Moms in Japan are fully committed to a new school lunch trend: homemade "character bento," a type of pre-packed lunch box in which the food has been formed into the shapes of well-known characters. Panda bears, popular cartoons like Hello Kitty and Totoro, even (in the case of really ambitious moms) celebrities like President Obama or Michael Jackson.
The craze has caught on so thoroughly that moms are even signing up for classes, learning how to form cartoons out of rice, sesame seeds, seaweed, and other traditional cuisine. Japan's food culture has long had a strong emphasis on presentation (just look at how meticulous and attractive sushi is!), but this is taking it to a whole new level.
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Do you spend a lot of time on your child's lunch?