If you brought a bologna or peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school in Japan, you’d probably be made fun of. Japanese students don’t take lunch time lightly. This is a chance to show off “food art” in the form of bento boxes, and moms can spend hours creating packed lunches made to look like anything ranging from cute animals, to cartoon characters, to Barack Obama!
As you can imagine, there’s a good amount of competition among moms. The meticulousness and creativity of bento probably comes from the Japanese culture of precision and detail. In fact, bento-making classes are even offered to moms to perfect their skills.
Check out the video below to get a closer look into the bento culture.