This weeks' comes from kickintheheadcomic and is an ode to one of my all time favorite movies My Neighbor Totoro. These little black things are called Makkurokurosuke. I forget what they're called in English since we usually watch this in Japanese. They might be blackies or dust bunnies? I forget. In any case they're adorable. I couldn't pick just one picture.
And since this is our Halloween month we'll be getting a little scarier in the bentos! I've found some really adorable ones so definitely stay tuned. I'll post my fav next week so we all have time to plan and prep for surprising our littles with a good spooky lunch. These would also be great for a Halloween party and for eating before getting all of that candy. They are just rice covered in nori. Often Japanese put a bit of fish in the inside of the rice ball for some protein. One of the girls' favorite is "Tsuna" which is tuna salad. It's a good tummy filler before the candy! The eyes look like steamed fish paste but egg whites would work great.
I like how she used very non-traditional Japanese foods in this. Sometimes I think people get a bit put off by not having access to steamed fish paste or dried shrimp powder. The backdrop for the dragon is a humus sandwich and the tree is dried fruit leather.
Today's bento is all business. This is what I used to get when I was working as a teacher and what is delivered to many office buildings. It is sararyman's bento. The whole bottom layer is rice! And this is for one person! I couldn't eat half of it. And taking home leftovers is not something that is done there. This bento comes to us via Kids Web Japan. Oh, and did I mention most men can put this away in less than 5 minutes! It's a rather noisy spectacle but you ought to see the PE teacher in action with one of these things.
I'm starting a weekly bento feature for inspiration and because I have a personal affinity for the Japanese bento. They are usually a bit healthier than our version of a packed lunch but they also require a LOT more work! I can usually motivate myself enough to pack one for a special day or holiday.
Today's bento is from Ngoc, the bento genius at cooking cute.