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Bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements
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Bentos can be elaborately arranged in a style called "kyaraben" ("character bento"). Kyaraben are typically decorated to look like popular characters from Japanese cartoons (anime), comic books (manga), or video games. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento". This is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.
There are similar forms of boxed lunches in the Philippines (Baon), Korea (Dosirak), Taiwan (Biandang), and India (Tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.
"Bento" originates from the Southern Song Dynasty slang term 便當 (pinyin: bi?ndāng), meaning "convenient" or "convenience." When imported to Japan, it was written with the ateji 便道, 辨道, and 辨當. In shinjitai, 辨當 is written as 弁当.
In the 20th century, the term was imported to modern Mandarin, rendered as 便當 (Pinyin bi?n-dang), where it retains its older meaning of "convenient" and also refers to bento in mainland China and generic boxed lunches in Taiwan.
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Julien Simiand, Production Manager: My name is Julien Simiand, I'm from Paris, France. I moved in New York City a year ago and am currently working as a Sound Engineer in New York City. I'm also a production manager at AND Magazine and work on "Stipko Live", "Darla Wednesday", "United States of Common Sense" and "Talk Border". (more...)