So here are a few of the supplies I bought at the Japanese food store.
Here's some pictures to give a visual of the ridiculously cuteness and creativity of some bento boxes. (I didn't do these but hopefully I'll give an update of my own if I can learn how to do things like this)
I also went online and purchased a few books that give recipes and tutorials of how to make the character bento boxes (kyaraben). And you don't have to do just Japanese food you can do all sorts of different types of food.
"Yum-Yum Bento Box"
yum yum bento
cloud 9 food
lunch in a box
bento for beginners
adventures in bentomaking
Anyways, I thought I would share in case anyone else wanted to have fun with lunches :)