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Rilakkuma aka "relax" bear, the larger and lazy brown bear.


Rilakkuma's favorite foods include rice cake, pancakes, and doughnuts. :)

My dearest NY Twin Jenny sent me a Rilakkuma bento box for my birthday! :) Thank you sooo much, I love it! :) I am back from Bento hibernation. This bento has daisies to match the theme of the box. I have missed making bentos sooo much!


Explored Oct 14, 2009 #7

Stick the sliced coconuts ears by choclted and sprey chocolates as their noses/eyes.

My sons ate them as their snacks^^

Their beaks are made from frozen corn.

Two penguins bento for me. Wrapped onigiri(rice balls) with kanikama fish cakes as santa's hat.

Don't know they're piggy or bunny^^; What do you think?

it's really not an easy thing to make charaben...

but it is really a great fun = D

Bento Totoro yawns as he sleeps with other chibi totoro and makkurokurosuke. His bed which you can't see is made out of lotus root, inside his belly is a meatball.


More detailed photos here


Blog post & Bento sketch


How to make mini-totoros


How to "dye" rice naturally

Finally have time to make my Halloween Bento. I figured, better late than never. :) Last week was too fun with all the Halloween festivities~!


The brim of Rilakkuma's hat was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done for charaben. Mayo works magic. :) I also discovered that using saran-wrap instead of my bare hands to shape the onigiri is much easier and cleaner! I will be using that method from now on.


Happy Halloween!! Rilakkuma is a witch, and Kiiroitori is a bat. :] Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween Flickr friends~!

well, not sure but i think they are tamagotchi characters...anyway, i just love doing them when i can find fresh shiso leaves ! : )

other versions here:

Using 3/4 of the Cinnamoroll bento boxes today.

Organic edible flowers from Whole Foods.

Tabby was made from hanpen fish cake.

I made them for my sons as their breakfast.

Probably I made this April..but I don't really like this . The color is not bright, I have to make this bento again!

♫ rain rain go away ♫

come again another day


I made two bentos titled "spring has come" . This is (1)

Another weekend, another challenge. :D


Saturday, while my rice cooker worked with soy-sauce, I went to shopping to a supermarket where is bigger and a bit away just to find what I needed to make some chara-ben, but there were neither grapes nor violet cabbages. (+_+; Ouch.

I had to change the plan to another one, as freezing some balls of soy-sauce rice, tried it on Sunday, as you see above.


As I tried I waved over which lunch box is proper with the dueling-personality rice balls and their fave foods, the last one I used for Skullet was too small, this is the one I picked up for the third time finally.


Chara-ben (in Japanese style) is basically required to use only natural ingredients also for coloring as far as possible, not using artificial food colorings, because it's usually made for kids, in health. Under such conditions, the most difficult color to make must be blue or purple. BTW, I think why chara-ben could get so popular here is because we can make the basic color of white and black easily, with rice and laver. White rice is an empty canvas, you know.


Then, the ghouls and guys at Monster High usually have sort of "lurid" skin-tone that can be difficult to be reproduced in chara-ben with natural ingredients, that was a problem for me, until I found a solution. I found some kind of topping assortment made for chara-ben easily, at 100-yen shop. :D The assortment pack has 5 colors of topping, that can do coloring as blend it into cooked rice. It is made with lactose, starch, or other natural ingredients with natural colorant. Useful, and reasonable.


In short, that is the explanation for Holt's face color! xD


The normie boy was much easier to make, only except his glasses. That made me deadly tired.


All those were my dinner today, of course. The aesthetics of doom!



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I made two mini sandwiches using my kitty and fish cutters for TinySprite's lunch today. Aww! Please read more about this bento at my blog: Happy Little Bento!


*NOTE: this bento was featured in the Cute Character Contest sponsored by the General Consulate of Japan in Los Angeles. It was awarded 2nd place! See the list of winners here.

Very simple hello kitty.Easier to make before.

Loft had 4 display cases presenting main bento themes for this spring season. This one represents cute decorative bento....though not I guess strictly charaben.

Another waluses bento for my kids.

I made this bento for offering from some publisher.

This was a request from my elder daughter who loooves those plushes... ^--^

One of samples bento for the bento class.

Well, sort of flower bento to end the great season... Next ones i'll start automn theme...the girls have many ideas and request, will see what's possible.... ; )

It's fun even though you have to invest a good deal of time and effort.


I'm going to try more detailed one the next time. :)


Also I want to make a video of how to make a MH charaben, in the form of Deuce's cooking show or something, I believe his forte should be captured much more.



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This character is inspired by Annelore Parot's book, his name is Bamboo. ^^

Keep this in refrigerator and after coming back home, i'll eat this. I have to go out now~~~\(^^)

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