The Reading / Listening - Bento Lunch Box - Level 2

The bento is very common in Japanese cuisine. It is a ready-made meal for one person. People can buy it from convenience stores. Japanese mothers often spend a lot of time preparing a bento for their children. Bentos are a cheap and healthy mix of rice or noodles, fish or meat, and vegetables. There is a new bento that does not match our image of this lunch box. The new bento contains only meat from the country's highest-quality wagyu beef. It costs more than the average 600 yen for a bento. It costs 292,929 yen ($3,000).



The new Tottori Wagyu Complete Cow bento box contains 4.5kg of beef. Tottori is in the west of Japan. Its wagyu beef was rated as the best in Japan. The bento also has Tottori-grown rice and wasabi, and a special sauce made from Tottori's famous pears. There are no vegetables. The bento box is 60 centimeters long and is made from wood instead of plastic. The sections in the box are in the shape of a cow. You can buy the beefy bento online from a delivery service. However, you will have to wait two weeks for the company to prepare your meaty lunch.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bento Lunch Box - Level 0 Bento Lunch Box - Level 1   or  Bento Lunch Box - Level 3

Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/features/food/tottori-ultimate-wagyu-beef-bento-costs-almost-y300-000
  • https://gochikuru.com/2127/menu/TOQH001
  • http://www.foodandwine.com/news/wagyu-beef-bento-box


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The bento is very common
  2. a ready-made
  3. spend a
  4. preparing
  5. a cheap and
  6. match our
  7. the country's highest-
  8. It costs more than
  1. a bento
  2. the average
  3. meal for one person
  4. image
  5. in Japanese cuisine
  6. quality wagyu beef
  7. lot of time
  8. healthy mix

Paragraph 2

  1. Tottori is in the
  2. Its wagyu beef was rated
  3. a special
  4. made from wood
  5. The sections in
  6. in the shape
  7. buy the beefy bento online
  8. wait two weeks
  1. from a delivery service
  2. west of Japan
  3. the box
  4. for the company
  5. sauce
  6. instead of plastic
  7. as the best in Japan
  8. of a cow

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The bento is (1) ___________________ Japanese cuisine. It is a ready-made meal (2) ___________________. People can buy it from convenience stores. Japanese mothers often spend a lot of time (3) ___________________ for their children. Bentos are a cheap and healthy mix of rice or noodles, fish or meat, and vegetables. There is a new bento that does not (4) ___________________ of this lunch box. The new bento (5) ___________________ from the country's highest-quality wagyu beef. It costs more than the average 600 yen (6) ___________________. It costs 292,929 yen ($3,000).

The new Tottori Wagyu Complete Cow (7) ___________________ 4.5kg of beef. Tottori is in the west of Japan. Its wagyu beef (8) ___________________ the best in Japan. The bento also has Tottori-grown rice and wasabi, and (9) ___________________ made from Tottori's famous pears. There are no vegetables. The bento box is 60 centimeters long and is made (10) ___________________ of plastic. The sections in the box are in (11) ___________________ a cow. You can buy the beefy bento online from a delivery service. However, you will have to wait two weeks for the company to prepare (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThebentoisverycommoninJapanesecuisine.Itisaready-mademealfo
roneperson.Peoplecanbuyitfromconveniencestores.Japanesemothe
rsoftenspendalotoftimepreparingabentofortheirchildren.Bentosare
acheapandhealthymixofriceornoodles,fishormeat,andvegetables.T
hereisanewbentothatdoesnotmatchourimageofthislunchbox.Thene
wbentocontainsonlymeatfromthecountry'shighest-qualitywagy
ubeef.Itcostsmorethantheaverage600yenforabento.Itcosts292,92
9yen($3,000).ThenewTottoriWagyuCompleteCowbentoboxcontain
s4.5kgofbeef.TottoriisinthewestofJapan.Itswagyubeefwasratedast
hebestinJapan.ThebentoalsohasTottori-grownriceandwasabi,andas
pecialsaucemadefromTottori'sfamouspears.Therearenovegetables.
Thebentoboxis60centimeterslongandismadefromwoodinsteadofpla
stic.Thesectionsintheboxareintheshapeofacow.Youcanbuythebeefy
bentoonlinefromadeliveryservice.However,youwillhavetowaittwow
eeksforthecompanytoprepareyourmeatylunch.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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