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The bento lunch box has played a major role in Japanese people’s lives for centuries. Hundreds of years ago, the custom of using lunch boxes, usually containing food to share with others, helped maintain good relationships, not only between individuals, but also between communities in an agricultural society. It’s not surprising, then, that bento boxes often have stories behind them that reflect the work of their makers and the personalities of their owners.

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