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Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460)

Yesterday was filled with great news and so I have to start today’s post by sharing it. Yesterday, I was offered a position with the Department of Human Nutrition to be the Program Administrator for a nutrition study. I’ve loved working at the Center on Disability Studies for the last two years, but getting the chance to work on a project related to food is just such a wonderful opportunity to work on something I truly have a passion for.

The other news is related to Yum-Yum Bento Box. Yesterday, my editor informed me that City Editions will be translating and distributing a French language version of the book!! French bento fans will no doubt be very happy to hear this and I’m very excited that our cookbook will now be accessible to another country in their home language!

Sakura Hello Kitty Bento

The girl theme continues and to me, nothing says girl more than the world’s favorite kitty cat, Hello Kitty! I might have gone a little overboard with the sakura flowers, but it was kind of the point anyway. One of the things I love most about Hello Kitty is how they adapt her. Among my favorites is the Hawaii themed designs of her such as surfer Hello Kitty and hula Hello Kitty. Baby Girl even has a UH cheerleader Hello Kitty shirt!

To make the onigiri, I used a Hello Kitty ice cream mold, which I have never in the last two or so years since I bought the things, ever made ice cream with. How funny is that? I actually don’t even know how to do it, but I guess now that I have an ice cream machine, I can just pour some in when it’s fresh and then freeze it. Maybe I’ll do that for my niece’s birthday this month. I’m sure she’d flip out over that.

Sakura Hello Kitty Bento 2

I couldn’t decide on which angle I liked the best, so here’s another one from the side. To cut the flowers, I sliced raw carrots and a raw Okinawan sweet potato with my mandoline, then boiled the slices for a couple of minutes. I used a sakura cutter from this set that can be bought on From Japan with Love. I used a nori punch for the eyes and a squeezed straw to cut out her nose from a piece of takuan.

Hello Kitty Onigiri

For her flowers I cut the top off of some kamaboko and gave the scraps to my resident “kamaboko machine”, Buddy. I opened the container that had half the block sliced up for him to eat and said he could have some. Later on when I was getting ready I saw him walking around eating the half block…… I really need to learn to be more specific with him.

I placed five roasted sesame seeds into the middle to give the flowers more detail. Usually I’d use a tweezers for this, but I’ve gotten all my tweezers mixed up and so now I can’t use them for food because I can’t remember if I’ve used them for tweezing eyebrows or trimming toenails and I just don’t want to take the chance already. Next pair I buy, I’m definitely labeling! I used a toothpick by dabbing the tip onto a piece of kamaboko to make it sticky.

On the side of her are three pork gyoza. The other day Maki sent me the link to an Ajinomoto commercial one of her bentos is in and I went to the wrong video and it was a commercial for their gyoza where the guys are eating gyoza and it’s making this loud *crunch* noise. I was so freaking dying for gyoza after that, thankfully I had a package at home. I ate like seven for breakfast and put three in this bento. On the side are two pieces of nori tamagoyaki, broccoli, and a cherry tomato.

I keep forgetting to get back on track with my Docubentory. Hopefully more tomorrow!

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  • Aimee S.

    Gorgeous! And congrats to you!!

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  • Ardwynna

    That is the very definition of cute!

  • Aw, this is soooo cute! I love it! and so much nice details. Really cute ^-^

  • DriverB

    congratulations! And, I love this bento – I am such a huge HK fan.

  • So cute! I love the colors, especially the purple potato flowers.

    Your son must really love kamaboko! That’s hilarious (and so adorable)! I probably would’ve done something similar as a kid. My mother sometimes said that I had a “rubber stomach” for foods I really loved (which meant I could eat far more of them than seemed humanly possible for a small child, heh)

  • The story of your son is adorable! I couldn’t stop laughing and had to share it with my family. Adorable hello kitty bento!

  • Samantha S

    Congratulations on the position!

    Sanrio characters are way too cute for their own good. I REALLY like the pink flowers you have on her head… for some reason it just catches my eye. 🙂

    Kamaboko is sooo yummy, so no wonder your son loves it. He has good taste, hehe.

  • yay on the job! and I love this bento! Get outta my way on the gyoza.
    Did you hear me? The gyoza is mine. MYine.

  • That is super adorable! 😀

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  • Rain

    I showed this to my 3 1/2 year old Kitty obsessed girl. She utterly and completely approves and is likely wondering why her mom doesnt make bentos this cool for her. The flowers on HK were just so very right, very eye catching.

  • TrekkieGrrrl

    I’m curious.. is there a special link between Japan and France? I’m asking because whenever Japanese things are translated at all.. it seems to be to French… a rather obscure language IMO compared to English.. I mean. A LOT of people who learns a second language choose English.. not French… So why are the Japanese so take with exactly French? Is there some cultural thing I’m missing or is it just a coincidence that my most loved bento site is translated into FRENCH… and now this?

    Why French and not English, which is, all things considered, a more widely known language?

  • TrekkieGrrrl

    Sorry about the typos.. I couldn’t find a way to edit.. Take = taken and there shouldn’t be a period after “mean”

  • Oh, I just love this! Gorgeous!

  • Adorable! congratulations

  • Thanks Aimee!! <3

  • I’m glad you think so, Ardwynna!

  • Thanks Lil’chan!

  • My daughter actually deigned to gasp in happiness at it. lol

  • For basically all my childhood, I hated tomatoes and made my parents take it out of everything. They kept insisting that when I was a baby I’d eat them like apples. I guess I just burnt out of them, lol!

  • Haha, glad that he made you guys laugh!!

  • Yeah, it is really yummy, especially in miso soup!

  • I can eat a whole package by myself, lol!!

  • Thanks Julie! <3

  • Glad you liked the flowers! The cutter is available on J-List!

  • I have no idea, really!

  • Thanks Alexx! <3

  • Thanks fossettes! <3

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  • Joy

    OMG, I love this! I am so glad my friends turned me on to your site, I absolutely LOVE all the creations you make and it makes me NOT want to eat it! It all gives me a good feeling inside!! I don’t know how you have time to do this… 🙂

    Just wanted to say AWESOME and can’t wait to see more – Hello Kitty!!! 🙂


  • Congratulation……..i really2x LOVE HELLOKITTY………………

  • So cute! Have you ever tried free-forming the onigiri when making Hello Kitty? I’m really considering that if I can’t find any container Hello Kitty-shaped in my city.