Bento box / Lunch box Maneki (lucky cat)
made in Japan
three layers, with fork
The lucky kitten (招 き 猫, Maneki Neko) is one of the most common talismans in Japan. Its original Japanese name is Maneki Neko, which literally means "beckoning cat". Lucky cats raise their left paw, right paw or sometimes both.
In general, the view is that the raised left paw brings in customers, while the waving right paw brings luck and wealth.
Japanese Bento Boxes and Bento Accessories: In Japan, bento is the collective name for food or packed lunches. The first bento boxes were simple bamboo tubes around the 5th century, which soon developed into small wooden boxes, as the practical use was evident early on: thanks to your bento you were well looked after, even if you worked in the field for a long time or laundry hunting. Later bento boxes were also brought to the theater for kabuki performances so that the often long performances did not have to be hungry. And even today, Bento is as popular as ever.
In addition to shops that are fully specialized in take-away boxes, you can also go for lunch to go in many supermarkets, combis and train stations. The bento is as popular with children as it is with adults, at school, at work and at the Hanami picnic. If you have the time, you can prepare the bento yourself; there are hundreds of bento recipes on the internet and even cookbooks on this trend. Different dishes are often separated from each other by small dishes made of silicone, prefabricated dividers, or dividers made of paper and plastic, because the same applies to the lunch you take with you: each dish has its own place and is not mixed with others. Of course, dishes that can also be eaten cold are particularly suitable, but nowadays you can heat your bento almost anywhere, which increases the variety of dishes that you take with you.