Japanese Box Lunches - By Regular People and by Punk Rockers!
In the west, when people are on a budget and don't want to spend money on eating out, they take sandwiches to work or school for lunch. Those lunches are packed in "Bags" and, hence, called "Bagged Lunches" by the savages who live in the west.
"Eat me or dieeeeeeeee!"
For the cultured folks of the far east, they don't eat bread, they eat rice... Actually rice is healthier for you than bread because bread has all sorts of things in it like butter (margarine?) and salt, etc... Rice is just rice.
But I digress..
In Japan, people pack a boxed lunch of rice and other gruel. This box of food is commonly referred to as, "Bento." Bento means, "Boxed lunch." (I think.) According to Wikipedia:
Here is a picture of a typical boring boxed lunch:
Boring bento box....
Here is a picture of a cool lunch that is packed by my punk rock friends who have waaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands:
Thanks to my friend Duncan Redmonds of the punk band Snuff (crazy f*ckers!) and "Den Den Mushi Mushi":