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Lunch Box Art

Moms and Dads. Listen up. It's about time to start packing lunches again. Ok, that's enough grumbling. This year, you are going to knock it out of the park. You are going to pack lunches that make the other kids green with envy, that make the lunch moderators swoon, that make your kid think, "I am the luckiest child in this entire cafeteria!"

Stay with us here. Your mistake has not been what  you've been packing. It's how  you've been packing it. In a word, your lunches have been boring. Your kids deserve more. More, we say!

And so, in the interest of improving everyone's lunch time, we submit these inspirational photos. Most are examples of bento box art, a trend in Japan wherein moms (and it's usually moms) create, well, works of art. Edible art that their kids, more than likely, pick at for awhile and then mostly pitch in the trash (seriously, have you ever peeked into a cafeteria trash can at the end of lunchtime in a primary school?).

But these things are incredible. Beautiful, even. We just hope their kids appreciate it.

So take notes. This is your year, Mom and Dad! Make those kids proud. Make those lunches sparkle. We know you can do it.

As for us, we'll probably end up throwing a tuna sandwich, pre-bagged pretzels and a few fruit chews in a bag and call it a day.

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