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Utterly fascinating, 13 April 2010
The next time you find yourself groaning about making up a lunch box and/or feeling exhausted by parenthood, sit yourself down with a cuppa and flick through this fascinating book.
Christopher Salyvers went to Japan to talk to Japanese parents who spend hours of the time (usually between 5am and 8am in the morning) making up lunch boxes (bento boxes) for their children, specifically character bento boxes or "charaben".
This book is a fascinating little find. It explores the motivation of the parents in making such mammoth efforts to turn lunch into a visually familiar and edible feast. It also includes some incredible photography.
To give you an idea of what I'm on about, one photo of a Cinderella charaben made by Akinoichigo contains 21 different types of food. For her, the most important thing about charaben is "for the child to become happy". Akinoichigo adds; "I've also entered a bigger circle of friends through my charaben blog".