Herbal Tea Bento Box


The Perfect Gift

Inspired by Japan's rich and exquisite culinary history, our Tea Bento Box is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind tea gift box and our most popular product. Our "bento" style tea gift box is our modern take on Japan's famous bento box that originated during the 12th century during the Kamakura period, which often contained full meals in lacquered wood boxes. Instead of containing a full meal in different compartments like the original Japanese bento, our Tea Bento Boxes contain six different tea varieties compartmentalized into six mini tea tins. Each mini tea tin contains 5 premium tea pyramid sachets.

The reason why so many people love the Tea Bento Box is primarily because of its unique presentation. If you want to make a lasting impression on a friend, family member, or loved one, then consider giving them the gift of a Tea Bento Box.

The Herbal Tea Bento Box includes six mini tea tins of our most popular herbal teas: Spa Bliss, Bedtime Bliss, Calming Tea, Peppermint, Honella, and Caramel RooibosEach Tea Bento Box contains a total of 30 tea pyramid sachets.

Tea with Tae is a proud member of the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC). Read more about our membership here.

Dating all the way back to the 12th century, the "bento" was (and still is) an integral part of Japanese culinary culture. The word "bento" (弁当) literally translates to "useful thing" or "convenient," but the word has a double-meaning that means "container" or "lunch box." 

The invention of the "bento" has humble beginnings. In the 12th century during the Kamakura period, Japanese workers began carrying cooked and dried rice called hoshi-ii (干し飯) to work in bento-style boxes with separate compartments. The workers were primarily humble farmers and fisherman. 

The popularity of the bento spread to high society by the 16th century and became more refined. The bento became a staple for outdoor events, tea parties, and hanami (the practice of viewing cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom). The type of bento during this period was known as the koshibento (腰弁当) or "waist bento" because travelers and sightseers would carry the bento on their waist. The bento usually consisted of onigiri wrapped with bamboo leaves.

In the 19th and 20th centuries during the Meiji period, the ekibento or ekiben (駅弁当) was invented. Ekiben literally translates to "train station bento." These bentos were sold at train stations to travelers and contained rice balls with pickled apricots. Around this time, many students and teachers began carrying bentos to school. 

After the advent of the microwave in the 1980s and the proliferation of convenience stores, new styles of bentos were introduced. The traditional wood and metal boxes were replaced with less expensive plastic and microwave-safe materials. Today, numerous styles of bentos exist all across the world. In fact, the subreddit r/Bento dedicated to "creative bento art" has nearly 68,000 members. It is no secret that the bento covers a wide variety of styles. Here are some examples:

  • Ekiben (駅弁): A packed meal sold at railway stations.
  • Kyaraben (キャラ弁 short form of キャラクター弁当): Ingredients are elaborately arranged to feature a popular character of popular culture, animals, plants, etc.
  • Makunouchi bento (幕の内弁当): The traditional style of bento that was served at the theatre. It contains several dishes: rice, meat, fish, egg, a pickled plum, vegetables.
  • Noriben (海苔弁): Simple in nature, containing less than 4 ingredients. The rice is covered by nori (seaweed).
  • Hinomaru bento (日の丸弁当): Resembles the Japanese flag with a pickled plum being in the center of the rice.
  • Bedtime Bliss (herbal, all natural) - chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena, spearmint, valerian root
  • Calming Tea (herbal, all natural) - peppermint, licorice root, sage
  • Spa Bliss (herbal, all natural) - chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena, spearmint
  • Peppermint (herbal, all natural) - peppermint
  • Honella (herbal) - honeybush, blue cornflower petals, vanilla flavors
  • Caramel Rooibos (herbal) - rooibos, caramel, caramel flavors

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Theresa R. (Denver, US)
Very Fine Tea

The Bento box was surprising. Each tea bag of individual flavors steeped one of the best teas I have tasted in a long time!

Mary N. (Falmouth, US)
Great Sampler

Just enough to enjoy and sample all the caffeine free tea’s...

Sam S. (Denver, US)
The Perfect Gift for Tea-Lovers!

I recently received a Tea Bento Box as a birthday gift, and it is absolutely amazing. The different teas are so fun and so delicious. The presentation is beautiful and unique, and I can't wait to order more of this delectable tea from Tea with Tae! Highly recommend!

Ruth F. (Palmer, US)
Good Tea, Dented Box

I liked the tea well enough but was disappointed when the box arrived with a big dent in the side. It was a gift, and I had to give a defective present to my friend.

Thank you for the feedback Ruth. We're sorry that the Tea Bento Box showed up dented. We've sent you an email to hopefully make this right! We are working on new packaging options to take care of this problem in the future and will be making an announcement soon.

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