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Bentō (弁 当) means box meal. This is the snack forJapanese people when theye eat outside. It can be prepared at home or buy in specialty shops: the Bentō-ya (弁 当 屋).

Generally contained in a very nice box (Bentō-box), the Bentō, even if it is called snack-food, is a complete meal. Here is an example of Bentō:

  • Rice (sometimes pasta)
  • Fish or meat
  • Macerated vegetables (tsukemono)
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Sometimes a fruit