Bentou are simply packed meals. Some people make amazingly fancy kyaraben, or "character bentou", but I'm not that dedicated. Dekoben Culture, isn't something I'm good with. I don't have the time to make detailed, decorated lunches everyday, especially since I'm nearly dirt poor. However, it is pretty cool to look at!
this bentou from Amazon for $18 (be careful, it doesn't open in a new window). It's a lot smaller than I thought it would be. It's slightly longer than an normal can of soda, only a couple inches wide, and maybe 4 inches tall. The top tier is similar to a tupperware container, with I thought was pretty nice. It also has a strap. It feels very secure.
Excuse my messy desk. In the back, you can kind of see the Pita Pan Sandwich Sealer I also bought in the background.
You can't see them, but I also bought silicon cupcake containers to hold small things.
This is tomorrow's lunch:
Sealed Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Diced Colby Jack cheese
It's not much, but I haven't eaten at school for two days...