Friday, December 19, 2008

Play With Your Food!









One thing I love about the Japanese is the importance they place on making everything beautiful. Even their lunchboxes.

Bento are home-packed lunches that usually contain rice, a meat, and a vegetable. It could seem a bit bland if not for the artistic miracles performed using these humble ingredients.

One of the masters of the bento craft is the woman behind Anna the Red's Bento Factory. Her amazing blog not only contains pictures of her handiwork (shown above and below), but also detailed instructions for making everything from snowflakes to Super Mario mushrooms.

Since most of you should soon have some time on your hands, I suggest you check it out!

PS: Happy Snow Day


25 Comments:

Blogger Dahlia said...

Awesome! Gir and Pig in food form! Food art rocks!
Is the second one form Spirited Away?

1:39 PM  
Anonymous jenna said...

Amazing! I can't wait to try it!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous 42 said...

I will have lots of fun with this.(I wish there was a snow day here... I'm playing basket-ball in shorts and a t-shirt.)

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

That's so awesome. I need a bento box...and somewhere to pack lunches for.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to dahlia- yes that one is from spirited away. i loooooove that movie!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Zodiac girls said...

Woop I have no school today! And that is wicked!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

What? NY had a snow day? Snow? We Marylanders know nothing of this "snow". Is it the magic white flakes that fall from the sky? Also, awesome lunchboxes, I have got to somehow aquire one.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wish i had a snow day! az isn't exactly snow heaven

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love spirited away too! one of my faves

5:53 PM  
Anonymous IDHSCB said...

mmmmm...I love bento.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Dame Orchid said...

I loved the Gir and Pig Themed lunch.

7:28 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

I'm snowed in!!! What a blizzard. :P

I was looking on Amazon and I saw a book of yours called All is Fish...
I have an Amazon giftcard....is the book too adult, or should I order it? :)
Thanks!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

IM: It's another Kirsten Miller. (There are a lot of us, apparently!) I think it's about autism.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Calandria said...

This is so cool. I love your blog even though I'm way old.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Undiscovered Universe said...

That is soooooooooooo cool! I love things like that!!!

Calandira: Your never too old for Kiki Strike!

42: Is your name about the Hitchikers Guide? I love that book!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Reminds me of the bento in anime... The sausages are either shaped like puppies or octapi! X3 I like the no face one from Spirited Away... ^^ Alotta people like Spirited Away! X3

10:57 PM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Sometimes if I reaaaally don't want to eat, but I have to... And just say I put chocolate spread on my bread, it still looks boring and I won't eat it, so I have to put colorful hundreds and thousands. Then I'll eat it because it's rainbow, ha! I'm such a kid!
Does anybody eat Fairy Bread? I still eat it, mmmm... (Butter spread on bread with hundreds & thousands sprinkled)

5:23 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Aw....that's confusing....yeah, it sounded very depressing. (About a depressed guy who meets his old chilhood friends who went through a tragedy and are depressed...)

Thanks anyway!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Yummy.Yummy.Prettiful!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous 42 said...

Undiscovered Universe: Yes, it is.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike said...

It's no face!! Lol. That is really funny because the weekend I was on a trip. We went in a bookstore in Little Tokyo and there was this book with a bunch of those things in it. hey had a bunch of different characters.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Dante's.Inferno said...

Ooohhh, these are so cool!!! The snowman is awesome. I'm going to see if I can get the stuff to try that...

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany X. said...

Its true they make thing look good. They are so neat too! My best friend is japanese and everyday at lunch she has a tiny flag in her lunch and her carrots are stars... :)

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany X. said...

Oh you know that the black and white head food decoration is a movie from japan that is made by a very famous director. I watched it when I was 7 and I got really scared.

10:47 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

OG MY GOD NO FACE!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOVE HAYAO MIYAZAKI! I LOVE ANYTHING JAPANESE! I LOVE BENTO BOXES! I LOVE SUSHI! I LOOOOOVE!!!!! XD *BREATHES DEEPLY, TRIES TO CALM DOWN, FAILS EPICALLY* KYYAAAAH!!!!!! XD XD XD

http://www.issendai.com/bento/anime-character-bento.shtml

here are some really cute ones!!!!!!

6:43 PM  

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