Japan is famous for it's exquisite gastronomic creations, presented to the diner in beautiful and creative arrangements. Nothing is out of place, each morsel arranged in perfect alignment. Mouth watering sushi adorns the tables of some of the finest restaurants in the world; teppanyaki prepared in front of your eyes, each cut meticulously controlled with definitely no bagging of knives or flipping of food.
It may not be as famous though, but Japan has also raised the humble lunch box to what can only be described as an art form in it's own right. Mothers labour lovingly over their creations for their children to be sadly deprived of the chance to see their faces as they open them later at school. Some of them are truly works of art. The images below were all recently prepared by friends of mine for their children; and I write in awe at their skill and imaginations.