I found someone new for you to admire/despise: Biggie, a San Francisco native, former ex-pat who speaks fluent Japanese. She packs bento boxes for herself and her pre-schooler. Her site, Lunch in a Box is full of tutorials on creating many of the dishes seen in bento boxes. She is a culinary hacker who repurposes western cooking gear to serve her and finds ways to import those things and ingredients you just can't get in the states. Read her tutorials, and feel the burn of hatred/admiration.
EDIT: And if anyone can filk up a version of "Dick in a Box" that works for this post - I will reward you with ten internet dollars.