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Japanese American group in Ontario serve up Bento meals to seniors in the community

ONTARIO – On an early Tuesday morning, volunteers with the Japanese American Citizens League gather at the kitchen at the Four Rivers Cultural Center for a monthly ritual that started five years ago. 

Working in stations, the volunteers painstakingly assemble bento boxes, first with a layer of rice, followed by a meat, vegetables and a dessert. The bento meals are made according to washoku, a reference to the principles that govern traditional Japanese cuisine and based in balancing colors, flavors, and cooking techniques.

Once assembled, about 85 Japanese box lunches will be delivered . . .