I'm fascinated by charabebn bento boxes at the moment. Orginally they were made to get Japanesse kids eating their packed lunches by making it fun for them. Bento boxes aren't just pretty to look at, they also have to have a good balance of fresh vegetables, rice and meats. i don't believe it's playing with your food at all, just making your eating experience more enjoyable.
You even get some really cool accessories to help make your charaben boxes more interesting. Like these egg pochers (above) and this squeezy bottle for your sauce/vinegar.
Putting all this time and dedication into your food surely would mean a meal you are more likely to appreciate and enjoy.
i think we should all get on this idea. Make a charaben bento box for your hour lunch... make one for a friend, your gran, your boyfriend/girlfriend etc. the best thing is it's a temporary art, so you could design them depending on your mood, and there are so many possibilities out there!