This morning on a NPR I heard about a Japanese phenomenon called Charaben, or the art of the Bento Box. Japanese mothers in an effort to amuse their children into eating their school lunch will wake up before dawn and spend as much as two hours carving, cutting, slicing and arranging they children lunches into edible work of art.
Insanity? I won’t throw any stones though. I’ve done my share of demented things in the name of motherhood. Such as 24 hour labor without drugs, to name just one.
Here are some of the cutest ones I found.
Pictures found here, here and here. I wish I read read Japanese to give these pictures proper credit. Mostly I am so curious about the psychology behind it. It is an art form? Is it about selfless love? Is it a form of competition between mothers? It is a popularity contest between the children? There is a book about it called face food by Christopher Salyers but it's apparently out of stock.