A Japanese Bento Box is a container in which a meal is stored for convenient travel. (Bento means "convenient" or "convenience" in Japanese). Typical foods found in bento boxes include rice, fish, noodles, fruits, vegetables, etc. Shapes of boxes vary, and at times the contents are arranged in ways that depict anime, animals, people, characters, etc. If prepared in an elaborate way it could be a symbol of status for the Bento owner.
4th grade students created these Bento box paper sculptures over three class periods. (original inspiration for lesson found here!) 1st they made the box and then after researching common Japanese foods students began to construct items out of paper. Students were required to have three sections (not including chopsticks area) that contain three different foods.