Where (and how) to buy bento boxes and accessories

(Originally published in April 2008, and updated continuously since. Last updated March 2011.)

A very frequently asked question is where and how to buy the bento items and boxes mentioned here, especially in the Bento Item Spotlight (formerly Bento Item of the Week) feature, as well as on other bento blogs and sites. I’ve listed you several options, which I hope will be useful.

Shopping for bento supplies locally

As much as I love online shopping, I believe in shopping at your local stores first. You’re supporting your area’s businesses, and you don’t have to pay shipping costs. Besides, it’s arguably a bit better for the environment (especially if you take public transportation!) since the goods have already travelled to your area.

Even if you local stores don’t carry ‘genuine’ Japanese bento boxes, it’s always possible to find alternatives for lunch boxes, dividers, picks and other accessories. As I wrote in one of the earliest articles on this site, it’s not necessary to buy a box that is labeled as a Bento Box in order to bring bento lunches. You can use cupcake cups, paper or silicon, as bento dividers, picnic utensils, and so on. Check out the JustBento Bento Gear Flickr pool for a lot of creative ideas from fellow bento enthusiasts. Any general housewares/kitchenwares store or megastore with such a department is a good place to prowl for bento-friendly goods.

If you live in an area with Asian dollar stores, aka 100-yen stores, they are usually a good source for cheap and cheerful bento boxes and equipment. In the U.S. these for now are mostly in California and the west coast, though New York also has a few. Japanese or Asian housewares stores may also carry some things. To locate Japanese grocery (and related) stores near you, consult the reader-contributed and commented Japanese grocery store listings (go to your geographical area page from there) on Just Hungry. Also check out the Bento Store Locator on Lunch In A Box, another user-contributed listings page (Note: this hasn’t been updated in quite a while, along with the rest of the site, unfortunately).

General Japanese grocery stores used to not carry a lot of bento gear. Their non-food sections tend to concentrate on things like proper ceramic tableware and traditional gift items. However, this is changing as bento lunches continue to grow in popularity. Even if your local Japanese grocery is tiny, you may still be able to find some accessories like plastic baran (dividers) meant for sushi or decorative picks. You will, of course, find all kinds of food items. In addition, while bento lunches are not part of other East Asian cultures such as China and Korea, many such stores are also stocking bento boxes these days to meet customer demand. (Example: H-Mart or Super 88 in the U.S., Paristore in France, etc.)

Japanese bookstores and giftstores can also be worthwhile looking around in. Kinokuniya for example carries a decent selection of bento boxes. I was at the Kinokuniya US flagship store in New York in January 2011, and the gift department manager told me that bento boxes are becoming so popular, she has increased the shelf space for them by 5 times in the last couple of years. That’s great news for bento fans!

Bento gear shopping meccas

Of course Japan is the best place to buy bento stuff. Be sure to check out Where to buy bento boxes and accessories in Japan. if you’re planning a trip there.

Besides Japan, where are good places to shop for bento gear? You might not necessarily plan a whole trip around buying bento stuff, but it might be handy to know if you are in the midst of a bento mecca, just in case!

U.S and North America:

  • The San Francisco and San Jose area in California - home to Ichibankan stores, a Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose, and more. See the Japanese food shopping in California page.
  • The Los Angeles/SoCal area has several Mitsuwas as well as Marukai and Daiso.
  • The Seattle, Washington area is another great bento-shopping area. I was there in January 2011 for a week. Uwajimaya, the Japanese/Asian supermarket mini-chain, stocks plenty of bento boxes, as does H-Mart and Daiso. The Kinokuniya bookstore adjacent to Uwajimaya in Downtown Seattle stocks plenty of bento books, including mine of course. ^_^
  • Honolulu, Hawai’i has a huge Japanese-American population and plenty of stores that cater to them. I spotted bento boxes at Marukai (you may need to purchase a 1-day membership), Shirokiya, and so on. See Bento Sightseeing in Hawaii.
  • The New York-New Jersey area is less of a mecca than California or Hawaii due to a smaller Japanese-American population, but it has a Mitsuwa, several small Japanese grocery stores, and the biggest overseas branch of Kinokuniya. See the Japanese food shopping in the NY-NJ-CT area page.


  • Düsseldorf, Germany has a large Japantown, though when I was there my Düsseldorf report) I didn’t spot a whole lot of bento gear per se. It’s worth looking around there though - try the bookstores and gift stores as well as the food shops. (Note: German readers have reported that Takagi, the bookstore I wrote about, now has a pretty good stock of bento boxes.)
  • Paris also has a fairly large expat community, and the Japanese quarter is quite worth a visit if you are a Euro-based Japanophile. See A Frugal Eats Japanese blitz through Paris and Bento sightseeing in Paris, and Workshop Issé.

Online merchants that sell bento boxes and accessories

If your heart is set on getting a ‘real’ Japanese style bento box, for most people mail order is the only option. The good news is that the number of international shipping-friendly online bento supply stores is increasing, and getting in better stock, all the time!

About buying from overseas vendors

Some people have a mental hangup about buying from suppliers that are not located in their country of residence. While international shipping costs are expensive, you should always compare the price of an item sold by one supplier vs. another, including shipping costs and sales tax or VAT, and see which ends up to be a better deal for you in the end. Personally I order from merchants based in Japan all the time. Shipping from Japan is usually very fast and efficient. I usually select SAL as my shipping option, which takes a little longer than EMS or FedEx (about 2-3 weeks), but is cheaper. SAL shipments usually (though this is a crapshoot really) don’t incur customs fees. FedEx or DHL are usually the most expensive shipping options, though they are reliable. FedEx shipments seem to always incur customs fees. EMS is the best choice if you want to receive mail via the postal system fast; EMS shipments incur customs fees about 50% of the time for me. I don’t have the patience for sea mail usually (and most vendors do not offer it since it’s rather unreliable).

You may or may not be charged customs fees when your shipment enters your country. I’ve found that generally speaking, smaller orders tend not to be charged customs, though there doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule that applies all the time.

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I have tried most of these stores myself (ordering as a regular customer, no special treatment!) and have been very happy with their services. I think you will be too.

  • Bento&co (English site); (French version of the site); is based in Kyoto, Japan. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Thomas (from France) and Erico (from Kyoto). Very attractive website, clear listings. Their selection leans towards the sleek and elegant rather than cute-kawaii. I’ve been a longtime customer since I love their taste and the quality of their products, and am always happy with their shipping speed and communication. Ships worldwide.
  • J-List and its PG-rated part (same store without ‘adult’ products) JBox. This store remains one of the most reliable sources of bento supplies, with a large selection of all kinds of styles. They ship just about anywhere in the world.
  • Japan Centre carries a small selection of bento items from Daiso, the major 100-yen shop. Non-food items are shipped worldwide, and food items are shipped throughout Europe. (Their physical store in London carries a bit more than is listed online. If you want them to carry more online I think it’s worthwhile to let them know about it.) Ships mostly in Europe but will also ship worldwide.
  • All Things For Sale is a US based seller of bento goods and more. They have a large selection of affordable bento boxes and such. Flat rate shipping within the U.S., also ships worldwide.
  • CasaBento carries a wide selection of bento boxes of various styles (cute, traditional, modern), accessories and supplies, as well as kitchenware, including 220V rice cookers. They guarantee fast shipping and response times, and ship worldwide. Quoted shipping times: 2-3 days to the UK and Europe; 5-8 days to the U.S., Australia/NZ, and other countries. The online catalog in English, French and German. Ships worldwide.
  • Amazon.com also has an increasing selection of bento supplies for sale. There are also lots of goods sold on Amazon that can be used for bentos, such as silicone cupcake liners that are great as bento dividers. Please check out my Amazon aStore.
  • You can find also find plenty of bento goods on Amazon Japan of course, but none I’ve seen so far ship internationally. But you can try using the shipping services for shopping from Amazon JP - see below.) Check out my Amazon Japan aStore (note that listings are in Japanese).

Other stores that I have tried

  • From Japan With Love carries a very nice selection of reasonably priced bento boxes and accessories such as face punches, inner cups, bags and a lot more. You’ll especially love this site if you like cute/kawaii designs. Ships worldwide from Japan.
  • ILoveObento is a US based online store with a variety of attractive bento boxes. Ships worldwide. Note: As of March 2011, they are only carrying the Gel-Cool line of bento boxes.

Stores I haven’t tried personally that have been recommended by readers

  • Bento Crazy is an online store run by Myria, a mom of 2. Formerly based in Japan, the store is now based in Maryland. Mostly cute and kid-oriented selection Check out the blog here. Ships within the U.S. only.
  • Sugar Charms is a cake decorating supply store that also carries a lot of bento things. Ships within the US only.
  • J Flair Homestyles carries many bentos with the popular Shinzi Katoh designs, and other cute bento boxes.
  • Japonmania carries a good selection of bento boxes and supplies, as well as many other products from Japan such as clothes, household goods and more. Ships worldwide.
  • Omiyage - a Canadian bento, zakka, and crafty products seller. Besides their bento supplies, check out their very cute stationery from both Japan and South Korea.
  • Lunch A Porter - A Canadian bento seller.
  • Ichibankan USA. The online store of this California based 100 yen (dollar) shop sells ‘cheap and cheerful’ bento boxes as well as higher quality ones from Hakoya (a well known bento box maker). Shipping is within the continental US only at the moment but is scheduled to start shipping elsewhere soon. Update: Ichibankan USA has now closed their online store indefinitely, but their San Franciso area-based brick-and-mortar “100-yen” (dollar) stores are still in operation.

Getting the most out of eBay

The main source of the widest variety of bento gear for non-Japanese speakers and residents is eBay. There are now dozens of merchants selling bento related supplies. Whenever you are buying something, make sure to comparison shop (some merchants are way overpriced). Most merchants are based in Japan or Hong Kong, and ship worldwide, but expect to pay quite a lot for shipping. I like to stick to the merchants who have clear descriptions of the dimensions and capacity of the bento boxes they sell.

Did you know that eBay offers RSS feeds of their listings, based on search terms? You can set up one and subscribe to it in your favorite news reader. For bento things, go to Advanced Search and enter bento in the terms to search for, and enter amy, cd, music, mac, osx, software in the terms not to search for. This filters out all, or most, mentions of Amy Bento (an aerobics instructor), CDs and music related items from Brazil or Portugal (Bento is a popular nickname in Portuguese it seems), and listings of Bento the software program. You can also select House and Garden as the category. Once the search results page is generated, scroll down until you see the RSS button, and click on it to subscribe. You will get a nice listing with prices and thumbnail pics. This is how I generate the eBay Bento listings page (which you can just bookmark if you don’t want to bother with the searching).

Buying directly from Japan using shipping services

The items listed on eBay, J-List and such are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bento gear - a lot, lot more is available only in Japan. Unfortunately, most of the online stores that sell them are in Japanese only, and do not ship overseas.

But you don’t have to give up there. If you don’t have a handy friend or relative that lives there, there are an increasing number of shipping service web sites that will get the stuff you want and then ship it to you, for a fee. The fee varies but is usually around 10-15% of the purchase price, plus the actual cost of the goods and shipping. Some sites also charge a membership fee. This route may only be for serious collectors, but considering that they are offer a combination of translation, buying, shipping and payment services, it’s a fairly good deal.

An updated list of shipping (or shopping) services is maintained on this page. One that has gotten several positive comments is i-tm4u. For instance commenter Anna from Russia used them to buy a handcarved wooden bento box, and ODG from Hong Kong also had a positive experience.

Tenso is another popular service. I have now tried them several times, mainly for shipments of Rakuten purchases, and they have been really reliable and prompt. (They have an official relationship with Rakuten.)

A new service that looks interesting is Flutterscape if you want a ‘friend who shops for you in Japan’ kind of experience, albeit with strangers of course.

Searching Yahoo! Japan Auctions and Rakuten Ichiba

Update: Rakuten now has an International section - see this forum discussion. A Rakuten shopping guide is in the works.

There are two huge online sources in Japan for bento stuff: Yahoo! Japan Auctions (which is so popular that eBay had to give up in Japan), and Rakuten Ichiba (marketplace). Both sites are in Japanese only (Rakuten now offers machine translation of some of its pages, and their information pages are in real English). Here are some direct links to bento-related search results (let me know if you’d like to see some others):

Yahoo! Japan auctions:


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A Note for Yahoo! Japan

I’ve been meaning to do a price comparison of shopping on yahoo! japan versus buying bento boxes off of e-bay. I seriously paid $24 for a box that I later spotted on y!j for 600 yen.

However, as a note to people who are interested in shopping from yahoo! japan, most y!j sellers will not ship outside of Japan, so you will likely need to use a deputy shopping service. I happen to like Shopping Mall Japan for small items, because they’ll ship it to the US for me and then I only need to pay for shipping within the US. Other popular options include Rinkya, Celga, and Crescent Shop. I think there are some other, newer services available, but I haven’t heard any reviews of them. Just make sure to do your research first - deputy service fees can add up quickly.

Also, if you have a Sanrio gift store locally try looking there for character-themed bento sets.

Non Bento Bento Boxes

You’re so right about finding non bento items (“it’s always possible to find alternatives for lunch boxes or dividers and so on”). I’ve bought a couple of great ‘locking’ boxes with three removable compartments which are ideal for the purpose; much better than any of the bento-specific boxes I’ve found. I bought mine at a ‘pound’ store less than five minutes walk away from my house in the UK. (You can see an image here: http://www.alacook.co.uk/media/images/productxlarge/817clocknlock_xlrg.jpg)

Although I have used it with all three compartments, I generally use it with just one compartment, filling the rest of the box with salad and slipping in a little pot of dressing too of course - perfect!

daiso store in manila

A Daiso store just opened in St. Francis Square across Megamall in Ortigas. Haven’t fully checked it out yet, but am sure there will be lots of interesting items. There are also a lot of Japan Center stores in malls. So it’s a good thing that another store opened.

Bento Accessories

I just found out another online store called BENTO STORE that provides bento accessories. The link is http://bentostore.multiply.com/

Re: Where to buy bento boxes and accessories

Every item on our site is hand selected, packaged and shipped from the Japanese countryside like you shopped there yourself. Chosen for an international audience you will find an eclectic collection of items far beyond the typical Hello Kitty gadgets people associate with Japanese retail products.


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thats cute

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Im from Canada,and Theres Like,No Asian Dollar Stores That I Know of... So i Checked the Dollar Stores i Live By. [Dollarama and Everything for a Dollar Store] At Everything for a Dollar Store, and I Found a Pink Rectangular Lunch box [what it says on the sticker], thats like the Lock n Lock Kind. That one is Useful. Also, The Have the Same Kinds, in Circle Form. And the Kinds Like Ikea 365+ Kinds. [kinda] At Dollarama, I Found this Cute Kitty Container with a Fork and Spoon [also comes in a lady bug, i think a lion] . Its Not Very Thick [like, about 1 inch. im guesstimating] but its Wide. Then, I Found a Cute Bandanna [red with white puppies says Won Won!] I Thought it Was Adorable. They're Both Useful, and Make a Cute Bento. Now,at Wal-Mart, i Found Fit n Fresh? That Has a Spoon. Also, Thermos brand Had Nice Soup-ish Containers that Has a Spoon Too.

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One thing I will say about the amazon.com about Lucca. They made a few mistakes, but were generally pretty quick to fix them. They sent it to the wrong place, then once they realized that they sent it pretty fast. But it turned out to be the wrong bento box. So I had to take a picture of it, to prove that it was the wrong one. They sent me a shipping sticker and the right bento box this time.

So at the very least, be sure you have a camera that can upload pictures.

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There actually is a Japanese dollar store in Canada, in Vancouver called Yoko YaYa (down at tinsel town near stadium (?) sky train stations), it has tons of bento stuff at really reasonable prices! I literally travel to Van to shop there.

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Check Chinatowns. In NYC Chinatown, bentos are growing in large amounts. They tend to be a little on the nicer side and more expensive side... But you can find some. I found a cute teal oval two tiered bento with a rabbit design. $12. Not too bad. It's held up well. I went into a small Chinese drugstore and found some bento supplies hidden in the back, too! You just really have to look.

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H-Mart actually does carry a small selection of bento boxes in their housewares department, though it is just a small number of options because they mostly focus on food. H-Mart also has a good selection of rice cookers and other handy, small appliances.

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In reference to the reader above, I recently just purchased a two tier bento at the H-Mart (Korean foods superstore) in Chicago. They have a small section just for bento boxes imported from Japan and although the selection is limited, the ones they do have look like they'd do the job. Mine came with a small cooler case and miniature chopsticks as well :)

Re: Where (and how) to buy bento boxes and accessories

In reference to the reader above, I recently just purchased a two tier bento at the H-Mart (Korean foods superstore) in Chicago. They have a small section just for bento boxes imported from Japan and although the selection is limited, the ones they do have look like they'd do the job. Mine came with a small cooler case and miniature chopsticks as well :)

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Muji stores also carry bento gear. (Certainly the one in Cologne, Germany). They aren't that cheap, though (around 20€, I think), but they have these big plain black or white 2,5-3 cup rice boxes which are considered to be manly. ;) They also have a set of nice small-ish metal tiffins.

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Wow, this is such a helpful post. Packing your lunch is never the most fun thing to do in life, but somehow bento makes things much better! I had my first box today (can you tell I'm new to cooking AND blogging!!??) and I just loved it. Looking forward to more information. Naimah xo

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There are quite a few over at jshoppers.com but they're listed "lunch box" instead of bento.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has a reasonably sized Chinatown, that runs along Spring Mountain Road, on the east side of the Strip. I've been in a few gift stores in Chinatown that sold bento boxes and supplies, some of the general grocery stores may as well.
International Marketplace (on Tropicana & Decatur, east side) is a massive grocery store that sells a lot of cooking supplies, including some bento boxes. Also a good place to get food & staples.
Tokyo Discount (two locations, northeast & Henderson) is a sort of "otaku gift store" that caters heavily to the American J-fan market, and they have some bento things as well.

There is also three Japanese-specific markets that I know of; I don't think any carry bento boxes, per se, but they are good places to stock up on foods.
Nakata Market (Sahara & Rainbow, east side) is the largest and has a huge selection. They also make and sell (prepared) bento boxes & onigiri fresh every day, but if you want one of those, get there early!
Japan Creek (Eastern & Serene, Henderson) is fairly new and still small, but has a wonderful selection for its size. Also boats fresh, incredibly cheap produce.
Japan Food (Maryland & Flamingo, west side) is also small and has an eclectic selection. There were some things here the other markets don't carry, but to be honest I wasn't impressed with this store. For what it's worth, the cashier girl was rude as well.

Re: Las Vegas

Chinatown on Spring Mountain in Las Vegas is actually on the west side of the strip, not the east side. It runs from the strip up to Rainbow Blvd., now. The Greenland Market on Rainbow and Spring Mountain is the most recent addition (2010).

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Obentec has great bento boxes, too. Easy to pop in the dishwasher and my kids love how colorful they are.

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I am interested in the kind of bento boxes that would be disposable, like from the vending machines or for small commercial operation. Any ideas where I could buy bulk?

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For Chicagoland enthusiasts, Mitsuwa Marketplace in the suburbs is the best place I've found since it has a variety of decorative and clear boxes as well as different accessories ranging from picks to basic rice molds. There's also a store in Chinatown dedicated to primarily Sanrio/anime things. They have a really nice collection of bento supplies featuring Hello Kitty, Chococat, and a few other characters.

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Just a quick note that I (based in the UK) recently ordered from Casa Bento and had a feeling that they weren't actually based in the EU. They're based in Singapore and that's why the shipping charges are higher than expected (that and the fact that they pay the customs charges upfront). So although ordering from them might seem a bit expensive, they are cheaper than some other sellers (especially ebay items from japan) so overall worthwhile. Looking forward to getting my items now :D

Also can all the UK/EU based bento lovers come together and petition Japan Centre to start selling the bento boxes again? Pretty please?!

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They sale bento online for very cheap price.

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In Russia, St Petersburg, right now U can bay bento's!!!
There's no shipping worldwide, but in Saint Petersburg.
Web: www.all4sushi.ru
Adress: Plutalova st. 13
St.Petersburg Russia
Hope to be usefool for U!))))

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I don't read Russian, but it looks like your site does not sell bento boxes and accessories, but sells Japanese food. Please correct me if I'm wrong. (Also, I'm allowing this comment even though it borders on spam, since it might be useful to some readers.)

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Just want to add our store to the long list of online bento stores! www.inbento.co ships all over the world from our base in Fukuoka Japan. Highly personalized customer service guaranteed.

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If anyone in or around Montréal, Canada wants to shop for bento boxes (the nicer stuff, the cheaper stuff is still really hard to find) without ordering them online (hopefully the local website Lunch à porter too will open a street store one day), I've had really good experiences with these two places:

Mrs. Uchiyama runs Collection du Japon, at 460, Sainte-Catherine ouest, suite 423 9 (it's somewhat hard-to-find, her local/office is on the fourth floor of a commercial building). She's primarly an advisor to companies wishing to do business with Japanese companies, and a supplier of japanese imports mostly for restaurants, dojos and associations (ikebana, chado). But she can shop for nearly anything retail from Japan too (from big to small, even food if it's stuff that won't spoil. She has tons of catalogues.) , and among the retail products in stock at her local she carries a good selection of Bento boxes (all from Hakoya) and accessoiries (she's usually well-stocked in Furoshiki and utensils, less so in charaben gadgets). Nice, helpful and very knowledgeable service too. She has a good selection of cookbooks in English (Maki's was on order the last time I went). Make sure to pick some of her tea, it's from the plantation run by her family for many generations in the Tenryu region - and really excellent.

The Manga bookstore/tea house Manga-Thé, 2011 St-Denis (near the university) has an even more impressive selection of Bento boxes (a significant number of the models offered by Bento & co, their supplier - about 25 models at my last visit, but the owner said they were between shipments and out-of-stock on several models at the time). They also carry a lot of the accessories available from Bento & co. Their prices are really good (much cheaper than ordering from B & co directly when you buy only a box or two). Bonus: sitting down and enjoying tea and fresh made japanese sweets while comparing the bentos. They also have a small selection of bento cookbooks (all in French, same for the mangas).

The Montréal Japanese / Korean groceries (already mentionned elsewhere on the site) have a few models, but mostly stuff like Mr. Bento and similar.

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Hey Dominic,
Found a 3$ bento box at Banzai, a japanese/korean market in NDG. Virtually no selection though. I'll check out Manga The, thanks for the tip. What were the prices like? I am hoping to get a better deal then I would online, because the shipping to canada is such a rip off.

I have seen the selection at Collection Du Japon, but i honestly thought they were quite expensive in comparison to online prices. Still, good if you prefer seeing before purchasing.

Have you found anywhere with bento accessories, or cute sauce jars, picks etc...?

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..."About buying from overseas vendors
Some people have a mental hangup about buying from suppliers that are not located in their country of residence."...

I don't blame them. I am now on week two of waiting for an order that should have arrived "within 3-5 business days." *pffft..* *twiddling thumbs*

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Another place, for people in Nashville, TN is Happy Japan (http://happyjapan.net/) on Bransford Avenue. Their selection of stuff isn't huge and the prices to me are kind of high (to me, but I'm a broke college student) but I love the store and the people who work there are so awesome and nice.

Kawaii bento box

Kawaii bento box accessories. I bought mine at some Saizen and Daiso stores here in our place. They have such cute designs.

-Forex Contest

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Does anyone know where in ohio you can buy bento boxes or tiered boxes that you could use for bento

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hi hi

i am new to making bento. your information here has been very useful. i like the bento and company product and would like to know whether if their price are expensive as compare to the rest of the suppliers?


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Hi :D

Thank you for a great site packed with useful information and tips for those of us starting out in making bento boxes.

I wonder if anyone can assist me though. I live in South Africa and have no clue where to look for Asian foodstuffs. I want to start learning how to make sushi for my bento boxes but I have no idea where to look for the seaweed wrap stuff or the sauces and the specific pastes and rice mixes etc. Is there anyone out there who knows South Africa (Johannesburg area) and could point me in the right direction? I prefer to keep my online purchases to those who allow payment through PayPal as I have had my banking details scammed before through purchasing from the one and only online Asian store I know of in South Africa.

If anyone can help please please let me know. This is something I really want to get into.

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Wow, this page is a wonderful reference, I'm glad to have found it, thank you very much for all your explanations and comments, they've been really helpful!

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I know this is an old post, but here's a tip for sci-fi and anime fans: Go to medium-to-large conventions! (FSC, DragonCon, etc. Tiny cons with about 500 people are generally not big enough.) That's how I got my first bento box, without much of a mark-up since the vendor had ordered them in bulk.

Granted, it wasn't the reason I went to that sci-fi convention, but it was a nice perk. If you're the sort of person who already goes to cons, or wants to check one out, you may be able to find a cute bento or two.

Bear in mind that they will probably be the kinds of bentos from 100-yen stores, so folks out West may not find it worthwhile. But in most of the southeastern US, this is pretty much the only way to get a "real" bento box without ordering off the Internet.

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