Bento boxes are whole meals contained in a box.
They are balanced, seasonal boxes.
Homemade bento are a necessity for Japanese high school students at lunch time.
The presentation is often more important than the dishes.
Many bento chains have popped up, like Hotto Motto.
Train stations have their own special kinds, called ekiben.
They often cost between 500-2000 yen.
You can get a bento on a budget though. A chain in Tokyo is offering dirt-cheap bento.
Kitchen Dive offer 200 yen bento containing rice, pickles and a main dish.
Read more about Kitchen Dive’s cheap bento here.