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Why are some Japanese preschools banning awesome, adorable character bento?

October 22, 2014

Too much pressure on Japanese parents results in banned char-ben lunches

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Considering how much Japan loves food and cute things, it’s no surprise that the country is in the middle of a chara-ben boom. Chara-ben, bento boxed lunches with their contents arranged like popular characters such as Hello Kitty and Doraemon, are a hit with adults and children alike, as parents seem to be having as much fun making them as their kids are eating them.

But not everyone loves this trend of culinary creativity, though, as some preschools and day care centers have started banning chara-ben.

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awww, that seems a shame

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London-Unattached.com

October 25, 2014

Wow.. that’s unfortunate. I know that it’s a TON of work. I would bet some kids are feeling left out bec their parents are doing it….. and it’s disrupting the flow of the day bec of the “inequality of lunches” . Too bad that this is becoming a form of competition

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

October 27, 2014

Hi Pamela,
Wouldn’t want to have too much fun. Most of the characters in that dish are from Hayao Miyazaki’s feature films. Fantastic stuff.

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Rick

October 28, 2014

It might be too much pressure on the non artistic lunch maker, as it seems. I wish I had a lunch like that.

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Pamela Morse

October 28, 2014

Looks too good to eat.

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Rick

October 29, 2014

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