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Nourishment means nurturing in Japan, and nowhere does this hold more true than in the daily bento.

Gaining popularity around the world for its many healthy and money-saving benefits, bento is not just for doting mothers aiming to please their children or out-cute their peers. Take a look at the essential English introduction to this creative culinary art from Japan Times columnist Makiko Itoh in “The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go.”

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