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Noah’s Bento, Upper Deck (300)

I am so completely and utterly exhausted. It’s 5:16 AM and I haven’t gone to bed yet. I didn’t even finish my 300th bento. πŸ™

I came up with the idea on Friday. I’d been browsing through the Japanese bento book that Elmer from JPButton gave me for Christmas picking out animals I liked and such and eventually I had an inspiration. An ark bento full of animal onigiris! And I could oh so cleverly call it Noah’s Bento! Woo!

This of course, meant that now instead of making a nice little zoo of animals, I now had to make two of each. Doh. But no biggie, right? I thought with proper planning and the right strategy, I could pull it off. My imagination is pretty wild apparently. It was around 4 AM that I realized, “Hey, I don’t think I’m going to finish this…” It was then that I pulled the plug on the two layered monstrosity and began to clean up my completely demolished kitchen.

So, though not what I’d originally planned, I present to you… Noah’s Bento, the upper deck!

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I hope this makes at least one person shriek at their computer screen at work, cause after 7 hours of bentoing, I need some amusement.

If the world of AIB were washed away in a storm today, the world would be left with dogs, pandas, ducks, cats, chickens, lions, and OMG… Domokuns. I know, weird. The thing is, I had started off my uber 300 strategy by making most of the onigiri first.

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I wrapped them up all toasty in saran wrap and put them in an airtight container. Then I started cutting out the nori faces, which made me want to hang myself. People who have used nori punches know exactly what I’m talking about. And yes, I tried toasting the nori. Trust me, it didn’t help me tonight for some reason. I must have punched 10 eyes for every 2 I could use and since I thought I was punching for like 30 animals… well…

I’ll go into detail for each of these pairs, starting with the doggies.

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This is rice mixed with soy sauce, which is a tip from the JP bento book. I used an onigiri mold and cut the ears by hand. The face was punched with a Hello Kitty bunny rabbit nori punch.

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These pandas are made from rice and nori with kamaboko eyes. I used a bear onigiri mold that came as a set with the dog one.

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These duckies are rice “dyed” with egg yolk, another tip from the bento book. I cut the feet using one of the tiny little cutters I bought from Ichiban Kan. I’m not sure I’ll let anyone eat the yellow ones though, yolk and rice is just kinda funky.

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These cats are made with nori and fish sausage. It bugs the heck out of me that I forgot to put one last whisker on the right side kitty…

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These chickens are made from nori, fish sausage, strawberry (combs), and carrot.

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Here are my lions! The male lion has an inari skin mane and they both have nori faces.

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I hate to say it, but these are my favorite. LOL! If you don’t know what a domokun is, you can read about it here. I first heard of domokun from Fark, where at the time, that infamous kitten picture was being shown in practically every thread. I have a Domokun on my desk, but some pranksters at work have put a kleenex diaper on him as well as a rubber band and tissue eye patch. Domokun vandalism aside, I have to admit he looks pretty badass. I’ll try to take a picture of him later.

I had made preparations to make tigers, birds, moogles, giraffes, zebras, cows, turtles, elephants, pigs, monkeys, sheep, and rabbits too. Seriously, I don’t know what I was smoking when I decided to make all of those.

View the large size. One last close-up:

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The outside is lined with butter lettuce. Mixed into the middle of the animals are pieces of broccoli, carrot flowers, orange cauliflower, okra wrapped in ham, tamagoyaki, slices of lady apples, chicken karaage, cherry tomato, and sugar snap peas. I have no idea why, but I added 4 tsp sugar to the egg, so it’s disgustingly sweet, with green onions too. Yuck!

When I first started putting the dogs in, I realized the bento box was too tall, so I cooked yakisoba to layer the bottom so that the animals wouldn’t look sunken down. So, while there isn’t much meat up top, there are a lot of veggies and noodles underneath, which makes it a decent meal. I’ll be sharing it with the office today. Now I’m off to go get 30 minutes of sleep before I have to get ready for work!

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  • Phenomenal!!!! So, so, so utterly cute. Great job! (Though, I would have loved to see the giraffes. I love giraffes.)

  • Wow, that is quite an impressive bento. I mean… Wow.

    How long did it take to make?

  • *shreik* Holy cow, that has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I love it!

  • Ichigo

    Everything is so adorable, I would hate to eat it! The boy lion and domokun are my favorites, I think

  • Rain

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! i love it! ok i did squeel but not too loud since the mr is on overnights and is asleep -but WOW thats amazing. great job. wanna be my personal cook? i might try the duckies but i think ill try saffron rice or just chicken stock. have i said yet how much i love it?

  • Daniella

    Wow, this is amazing. I wasn’t at work, but I gasped when I saw this!!!

  • Claire

    OMG I love the lion face! So cute!

  • Whoa! Staying up late was totally worth it, this is so utterly cute… I especially like the female Domo-kun (or rather Domo-chan?). I would have loved to see the giraffes and the moogles though – yeah, that’s a request! πŸ˜€ (An ex-boyfriend was nicknamed Moogle, so I used to make moogle-shaped food out of almost everything…)

  • Lee

    Domokun FTW!!! That may be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen.

  • Erika

    Domokun totally makes the bento cute to awesome! XD

  • Jeth

    Congrats on no. 300! Tonight we dine on Domokun!

  • Moontaj

    Wow! Its amazing, totally worth it, in my opinion! /cheer /bow .::Go go Pikko!::.

  • wow wow WOW!!! An all-nighter bento. You rule.
    And don’t worry about the missing cat whisker, the cats were probably quarreling about who’d get on the boat first πŸ˜‰
    Good luck staying awake at work today!

    Funny, I was up much of the night with the baby (which never happens, she’s usually a good sleeper) and I found myself thinking, Hey I should just put her in the mei tei and work on bento in the kitchen all night. But you actually did it. Way cool.

  • If you hadn’t confessed otherwise, I would never have guessed that this wasn’t exactly what you intended. It’s fantastic, as always. I especially like the lion.

  • I love it!! So creative!

  • Absolutely adorable! I did squee at my desk, and called my boyfriend over to see the cutest bento ever. I loved the domokuns πŸ™‚

  • Ainilome

    Oh! But I’d -love- to see a moogle bento πŸ˜€

  • I did squeal at my computer screen at work, I hope that made your day! The domokuns are my fave too!

    Have you sharpened your nori punches lately? Just punch out some shapes on a piece of foil. Works like a charm!

  • kim

    this is the most adorable thing i’ve seen all week. seriously. the faces and everything is just perfect! i love it!

  • First of all, that’s freakin’ INSANE awesome wonderful. Second of all, I totally grok staying up all night cooking – that’s totally something I would do.

    Good job and happy 300th! Now take a nap! πŸ˜‰

  • macha_pop

    Holy bento, batman! Seriously, this bento is insane. I’m amazed at how much work you put into this. That, and I can’t believe you were going to do more than one layer of animals!

  • Wyn

    Holy crap, that’s amazing Pikko. XD The birds and the Domo-kun are so adorable +_+ Good job~ rofl

  • Whoa! utterly GORGEOUS!!!!! I admire your patience and perseverance! =)

  • Kim

    This is so insanely adorable. I want to nom on a Domokun now!

  • liz

    the. most. awesome. bento. ever.

  • Wow, that’s a lot of work to come out with cute origiri like these!
    I have that plastic Hello Kitty puncher too, but I stopped using it because it didn’t give me a nice punch. I prefer those punchers by Carla’s and Carl.

  • I applaud you for staying up until 4 am, Wow! This bento is totally worth it!

  • june

    My face looked like this when i saw your 300th bento… O_O… WOAH NELLY! I love it! Gotta say that the lions are my favourite. I won’t be able to it ANY of it! Too precious.

  • Susan

    Wow! I thought I would be able to join your contest and a “zoo” theme kept tugging in my mind…but I lost track of time and didn’t get to it 0_o Then I saw this. Awesome!

  • WOW – That is too pretty to eat.

  • That is absolutely amazingly gorgeous!!! You must be exhausted!!:)

  • careybear

    hey pikko πŸ™‚ i read your blog all the time, but this bento got me to post! sooo amazing and cute! i think the yolk/rice nigiri might taste ok with some shoyu, sometimes i like to just eat a raw egg over rice with shoyu. i wish i had the motivation to make bento lunches! everytime i go to marukai, i see more and more bento tools and get tempted. keep it up!

  • Holy Moly!!!!!! What a work of pure genius…..this is a stunning work of art…congratulations……did it get eaten :o(????? Oh wow!!! xxx

  • Tempest

    Ha, my first thought when you said egg yolk was “with rice…ew?”, so I’m glad you pointed out that it sounded a little weird to eat to you too.

    Looks great! Your bentos need more Domokun in general. MORE DOMOKUN! πŸ™‚

    Keep up the awesome work, I love your blog!

  • Excellent!! Formidable!!! It is extraordinary, all my congratulations. I have just discovered your blog and I am already a fan!! ^^

  • lesliemommy

    Okay, if I did not have on my good pants or was not at work you would see me bowing to your genius creation. Holy moly!! I wanna be like you when I grow up!!! LOL Now I really want some nori cutters (even if you say they are a pain)

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  • Laila

    Now I feel as though I’m being redundant, but this is absolutely fantastic! The domokuns are TOO cute! Great job!

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  • Oh wow!! You’re amazing!! I love the Domokuns! Though, I’m slightly worried about the animals onboard being afraid of them. XD

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  • Oh my gosh! This bento box is awesome! Great job! πŸ™‚

  • these are just gorgeous!
    id hate to eat them! … you have such a talent – well done! …

  • I think you are insane and uber-talented. This is fantastic. I, too am in love with the lions. There is nothing wrong with yolk-y rice. I love fried eggs all runny yolk-y and rice. Yum!

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  • Amazing!

  • Cree

    OMG!!! TOOOO CUTE!!! You did a great job!

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  • Yvo

    I love it! Domokun is awesome! And you are crazy in a nutty way πŸ™‚ Hehehe. BTW yolk and rice = yumz hmph!

  • Andrew Janke

    Omigosh, this is great! The domokun and lions are especially neat. All your bentos are so cute.

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  • ainokisu

    That’s the cutest thing I’ve seen all week! I love your website!!

  • awwww!! it’s so cute! but still keroppi is cuter….

  • Nice bento, i want to try to make it πŸ™‚

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