Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch-Box as Ideological State Apparatus

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Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch-Box as Ideological State Apparatus by Mind Map: Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch-Box as Ideological State Apparatus

1. Obentos

1.1. Boxed lunch

1.1.1. Prepared by the mother

1.1.1.1. Highly crafted elaborations of food

1.1.1.1.1. No food is "just" food

1.2. Representation of the mother

1.2.1. It is the mother's job to prepare the obento

1.2.1.1. There are cookbooks and magazines to help the mother follow the obento guidelines

1.2.1.1.1. The school sends home there own guidelines every two weeks to discuss the obento

1.3. Japanese ritual

1.3.1. Food constantly hinting at and appropriating the nature that comes from outside

1.3.1.1. Food accentuates and perfects the preparation process to such an extent that the food appears natural

1.4. Ideological appropriation

1.4.1. Children get an obento when they enter nursery school

1.4.1.1. Children must eat the entire obento

1.4.1.1.1. The teacher is supposed to see that the child eats the obento and that the mother prepared the food (it is the child's and the mother's job to do so)