o bento






this is a really beautiful book i found last time i was in tokyo. photos of people with photos of their lunch. makes me want to run away to find a life in the japanese countryside where there's enough time and presence of mind to pack a beautiful lunch like this. the text seems to be about the people in the photos. wish i knew enough kanji to actually read in japanese; it'd open up such a big world of things to read.
you can buy it here or here.
i loved this line that nobuko wrote on our collaborative blog (we write each other letters in each other's languages):
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i've almost forgottn to read foreign novels for these ten years.
you wouldn't catch an australian forgetting to read foreign novels for ten years.

6 comments:

Little finds said...

This book looks great!

ii-ne-kore said...

i love how much value japanese magazines place in the simple act of packing and taking your lunch with you, and how they create a wonderufl little story with each one. thanks for showing us a great one!

anna said...

yeah that way of taking care of little things being beautiful is really sweet. and adds up to a beautiful life, i think. there was one gaijin included in this book and she had this mess of couscous in a plastic container which i'm sure was delicious but... didn't make the grade.

Hello Sandwich said...

What a beautiful book! xoxo

Cookie Cutter said...

Awesome book! I love seeing what others are eating and the Japanese take so much pride in preparing a bento!

From Me To You said...

I had not know about this book but I find it wonderfully inspiring. The simplicity of good food and the art of dedicating time to enjoy it. Much more interesting than grabbing a quick lunch on the go as so many of us do.