In my efforts to further deplete my nightly slumber I have recently become somewhat addicted to preparing bentos (or obento, if you prefer). When I was a little girl I was enamored with anything miniature and/or compartmentalized. It think that's why these initially piqued my interest. There's something very therapeutic about preparing them. I can understand the joy of Japanese mothers who traditionally made these for their children's lunches to show how much they love them. There are some supremely talented artists out there who make elaborate and beautiful bentos.
My first attempt at making bento was cute but left me famished. The small Japanese boxes hold only small portions of food anyway, but in my attempt to make an adorable food 'scene', I left myself with ultimately 3 cm-thin pieces of clementine, two whole grapes and a leaf of romaine. Luckily I'd brought a sweet potato that wouldn't fit in the bento box with me to nuke.
My second attempt was much more filling. It is below in my two-tiered bento box. In my top tier (left) below you'll see three tawara onigiri (bales of rice), sliced cucumber and some fried chicken pieces left over from dinner. In my bottom tier (right), I tried to make a grape 'Christmas tree' with presents underneath (barely visible) and some cream cheese/jalepeno pepper jam spirals.
My question: Does anyone else bento?