Tag Archives: kyaraben

Horror, Obento & forever 21

Horror, Obento & forever 21
Hey dearies :swirlheart:
I’m sorry for the lag of posts but I spent the whole weekend watching horror movies. After my polyvore discovery and hours (if not days) of creating templates and sets I was in the mood for some serious horror and my kind of addictive personality made me watch I can’t even remember how many movies in two days.. yes, this happens sometimes. But now I’m back! Today a package arrived for me, my first forever 21 order! But since I manly ordered cute socks I don’t know if it’s even worth to show it to you..ok, ok I’ll quickly make a picture of it :tongue:


I’m so in love with the cute key covers :blinkheart: The delivery was swift but pretty expensive. It’s probably ok, if you buy a lot but the content of this box has almost the same value as the shipping so for me it wasn’t a good deal. Anyway, what I wanted to show you today is my newest Obento!


What I like about this Obento is that it hasn’t too many ingredients. I spare you a picture of my fridge but I can tell you that it’s almost empty. I have to admit that when I started preparing this Obento I didn’t think that in the end it would look so colorful. But once again, it’s the details that make an Obento look fresh and cute.
Some days ago a very nice Japanese lady who reads my blog made an Obento for her daughter with Rilakkuma Inari. When I asked her if her daughter ate the cute bears she answered, yes, but that she didn’t like the flavour of cheese together with the Inari zushi and where she’s right, she’s right. So I thought about something to substitute the cheese and took pickled ginger instead. I’m so happy about the remark of that little girl! I like it a lot more with ginger than with cheese and ham. Also I think that with ginger it looks more natural.


This Obento consists mainly of rice but there is also okra, chilli, carrots, fishballs, ginger, tofu and two dumplings. It’s not so visible but between the two Inari zushi pouches there is a bamboo skewer with fishballs and fried tofu. The pink sakura flowers are made of Gari, pickled ginger. I didn’t take me much time to prepare the rice and the vegetables. I cut the carrot in thin slices and stir-fried them with a little sesame oil, garlic and ginger and used the same pan to stir-fry the okra with some chilli. The rice was quickly done because I made only one cup.


To see more pictures, read on! read more

Kaonashi Onigiri~

Kaonashi Onigiri~
Yaaay! It’s dark and rainy and cold. I can’t wait for more rainy days to come. :heartame: Yesterday Pimo from Wok Blog translated and published my Rilakkuma Inari article on her fabulous Blog! Thank you Pimo, I feel so honoured! I strongly recommend you to check out the genuine and mouth-watering recipes with beautiful pictures on her Blog! I don’t know if it’s the weather or just me but with this temperatures there’s nothing more enjoyable than to hold and eat a steaming and warm Onigiri. I love the moist and slightly sticky texture of the rice coverd with a sheet of nori. I wonder why there isn’t a restaurant or something that sells them! The only places I had Onigiri in Japan was while staying at some families and in Konbini stores. I remember that instead of sandwiches, Okasan prepared Onigiri to bring with us on the slopes. It was so romantic eating the riceballs outside in the snow. :hehe:


There is nothing romantic about these little fellows. In fact they look more like Gene Simmons (KISS).. you know, the rock band with the dudes who look like cool pandas. :wink: In case ou didn’t get it, I tried to make them look like Kaonashi from Spirited Away. The idea is from Anna the red‘s bentofactory. Kaonashi means “no face” and is a very interesting and mystic character. I tried to find more information about him but I didn’t find anything satisfying. There are a lot theories and assumptions around this Miyazaki film but I think most of them are useless. It is probable that Kaonashi’s impressive face is inspired by the masks of the traditional Japanese Nō (能) plays but I’m not totally convinced about this. Anyway, it is a great movie and it doesn’t make much sense looking for an explanation somewhere on the internet because probably everyone has his own understanding and feelings while watching this spectacular movie.


The next time I’m doing them, I’ll try to give them more accurate faces :ghihi: It was some kind of snack for me and Silvankun so I simply added some cherry tomatoes and a “yellow” carrot with some white yoghurt. If you want to know how to make yummy Onigiri with filling look it up here.


Do you like Onigiri as much as I do?! byebye ねこちゃん :lipstick:

Totoro and The thousand-dollar genome

Totoro and The thousand-dollar genome
Hi Everyone! :hionigiri:
I can’t believe the week is almost over again! Next week I’m going to start with my matriculation project and therefor will have to visit a laboratory. I know it probably isn’t a topic of public interest but I will nevertheless shortly describe what this project is about :wink:. Scientists have found a more or less reasonably priced (a thosand-dollar) way to sequence human DNA which means that your personal genome can be decoded and possible genetic diseases (such as for example Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or different kinds of cancer) can be predicted. My question is if this is a curse or a blessing. What would you do? Would you dare having your personal genome analysed and being told what diseases you may carry on your DNA?… Well, now you know what will keep me away from blogging the next week :hehe:.

But now to the other part of this post: My first Totoro Obento!
Yesterday I found a magnificent blog called “Cooking Gallery”. Athough I visited quite a few Bento related blogs I had never see this one! Some of them look almost a little too kitschy to me but all in all I have to say that I’m quite impressed! The color and box range is just stunning :happy: ! Unpredictable as I am (if you read my last Obento entry you’ll probably know why..), I suddenly felt the urge to make a Kyaraben (キャラ弁)! Influenced by all the Totoro Obento out there on the web I chose to follow the mass and creating one myself. I think many people choose Totoro as character in their Obento because it is (compared to a specific human) an abstract character and therefor quite easy to reproduce. Sure there are a lot of details that you can reproduce in different ways (better or less good) but I think you still have a wider range of options as while reproducing a human character like Naruto for example. I think what distinguishes a real Kyaraben from a well let’s say “less good” Kyaraben (as mine) is the accuracy of the details! Totoro fan as you all are you will surely detect my bad blunder.. Yes,… I forgot the whiskers :ohno: Anyway that’s exactly what I was writing about. You can instantly recognize Totoro even without his whiskers but Naruto without whiskers just isn’t Naruto :nope:. Here we go! My Totoro Obento (don’t ask about the two strange white creatures at his feet.. I don’t know what they are..:ghihi:)

Totoro Obento

Totoro Obento

Totoro Obento


read more