The mind-boggling effort that some Japanese mothers put into their child’s lunchbox (or bento) is fairly well documented, with the likes of rice and random vegetables used to recreate various creatures and compositions.
An art form that has at last been given the recognition it so rightly deserves, as Tokyo proudly hosted the inaugural Character Bento competition on Friday. The eventual winner being ‘Rainy days are fun too!’, which by all accounts got the nod due to its nutritional balance and seasonal timeliness. It being rainy season and all that.
A closely fought contest that saw fellow finalist Miki Matsuzaka’s meat and melon-based Mona Lisa came a close second.