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.[1] Japanese homemakers often spend time devising their families’ meals,[2]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.[3] (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

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