A Quick History of Bentos~!

We hope that everyone is excited about all the Bento items included in the March Doki Doki Crate!

For those who are unfamiliar with the Bento box, it has a long standing history in Japan dating all the way back to the late 1100s. During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) of Japan, dishes prepared with a dried rice become popular because of their ability for easy transport. These ‘dried meals’ were then able to be easily prepared for quick consumption! More traditional lacquered boxes became popular in the late 1500s for tea parties and also flower blossom viewings.

Gotenyama_hiroshigeThe art of bento continued to evolve during the Edo period (1603-1867). The versatility in items that could be included led to many cookbooks being published on how to prepare, pack and present bento boxes for all sorts of different occasions. During the early 1900s the popularity of bento boxes declined. By this point they had become synonymous with being lunch boxes for children attending school. With widespread differences in wealth as well as failures of crops and war a more institutionalized system was created to provide food for students.

Bento as we know it today made a resurgence during the 1980s! The ease and accessibility brought by conbini along with the creativity of individuals has meant a a renaissance for this style of eating!

Sailor_Moon_BentoBento don’t just have to include Japanese foods! In fact we here at Japan Crate have put together a fun sampling of different Bento using the items in the March Doki Doki Crate!

We hope that you enjoy the different stylings from Japanese to Phillipino, Korean to American!

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We can’t wait to see your Bento as well!

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