The Watering Hole


Hi! My name is Ashley (You can call me Atomic or Darling or AtomicDarling or any further variation of :p). I just recently began making bento meals for myself and my husband in an effort for both of us to eat healthier and possibly lose weight.

I'm not so great at these introduction things so I'm going to leave it at this for now. I just wanted to say "Hello!" ^_^

Hello from Germany

Hello to all,
am 46 year old and work as a secretary. I often have lunch in the office, often with cookies. What is not very healthy. Some days ago I visited a Japanese restaurant, where you can eat bento. So I have had a look in the internet and found this site. Today I had bento instead of cookies in the office for lunch ;-)).
What else could I tell you? I am not married, but I live for about 20 years with my partner. We have no children. My hobbies are cooking (and eating ;-)) ), reading, travelling, drawing etc.

Greetings from Germany!

Hi everyone,

I'm Katie, 17, live in Germany, and I started reading about bento on and just a week ago, and I'm not embarrassed to admit I spent hours reading every single post and browsing bento stores online. ... okay, maybe a little. continue reading...

Hi from the Netherlands!


I'm Judith, a 32 y/o mom from the netherlands.

It's just a couple of days ago since it was the first time I ever heard of bento; but I'm amazed and got very excited about it!

For our daughter was born I already was regulating my food pattern; I'm overweight since I was 6 y/o; and I'm raised along western ideas; and I'm really dutch; tall with a strong body; not really tiny. continue reading...

Hello from the NE USA! ^^


I'm Miso.Desi, and I'm new here. ^^

I've always really loved Japanese food, for some reason I've always felt most at home around Japanese food and culture, so I've spent a great deal of my life eating Japanese food and such. ^^ Though I'm not any large portion Japanese, I'm such a mutt ancestrally I'm not even really sure how to identify myself, so I go with "Mutt" hehe. My fiance is from India, and I'm slowly turning Indian as I learn the language and the culture to try to fit in with the family in India. Hence my name! Miso.Desi hehe. ^^ continue reading...

Why geisha?

I didn't want to derail Kyandasu's topic so I've started a new one. She mentioned that she finds the history of geisha to be interesting, and she's not alone. It's one of the things that non-Japanese people seem to find most fascinating about Japan.

And, to be honest, I wonder, why?

Before I inject my general view of the world of geisha and how some women in Japan regard it (not all, mind you) - are you interested in geishas (geiko, maiko)? If so, why?

Going to Japan! Looking for advice (travel, culture, reccomended places to visit, etc.)

So, like the title says, I'm going to Japan. I'm leaving around mid-march and staying until the end of July! (So a very long visit!) First, I am spending a week or two in Tokyo, visiting my boyfriend's brother and his wife. Then my boyfriend and I go up to Akita, to attend Akita International University for a semester abroad. :) I'm really excited! I was wondering if the Justbento community who has traveled to Japan has any tips, suggests, or advice for me? I'm interesting in ways to save money, fun things to do, little unknown cultural info to look out for, etc. continue reading...