a take-out picnic meal, originating in Japan. The Bento is usually packed in elaborate Bento boxes, often made of lacquered papier mache’, wood or rarely metal.
The meal can vary, based on local ingredients and personal preferences. The Bento box provides compartments for each component of the Bento. See photo above.
Bento boxes are becoming popular in the United States and other regions for their ability to organzize and serve a complete meal with various flavored components.