Wow. That bento box looks so cute!! Hello kitty, one piece and totoro! I have never tried making these kind of bento box but looks like i gotta try sometime. Looks cute and delicious! In japan, kids looooove “kyara-ben” so much. There are tons of great japanese blogs about kyara- ben recipes and stay-at-home-mamas update everyday about kids’ kyara bento. It’s definitely a trend of passed 5 years.
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Kyaraben or charaben (キャラ弁?), a shortened form of character bento (キャラクター弁当 kyarakutā bentō?), is a style of elaborately arranged bento which features food decorated to look like people, characters from popular media, animals, and plants. Japanese homemakers often spend time devising their families’ meals,including their boxed lunches.
Originally, a decorated bento was intended to interest children in their food and to encourage a wider range of eating habits. It has now evolved to the point where national contests are held. (source : Wiki)
there are so many japanese recipes online but hard to find DIY recipes in English. Guess what! i found a couple of books for you! its worth checking them out 🙂
Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes by Christopher D. Salyers