Original handmade bento bags and lunch totes.

Akita, Japan · 584 Sales


Original handmade bento bags and lunch totes.

Akita, Japan 584 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars

SORAbento is taking a short break


Note from shop owner SORAbento is currently on vacation and will re-open September 1st. Thank you for your patience and see you on the other side of summer!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 14, 2018

SORAbento is currently on vacation and will re-open September 1st. Thank you for your patience and see you on the other side of summer!

Gretchen Miura

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Gretchen Miura


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Ben Garren

Ben Garren on May 31, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

dorkery on Apr 13, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

It is smaller than anticipated (pen for scale) but the quality is superb

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Focusing on beauty and craftsmanship

Sora means `sky` in Japanese. Living in the countryside of Japan, I am surrounded by wide stretches of sky, waves crashing against the coastline, rice growing in fields and the changing of seasons. Life here is simple and intentional with a focus on beauty, craftsmanship and community.

SORAbento specializes in bento bags and other eco-friendly items. `Bento` is the Japanese word for a lunch on the go. After living in Japan for more than 15 years I appreciate this clever way of wrapping and carrying a lunch. Using a bento bag can help promote a healthier lifestyle in addition to cutting down on unnecessary waste of plastics, food and money! It is nice when saving money, eating better food and going green all align so perfectly.

The bags that I sew hold a traditional style of bento box in addition to any variety of food containers. I find that if there are bags readily available I am more likely to actually pack a lunch. The larger azuma bukuro bag is ideal for shopping in bulk or at the farmer`s market. There are endless uses for bento bags given their unique design and durability.

I like to combine fabrics in a way that feels both classic and modern. The basic range of bento bags, which is sold year round, reflects a `wabi-sabi` aesthetic, beautiful in its simplicity. There is also a seasonal range to enjoy the changing of seasons through color and different prints. All bags are sewn using Japanese textiles in my studio.

It is a true pleasure for me to share my love of bentos bags, as well as connect with people from all over the world. Thank you for taking the time to read about SORAbento!

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Shop members

  • Gretchen Miura

    Owner, Creator

    Hi! I am Gretchen an American ex-pat living in the beautiful northern countryside of Japan. Making bento bags lies at the intersection of my love of sewing, eating healthy and using eco-friendly products.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 29, 2017
Welcome to SORAbento! Please review our shop policies and feel free to contact me with any questions. I am completely dedicated to offering the highest customer service, quality work and an overall wonderful shopping experience.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I will refund any merchandise in the event that it arrives damaged. If you are unsatisfied with the product please contact me directly and immediately so we can decide together on the best way to resolve the issue either through an exchange or refund.
I accept Paypal and the above Etsy approved credit cards.
All items ship within 1-2 business days. SORAbento ships worldwide.

International orders normally arrive within 7 to 14 days of shipment.
However, in rare cases, due to weather or high holiday traffic, some packages can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. Please note that there is no tracking available on the shipments.

For upcoming holiday orders, I highly recommend ordering by December 5th for international orders.

Domestic orders inside Japan, please allow up to 7 days for arrival.

Although not the norm, there may be custom charges in certain countries when buying goods from abroad. Since they vary, please familiarize yourself with your own countries custom policies. I mark the package as merchandize with the corresponding price.

Please know that I try to keep international shipping fees to a minimum and even absorb some of the costs. However, if you are interested in returning an item, you are responsible for the shipping costs back to Japan. Thank you.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in buying wholesale for bento bags, please contact me directly. Thank you!