Savvy Tips for Avoiding Dreaded “Bento Stress”
When my European friend, whose four-year-old is going to a Japanese school, first mentioned the term "bento stress," I did not have a clue what she meant. But after chatting with some Japanese mothers, I began to realize that preparing a lunch box in Japan goes way beyond simply spreading peanut butter on sliced bread. It is even more than making the meal look appetizing. It is a religion, it is an art, and it is a science, with a huge industry of tools and how-to books surrounding it. In Japan, it’s all about presentation. This demands creative skills, talent, dedication, commitment and—most ...