The Five Fives

The Five Fives
Hey Everybody out there! How was your week ? I’ve been diligently making Obentos and reading about them and have systematically been postponing my studying schedule. Stupidly I now will have to repeat the whole semester’s matter in one week..:newbuddy: While surfing through the Internet I came across something that is called the Five Fives. Basically it’s about how a traditional Japanese Obento or meal should be composed. In my recent Obento I’ve tried to implement some of the five rules mainly the one about the colors.


  • GOSHIKI ~ five colors (Incorporate at least five colors)
    • – Aka (red) or orange
    • – Kiiro (yellow)
    • – Ao (green/blue)
    • – Kuro (black) or also purple and brown
    • – Shiro (white)

  • GOHO ~ five methods (Incorporate five different cooking methods)
    • – Musu (steam)
    • – Yaku (grill)
    • – Niru (simmer)
    • – Ageru (fry)
    • – Tsukuru (create) arranging the Obento
    • You can use many other methods such as boiling, baiking, toasting, or leave it raw

  • GOMI ~ five flavors
    • – Shiokarai (salty)
    • – Suppai (sour)
    • – Amai (sweet)
    • – Nigai (bitter)
    • – Karai (spicy)

  • GOKAN ~ five senses
    • – Miru (sight)
    • – Kiku (hearing)
    • – Kaku (smell)
    • – Ajiwau (taste)
    • – Fureru (touch)

  • GOKAN NO MON ~ five outlooks and viewpoints
    • – Feel sincere gratitude towards the people or person who prepared the meal.
    • – Perform deeds and have thoughts worthy of receiving such nourishment.
    • – Eat with no ire (anger).
    • – Realize that eating this food is feeding the soul as well as the body.
    • – Be seriously engaged on the road to enlightenment.
    • These last points are somewhat unusual for us but I think they have strong effects if followed.

Although it’s not totally easy to create a meal according to the first four rules it’s a great experience eating it! I don’t have or won’t take the time to follow all of them every time I prepare a Japanese meal but I will definitely try to incorporate as many of these guidelines as possible.


byebye ねこちゃん:lipstick:

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  1. Reading this post made me feel really peaceful. No one has ever made me an obento, so after reading this if anyone ever does I think i’d be super grateful. Yours are always lovely (you know I think this) and you obviously take such care and effort that I know they are both delicious to body and mind!

    • It’s very easy! mash cooked peas, carrots and potatoes with fried onions, let the mass cool down and than fill a Blätterteig with it! 30 min in the oven (200 degrees) and that’s it!

        • Frau Pieper, ich würde mich sehr freuen wenn sie das auch kochen :smile: natürlich muss man dann das ganze Gemüse noch würzen.. ich hab etwas curry hinzugetan und natürlich salz&pfeffer… wichtig ist es die erbsen,kartoffel, karotten-masse uerst abkühlen zu lassen bevor man sie in den Blätterteig faltet…

          • Ich habe das Rezept gestern Abend ausprobiert und heute etwas davon in meinem Bento mitgenommen. Es ist wirklich sehr lecker, obwohl meins nicht ganz so schön aussah. Ich werde bald auch auf meinem Blog über das heutige Bento schreiben, aber da es Nr. 16 ist, wird es wahrscheinlich noch ein bisschen dauern.

          • wow! freut mich dass dus ausprobiert hast und dass es dir geschmeckt hat =) das ist immer schön zu hören!

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