The History Behind The Bento Box

The Bento Box has been a part of Japanese culture since very early on, evolving over time and becoming known worldwide over centuries. The Japanese who first came to use the bento box concept were 5th-century farmers, hunters, and warriors who rose early and had to pack their lunch to take with them that day. They first started using farm seedboxes and filled the container with rice, fish, and vegetables or foods that could be left at room temperature and not spoil. It was also a convenient way to incorporate a well-balanced meal into your busy workday. As the popularity of bento boxes grew among the working class the concept began to spread to other parts of the world like China, Korea, and the Philippines to name a few.

Bento Signify’s Convenience

The word bento was derived from the Southern Song Dynasty and is short for the term biandana ( which means convenient). While the very first bento boxes were made of lacquered wood and basket material,  as the popularity of these little boxes continued to grow they eventually started making aluminum boxes during the Taisho period that began in 1912. This turned worker class lunches into a luxury lunch when placed in aluminum boxes.

As the centuries have passed bento boxes, have grown into a very prevalent and trendy staple all over the world and especially so in the United States. In 1990 Kyraben or character Bentos was created and became a popular staple among children. Parents like these character boxes and the general idea of a bento box to pack their children’s lunch in because it appeals to their children and also is convenient and boasts a well-balanced meal. Afterall with the evolution of the bento box and the fact that it is used in many cultures throughout the world, the boxes that once consisted of more Japanese based fare like rice, fish, and veggies are now filled with different cuisine from all over the world.  You can also now find bento boxes in train stations, at restaurants and even in stores selling Okazu or side dishes, to full meals.

Bento boxes offer a balanced meal because they offer pre-portioned containers so that you are able to incorporate different food groups and with the right portion size. Most bento boxes are equipped to pack 40% starch, 30% meat/fish/protein, and 30% vegetables. But like we said the great thing about bento boxes these days is that you are able to fill them with the perfect selection of food for you!



Japanese Soaking Tubs

Japanese-productsOne of the more unique products to come out of Japan are Ofuro or Japanese soaking tubs. The Japanese have always placed importance on bathing, believing that it cleanses both the body and soul. While soaking tubs have always been a primary product in Japan, they are now becoming a coveted product in the United States as well. With many people seeking to enjoy the zen like properties offered by these tubs, they also enjoy the beauty that they add to bathrooms as well as their backyards. In fact in recent months this Japanese product is seeing a rise in demand and shipments needed. With hot tub and spa dealers bringing them into their stores, the production of these beautiful wooden tubs is on the rise. A Fort Collins hot tub store is having trouble keeping them in stock and doesn’t see the demand decreasing any time soon.

What Makes Japanese Soaking Tubs So Incredible???

The Wood-

Japanese-soaking-tubThese tubs are not just made out of any old wood. In true Japanese tradition they are crafted out of Hinoki, which as long been used to build Shinto Temples. However, Port Orford Cedar which has similarities to Hinoki is used as well. Both of these woods have antiseptic abilities and thus create a clean environment without the use of chemicals. When these woods are not available Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar along with Dark Teak can be used.

The Depth-

These tubs are much deeper than your traditional American bathtub or hot tub. Because of this you are able to completely immerse yourself in hot water. The wood used to make these tubs also let of aromatic scents which make the tubs even more relaxing

The Seat-

The seats within these tubs allow for the user to sit upright while still soaking in the warm water. This allows for muscles to relax and eases tension.


Because of the antiseptic like properties in the wood, these Ofuro tubs are incredibly easy to clean. They are actualy a lot easier to clean then a traditional hot tub or bath tub.

One of the great things about Japanese soaking tubs that are made in Japan is the quality of the work and materials. They can also be customized to the particular liking of the customer. One of the reasosns hot tub stores that are carrying these beautiful tubs are running out of stock is because of the many great features they offer as well as their ability to be customized.

Bartok design Co. is one of the leading maufacturers in Japanese soaking tubs. Their tubs are made solely from Hinoki wood hat is found in Kiso Valley in central Japan. They create beautiful authentic Japanese soaking tubs and make them available to those throughout the world.



Tokyo-Industrial City

Tokyo is the biggest metropolitan industry in the world, with a total of around 38 million people, with all of the people, Japan has been able to construct a modern marvel. Tokyo is more than just a city, and if you ever decide to visit there you should make it a point to see all of these architectural phenomenons.

  • Shibuya Crossing

shibuya-crossing-TokyoThis is the Times Square of Tokyo. During busy times there can be up to 3000+ people in the crosswalk. Besides that you can see a stunning display of advertisement covered buildings that give the city life even at night. At this intersection is the main mall in Tokyo, Shibuya 109. And within walking distances are the best restaurants in the world offering every type of food.

  • Tokyo Tower

While some French might think that Japan just simply stole the Eiffel Tower, in actuality, Tokyo uses this tower as a communications and observation tower. At 1092 ft, (333 m) it is the 2nd tallest structure in all of Japan! It is even painted in the country’s national color of red and white.

  • Skytee

For now, this is the tallest building in Japan and the 2nd tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. At 2080 ft it only comes 642 feet (195 m) short of setting the record. Besides being a tall building this building serves as the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kanto region due to the poor reception caused by all of the other skyscrapers. Other uses are that it is an observation tower and it has a restaurant in the building for tourists to come and eat

  • Imperial Palace

This is where the Emperor and Empress live. Being constructed after WWII once Tokyo-Imperial-Palacethe old palace was bombed and destroyed, this building is constructed like traditional Japanese temples, but the private residence of the Emperor and Empress is said to be constructed more modernly. Most of the palace area is closed to the public except for reserved guided tours.

  • Sensoji Temple

This buddhist temple is in the Asakusa region of Tokyo and is Japan’s oldest temple. It was originally founded all the way back in 645 AD. However, it was again destroyed during WWII bombing raids. It was rebuilt and re-modernized into what it is today. It is a major tourist destination surrounded by many shops and restaurants

  • Gate Tower Building

gate-tower-building-japanWhile this building isn’t in Tokyo, rather in Osaka, Japan, it still deserves a mention. This building is your normal 16 story office building in the middle of the city. The only difference is that between the 5th and 7th floors there is a literal highway exit through it! The Umeda exit off the Hanshin Expressway puts a short tunnel in the building allowing for an effective use of space in a small country

Ever since its founding Japan has been known for making some of the greatest structures in the world along with the many products they manufacture. Japan proudly continues that tradition with its prominent temples and its massive amounts of skyscrapers. Tokyo is definitely a city to visit if ever in Japan.

Japanese Tech Companies

Japan-industryOnce seen as an isolationist country, Japan has taken an almost 180 degree turn and has become one of the biggest trading countries in the world. Two industries have transformed Japan, first the automobile industry with Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and others. The other industry is the technology industry. And while the Japanese electronics industry is facing immense competition from Chinese and Korean manufactures like Huawei and Samsung, Japan is still making great electronics. Here is some more detail about technology companies in Japan.


If you grew up in the 1980s you’ll remember one of Sony’s most popular products, the Sony Walkman. And still today, Sony is one of the most popular Japan-Sony-Playstationelectronic companies from Japan as it makes many consumer electronics including TV’s, headphones, smartphones, and the most popular game console in the world, the Sony Playstation, now on its 4th generation. While Sony makes most of its money from banking today, they still continue to produce some of the best electronic components in the world.


Nintendo is a small company with a small range of products. But what its known for has very few competitors. Their unique approach to game consoles lead toJapan-Nintendo devices such as the Wii U and Switch. Where you have a mobile game where you can play a general scope of games. But these games are some of the most fun games as it features the amazing cast of the Mario Bros characters and family fun games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.


This company ranges in electronics from simple calculators to cameras to electronic keyboards, and digital watches. Their watches are popular with divers and others who need a functional but powerful watch. And their music electronics rival with the company below.


Most people will think this company is only a motorcycle manufacturer while others will think it’s only a keyboard company. But actually, Yamaha makes a ton of different products. They make many electronic keyboards, speakers, headphones, and other electronic components.

Other Japanese Electronic Companies

  • PanasonicJapan-tecnology-industry
  • Nokia
  • Hitachi
  • Sharp
  • Toshiba
  • JVC
  • Mitsubishi Electric

While Japan isn’t as dominant as it was in the 1980s and 1990s, the country still enjoys massive success with eye popping TV’s and entertaining game consoles. So if you use any technology at all, there is likely that it is made in Japan or has components made in Japan as Japan still remains a powerful electronic producer in the increasingly technological world.



made-in-japanAs we say in Japan, kon’nichiwa or hello!  Welcome to our blog primarily focused on different products made in Japan, how to find a manufacturer there, and all other things associated.  We aslo hope to provide you with a little history about our incredible country, as well as, share our view on business!  We hope you enjoy our site!