But we’re predicting a strong comeback.
Bento has all the makings for a popular trend:
- it requires at least a few pieces of specific equipment offering an excuse to
- collect lots of special equipment
- you can find bento boxes in museums (antique lacquer) and in dollar stores (plastic)
- and everywhere in between
- it has a daily, practical use
- it is creative and expressive
- there’s ample opportunity to get a little obsessive
- it has strong cultural associations and, in the end,
- you get to eat it
It’s a quick and stylish way to bring your lunch to places such as work or school or your next flight. Bento also helps alleviate wasteful paper and plastic bags. But in the end, bento is just plain fun to eat: all those little compartments, colorful arrangements and tasty bits here and there. Opening a bento box is a lot like opening a present and who doesn't enjoy that feeling?