Packed Bento Box Examples

Here are some examples of packed bento boxes. Use them as a starting point to create your own bentos!

My friend Junko lives and works in Tokyo. She has a full time busy job, and although her son is off at school, she also have a very busy life outside of work too, with lots of interesting hobbies and a really busy social life. (I don't know anyone else who has as many friends as she does!)

She also makes bentos to take to work, and posts them regularly on her social media. I love her bento pics because they aren't style for the camera at all - she just snaps them with her phone - but they look so appetizing and have lots of good ideas. Above all, they are real bentos made and eaten by a busy lady. I managed to convince her to let me post some of her bento pics here. The explanations are my own, based on what she wrote about them.

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A classic Japanese style bento using winter vegetables (since it's still pretty cold here) made by my mom from bento stash ingredients.

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The Guy Does Bento is back, with a bento featuring his favorite way of eating chicken.

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Here are some bentos made by a typical busy Japanese mom - my sister Mayumi - for her two kids.

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The Guy comes up with a manly meat-and-potatoes bento with not a rice grain in sight.

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A substantial bento with some pretty strong flavors.

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The guy steps it up with a riff on an Okinawan speciality, taco rice.

This is a series of posts featuring bentos made by my spouse, aka The Guy. The Guy is not Japanese, didn't grow up with bentos (but loves the ones I make for him) and is somewhat tentative in the kitchen when he gets out of his comfort zone. See how he gets along in the world of bentos.

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The Guy makes his first foray into the world of bento making.

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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

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