolina › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I just go a new one for about a buck at the grocery store.
It has partitions! \(^o^)/ It ain't Japanese though. TT_TT

Ronin
Bento-ing from: Owens Cross Roads › Alabama › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I've been using a Classic Mr. Bento for three weeks solid. It is great for hot, cold, or room temperature food. Sometimes I use only the main (middle compartment) for food, usually rice and vegetables, or stew, and the top and bottom for ice as a quick cool method, or fruit, cheese and vegetables.
En route:
http://www.sentou.fr/fr/boutique/produits/details/444-set_2_bols_2_assie...
The maroon one, which reminds me of a wood bento or lacquerware, and

http://www.sentou.fr/fr/boutique/produits/details/446-set_1_bol_1_assiet...

http://www.sentou.fr/fr/boutique/produits/details/469-set_couverts_bebe....

EDIT: The non-partitioned Sentou (round) boxes are a good size for a picnic or for serving. The partitioned box is good for individual meals.
If transporting food in them they require some sort of rubber or elastic band as the lid will not compress or latch on it's own, and they are not spill-proof even with some sort of fastening device.

Edit: I bought this Shaker box for a nice wood bento box. It's very well made with nice color throughout.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P7E7NY/ref=oss_product

Shadowcat
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Re: What's your box?

I have gotten some new boxes.. I have a Red, A Yellow and A blue. Lube sheep 2 tier boxes, a red Lube Sheep Onigiri box (which was a free gift from the site I purchased my boxes from) and a Pink, aOrange and a Blue Happy Balloon 2 tier box..and for snacks I found some Green dinosaur sandwich boxes....

Sassia
Bento-ing from: Colchester › UK
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Re: What's your box?

Went to the Japan Centre at the weekend and got another 2 boxes and a bag from Muji. One box is an onigiri one which I'll have to be creative with and the other a gorgeous black 2 tier box.

Pat
Re: What's your box?

I microwave my lunch, so I like Snapware (the glass kind) and Pyrex. I don't have issues with microwaving plastic containers, but they all warped pretty fast (I like my food HOT) and that's why I switched. The Snapware looks like Lock & Lock, but the container is glass with plastic snap lid and rubber gasket. It prevents leak better than Pyrex.
I have the onigiri box for occasions when I pack it for lunch.
I've used 2-tiered plastic container before, but it warped easily and the lid won't close anymore. I don't think it's meant to be microwavable. It's also a pain to wash all the pieces. I'm sticking to good ol' 2-piece containers.

Lexi Leven
Bento-ing from: Hitchin › UK
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Re: What's your box?

I use lock & lock tupperware, but treated myself to the Concorde Large box in apple green - room for my food and all my snacks! I love the bag too!
http://casabento.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_8&pro...

Mon1
Bento-ing from: Nottingham › UK
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Re: What's your box?

I've got the blue Daiso dragonfly two tier box from Japan Centre (I wish they still stocked some online!) and I've got a Bushido unagi and meiji box on the way from casabento. I think I'm going to have to venture into london soon and raid the japan centre shop to kit up.

landshark
Bento-ing from: Chicago › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I have a variety of types depending on what I take for lunch.

Snapware Snap 'N Stack Lunch Box which I love (and am eating out of right now!) I got it for around $3.50 at Jewel and it was exactly what I was looking for--larger and with one section divided.

Snapware Snap 'N Serve (4 c. Rectangle) Not as useful as I'd hoped; I tend to favor my Party Box and Snap 'N Stack whenever possible.

Mini Party Box (left). Also love this one as I like to keep my food separate as much as possible. More often than not I use it with only 2 of the dividers and leave the larger portion for my entree. Also makes it really easy to pull out things that don't need reheated. Glad I got this from Mitsuwa when I did--went back a week or two later and they no longer seem to carry this size.

Also have this cute bento box. I'd always liked the more common pink version; was lucky to find someone selling a blue version for like $5 on ebay. Unfortunately, it seems so tiny to me that I've yet to get actual use out of it beyond a container I keep on my desk to hold candy, business cards and stamps...

Umexchan
Bento-ing from: West Carrollton › Ohio › USA
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I don't know if this is everywhere, but I found my bento in a Borders book store in Maryland. It's a nice two-tiered one that holds a total of 500ml. I haven't looked at the store near me here in Ohio, but I feel it's a good place to check if there's a Borders or a place that sells Happy Noodle products near you.

Jenni
Bento-ing from: Marietta › Georgia › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I have several boxes, but my new favorite is one of the Paperchase boxes from Borders. Unfortunately my nearest store did not have the Happy Noodle boxes (I'm determined to find one somewhere in the area this weekend!), but I did get this one: http://www.paperchase.co.uk/p/472804/lunch-box-enchantment-design.html for only $9!!!

It's quite large, about 4 cups capacity if you fill it to overflowing, which you should if you don't want things to shift like they did on me today. For any vegans or vegetarians who eat bulky and relatively low calorie foods, this one *should* hold enough for a satisfying meal. It does not have a silicone seal and is very definitely not even remotely water tight, but it might be possible to fit a very thin strip of silicone into the lid to make it so.

Yamato
Bento-ing from: Queens › New York › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I personally use a tempered glass "Fridge Storage" box, it's a 1220mL square shaped box with no dividers, it's totally nuke safe and anti leak. Not to mention it only costed 9.99 hahaha. It's downside is its weight though, I really want to get a real bento box in the future, but for now I think the fridge box is just fine

paperflowers
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Re: What's your box?

I own one bento box, a two-tier Natural Lunchtime set like the one mead_chick has. It came with a bag, matching pink belt, and matching utensils. It's super cute, and since I'm only packing a lunch for myself every once in a while, it's all I really need. (that doesn't stop me from checking out cute bento boxes though!)

ruskie
Bento-ing from: Ljubljana › Slovenia
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Re: What's your box?

Well mine isn't yet here... It's waiting at a friend in Japan for shipping later this week.
But it is this one:

http://www.metaphys.jp/product/product/archives/2010022634.php

I'll probably order other colours as well but for now White it is. The main reason that it's been ordere from Japan is because nobody else wants to take my money. I don't want to signup for a paypal account and that's what all the other stores offer(and no paypal != credit card as they seem to advertise).

Anyway can't wait to get it.

aggie_june
Bento-ing from: Parry Sound › Ontario › Canada
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Re: What's your box?

I've ordered the Colours box - and I think eventually I'd like to get that one as well. I also have a couple of the ones with the blue box and dragonfly motif on them.

Wyatt's Mom
Re: What's your box?

I have that huge Fit and Fresh box a couple of other people have talked about. I bought it at my local Kroger without realizing how bulky it would be. I also have a couple of lock-n-lock style glass boxes from Kroger as well, which I use quite a bit.

My one bento splurge was buying a Kokeshi bento from Bento&co, but I don't regret it one bit!
http://mothernaturemom.blogspot.com/2010/10/fall-in-orient-bento.html

Madeleine20
Bento-ing from: › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I have this stainless steel one from Kobo Aizawa:
http://www.bentoandco.com/collections/complete/products/zen-06

I loooove it!

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Elodia
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Re: What's your box?

I received my first bento box last week-I'm super happy!
I bought it from J-list, and was really glad with the attenmtion and how they managed my order.
I'ts a Honkawa "Happy World" Bento Box http://www.jlist.com/product/TPP084

Llewella
Bento-ing from: › Netherlands (Holland, Europe)
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Re: What's your box?

I have a 2-tier on the way; pink with trees and apples on it.

We now have Rosti Mepal Lunch boxes; I have the smaller white one; and my fiance has the grey large one.

I prefer boxes like lunchbots (durable, free of harmfull plastics and such), but I like cute/pink boxes.

And a picture added of what I have on the way to me;
http://www.gajemae.nl/bento/images/onderweg_210111.jpg

Sayuri
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RavenNC
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I have two:

My first one is a metal thermos-style container. Three containers - the bottom is a soup/hot item container that seals with a vent, the middle is a rice/warm item container with a sealing lid, and the top is a container with a snap on lid. A set of chopsticks in a little container hangs on the side. The lid to the whole thing clamps on. Stuff I put in hot in the morning stays that way until well after noon.

My second is a two-tier black bento. It says "Dear Label" on the top, which may be the brand but I'm not sure. I suspect the translation was supposed to read "Special Label" maybe? At any rate it also has what I've been told is the almost-traditional slightly mangled phrasing: "We are passionate about lunch communication" and "The lunch is a good day pastime." It has a snap on top and a compartment in the top for chopsticks. It's 8x3.5x3.5 and actually just a bit big. I love it - simple and easy to use, plenty of room for lots of little treats.

Katy
Bento-ing from: › Florida › USA
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Re: What's your box?

We don't have a traditional box yet... using (I know, I know) some of those rectangular chinese plastic takeout dishes. I also JUST picked up some food storage boxes at World Market because their measurements were very similar to bento box measurements, to give us a better idea on size.. it came with a 525 ml, 825 ml, and 1.2L container that nest, with happy orange tops. Can't beat $4 for 3 containers that are dishwasher/microwave safe and recyclable (#5).

I did want to share: Bento Boxes are included in Amazon.com's current 4-for-3 promotion, for anyone who wants to shop :)

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LadyAmalthea
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Re: What's your box?

I've making benots for only a few months now and I have to watch money, so I use these ziplock boxes:
http://www.amazon.com/Ziploc-Divided-Container-Rectangle/dp/B002LFLYT8/r...
The aren't pretty, but they have three compartments and are leakproof (so far).

But one day, I want to own a set of these bento boxes:
http://en.bentoandco.com/products/ojue
They're $44 (!) but sooo beautiful ♥

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