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Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo and Japan’s Children’s Day

5 May

two holidays in one

I haven’t made a bento in a long time. I’m sad that this is only bento #36 since I’ve started logging. Not having to go to work and classes ending means no opportunities to make bento! This bento was for a final exam I had tonight. I had to be on campus a few hours before the 8pm final so I had to pack something for dinner. I tried to make it cute but my skills are lacking in that department. The little kid is celebrating Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo and Japan’s Children’s Day by wearing a sombrero and flying carp wind kites. I colored the cheese cutouts with food coloring but it was a pretty shoddy job. He’s resting on a bed of rice with salmon furikake. Chicken nuggets, cucumbers and tomatoes round out the box. I forgot the sweet and sour sauce at home so I acquired some ketchup from the dining hall. Free drinks and snacks at the student center for finals week too. Free food to combat stress, yay! Bad for those watching their food intakes.. ahem *tries not to look guilty*.

Sorry for the crappy picture. My hands seem to shake a lot more as I age.. I feel old. I’ll just pretend it’s my camera’s fault and get a new one.. maybe for xmas this year. YAY.

Our (U.S.-Japan) Neighbor Totoro Bento (26)

31 Mar

I rushed to make a bento today so I could submit it to the Bento Battle put on by Japan Society. I made it in an hour, took photos, emailed it, and ran to class with moments to spare. I got home only to see that the deadline has been extended to April 5th! I was working so fast that I didn’t realize one of the soot sprite eyes were crooked when I took the picture. This is only my second character bento and was so much harder than the previous one because it had so many tiny pieces. Maybe I will submit another entry.. any ideas?

Here’s the flickr set with all the entries.

totoro and neko bus bento!

Totoro made following anna the red’s tutorial, which uses ground black sesame seeds to color Totoro. Neko Bus is made from an inari zushi wrapper, he actually has little feet but it’s hidden in the broccoli. If I had more time I would have cooked the broccoli. The little soot sprites are just rice balls wrapped with nori. All the little nori pieces kept going all over the place. There must be a secret to making them stick to cheese!