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n. pl. o·ben·tos
See bento.

[o-, politeness pref. (from variant of earlier on-, honorific prefix, from contraction of Old Japanese ohomi- : oho-, big + mi-, honorific prefix) + bentō, bento; see bento.]
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(Cookery) another name for bento
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Japanese mothers and obentos; the lunch-Box as ideological state apparatus', in Counihan, C.
The restaurant offers sushi, dons, vegan dishes, nigiri specials including a spicy octopus called Crazy Tako, teriyaki bowls and Japanese Obentos (lunchboxes), and provides catering for both formal and informal events.
(33.) Anne Allison, "Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch-Box as Ideological State Apparatus," Anthropological Quarterly (1991): 195-208; Ohinata Masami, "The Mystique of Motherhood: A Key to Understanding Social Change and Family Problems in Japan," in Japanese Women, 199-212; Tanaka, "Work, Education, and the Family," 295-308; Ueno Chizuko, "Women and Family in Transition in Postindustrial Japan," in Women in Japan and Korea, 23-42; Yoshizumi Kyoko, "Marriage and Family: Past and Present" (183-98), Long (156-76), Nancy R.