Anyway, I was thinking about how it might actually be nice to try different sorts of bento's and maybe even visit Japan one of these days. That's when I stumbled over the e-bento site and suffered an acute overdose of cute. For those of you who won't end up going to the site, here's the first image on the page. I don't even have to scroll around searching for a good one since they're all pretty much like this.
I have no clue how something like this would actually taste but if effort added to flavor, this would probably be a taste explosion. The entire site is full of pictures and ratings of various bento's, all of which, frankly, look too good to actually eat. I think it's more of a case where you're supposed to feast with your eyes.
While this is certainly not the average bento, even the normal ones seem to require craploads more effort to create then most Americans would even consider spending to make lunch. Just the fact that a bento is supposed to have just one or two items of each type makes it an incredibly time consuming affair. After all who is going to put through the effort to fry up just one shrimp tempura and up to half a dozen other things just to make one meal out of it. It puts the idea of slapping some bologna between two pieces of white bread to shame. These Japanese are really a funny people.