Last week I got to visit an English class for very young learners in Tokyo led by Justin of Tiny Tots Japan. It was a great class and a lot of fun. After class, it was time for lunch and all the young girls brought out their bento boxes.
Now...when I was a kid going to kindergarten, I ate peanut butter and cheese sandwiches (which I apparently loved) dented by the apple which shared the same brown-paper-bag home. So I really enjoy looking at the beautiful packed lunches young Japanese students eat. A typical bento (Japanese lunchbox) for young kids has onigiri (rice balls wrapped in seaweed), and an assortment of small foods like sausages, croquettes, vegetables, tamagoyaki (a kind of rolled egg omelette),etc.
Here are a few pictures I snapped with my camera phone of the bentos. How excited do you think the kids are to open their lunch boxes when they have lunches like this?
What did you eat for lunch when you were a kid?