I'd love to start a discussion of different types of bento boxes and how they can be used. I hope that people will comment on how they use their equipment, ask questions, etc. I find it especially useful to get suggestions for what kind of smaller cups and containers fit in each type of box, and what types of food work well for each.
I'll start with this little guy. I bought it from AllThingsForSale.com. They don't have as big a selection as J-List, but prices are lower and shipping is MUCH faster (they ship from warehouses in the U.S., not from Japan). They always have a lot of this type of box in various colors and shapes.
I think everybody who collects bento boxes must have one a lot like this. It's small but elegant, and surprisingly inexpensive. I've read that these boxes are sold in the equivalent of Dollar Stores in Japan and that they don't hold up as well as the more expensive ones. So far mine has survived multiple trips through the microwave and shows no sign of wear. I wash it by hand (don't own a dishwasher).
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|The Little Red Lube Sheep (Urara)|
This is what the little stacking bento set looks like from the outside. Dimensions are about 3" wide by 6" long, meant to be secured with a bento band. Both compartments have tight-fitting black lids. There are no interior dividers. The bottom tier has slightly less height than the upper tier, which turns out to be significant when you are looking for interior cups and dividers that will fit. The short tier is 1.5" in height, but the taller tier is 1-7/8" high. That extra 3/8" makes a huge difference.