Bento, according to Wikipedia, is a “single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.” In Japan, Bento meals can be either home made or bought pre-packaged in stores. To be honest with you, I’m only familiar with them through pop-culture. It may be hard to believe, but most convenient stores in Oklahoma do not carry them.
Custom Bento lunches are a popular art form, and while looking for one online I ran across this one:
Per walyou.com: “This appetizing Pacman Bento took over six hours to complete. It includes a wide range of ingredients making it extremely healthy and nutritious as well as awesomely cool. This Pacman was made with tamagoyaki (egg), nori (seaweed) and akai kamaboko (fish cake) while the ghosts were made with carrot, ham, hard-boiled egg and nori. Some of the other ingredients include stuff like tonkatsu (pork cutlet), gohan (steamed rice), sunomono (vinegared cucumbers), strawberries and orange slices … mmm.”