In Japan, in fact, more and more in the US, Bento lunches are popular, not to mention cute! Just do a Google search to see lots of adorable ideas. I am really not interested in making cutie patootie Bento lunches, but I do love a good onigiri (rice ball) for lunch. And sushi! Don’t even get me started! I like sushi so much, I introduced my Honey to it and he has come to like it too. Unfortunately, I am not a sushi master; that takes years of training and skill. On the other hand, I can make a pretty good onigiri or nori wrap with brown rice.
When I was a young girl my Mother’s younger brother came to visit us on his way to his new assignment with the Marines. He had just been transferred from Japan to California where I lived. My uncle brought us a surprise, his Japanese wife, Sachiko. I thought she was the most exotic and wonderful person! I thought that I was the luckiest girl alive when, that summer, and several thereafter. I was allowed to stay a few weeks in their apartment with them.
My Aunt spoke pretty good English and she set about teaching me all about her culture and language. I can still speak a few sentences in Japanese and I love Japanese food and culture. I dream that some day I will be lucky enough to visit Japan. One thing I remember liking that she made was a condiment that she and my Uncle used on everything (or so it seemed). It was furikake, pronounced something like foo-ree-kah-kee.