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The Presentation Zen Bento Box

Garr_bento_box I have always been inspired by the beautiful bento box lunches sold at Shinkansen (bullet train) stations in Japan. This inspired me years ago to start the presentation zen website, which became the books, seminars, DVD, etc. Finally, my concept of presentation-in-a-box or "presentation kit" has been realized. We started this a long time ago, but because we wanted a high-quality product while keeping costs down, it took a lot of creativity behind the scenes and time to bring this to market. I have wanted a presentation bento box to give away as gifts and to give to people who took the PZ seminars, etc. before the first book was even finished. Now I've got it and I am very very pleased with the great work the publisher (Peach Pit Press in Berkeley, CA) did on the design and production.You can order it on Amazon and you can find it in book stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders and also on the Peach Pit Press website.

What's inside: The same original Presentation Zen DVD that came out last year, a 168-page storyboard/sketch book, two pencils, two stacks of sticky notes, and a card from iStockphoto for 20 free high-rez images (a $300 value) plus a discount on a future order of images, and the bento box itself is very nice (sketchbook is also sold separately). When you remove the items, the package becomes a nice little 2-level box for storing bits and bobs.

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A couple of shots of the bento on the train to Tokyo (click for larger size).

Above. To give you a better appreciation of the box, I recorded this video at home in Nara on my iPhone recently of my wife opening up the box in our washitsu.

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Above. The 50-min DVD, which was previously released on its own, was awarded two film awards in non-fiction and adult education earlier this summer.

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Really nice! ... But I have to wait the French release...

TJ Walker

Beautiful packaging! And the video shows it off nicely.

Zoe G

Looks awesome but interestingly although you filmed your video on your iPhone I can't watch it on mine. : (

Charles Martineau

So cool! Why am I such as sucker for some sort gift box like this? I'll get mine from amazon canada but its going to take a while before I get mine because amazon canada is always late compared to the U.S. but worth the wait!!!


really nice only question is...since its an 'on the go' kinda thing...shouldnt the pencils be sharpened

Jude Rathburn

Hi Garr. My Bento box came in the mail earlier this week along with Nancy Duarte's new book Resonate! - it was like having two holidays all at once. The box is beautiful - I am going to give them as prizes to my students who produce the best PZ-inspired presentations this semester. Great job, once again!

Jude Rathburn

I just posted some tips on how I am using Presentation Zen in my business courses - if you are interested, please visit my blog at

Ellen Egan


This is fantaastic for so many reasons:
1. Beautiful and inspiring presentation of the box.
2. Really useful materials inside
3. The sketchbook is great for helping people to storyboard in a useful way.

Thank you

Rémy Fringant

Is this beautiful box will be available in French?
I am using "Presentation Zen", "slideology" books all the time, but I am not very fluent in "English" :(

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