When it comes to a stylish lunch, the Japanese art of bento reigns supreme. We showed you some clever and playful bento arrangements yesterday, but today I want to just talk about the boxes. Traditionally, bento boxes were made out of wood. Here are five really beautiful examples from Japantique.
- Lacquering Natural Wood Double Bento Lunch Box, $49
- Magewappa Beans Shape Bento Box, $49
- Magewappa Double Bento Box, $39
- Lacquering Natural Wood Bento Lunch Box, $49
- Magewappa Natural Wood Bento Lunch Box - Yellow, $39
These boxes are all designed with compartments for the traditional Japanese lunch: rice and accompaniments such as fish, meat, pickled vegetables, or noodles.
Bento of course has taken on a life of its own beyond the traditional lunch, with playful and colorful creations that get downright artistic. But I really like these wood boxes, a classy and beautiful way to carry lunch to work.
Would you ever use one of these? Or do you prefer more modern glass and plastic snap-tight containers?
Curious about how to clean these boxes? Read more at Just Bento:
On the care of wooden bento boxes → The care and watering of wooden and lacquerware bento boxes at Just Bento
(Image credits: Japantique)