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Onigiri for Ochazuke Bento

As I posted yesterday, I am currently battling it out on the northern front with legions of cold germs waiting to wreak havoc upon my well being. I went to work today, because I had to get some stuff done, but left early when the Battle at Big Nose started to turn in the enemy’s favor.

I have a lot of new visitors today, as Wanda Adams’ story on bento ran today in the Honolulu Advertiser. My existing readers, be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

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I came in to work with this all in pieces, a tub of rice, nori, my punches, and some deco furi thinking that I could put it together for lunch because how rude of me to not have something cute for people to coo over today of all days. When I got in to work though, my computer started throwing a tantrum the likes of which Baby Girl and Buddy can only aspire to, crashing every five minutes, shutting down programs, and pushing my email through an endless loop of opening and crashing.

And so, in between reboots, I was able to put this onigiri bento together. It’s just rice, which I ate with tea and a packet of ochazuke sprinkles to help my cold. I did bring some aka ume in a bag to eat too, since the saltiness should help with my sore throat.

Please note thatI have no idea if it helps, I just like any excuse to eat ume. ^_^

I used four different colors of deco furi along with a snipped Ziploc bag to form shapes for a purple bear, a red ball, a pink teardrop, and a green leaf. I used the nori punches that Maki sent me recently. For those new to my site, Maki is my co-author for Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches, which comes out this June. Visit the Yum-Yum Bento site for more details on the book.

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I brought along a packet of ochazuke and green tea to eat and it was really tasty, especially since deco furi has flavor. You can buy it at Marukai now!

Advertiser Article

Here’s a picture of the paper today! There’s a little blurb on the front page and then a BIG HUGE picture of the musubi on the front of the Island Life section. Big big thanks to Wanda Adams for interviewing me and for exposing the bento psycho in me. Maybe that will make me stop buying bento boxes.


I can just picture aunties on all sides of my family seeing this picture of me and making aunty clucking noises when they read that I have almost 200. I really do need to have some kind of bento box garage sale, cause Mr. Pikko says he’s going to start hiding some in the trash can. D:

Those wanting to get into bento can also check out my online bento newsletter Bento Central, which I just launched last month.

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  • kat

    so cool! well deserved recognition!

  • Kim

    Yes, well deserved – my daughters started doing this but never followed through so hopefully after reading the Advertiser article they will be “inspired”.

  • Moontaj

    Love the article, and I read your blog daily, often showing it to my hubby. If it helps you feel better I have many more beads and boxes full of art stuff than you do bento boxes, your Mr. Pikko is lucky you have such a ‘small’ hobby. 😉

  • Molly

    Woo! Congratulations on the article and exposure! As for your 200 bento boxes, I say you should store them in their own glass doored cabinet with fancy backlights!
    P.S. When you have a bit of time, can you explain how to make the “healthy rice” with edamame that you made for one of your office potlucks? It looked really tasty. Thanks!

  • Thanks Molly! As for the healthy rice recipe, you can find it here:

  • Thank you, Kat! 😀

  • I hope so too, Kim! 🙂

  • Thanks for your readership, Moontaj, I really appreciate repeat readers like you!! I’ll have to bring that up next time he starts glaring at my collection. lol

  • congrats on the Honolulu Advertiser coverage! and I love the koala!

  • Thanks Rachel!

  • gleeful

    that line about your daughter checking her lunch to”make sure no teddy bears are in there” cracked me up. I had to give up on drawing cute pictures on my son’s brown paper lunch bag years ago cause of his embarrassment. funny they don’t realize how much love goes into what we do for them!

  • You know, I didn’t even think about it, but I should read her the article. LOL!

    Sorry to hear you had the same problem!! 🙁

  • leslie


    Congratulations on the newspaper article! You are certainly help to forward our bento passions!

  • Congratulations on the article! 😀 And such a simple, but very cute bentou 😀 Just shows that you don’t need a million things and a lot of time to make something cute 😀