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1 Million Hits Bento Giveaway

Since I know people are going to ask, I’ll just get it out of the way right now. Yes, I did end up getting to do extra work for the George Clooney movie filming here in Hawaii! While I can’t provide details about what I did, I will say that I did get to see him in person and at one point, stood just a few feet away from him. That made the day squeal-worthy to say the least. I was only needed for one day instead of two, but I think I probably got in the shot, so I’m definitely excited to see the movie when it comes out next year, especially since it’s based in Hawaii.

With so much going on last week, I almost forgot to post about what is surely the biggest milestone for my blog so far: reaching 1 million hits!!! I’ve seen it coming and in preparation, I went on a big shopping spree at Marukai last month. The silly thing is, I almost missed it! I’m less than 7k away from it!

1 Million Hits Prizes

With a 20% off discount at Zakka, I went nuts and spent over $150 for prizes for all of you, my loyal blog readers. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have a successful site and upcoming book, so while I’m not entirely sure yet how I will split all of this up, rest assured that I will have at least 10 prize packets come out of this smorgasbord of bento goodies!!

Here’s a closer look:

Prizes

This is not a complete list, but in this pile of stuff is:

  • 10-12 bento boxes
  • Alphabet/Number cutters
  • 2 fried rice packets
  • 3 packets of hanaosushi no moto
  • 2 red Hana Ebi packets
  • 2 green Hana Ebi packets
  • 2-3 charaben cutter sets
  • 2 four-in-one sandwich cutters
  • 2 onigiri molds
  • 1 tamagoyaki mold
  • 4-6 mixed baran sets
  • 2 umbrella/balloon/bone food picks
  • 3 cute animal comb picks
  • 1 set of animal food cutters
  • 3 sesame seed grinders
  • 1 set of condiment pencils
  • 1 set of nori cutters
  • 1 triple onigiri mold
  • 1 penguin furikake bottle
  • 1 monkey furikake bottle
  • 2 sets of sakura paper food cups
  • 3 mini bamboo rice paddles
  • 2 sets of cute cookie cutters
  • 1 mini onigiri mold
  • 1 set of ocean paper food cups
  • 1 pack of Ochazuke mix

There will be two ways that you can enter to win some of these goodies this time around.

  1. Tell me which of the 480 bentos I’ve made in the last three years you liked the most. OR
  2. Tell me a good bento joke or pun. You can simply convert another joke into a bento one. Don’t worry about bad puns, I love ’em!

You only need to do one, but if you like you can do both. Limit one entry per person. You can enter for the next week, I’ll close this sometime next Monday then pick random winners to win a surprise prize packet. Be sure to use an email address you check frequently as if I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick another winner.

Be sure to tell anyone interested about my giveaway, as I’d love to see tons of participation in this one for such a momentous occasion. Also coming up soon, my 500th bento! D: *scared*

In closing, here’s my bento #480 I made for Mr. Pikko last week.

Steak Bento

I have to keep it simple with him, so it’s just rice, leftover teri teak, pan sauteed kabocha, cole slaw, and a tomato.

Bento Hoodlums will return soon!

Related posts:

  • I love all your Lost bentos and my favorite would be the In-Flight Bento from Ajira Airways.
    Grats on so many hits ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love all your Hello Kitty bentos! Your Twilight Book was amazing (not sure if that counts as a bento though).

  • It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, but I honestly loved the ‘The Untimely Demise of Charaben’ because I would truly have a hard time eating my bentos if they were half as cute as yours. Congratulations!

  • Kittala

    The Lost bentos that you do are the greatest! I am always impressed by them. Though I am not a Lost fan, myself, my friend is a huge fan so I forward your bento photos on to her. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Monica Lavoie

    Love your bento on the M.I.P Mochi post. The kitty is too cute and I love the colors, especially the orange flower cutouts.

    Thanks!

  • Akana_grace

    I love all of your bentos, and your halloween ones are my favorites. I love your ingenious use of eggs for wrapping a mummy in no 406.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Colleen

    Honestly your LOST bentos as what started me reading your blog in the first place! If I had to make a pick it would be The Hatch!

  • Emily

    So I pretty much love them ALL (and they seriously have me drooling) but the LOST series is my favorite!

  • Juskarath

    All of your bentos have been really cute, though a recent favorite was your Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento. I always admire your bentos. I don’t have the dedication to do such intricate bentos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the Pink Bunny Bento (http://www.aibento.net/2009/06/19/pink-bunny-bento-372/) – it was one of the first posts of yours that I read, and I remember thinking how cute and yummy it looked, without being crazy difficult or having lots of strange or complicated foods.

  • Savannah

    Your Desmond bento is my favorite! I love how you recreated the red phone from that really touching scene.

  • Desirae

    I love The Ghosts of Quail Eggs Past bento. Halloween’s always been my favorite holiday and the little ghosts & tombstones are too cute!

  • It’s SO hard to pick one, but the one that makes me giggle every time is the Untimely Demise of Charaben. Hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€

  • JennyTork

    I love all your musubis — the Lost one and the Twilight one were phenomenal!

    Joke:

    What do you call it when you burn lunch?

    A char-a-ben-to…..

  • Netbug

    I really like the Monsters INC one you did! ( http://www.aibento.net/2007/06/27/mango-wazowski-bento/ ) I’m a sucker for Pixar. xD

  • Ardwynna

    The Sakura Hello Kitty bento was so pretty and all the more impressive for dedication involved in putting the sesame seeds on without tweezers.

  • Diana W.

    I love that your bento creations never look messy. Art, but with food! My favorite is the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Bento!

  • I have to say that your Twilight book was pretty amazing! I always think your bentos are super cute and very neat and tidy. I hate a messy bento! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Liz

    Pretty much every single bento you’ve ever featured is awesome, but my personal favorite is the moogle one, #306.

    Keep doing what you do! =D

  • I must say, though all your bentos are wonderful, I love the idea of and the ingredients in the Princess and the Edamame bento best of all!

  • Sara

    My favorite bento of yours is the one with Ben from Lost, as he is my favorite Lost character =)
    http://www.aibento.net/2009/02/25/i-put-the-ben-in-bento-316/

    Keep up the good work!

  • ginacrash

    I really love all of your Bentos and your Lost ones are absolutely beautiful, so much talent! But one of my favorites is actually Bento #460-the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento. its so cute! Your use of colors in this particular bento is wonderful and I think the Tamgaoyaki with nori really adds something to it =)
    Congratulations on 1 million hits!!

  • Acacia

    I loved your Dharma Initiative Bento!! I used to love LOST but it got so confusing and I stopped watching. I still love the show and was so happy to see this bento!!

    And as to your joke/pun:
    Is that a geoduck in your pocket or are you just happy sashimi?
    … I think that’s how it went. It’s from an episode of Dirty Jobs. Makes no sense unless you know what a geoduck is XD

  • Goodnachtorange

    D: I really hope I win. I bento-ver backwards to come up with this.

  • I LOVE The Charlie Brown Bento… I was snoopy in my VERY first play so Charlie Brown and Crew hold a very special place in my heart!!!!! I LOVE the Miss Domo one too!! So Damn cute!!!!! My mom got me a Princess Tiana Bento Box for my birthday and I am going to start bentoing this summer ๐Ÿ™‚ I am SO excited! This would be perfect to start my Bentoing with!!! Thank you and CONGRATS!!!!

  • my son loves Edamame so any bento with that I love your so talented, I try to duplicate a few but I am no way up to your speed, I modify, he and I both love the gingerbread man but that was not a hard one, so the hard one we love was the rooster, not sure what number, but we love the colors of him. I just purchased the pig mold, but I have only a few gadgets, and I love bento boxes for me and for my son LOL
    keep going- congrats on your movie star rub.
    of course I would love to win something
    have you ever done where the wild things are? I tried it once should post a pic of it, i used asparagus for grass and trees, my son is not a huge fan of asparagus so he was not happy.

  • I love all your charaben lunches – this one recently makes me lol every time I look at it: http://www.aibento.net/2010/01/27/the-untimely-demise-of-charaben/ hehehe!! ๐Ÿ˜€ LOVE the faces!!

    here’s a bento joke for you:

    two onigiri are sitting next to each other in a bento. one says to the other, “it’s pretty crowded in here.” the other one says “OH MY GOSH A TALKING ONIGIRI!!”

    that’s all I got ๐Ÿ˜‰ congrats on ONE MILLION HITS! shouldn’t YOU be getting a prize, too? a gold star, to say the least!

  • Heather

    I love so many of them, but the Easter sheep bento was amazing! Please keep them coming.

  • SIG

    Hi, I love your Hello Kitty bentos, for the simple fact that I simply adore the cat! You are a great inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dzuzi

    I LOVE all of your bentos … the most eye-catching bento for me are your LOST BENTOs.
    They were Amasing!

  • Liz

    I love the Miss Domo bento. the adorable pink domo was such an inspiration@

  • Congratulations on almost and soon to be reaching such a big milestone! You are the best! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I love your lost bentos, especially Desmond, but to choose other than the Lost, I’d say your Rooster Bento! Just to be different and I like the way you colored the rooster! So clever you are!

    This is exciting, maybe with some right tools I’ll have enough never to post one of my bentos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Driver B

    My favorite is Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460), a pretty recent one – but I just love how the flowers are so pretty due to the parboiling. Congrats!

  • Camille:)

    Ok, once I first saw your blog page with the title 1 MILLION HITS BENTO GIVEAWAY I felt like my heart would ever stop beating!! LOL, I’ve been dreaming making bento all my life (of course, trying with my leftover and quite useful home supplies!) and, I ENJOY it just as much as you do!! I might not be that creative, but your idea’s gradually inspire me everyday as I read your new blog post each day.. ANYWAY, this is the first EVER contest for me to “enter” in so I want to get on with the excitement!! I wish all of the other entries a 100 percent good luck!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    My Favourite Bentos from AiBento:

    #1: The Sakura Hello Kitty (460)
    because I think it is a very cute and adorable bento for children, as well as a healthy meal to ensure that the child will be full and HAPPY!! (perfect for Baby Girl!)

    #2: From Japan With Love Breakfast Bento (311)
    because it is a great breakfast meal suitable for both adults and parents!!
    Perfect for everyday happy breakfast, or even an occasional breakfast, “From Japan With Tons of Love”!!

    #3: Pink Hearts Bento (455)
    because it has a fun and creative touch to cuteness and my favourite: KAWAII!
    I think it is an ABSOLUTE great addition for a bento Valentine theme, a suitable lunch
    on Valentine’s Day will certainly brighten up a person’s heart, and of course show love from the person who made it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ok, so I know these bentos I chose are quite girly, but HEY, I’m a girl, and I LOVE cuteness!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good Luck to everyone!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    BENTO RULES!!
    Camille:)

  • I don’t even watch Lost, but all of your Lost bentos are AMAZING!

  • Martha

    I especially love the bento’s where the rice balls are shaped. Like April 7, 2010, Feb 26, 2010, March 18, 2009. The rice looks so tastee! But especially Feb 2nd, 2009 in honor of your 300th bento!

  • Blythe

    I loved your Desmond themed Lost Bento. Swoon.

  • Eryn

    I loved your LOST Bentos. They’re the ones that got me interested in Bentos in the first place!!

  • Liz

    My favorite bento you’ve done has got to be the Noah’s Ark Bento that was done about a year (??) ago. It was just so adorable, and every little animal had it’s own personality, lol!

  • Stella Sanguina

    Actually, I’ve always really loved your Hello Kitty bentos, much to my embaressment. In actuality, I DON’T like the Hello Kitty character, but you somehow manage to make her food-stuff persona look so darn cute, not just horribly freakish and mishapen.

    That, my beloved Bento Mistress, is a hard feat to accomplish!

  • Congradulations! My favorite Bento is Sakura Hello Kitty Bento. She is adoreable and so Japanese with her beautiful flowers. Have a great night.

  • Blaire

    I really enjoy all of your bentos but I especially loved the one from your post entitled Love in Her Eyes. Not only was this wee creature with hearts in her eyes absolutely adorable, the whole bento looked super delicious! you make me want to eat cute things!

  • Lia

    It’s probably not a popular choice but I have to say my absolute favorite bento you’ve made is the “Farewell” one for your Uncle Mike. I think it was a lovely tribute and also just very cute.

  • I love all your Sanrio related bentos, especially the Keroppi one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have awesome childhood memories of watching a Sanrio-related cartoon, and Keroppi was always my favourite! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vaughn

    I haven’t been reading this blog for that long but while going through your earlier entries I saw the whale bento and got super excited. I love whales so that totally made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • L

    So many good ones to choose from, but…
    I LOVE the Miss Domo Bento =)

  • Well, my favorite bento that you have done is easily the moogle bento, for obvious reasons. ^^ I love it when you do FFXI themed boxes.

  • I loved your bento with all the little animals in it!

    But really any of your cutesy bentos are my fave! I love them all! They make me smile!

  • ROFL!!!!

  • 1 million hits!!!!!!WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! What an awesome milestone to celebrate!! *drools a little looking at the pile of bento items*

    My favorite bento that you have made is the I <3 Freckles! Although I love every bento you make, they are always amazing!

    Stupid joke I found randomly on internet: What do you call a sushi bar that caters to lawyers? Sosumi

  • That was pun-tastic!

  • smurfarita

    Goldilocks and the three bears gets my vote! It was the first time I had ever seen anyone do a checkered apple. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandie

    I love your #300 bento. I love all the little characters you put in it. Especially the pandas, because my daughter is fascinated with all things panda. =)

  • I have decided it is impossible to pick just one of your bentos as my favorite. I have 6 favorites, and I couldn’t narrow it down any further. So, in no particular order, these are my favorite ones:

    Soot Ball Onigiri bento
    Somen Bird’s Nest bento
    Easter Somen Salad bento
    Princess Bonbon bento
    Teri Hamburger Salad bento
    and last but not least, The Untimely Demise of Charaben bento (which not only has a fabulous name, but is also both hilarious and beautiful).

  • melissa meredith

    I am new to bentos but am completely in awe of the imagination and creativity you put into each one. I really liked “Love in her eyes” though!

  • Adri

    I liked your Shantotto bento the best!

    Congrats on all the fans of your page!

  • Ikkian

    The first bento of your that I saw were the Lost ones you showed in Allakhazam. However, a cute one I stumbled upon once was your Easter one with the cutie little rabbit. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • I think I like the Girl’s Day Bento the most, I love the gorgeous little Girl Stamp cutout its too cute and looks so charming :3 and chicken! sounds too yummies!

  • Linda A

    I love all of your Sanrio bentos…but if I had to pick a fav, it would be the Sakura Hello Kitty (460)…though the Keroppi one is adorable, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I win!

  • OMG, I love #306 the “It’s a Moogle Bento, kupo” because I am such a FFXI fan girl! Mithra BLM/WHM FTW!!

    BTW, I love the bento hoodlums ๐Ÿ˜€ Domo Domo!!

  • There have been so many great bentos, it’s hard to choose just one. I think I’ll pick the Football Bento you did for the Superbowl this year. Loved it! Congrats on 1 million hits!!!!!

  • bunny

    i love #460 because i love hello kitty. nice job!

  • I love the “300th bento” — just looking at it occupies so much of my imagination!

    I also love the whole Halloween 2009 series, especially the mummy.

  • Jasmine McClain

    My all time favorite bento, most memorable to me has to be bento #100, The ocean themed one! I love the ocean and your bento was just beautiful and colorful and I got so excited when I saw how it came out! Haha I also adored all the googly eyes all the creatures have, that is the cutest thing ever!lol Congrats on 1 million hits! You’ll be at 2 mill in no time!lol

  • I’m new to bento and have enjoyed your LJ posts as of late! I’m loving the LOST bentos as I’m in love with Lost ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love your Happy Girls Day Bento where you had several different nationalities of girls featured.

  • Claire

    Here’s my (kinda lame, but really happened) bento joke:

    My roommate noticed that I was just packing snacks in bento boxes, and other times I pack full meals, so now we label them “bentos” and “bentoettes”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • J-lyn

    since school lunch prices went up, I began making bentos for my daughter. They are FAR from creative, but she loves them. I liked your Kerokeroppi bento. I have found myself collecting affordable bento boxes, and the latest one was a keroppi one.! It is simply amazing what you do with food.

  • Charity

    My favorite so far has been Noah’s Bento. Loved all the little animals!

  • Lea

    My daughter and I are just getting into Bentos. It is so hard to choose one favorite. Since I must, I love Hello Kitty #460. It was one of the first ones we came across and we still love it. The colors and arrangement are beautiful!

  • My favorite is probably the Zoo Bento (#183). I have always like the large picnic-type bentos, and this one seems perfect for a family trip to the zoo. Plus, it’s one that didn’t require any fancy punches or containers, so it’s good inspiration for people without tons of access to bento supplies ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jess

    Gosh, if I had to pick a favorite bento…it would have to be bento #300, Noah’s Bento. It’s unbelievably cute and, just, PERFECT.

  • Lucy

    I haven’t been watching your site for very long, but my favorite so far has been the Cheese Froggies bento from March 10th. They’re so adorable, and look delicious! All the LOST ones are great, too. ^_^

  • Congratulations on your upcoming milestone!

    A recent favorite of mine is the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento:
    http://www.aibento.net/2010/02/25/sakura-hello-kitty-bento-460/

    But I think my very favorite that I’ve seen is #300, the Noah’s Ark Bento:
    http://www.aibento.net/2009/02/02/noahs-bento-upper-deck-300/
    I love that it has a pair of Domokuns! ^_^

  • J-mii

    Bento three hundred~
    Delightful animal friends
    Cannot keep smiling!

  • Tako

    I personally loved #306, moogles are so cute and you did such a great job with it!

  • Megg

    I really love #432. I’m pretty new to bento, and at first it was really hard to make them pretty and cute, but finding your site really helped me see how easy it can be. That cute little bird in the nest really stands out!! Thanks!

  • My absolute all time favorite is #300 Noahโ€™s Bento, Upper Deck!! I love all the cute animals and it’s super detailed and colorful. I wish they would jump into my mouth! And thanks for offering such a big contest! You’re amazing!

  • Chibi

    I love #306 Moogle bento! I’m a big fan of FFXI, and I thought it was so cute!

  • melanie

    my favorite is the lost spam musubi, which beautifully embodies three things that i love – lost, spam musubis, and hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. so awesome that you were in the baggage claim scene with desmond and claire!

  • Mrs Andrew Quayle

    I really like bento #286 chicken tofu bento. Your LOST bento are amazing works of art but this one was elegant an even a novice like me could pull it off.

  • #300. Great site!

  • Ahh I have been reading your blog on my reader and catching up w/ you on Twitter.. but yes your bentos always make me think wow! Still so hard to choose from the bentos you made, but I think the reason why I began to have a desires to make bentos are from the Sanrio bento shapes you have occasionally featured, especially when they’re featured as onigiri.. ^_^

  • Well how is it possible to pick one of your bentos? There are so many lovely ones.

    However, I do adore “The Untimely Demise of Charaben” because it suits my own twisted mind – and because it’s pretty and colourful and perfect.

    I can’t come up with a bento joke, but I found it funny when one of my colleagues referred to my bentos as “benettons” (like the clothes brand) – perhaps they should do a bento box LOL!

    I have a lot of the stuff you’re offering for prizes, but of course there’s also a lot of it I’d LOVE to win, so.. *crossing fingers*

  • Kara

    http://www.aibento.net/2008/08/11/chicken-onigiri-247/

    Mine is 247 for sure. It is the first bento box I can remember seeing while randomly browsing flickr. Ever since then I’ve been a bento addict.

  • Amanda

    I love 460. So cute!

    Mobento nori. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • anna

    i really liked the girl day bento form this march

  • Kimi

    Very generous blog candy – I already have your book preordered – can wait to get it!

  • Becca

    who could pick just one, there’s too many good ideas here! but i picked http://www.aibento.net/2009/09/04/pink-animal-invasion/ for how simple it was, just still cute. there was something about the little pink faces that appealed to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sherri

    My favorite is #460, Sakura Hello Kitty! It’s so cute.

  • Amber

    You have so many nice bentos, it’s hard to choose!
    I adore your LOST bentos and look forward to seeing them every week. I’m such a huge LOST fan. xD
    I also adore your Sheep bento (465?), it’s simply adorable! I have a soft spot for sheep. And your Easter Somen Salad bento, so cute.

  • Amber

    The sheep bento (465?) is my ultimate choice however. Simplistic, but cute.

  • Elisa

    I love love love the spring chick bento!

  • Deann

    I have not been reading the whole time, but from what I remember, the Hello Kitty was neat, and my husband would not be happy if I didn’t say the Saints bento also!

    No jokes here, but I have a slightly funny lunch story. My 1st grader asks to take a lunch sometimes, and I always make it bento style… more fun that way and more gets eaten! Whenever I make her lunch, my son follows me all morning and says “Mom, I want a lunchbox too.” “Mom, remember I wanted a lunchbox today too!” LOL Not that he needs one… he eats at home after preschool, but I guess it’s fun anyway.

  • Pam D

    The Untimely Demise of Charaben just made me giggle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Xandra

    My favorite would have to be your Keroppi bento, number 454. One of my very favorite characters!

  • Wow, congratulations! I was gonna say it must be more like a billion, because I have a million hits myself, I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My favorite bento is the Keroppi Bento (454) because of the googly eyes! Too cute! It looks so delicious, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha S

    My two favorite bentos were the domokun and Shantoto! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am going to the point of nori return! (best I could think of on short notice)

  • Kelsey

    My favorite bento that you have made so far (even though there are many) would have to be your No Face bento, because it’s the first one I ever saw on your blog. It was adorable. Subsequently, I checked EVERY entry before it, marveling in the bento glory, and went on a cooking spree. Since that day, I refer everyone I know into bento to your website and check it more often than I probably should. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I love puns, but have no ability to craft them. So, after an hour of trying, I officially concede defeat.

    I don’t know the number, but you shared a bento with leftover pizza shaped into stars. I actually found it while going through archives when I first found your blog awhile back. I loved this idea b/c I’m not a big pizza eater myself, so there are always leftovers. I found that cutting the pizza up helped it fit into my boxes, while, at the same, making it a lot prettier.

    I’m still can’t think of a pun!

  • Karina

    okay, lame bento jokes coming right up!

    Child: “Mum this bento sucks!”
    Mum: “What? I bent-o-ver backwards making that!!”

    What happened when the boy found a bug in his bento?
    He had a heart-a-snack!

    “My bento looks a meal-ion dollars!”

    “Congratulations on the ‘lunch’ of your bento website”

    “This tamagoyaki chicks bento is eggsactly what I feel like!”

    Hope you enjoy these silly jokes as much as I enjoy your fabulous website ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats on a million hits!
    <3

  • Erin

    I’d have to say the Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento (432) – the chick in it’s nest is just too cute!

  • Jolie Baduini

    I loved bento 305 with the frog onigiri. It was everything I would want in a bento. The tonkatsu looked better than anything I’ve ever tried to make myself and the little salad looked so fresh. Not to mention the little frogs. I can’t ever get my coloring on my rice to come out right.

    You rock.

  • Kimberly T

    I love all of your bentos.
    They are very creative and inspiring!
    I love 432 Somen Bird nest bento.
    My favourite is “the LOST Spam Musubi”.
    I have never seen spam used this way.
    The explanation from you, of why you decided to used the spam because it is something you grew up with in Hawaii was fitting for the premiere of the Season 6 on the beach in Hawaii.
    All the work and accuracy in your bentos is a true talent.
    Can’t wait for the new book!

  • Madura

    I have a lot of favourites. You have a lot of good ideas. One I like is ‘The Ghosts of Quail Egg Past’. I will definitely be making those cute ghosts. Thanks for doing a giveaway.

  • Becky L

    I’d have to say my most favorite is your 300th, Noah’s Bento. It was the one that initially introduced me to your blog, and I have to say that it is still my favorite!

  • Anna

    While I love all of your bento’s, my most favorite bento is from LOST – “I carried this bento across the ocean and like, through time”. Thank you so much for keeping me inspired as I pack my son’s bento lunches.

  • I couldn’t pick one so I’m going to pick a favorite type. I love all of your Final Fantasy bentos. They’re always so beautiful & seeing them always makes me want to play the game. Congrats on all your hits. xD

  • Hello! Such a cute and generous giveaway! I can only hope I will be one of the lucky winners :] As for my favorite bento post from you — there is too many to choose, but I think the Chicken & Onigiri (# 247) is one of my top favorites because it has so much in it. It has a good balance of meat, fruits, veggies, and grains. It also looks fairly easy to put together but still looks lovely which is a plus for me since I’m still very much a beginner.

    Your blog is wonderful and a great reference for inspiration. I hope I can be just as good at bento-making one day! Have a great week!

  • Kathy Hamann

    It’s time to have “Ben To” eat fancy foods. The pretty little container can let “Ben To” eat just right.”

  • My favorite bento is number 301, Hold the bento for the Zebras. I love those zebras! They are so adorable. I think they would make cute toys, like a toy that looks like rice zebras haha. Definitely my favorite.

  • Ten

    I love all of your Lost bentos. I don’t even watch Lost but I really like how you create images of people or things from the show, I just think it’s interesting. Your Oceanic logo was really cool looking. I think my favorite is “A Shirt for Sawyer.” I don’t even know what it means, really, it just strikes me as being really cute!

  • amanda

    I would have to say that your “Miss Domo” Bento is my favorite! How can you *not* love a pink Domo-kun???

  • N-dot

    I love your Frankenstein bento. The rice, it was green! Green! D: I love food of funny and outrageous colours (purple cake!) and so, seeing that was really neat. :3

  • Terry Kim

    thank you for your website! i’m a newbie to bento making but your #365 four sammies sandwiches have inspired me to use what i have at home to bring fun to meal times with my children! since then, i’ve gone to do more creative and fun things with rice, pink japanese sausages, seaweed seasonings, fruits and vegetables! thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Imelda M.

    Wow. How very generous of you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I sure hope I can be the lucky winner.
    Anywhooo~. I think my favorite bento is the Miss Domo bento! Domo is the cutest things ever and a pink Miss Domo; even cuter. ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re definitely one of my bento inspirations! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Melissa

    I would like to say that this choice was almost impossible to make. I’m mad obsessed with your bentos, they are all so gorgeous! But…*sweat*…if I had to choose, my favorite would be The Somen Bird’s Nest!!! I love that one, the tiny tomato roses were BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for inspiring me to begin this creative edible art form. YOU ROCK!

  • Liz

    I love all your holiday bento! The witch, the christmas tree sandwiches, the recent little chicksies…they’re all so great!

  • WOW what a fabulous giveaway: we are so lucky ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My favourite bento is a recent one, the Easter Somen Salad Bento ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maranda

    I think that my favorite bento was the “Untimely Demise of Charaben”. It totally cracked me up seeing the silly faces on the eggs! It still cracks me up! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Julie K

    Oh, Pikko, how could we possibly pick a favorite bento???!! You make all of my favorite subjects– LOST, cute little animals, but I guess I would have to say the Twilight cover bento, since I am a huge Twilight fan! The amount of effort you put into that one was awesome! You have inspired me to make bentos for my two girls and give them more thoughtful lunches! Thank you!

  • I love the LOST bentos the most. I remember seeing them before I even started watching the show last year and I thought of them as I watched… made much more sense then. =D

  • Brenda

    How very generous of you. I do love your blog and look to it to inspiration. I’d be thrilled to win something to fuel my bento habit! I have a lot of favorites but my most recent favorite is the sheep you did for the spring contest. The sheep was so darn cute, but the composition of the entire box is what really set it off. Thanks so much for providing the ideas and inspiration!

  • Bethany

    This was really hard since there were so many I’ve liked. One I really liked was Hello Kitty Stew Bento (226). From the box to the stew I thought it was super cute. Not as intricate as some of the others you’ve done but that stew looks so rich and delicious not to be recognized. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sebastian

    I loved the Bento number 330 (Goldilocks and the Three Bears Bento)!

    And now for the joke;
    A panda walks into a bar, sits down and order a bento. He eats the bento, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead.
    As the panda stands up to go, the bartender shouts, “Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your bento!”
    The panda yells back at the bartender, “Hey man, I’m a PANDA! Look it up!”
    The bartender opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for Panda: “A tree dwelling marsupial of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.”.

    ;D

  • MartiVG

    I enjoy your blog and am impressed by your creativity. All of your bentos are wonderful. My favorites are the LOST ones and, even though I love the Kwon Musubis bento (looks exactly like Sun — not at all like Diane Ako), I would have to say my overall favorite is the Sawyer Shirt bento as I am a major Skate fan. Keep up the good work!

  • I love your site!

    Now for the joke:

    Knock, knock.

    Who’s there?

    Bento

    Bento who?

    Bento all the sites, but yours is still one of the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • milaxx

    I think your LOST bentos are my favorite. One that comes to mind is Hurley’s yellow t-shirt. I love the attention to detail you put into all your bentos.

  • My favorite bento on your site is the Easter Somen Salad bento (http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/26/easter-somen-salad-bento/). I love the way you decorated the eggs and made the pasta look like a nest for them. I am also smitten with the watermelon flowers. The best part of this bento for me is that it contains things that I would actually eat. I am a picky eater so it is hard to make bentos that are cute and appetizing to me and this bento accomplishes both of those things.

  • Puppet Princess

    I have to say I have a soft spot for the googly eyed Frankenstein Bento (403). It is goofy and cute. http://www.aibento.net/2009/10/23/frankenstein-bento-403/

  • My favorite bento of yours was the one you made with cheese ice cream characters, that was so cute! But I like basically any of your bentos that have cute faces on them. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • emma

    I love all of them (been following your blog for quite some time now!) but I love the Noah’s Bento, for the shear amount of CUTENESS!! Thanks for inspiring me to cute-ify my (and my boyfriend’s) bentos!

  • Kathy Shizumura

    I absolutely LOVE all your bentos and especially the way you describe yourself, your family, and WHATEVER! I even got my 3 year old granddaughter hooked on your website! We check it out every night together. Anyway, my favorite bento is actually an emotional one—M.I.P. Mochi. I lost my dog a year ago, and your bento, along with your photos and comments made me cry! Pets are so precious and losing them is so hard, yeah?

  • morgan

    I love the pink domokun!

  • Cain

    I have to say my favorite so far is the Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento. Simple but adorable, and looks delicious too!

  • The kiddie bento with the happy faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi there! I am quite a new fan to your blog. I’m pretty new to bento too. I found you through the livejournal group and I think what sets you apart from others in your eye for detail. I am quite fond of your Final Fantasy XI bento (#401 i think it was) as well as the Lost and Twilight book. You put so much time into them but they look so amazing! I also love them because they are a combination of multiple loves of mine, good shows/book/games and food! ^__^ I have not made any bentos yet but I hope to learn more from your post and make one for myself soon :3

    Keep showing your fun personality through your bentos! They are so cute, colorful, and lively, and I wish I could eat them all >:D

  • Paige

    i adore 311 Breakfast Bento and have made it…just not for breakfast; and i have to say it DOES take practice to get even an ok design on a pancake, so much that my family is sick of them

  • Moontaj

    By far in my eyes your Salmon Pasta Bento (348) is my ultimate fave. The simple colours and set up just appeal to both me and my hubby. Every time I tell someone about your blog this is the first one I pull up. <3 <3 <3 it!

    I'm not saying your others aren't amazing of course but this one is my ultimate love with your Mandy one coming in a close second. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • It’s really hard to pick from your bentos a FAVORITE, but I know there was one I tried to duplicate (was hard to do since I live in nowhere and have just your basic midwestern stuff to work with) but I really liked this one

    http://www.aibento.net/2009/10/22/the-ghosts-of-quail-egg-past/

    I just loved how you even had found little pastas that fit in it! And it sounded delicious.

    And while I don’t know that it’s a joke when I first suggested to my mom (she’s around 85 and I like to take her to parks to look at flowers and stuff while I do photography) I had suggested I would bring us a Japanese bento. Her response was “how did you get a new car? Your father would die all over again if he knew you didn’t buy american!” (at which point I explained it’s LUNCH.)

  • Cookie

    I liked the 151 with the Christmas Tree Sandwich.
    The color contrast is just really interesting and gives you the munchies!!!
    And here’s the joke:

    A guy comes in a shop that sells premade bento. He lloks at the counter for a looong time, then, he asks “do you have broccoli in your bento?”
    The woman serving there answers “no, sorry”.
    The guy says “ok” and exits without buying anything.
    The next day, the exact same scene repeats, and the day after, and after and after.
    After a week, the woman decides to make a special version with broccoli for that guy..

    So when he comes in, looks at the choice and asks “do you have broccoli in your bento”?
    She answers “yes!”
    He answers: “They are gross, eh, broccoli?”

  • Hmmm, as a huge lost fan I have to say that my fav is LOST S6 Bento #1 โ€“ Not Pennyโ€™s Boat.
    Because both episodes containing that scene are my favorites and I think the idea to turn that into a bento is really clever and emotional at the same time.
    Cristina.

  • Michelle Bui

    Hi
    I love all your bentos but if i have to pick one then my favortie bento is Easter Somen Salad bento :)…The 3 colors eggs are complement each other…and i love the way u decorated your egg with the cutter, very neat job :D…i’ve found you blog by accidently found your easter bunny tutorial it’s so easy to follow :). Thanks for sharing :p

  • My favorite bento would be your Farewell Bento to your Uncle Mike Sakamoto. Although I am not a fisherman, I always enjoyed watching his show, more for his wonderful personality than the actual fishing…although I did learn some things about fishing. It was a touching and beautiful tribute to him. And I enjoyed the bentos that you showed of your class at Temari, especially since I was in it. I am looking forward to your book (already pre-ordered and waiting!). thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Daoryn

    Hi there,

    I love goldilocks best =) http://www.aibento.net/2009/03/19/goldilocks-and-the-three-bears-bento-330/
    That one ist just so damn cute! And I like the idea of doing fairy tale themed bentos.

    Oh and congrats to soon to be 1 Million hits! That’s just great and you really deserve it!
    You are one of my great inspirations in bento making!!

  • My favorite bento has been the little lamb. I’m a spinner and have a soft spot for those wooly critters!

  • Okay, so I just spent over 30 minutes going through old pictures of your bento boxes trying to decide which I liked the most…It was hard!!! lol
    They are all so bloody cute!!! I have been obsessing over bento boxes for the last year and have yet to still make one (a little intimidated). But, I did order my first cute bento box in the mail a little while back so I might just get started today!
    Anyways, my favourite was a tie….”The Ghosts of Quail Egg Past” & last weeks Lost bento “Egg Sandwich a la Desmond”…I just love his story on Lost….sighhhhh.
    Anyways, thank you for your amazingly fun blog and congratulations on the million hits!

  • Oh I really love all this bento stuff! And I LOVELOVELOVE this blog and all of its inspirations….

    I don’t read since long so one of my fav bentos is a really new one: your #460 Sakura Hello Kitty bento:
    http://www.aibento.net/2010/02/25/sakura-hello-kitty-bento-460/

    That’s just too cute!

  • Heather Forrey

    Ooooo, have to pick just one – I like them all. But I guess I have to say Noah’s Bento (#300) is my fave

  • I love all your bentos, they are so inspiring that make me addicted to visit your blog to see them :D. But, your GIRL’S DAY BENTO is the one that I remember most. The girl and pink spirit do give me cheerfulness – I even changed my blog’s layout into pink because of your pretty sweet bento :D. I love pink! Thanks a bunch Pikko for inspiring bento’s fans over the world with your amazing works, keep the great work! :D. Mahalo!

  • Aimee S.

    Ok, I looked through the site and couldn’t find it, but I know it’s here! I’m choosing your Ben Linus LOST bento as my favorite. I had already been coming to your site for awhile but when you did that one it just knocked my socks off. All of your LOST bentos do! Love you and congratulations!

  • Lily

    Woah ! Almost 500 bentos and 1 million hits ! You are my hero ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Again, another awesome giveaway. You are so nice to be arranging such. Thank you so much.

    Congratulations with your blog.. such a hard and beautiful work. (btw, I liked all your “old” bentos from your blogspot blog, so inspiring and balanced ones)

    So there it is, my favorite one (I could arrange a top 10, or top 100, or top 400.. but letยดs try to focus in only one EH) : Noahโ€™s Bento #300. Animals and domokuns canยดt be a miss! =)

    And.. well, a joke. (hmm, I know! It is horrible.. hope nobody will cry instead of laughing)

    One day, one little girl was sitting at the kitchen, observing her mother assembling some obento. All of sudden,the girl noticed some grey hair on her motherยดs head:

    “Mom,” the little girl asked, “why do you have so many grey hairs on your head?”

    “Well”, the mom, very tired from waking up at 5am to cut nori and cook fresh, replied “every time you make me sad or mad or cry I get a grey hair.”

    “….”
    “Why all grandmaยดs hair is grey then?”

  • Wow, that’s some milestone!
    My favourite bento is the ‘Ab Aeterno’ one:
    http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/30/ab-aeterno-lost-bento-9/
    My husband and I love Lost & I also agree this episode is so moving! And I love the nori work on this bento, stunning as always.

  • I love the LOST bento! Congratulations on the 1 million hits!

  • Danielle

    Hm. Not particularly a bento, but I adore the creativity and simplicity of your ‘edible book’. Hell, I even despise Twilight, but I loved that book thingy! It was very well done and just.. awesome. :3

    My actual Bento that’s my favorite is the ‘Miss Domo-kun’ one you did. I found it adorable, and absolutely yummy looking. It also looks as if it was executed perfectly, and just in general it’s the AWESOMENESS.

    .<!

  • I love Tulip Trio Bento (435). I keep going back to look at it! Congrats on 1 million hits! Keep up the great work!

  • Carolyn

    My favourite bento that you’ve made is the Gingerbreadman Bento (420) because, that bento showed that even if things do not do out as planned, we must do our best in accepting it. You also put in much effort for that bento as you spent many hours sketching out the design and making the bento. This makes me appreciate the bento more and admire you for your resilience in spending so much time for making bentos for your kids and for us. Thanks! ><

  • Ann K

    I love you Bon Jovi Bento (no 451) I know its rather simple but I think thats what i like about it…and I loved the song as well so bonus points for that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha

    Being vegetarian I like The Untimely Demise of Charaben from Jan 27! I really enjoy all your cute bentos even though I don’t have time to make such elaborate bentos myself. Congratulations on hitting 1 million hits!

  • Laura

    I loved the Untimely Demise of Charaben–it’s twisted and adorable and hysterical!

    I also loved #300, the Noah’s Ark bento! Domokun on the ark? Awesome!

  • Brandy

    Congrats on 1 million hits!

    I think all the Lost bentos are fantastic, but I don’t actually watch the show – so I picked something else.

    I love the Miss Octopus bento. ๐Ÿ™‚ She is just so adorable!

  • Kristen H

    My favorite has to be the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460). I’m a sucker for that cat and the way you did her justice made me wish i could replicate the exact same thing! Congrats on 1million and getting towards 500 bentos!

  • Alice Wong

    Sakura Hello Kity Bento (460)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Danielle

    I love everything about your site! My favorite bentos are the Lost ones, especially the “I put the Ben in bento” one. Although the 4 toed rice statue was pretty cool too.

  • Yunting

    I love the Onigiri Party Bento (#193). it’s very simple which is my style while very very cute. Good job and keep going!!

  • Loolee

    Oh! Grats on 1 million! What an amazing milestone! I’d have to say my favorite bento was the Frankenstien’s monster bento you made for halloween. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.

  • Lorinda

    I love your Mummy bento that you made for Halloween and try to recreate it whenever I use leftover pasta. Last time I did it I hid the sauce inside the ball of pasta so that when I squished it down to eat it, “blood” came up out of the bandages. lol

  • Lisa

    I like all the Lost ones but I’m not always sure what they mean as I’m only up to the beginning of season 3 right now!

    My favourite one so far has to be “The Untimely Demise of Charaben”!! I haven’t done any charaben bentos but this is exactly how I’d expect them to react when eating time came around!

  • Marianna

    My favorite bento is the Hello Kitty bento (326). I love the hello kitty bento box and all of the colors within the box are amazing. Especially the purple hello kitty potato.

  • grace

    The sakura hello kitty bento is still my favorite! I loved the sakura blossom details and it worked out perfectly, without being overloaded in cuteness.

  • Barbara L.

    I loved ALL of your Easter Bentos, so much beautiful color and cuteness! I love how you give recipe’s too. Please keep it up!

  • My favorite has got to be your “LOST S6 Bento #1 โ€“ Not Pennyโ€™s Boat.” It made me laugh and got me all nostalgic for the early seasons of Lost!

  • AVM

    Congrats on 1 Million hits!! You’re inspiring me!!

  • Tiffany

    The Miss Octopus Bento (344) was definitely my favorite. I couldn’t stop giggling the first time i saw her. She looked so cute and yummy. ^_^

    Congrats on so many hits! ๐Ÿ˜€ A million hits is definitely a milestone! It just shows how awesome you are.

  • kim c

    I absolutely love LOST Bento #7 with Sun and Jin! Favorite ever.

  • I think I like 316 the best, because that was the first time you really blew me away with your Lost themed bentos. I think I sent it to every single Lost fan I know. Plus, Ben is a really intriguing character.

  • I’m going to join all the other fans of your Untimely Demise of Charaben bento. I laughed so hard with that one and emailed a link to everyone I know (even those who aren’t bento obsessed like I).

  • Coco

    My favorite is Onigiri for Ochazuke Bento and not for obvious reasons. It was the first bento I made with my six year old daughter. She absolutely loves the little faces and we have the greatest time making the onigiri together.
    Thank you so much for that memory ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wyn

    My absolute favorite bento would have to be the Noah’s Ark bento. So adorable! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • my favorite bento you’ve ever made is “kwon musubis,” though you already knew that because in a fit of fan-girl-ness i printed the pic out and put it on my fridge (really) and then tweeted about it.

    i also want to say that i started making bentos in september 2009, and your site was my first real source of inspiration – i visited every day, studied your archives, and really obsessed over your stuff. now seems like as good an opportunity as any to thank you, really thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the ideas and motivation you have provided — bento-ing has changed my life, and you are one of the main people responsible for getting me started.

    one of the first AIB bentos i fell in love with back in september 2009 was “pink animal invasion” — i have tried many times since to do cute things with egg salad sammies, and have never come up with anything nearly as cute. so that bento is another fave of mine, because it really set the bar high for what i set out to create for myself. ok sorry for this stalker-ish trip down memory lane!

  • Jennifer S

    The Noah’s Ark is my absolute fav! Congrats!

  • Kel

    I adore most of your bentos, however, out of the many, I like Keroppi Bento (454) the most, so cute and like the 3D effect :p

  • evhy

    Wow! i’ve never seen so much bento stuff (ok where i live doesnt exist such things XD)
    i like Noahโ€™s Bento, Upper Deck (300) it’s so amazing cute *-*

  • Wow! Congrats on 1 million hits! I think my favorite bento was your #300. That was around when I started (silently! sorry for the lack of comments on my part!) following your blog. I was blow away by it!

  • Kayti

    I love bento 460 (http://www.aibento.net/2010/02/25/sakura-hello-kitty-bento-460/)

    I am a huge Hello Kitty fan and I love the little bow. The pink flower is just too cute. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Mariko

    I’m torn — I’m obsessed with your “Lost” series of bentos (and the show itself, of course), but think I have to go with any of the charabens where you transform hard-boiled eggs, like “The Untimely Demise of Charaben” post.

    Congrats on a million!

  • Clara

    My favorite is #427 Whale Friends Bento .. I just love whales AND tortillas mmm I want some haha

  • I like this one http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/26/easter-somen-salad-bento/ its cute without being really amazing. The amazing bentos are great but i’ll never do one, and this one is more inspirational to me to cute up our lunches a little bit.

  • SammiGene

    My favorite bento of yours is your 330th bento with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Classic simple bento jazzed up with a few doses of cute. I’ve always loved the checkered apple look, and Goldilocks’ hair is perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon

    Hey there! I love your super cute spring sheep bento (though I tried to make one myself and it just looked like a fluffy cloud with some eyes heh) and your shamrock bento too! Its so clean and simple!

  • Your blog was the one that inspired me to start making bento and I have probably read every post! My favorite bento is the your 100th bento! The colors, sea animals, everything was perfect! I really liked your 300th bento too, looks like you “bento-ver” backwards for that one! hhahaha =P

  • phantom_eclipse

    I love the Sheep Bento (from the same page as the Spring Contest) ๐Ÿ˜€
    It was hard to pick a favorite D:

    And grats on 1 million views!

  • Andrea

    Hey, congrats on your million hits ๐Ÿ™‚
    my favorite bento has to be the Untimely Demise of Charaben. those bunnies just go perfectly with my weird sense of humor.

  • Christina

    I love all the cute animal creatures you have. I especially liked the Easter Somen with the little quail eggs and birds nest. You are just too creative!!!

  • Laura D.

    I actually adore the Anpanman Sammie Bento. It seemed like a rather simple bento, but I’ve always though Anpanman was cute, and the colors of the fruit are gorgeous! Makes me so hungry!

  • Rebecca

    How wonderful to be hitting the big 1 million.

    I adore the Lost Bento #7. Sun and Jin still seperate – even in Bento form. It’s terribly sad – but I thought it was a fantastic representation. Close second was the Oceanic Bento – I secertly hope that the In-Flight meal was that Bento before the whole plane came crashing down.

  • Charmaine

    Congratulations! I’m a bit new to your blog, but my favorite bento of yours would have to be that cheese froggies bento you made a few weeks back. It’s so cute! and I adore frogs! And it’s got cheese in it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Katy R

    I love your Hello Kitty Bento with the rice shaped like her head, I am always amazed at your creativity ๐Ÿ™‚

  • celine

    congrats on 1 million hits!

    i was trying really hard to think of a joke, since i didn’t see any jokes before me, but it’s hard! but i definitely can do my favorite bento…

    it’s mandragora bento (267).

  • Janelle Seymour

    My favorite is the Dharma Initiative Bento. I’m a big Lost fan, and I’ve got a friend who’s been setting up his emergency rations in his basement with Dharma Initiative labels, and I think it’s all so much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily

    There are so many to choose from. Right now I would have to say the Tulip Trio is my favorite bento. Sort of easy, Definitely cute. I’m trying to sneak carrots in my son’s diet, and rolling them in lunchmeat just might do it.
    I’m also a lost fan, and I love the cutouts you make from Nori. I just don’t think I would have the patience to do that ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats on 1 million

  • I love Hello Kitty and I have to say that my favorite is bento #460!!! Congrats to your million hits.

  • Kim

    Since I work in a library my favorite was the Twilight book cover. I showed everyone I work with and we may be planning a contest at our library sometime this year. Congratulations on 1 million hits. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love #460 Sakura Hello Kitty Bento and the Tamago Chicks Bento ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats on the George Clooney work!

  • Sara R

    I love the creativity and versatility of all your bentos! Sakura Hello Kitty #460 is one of my favorites, the colors are great and I love Hello Kitty! Your Lost bentos are amazing, I love all the intricate details. Congratulations on your 1 million hits, thanks for sharing all your wonderful lunches with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kath

    I have quite a few favorites but I narrowed it down to what made me really hungry (Bento Central and Korean Leftovers Post: I love having a small assortment of different food dishes rather than one main dish), a cute one (Noah’s Bento: I love animals, enough said and kudos for making all of that. I struggled just making 6 Triangular Onigiris :p), a funny one (The Untimely Demise of Charaben: I chuckled when I first saw this, definitely made my day), and a well-rounded post with a cute/yummy bento (Korrigan Bento: I think it’s great that you interact with your readers it makes it so much more enjoyable and it really shows that you love what you do/makes the blog more personable) ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Carolyn

    I am a new reader but LOVE your site..My daughter is 1 and I can not wait to start my own bento boxes for her soon. I really enjoyed the Frankenstein bento..too cute! Keep up the blog..it’s great/fun reading.

  • Susan

    Here’s my pun: (hope I win!)

    I offered a bento I had made to Sigmund Freud. He turned me down by exclaiming,”Nothing in that silly little box looks oedipal.”

    I love all your bentos, you are an inspiration!

  • Elizabeth

    #300. Adding the Domokuns to Noah’s ark was a brilliant idea.

    That one is my favorite ‘fancy’ bento, but I really like all of the ‘regular’ lunches too that didn’t involve countless hours cutting tiny nori shapes. I’m amazed and inspired by how you can make a regular lunch seem special and inviting.

    I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

  • Jamie Orozco

    My favorite is the little sheep. I plan to try some scrap-booking patterns to piece together some cute characters like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney

    It’s so kind of you to buy all that great bento stuff for all of us! I love your blog so much! You have so many great ideas, my favorite has to be the Hello Kitty Bento you made for Children’s Day. It’s so bright and colorful, and Yummy looking! I would have loved to have that bento when I was little! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Heather

    I am a recent reader of yours. The cute spring bento series made me a subscriber! I love the lamb bento. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Miloko

    My favourite so far is ‘The Untimely Demise of Charaben’, where your egg characters are caught in their action shot. It gave me all sorts of ideas about making my bento scenes have little extra things you can discover in them if you study them properly. Perhaps even a puzzle type bento, with a mystery to solve in it’s layers or a story bento that you can make up from the contents of your lunch, similar to the work of the author Allan Ahlberg that my children love. Happy bento-ing!

  • Sile

    You’ve made so many cute bento that it’s really hard to choose just one!!

    I’m gonna hafta go with #361, the anniversary bento. It’s probably because I’ve been in such a lovey-lovey mood lately and can’t wait to start making bento for my boyfriend. I’m totally going to make him little heart shaped onigiri at least once! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sin

    My favorite is no doubt the ‘Ab Aeterno’ Bento! i’ve found your blog through blogs showing your LOST inspired Bentos and was like “WOW! LOST + Bento = AWESOMENESS!”.. i love anime and the Japanese culture since i was a child, and now my biggest love is LOST, i live in Israel, and wake up every Tuesday at 4AM to get the new episode!! wining some bento goodness will be awesome, so I could make some pretty Bentos for my Girlfriend so she could take with her to work everyday (she’s soon to be a cop, she deserves it!)

  • My favorite is the Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day bento! Poor Charlie Brown!

  • Lily

    I love all the Quail egg characters, but my favorite is the FRINGE bento http://www.aibento.net/2009/02/23/fringe-bento-for-walter-313-314/

    Thanks for being an inspiration

  • allie

    Your LOST bentos are always amazing, but my favorite was the one with the ankh. “I carried this bento across the ocean and through, like, time.” Hugo is so funny! I think you created your own bento joke for this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Why did Pikko have to walk to work?

    ‘Cuz she found out she’d bento’ed!

  • Meagan

    I love the bento you did with the chocobo! I found this early on when I started getting interested in bento, and it was one that was an inspiration!

  • Rebecca

    I think all of your bentos are beautiful….

    I really like the Easter Somen Salad Bento, the eggs are so pretty!!

  • veshke

    Your Noah’s Ark bento!!!

    I’d LOVE to open my lunch to find that masterpiece!!

    Congratulations!

  • I love the Butterfly Pasta Bento! it looks super delicious and insanely cute! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

  • Liz

    My favorite is definitely the Moogle bento, followed closely by the Chocobo ^_^

    Although I have to say, they’re all ridiculously awesome!

  • Sandy

    I love the Princess and the Edamame bento! And the ECO bento box is right in line for Earth Day next week. Thank you for ALL the beautiful bentos.

  • Ang

    Did you hear about the guy whose whole left bento side was cut off? He’s all right now.

    Really enjoy your blogs and techniques!! Just purchased my first bento container this week’s bento process has been going well! Thanks for sharing the tuna burger recipe, YUM!! Keep up the awesome work!!!! ^_^

  • Dianna

    Pretty Bento-Shape Spoiled

    A family goes to a restaurant and orders their food. After their food arrives, the mother notices that her daughter is pushing her vegetables around, which was strange because she usually loved to eat radishes and carrots. She asks her, “what are you doing dear?”, the daughter answers: ” Mom i dont recognize ANY of these things on this plate, how can i eat them!?”

  • Lenneth

    Hi, dear. Congratulations! 1 million hits!! That’s a BIG number ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite bento is the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento. I simply looooove the sakura flowers on her head :3

    Kisses and keep the good work *0*

  • mafhoney1000

    Hi!

    My favorite bento is your Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460) because I’m absolutely obsessed with everything Hello Kitty. Like all other Hello Kitty fangirls who want everything in their life to be stamped with a Hello Kitty seal of approval (ie. cars, computers, clothes, furniture etcetc), a Hello Kitty bento is the perfect addition to a perfect lunch.

    Thanks so much for being an awesome bento chef and continuing to inspire with amazing lunch art.

  • Laura

    I will be honest: M.I.P. Mochi had me in tears. I recently lost my childhood cats as well, and the loss is beyond words. There’s so much to regret, but… there’s so much joy to remember too. It seems very fitting to commemorate that in the fleeting beauty of the food that gives us the literal strength to keep going.

  • Ezzy

    Of the ones I have seen, I liked the frog one(266, I think). I am going have tio go back and see the others

  • tai

    I absolutely adored your noah’s arc bento! u put soo much work into it; it inspired me to join the bento community. oh yeah, your Girl’s Day bento was rele cute too. pick me!! (pls) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Natalie N.

    All of your bentos are lovely! Your LOST bentos specifically are very impressive.

    That said, I choose the Easter Somen Salad bento as my (most recent) favourite–amazing; so cute!

  • erisgrrrl

    It was really hard to choose a favorite! I LOVE coming here because your bentos are sooooo cute and fun but they’re almost always “do-able.”

    I came up with a tie: the #300 bento with the arc of animals (supercute and too much work for me!) and the recent Halloween Mummy bento (so totally do-able that I used it as the basis for a Halloween bento for my son!)

    I wish I could come up with a joke too… but a comedian I am not!

  • Casi Z

    I rather liked your Whale Friends Bento (#427). My son wants me to recreate it but I have yet to find a whale cutter locally.

  • lesliemommy

    my favorite had to be the I love freckles shirt!

  • My favorite bento is the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460). It’s really cute, and I like the bright colors and cuteness of the bento =]

  • Amy

    Fellow LOST fan here. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite bento is a Shirt for Sawyer’s bento.

  • Jo

    I love #432! It’s been rainy here, and I am quite ready for spring, and that little chick is just so adorable!

  • Diana

    There were three men, a brown haired man, a red haired man, and a blonde man. They were all working on a bridge when they decided to sit down and take a lunch. The brown haired man opened his bento, and pulled out the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich that he always gets. He looked at the sandwich for a bit and said, “If I open this bento tommorow, and I get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I am going to jump of this bridge!” Next the red haired man opened his bento, and pulled out the same old ham sandwich that he always has for lunch. He looked at the sandwich in disgust and said, “I’m with ya, if I open this lunch box tommorow and there is a ham sandwich in it, I will jump off this bridge too!” The blonde looked at the other two, and opened his lunch box. “You know, everyday I get this same old tuna sandwich also, I don’t even like tuna. If I get a tuna sandwich tommorow, I will be right behind you guys jumping off this bridge!” The next day came, and lunch was here. The brown haired man opened his bento and found the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and without a word, he jumped. The red haired man didn’t think twice about his friend; he opened his bento, paled, and also jumped off the bridge. The blonde thought to himself, “Please don’t be a tuna sandwich!” Then he opened his bento, took a breath, and jumped off the bridge. The three men’s wives got together at the funeral, and were talking. “If I would have known he didn’t like peanut butter and jelly, I would have made something else,” the brown haired man’s wife sobbed. “Me too, I never knew my husband didn’t like ham,” said the wife of the red head. The blonde man’s wife turned and looked at them, “I don’t have anything to say, he made his own bento!”

  • JenB

    I am a new follower of your blog, but am enjoying your creativity a lot! My favorite bento is the Pink Hearts Bento, adorable!!

  • Elaine

    Your Somen Bird’s Nest Bento (432) was really adorable! Too cute to eat!!

  • Elena

    I’m 18 and SOLELY because of reading your blog, I have been so inspired and slowly started to learn to cook and began to bento. From a girl who didn’t even know how to cook rice (!!), I am now able to cook easy recipes and am learning more – to the amazement of my mother. So thank you Pikko, as your site and your wonderful bentos have gotten me off my lazy bum and into the kitchen. I hope that in the future it would be me making my children and myself crazily inventive bentos to bring to school and work 8D

    My favourite bento would have to be anything that you do with seaweed cutouts. I am astounded by the patience you have, especially when cutting them out and putting them together. ‘I put the Ben in Bento’, ‘The Kwons’.. etc. All are mindblowing.

    Lots of love, Elena.

  • Howzit! I am an avid lurker of your blog. Being from Hawaii (Kona), everything you make is just so ono looking! I can’t choose any one bento cause they all look good…..my only problem? I’d have to eat about 2 or maybe 3 of them to fill me up (hehehe!). Oh wait…I remember specifically one awesome entry – your Halloween pumpkin! That was killers. My son was so amazed and said, “why can’t you make me one like that!”. Uh……
    Keep up the great eye candy! I shall continue lurking away….

  • Jenny

    My favorite bento was the Pink Domo bento that you made. The bright pink rice was so cheerful and even though Domokun was showing teeth, it made me smile. Please keep up the great work! I enjoy the posts you make along with the bento hoodlums. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carla

    I just love Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento (432) its gorgeous! I hope I win, I donยดt have any Bentogear at all. It would be great to start with it!

    Best wishes Carla

  • Nina D

    I must say, my favorite bento is your Kerropi one! It looks simple to make and he’s one of my favorite characters <3

    http://www.aibento.net/2010/02/18/keroppi-bento-454/

  • Nina D

    Oops. *keroppi….

    how did i manage to spell that wrong?!

  • Justine

    I love so many of your bentos, but my favorite by far has to be your 100th bento. I’m a sucker for ocean scenes AND sushi. Plus the starfish and squid are the cutest things ever.

  • Kirstin

    Miss Domo! It was so cute!

  • Heather R

    I like your soot sprite one, I looove those cute lil dust balls. ^.^ I think it was #99, but it doesn’t say.

    I have a joke! Only this one HAD to drawn up, so here it is if you dare to look.
    http://pixelated-beauty.deviantart.com/art/Bento-Boxing-160697686

  • Amy P

    I really liked the Butterfly Pasta Bento (428).

  • Sarrow

    I really loved your Noah’s Ark bento. Lots of cute little animals in a giant box. I prefer simpler ones for eveyday because I’m always in a hurry, but every now and then the cuteness shows up, even in my husband’s lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrea

    Congrats on the milestone! I am a new bento maker and I think I am hooked already ๐Ÿ™‚ I love lots of your bentos, but especially love the girls’ day one:

    http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/03/happy-girls-day/

  • Jeannine

    I like 451, the bon jovi bento you made with the pretty red roses. A lot of the bentos you do are wonderful, intricate, and detailed, but because of that they can be a bit intimidating to my tuna sandwich cut into squares with a little tub of fruit salad lunch talents. lol Those roses are beautiful, and they look like something even I can learn to do.

  • vanny

    I like ‘goldilocks and the three bears bento’ #330, so colorfull

    I am new reader but really love your site..it’s so inspiring..tnx for share your idea and video how to make a nice bento..success for you..

  • I like the Butterfly Pasta Bento (428) so much!

  • It’s hard to pick one favorite! I love your Girl’s day bentos because they’re always cute and so pink ๐Ÿ˜€ So I’ll have to pick #460, the Sakura Hello Kitty bento ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats on the 1 million hits!

  • Amber

    Hmm favorite bento… that’s tough since there have been lots that are squee worthy, but I think one of my favorites is the Not Penny’s Boat one you did for Lost. I love love Charlie and was ultra sad when he died (I think I was in denial about it for many episodes, thinking he would just pop back on the screen) so his last act of warning Desmond was amazing. I also love the Drive Shaft ring that you created, the ring was pretty awesome and for you to recreate it with a carrot is amazing!

    So there you go, pretty much love all of you Lost bentos but I could only pick one XD

  • Nicole Paredes

    My Fave of alll the bento you have made is SAKURA HELLO KITTY BENTO!!
    When I had seen you make a hello kitty bento the little girl inside eeep! to satisfaction I was inspired to start trying out bento and of course it did not come out as great as yours but of course I had so much fun working on it. Thanks for your inspiration and keep on doing what you do.I loveeee it! Congratulations on your 1million hits!

  • Ms. T

    Thanks for all of the inspiration.

    I liked the UFC “good luck BJ” bento best. He needed one last Saturday!

  • Congratulations on reaching 1 million! That’s super crazy!
    My favorite bento you’ve ever done is 343 (Fiori Pasta and Bunny Garlic Bread) because it was the bento that really made me think any kind of cuisine from any part of the world could go into a bento and look great!
    xoxo

  • Jen

    congrats on the 1 million hits! yay!
    ive only just recently found your website, but i really like looking through your LOST bentos. My favorite from that collection is the hatch! so awesome! brings me back…..yes. brings me back….

  • Lina

    Congratulations on your milestone.

    I like your 323 Leftover Chinese Bento. I susually have a bunch of leftover and sometimes those get thrown out. It’s nice to see you can rearrage them in a bento box ans with a little creativity, bento accesories and fresh fruits, it turns ito a nice lunch bento.

    thank you for your inspiration.

  • Shannon

    It seems like an easy way out, but I like your 300th bento with the Noah’s animal pairs. Very cute and creative!

  • Molly

    Pick just one favorite?! That’s crazy talk. But I have a lot of love for the Lost hatch bento. Simple, elegant and creative.

  • Paulina

    I love Noah’s Bento (300) because it is so cute, with all the pairs of animals. I don’t know how you manage to make such awesome things from rice, I’m lucky to just get it too cook properly! All your bentos are awesome though, and make me want to eat better, and pack a good lunch (although I still take the easy way out and buy food at school way too often).

  • Ava C.

    Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460)

    One of the first bento I ever saw while searching for ‘Hello Kitty Sakura’.
    It looked so perfect it was hard to believe it was completely edible!
    I’ve been following ever since :3

  • Ally T.

    I absolutely love your “Noah’s Bento, Upper Deck” (#300) Bento. The detail on each onigiri is amazing and they are all so cute. I love that Domokun has snuck aboard too :D. The whole bento looks goregous and delicious!

  • Hi Pikko, I can’t decide which of your awesome bentos is my favorite but I can tell you what attracted me to your blog. This post WAY back in August 2009…”Yesterday I confirmed that I am officially a bento failure with my daughter.”

    I was simply flabbergasted to how any daughter or person would pass up a super cool-cute-kawaii-yummy bento. I didn’t understand at all. So I kept reading and “got to know you”. Your posts are as entertaining as your bentos are cute. I just love it all. Here’s to the next 1 million hits, and the next, and the next…

    Congratulations!

  • Tania V

    My all time favorite has to be bento 300…noah’s bento,

    Its just amazing and truly shows your dedication and love towards making all the cute animals, It made me squeal, it makes me smile and to be honest i saved it on to my comp and showed it here and there to friends & coworkers how cute your bento skills are. It is amazing the things you can do.

    Domo is super cool in there, haha! Also congrats on your milestone ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Morgana Ross

    I love all your bentos— but I have to admit, the tamagoyaki chicks bento quickly stole my heart and made me actually try eggs for the first time ever! I’m a convert!

  • My favourite was bento 409, the Dracula one specifically. Nothing like a little creepy with the cute!
    http://www.aibento.net/2009/10/30/happy-witch-and-dracula-bentos-409/

  • I’d have to say my favourite is #306, the Moogle Bento.
    The Final Fantasy fangirl in me loves it. It reminds me of Stiltzkin. It’s just so cute. ;~;

    Your blog has actually helped inspire me to make my own bento boxes. :3
    I’m aspiring to be as good as you, some day! <3
    Thanks for all the inspiration! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • owen

    bento 335 is my favourite bento because it’s so cute and my favourite meat is pork! I just love the faces on the rice.

  • Sharon Nunes

    Noah’s Bento (#300) Was DEFNITELY one of my favorite bentos that you’ve made! Every pair of animals was so cute and the entire thing came together like one, big, intricate Bento-Spectacular! Your blog definitely keeps my mind fresh with different things to try whenever I attempt to make my own bentos! I’ve saved so much money this year by not buying food at UH where it can be disgustingly expensive, especially for a poor student like me. Thank you for the amazing pictures you put up as well as for blogging so often! Please don’t ever stop!

  • Ashalee

    My fave is Hello Kitty. Being new to the whole Bento making and having boys this was my fave. Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Torin

    Lately all the bentos with quail eggs have made me squeal, but I remember #271 captured my heart the most. Mainly because I was in awed of the pink rice (I think it was my first time seeing it…) and how cute/simple it was formed *squeals*. I remembered setting it as my desktop for longest time telling myself to make it one day. Sad to say I have yet to make it for I’m still a cooking noob. I have plans on making better bento when my food become decent and one day, I will nomnomnom those little piggies! >w<

    Lame joke: What do you call a bento after an earthquake?
    A "shake" bento (้ฎญๅผๅฝ“)

  • Vanessa

    I think my favorite has to be the Easter Somen Salad Bento. It’s very recent and and I don’t even care for Easter but this little bird’s nest was so cute with the Easter quail eggs. I think I also liked it so much especially since you posted a how to video along with it! You made bento packing look so easy! That’s one thing that I’m working on with my own bento. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vanessa

    I should say that I don’t care for Easter as much as other holidays! ๐Ÿ™ not that I don’t like it at all. *sigh

  • neidyn

    OMG i luvd your dracula bento for halloween it was the cutest!
    i was thinking about a joke … but couldnt :S sorry
    i actually dont know if u r acepting international readers too
    but …. if i win something i wouldnt care if i pay the shippment!
    luv bentos! theres nothing like that here and i mean noothing lol
    greetings from mexico btw! luv your work!
    best wishes!!!

  • My favorite bento is the Easter Somen Salad Bento! I loved the three tiny Easter eggs and how well-balanced all the bright colors were. I especially love the pink bunny on the yellow egg!

  • Viola Lo

    Does it count if I love them all??? Actually I found your site looking for a way to make spam musubi’s for my boyfriend, who recently passed away and was really good about my newfound bento obsession before he was gone ๐Ÿ™‚ I truely LOVED the Twilight Book bento you did (Go Team Edward!!). One of my favorites of all time! Thanks for all your posts and inspiring better bento-ing!

  • Amy

    I made my first onigiri after seeing 196. Though this one’s my favorite as it’s the one that got me hooked on Adventures in Bentomaking!

  • Bree

    My favorite is # 300 (Noah’s ark). I loved all the animals especially the domokuns.

  • Mombento

    My bento joke:
    Why do I want my bento boxes to have see-through lids? So I can see whether I’m going to work or going home.

    My favourite bento from you is the different nationality girls bento you made for girls day this year. It’s so cute!

  • This is gonna sound lame, but I love the onigiri party bentos you do, whether they are just charaben-type smilies or the star ones… whatever. Too cute.

  • Dawn

    My all time favorite is Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento (432). It took me a bit to find it again but I just love that one!

  • Jessica A

    My favorite one would be “Easter Somen Salad Bento”, simply is because I really want to eat your cute blue Easter egg! X3 I have never celebrated Easter day, and I wish I could make cute Easter egg like you did!

  • Rebecca

    I think my favorite bento would have to be The Ghosts of Quail Egg Past (number 401 or something. The post doesn’t actually have a number.). I really like the spring time flowers and everything, but when I have to get down to the nitty gritty, I have to admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I remembered those awesome bentos you did. It was a hard choice between the ghosts and the vampire from 409, but the ghosts win. I LOVE how you did the eggs and the tombstones, shear genius!

  • Niki R

    One of my favorite bentos (there are so many!) is your Miss Domo bento because she is both feminine and awesome! Plus, I love the pictures of the hoodlums! Also, here’s a bento joke that will (hopefully) make you laugh:

    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Wasabi
    Wasabi who?
    Wasabi you waiting for, let’s eat!

  • JB

    I loved the 300th bento – Noah’s Ark. The two Domo made me laugh plus all the animals were so cute, and I know you worked hard on it.

  • Jessika

    Locke Spaghetti (Lost Bento 8). Hands down. His expression is PRICELESS. (Doesn’t hurt that spaghetti is one of my favorite things to eat!)

  • emilio

    Goodbye, My Baby (Lost Bento 6)

    Brought a tear to my eye.

  • Annie T.

    Breakfast Bento (311), mmmm breakfast.

    i tried making a bento joke but typing them out was cringe worthy :p

  • Tina Pho

    I have to say 460 Sakura Hello Kitty Bento was the best!! Oh my god, I absolutely love Hello Kitty. Your bento of Hello Kitty looked exactly the same as Hello Kitty! You’re very talented.

    There are so many that are my favorite, but I had to choose 460. I also like the multiple characters bento one with Domo etc. D:

  • Alice

    There are so many good ones!
    But I really like the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460)! It looks so cute and happy! Awesome Job!

  • Hi! They are all amazing. One of my faves is the breakfast bento (311). The pancakes are cute and look very yummy with the raspberries! I love the Little Red Riding Hood bento box ^____^

  • Deena

    My favorite is Bento #111, Oyako Donburi.
    I’d never made it before, but your recipe (attributed to your mom) looked great and I gave it a try – now it’s our family’s favorite! It is so easy to make, and always turns out perfectly.
    http://www.aibento.net/2007/09/14/oyako-donburi-bento-111/

    Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Congratulations on reaching One Million Hits ๐Ÿ™‚
    Say ‘hi’ to the Bento Hoodlums for us!

  • Tiffany

    Congratulations on reaching one million readers! ^^ Your creativity is an inspiration to us all.
    It was a tough choice, but I think visually, Noah’s Ark is my favourite. That aside, I do love a lot of your other posts too. I hope you might do more video capture in the future!

  • Fran

    I love going to your blog and reading your funny commentaries as well as seeing the fun lunches you pack. I’d have to say 460, Hello kity bento is definitely my favorite!!!

  • SF

    What a fantastic (and generous) giveaway! I’d have to say that my favorite is the Pink Hearts bento (445). The onigiri is so adorable and your grandma’s eggplant looks delicious — and inspiring! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Chiyo

    Congrats on the 1,000,000 hits!

    I love all of your bentos! To pick one is so hard! I love all of your Lost themed bentos (I’m a major Lost addict) and I’m amazed by the intricacy of every bento you do!
    My favorite would have to be your Easter Somen Salad Bento- the idea to make the nest out of the somen was so brilliant! The eggs are adorable and the entire bento is so greatly assembled!

    I also have a pun, but it works better in an image- I’ll explain it verbally ๐Ÿ˜›
    There is a dollop of wasabi with a crooked baseball hat talking to a maki roll and he says: “waz up b?”

  • Rei

    #300!! With the Domo-Kun stowaways!

    I’ll throw in a joke too, :

    Why is a Bento called a Bento? Because you have to Bent-over backwards to make one!

  • Liz

    hey
    congrats for 1 million clicks
    I have been reading your blog for quite a while now and i love the inspiration you provide
    my favourite bento is the sheep bento because it was really cute and actually simple enough for me to recreate ^^
    keep up your awesome work

  • How generous! I must confess, seeing all of that swag in one place made me almost drool, hehe.
    I love all of your LOST bentos. I can tell you like the show! Every single one of those bentos is beautifully presented and looks like a lot of love and labour went into it.
    But my favourite of all of these is the “I Put the Ben in Bento”- everything from the awesome Dharma flag and the plane onigiri (I sigh in envy), to the intricate nori cutouts and the comic bubble (yes, I know that isn’t real >.<) I also like the fact you've included a step-by-step tutorial…. Too many bento makers are precious about their 'secrets' or methods.

    I shall also throw in a (Very) Bad joke;
    Q. Have you heard about the new dish that all the lawyers in Japan are putting in their bentos?
    A. It's called Sosumi.

    Bad, I know! XD

  • I have to go with the Easter Bunny Bento (I’m a sucker for bunnies :D) and the video really helped me because I don’t know anyone who makes bentos in my country so I’ve never seen any techniques to make faces and so on. I really am a “watch and do” person rather than read and do ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, the decorations you put around each bento are adorable! They enhance the beauty of bentos.

    This isn’t really a joke but more of a did you know. In my country the name Bento is a common name for men (with it’s majority on priests) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • wanderingwidget

    The Untimely demise of Charaben… Not only was the bento super cute, but the text of your post definitely echoed thoughts I’ve had regarding the subject ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Lauren

    I love the two steak bento. I love how simple it is.

    and now for my bad joke!

    Why didn’t the mime like bentos?

    He didn’t like feeling boxed in.

  • Jen

    I don’t watch Lost but after seeing your bentos, I’ll definitely check it out after my finals. They are truly a work of art. Actually, all of your bentos are! They inspire me to turn food into art! I recently got into bento making and it’s great to spark up my creative side again!

    As for my favourite bento by you (oh gee this is hard…I check up your blog almost everyday so I’ve grown to like a lot of them.), it would probably be the Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento. I love the colour and I love how you made the somen salad look like a bird’s next. It’s very beautiful and I’m going to try it out one day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus it was one of the first ones I saw on your site.

    Keep up the great work! It’s very inspirational and you make food fun to eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers!
    Jen

  • Saule

    Loved the two steak bento – this was one that the picky one would actually eat, as there is nothing cute about it, it looks like real food, but I can still keep it within his protein restrictions.

  • Colleen

    I only started reading recently, but I love the Flowery Onigiri bento! It is beautiful.

  • Liz

    I like your bento #427 ( I looked it up again to find the number). It’s the one with smoked turkey wraps with little cheese whales on them. I’m not a big fan of leftover turkey because it’s kind of boring – and whale shaped cheese definitely takes the boring out of the turkey roll-up.

  • i am a fan of your site and have not missed a single post since i found it. love it, keep up the good work..

    i am also a fan of hello kitty, so for this obvious reason, i love
    http://www.aibento.net/2010/02/25/sakura-hello-kitty-bento-460/.

    have a great weekend ahead!

  • Rosie

    Congratulations on reaching one million hits! What an achievement! ๐Ÿ˜€ This is an amazingly generous thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    Whilst I’m only a relatively new reader of your blog, I think this might be my favourite one so far:

    http://www.aibento.net/2010/01/13/m-i-p-mochi/

    The bento is extremely colourful and nicely made, and the story to why you made the bento is really beautiful, although very sad! I think making a bento to remember your cat was incredibly sweet and positive ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best wishes,

    Rosie

  • Congratulation for your 1 million hits, it’s awesome. First of all I like Hello Kitty Bento (#234) most.
    About the bento joke, in Indonesia, there is a song called ‘Bento’ that popularized by Indonesian famous singer and song writer. He often wrote about satire song criticized government officers. Here it goes :
    My name is Bento
    My house is in real estate
    I have lots of cars and treasures
    People calls me executive
    I ‘m good looking and have lots of mistress
    My business legalized everything
    Bribe and corruption is my skill
    Preach about justice is my breakfast
    Most important is I’m having fun
    Go to hell if people suffer coz of me
    Who wants to learn just come to me
    And call my name thrice…BENTO!! BENTO!! BENTO!!
    This song was really a hit then so if you asked what is bento in Indonesia, most people will refer to the figure in this song..L0L

  • snowdrop

    I’ve been following you for a while and often use your bentos to inspire my kids lunches. I love Easter, just like Baby Girl I wish it could be every day. My favorite bento for now, it changes so often, is Easter Somen Salad Bento. It looks so cute and fresh and spring like.
    Keep up the good work.

  • tami

    Hi there,
    I came across your blog from looking at Bento making books at the Amazon website. I am very fascinated with bento and how to make them. I am not a very good cook but i will definitely try to make these cute bento boxes. I’ve been to Japan for a short holiday and i LOVE japanese food and these bento boxes that i have come to love.

    I am new to your site but i will be following it from now on. My favourite bento box is the Charaben for Breakfast. The sun and pig you made out of quail eggs are sooooooo cute! I didnt know you could be so creative with food! Thank you for opening my eyes to a whole different genre of food.

  • Timeeka

    I’ve been following you for a long time, but this is probably my first comment. Of all the bentos you’ve made, I would have to say that I’ve enjoyed the hello kitty themed ones the best. I love hello kitty, so seeing cute and tasty representations of her make my heart sing.

  • Chrissie

    Ever since I found this site, I followed it and I simply love all of your bentos.
    But there are two, that I liked the most:

    #100 Sealife Bento
    #300 Noah’s Bento

    Those two were amazing!

  • Amber S

    I would be doing my Irish ancestors a disservice if I didn’t declare that the Shamrock Bento is my favorite: http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/17/shamrock-bento/

    I like this one because it seems completely do-able! Even though it’s precious and obviously themed, I feel like this is a pretty, cute bento that I could do. (I’m a college student with little time and even fewer resources to buy useful tools, like nori punches and onigiri molds.) I also like the creativity of using heart shapes to make the shamrocks.

  • Holly K.

    Charlie brown bento!!! I love Peanuts and I thought that the job on Charlie’s face was AWESOME. thank you so much for sharing your wonderful bento!

  • Amanda P.

    Super difficult to choose just one favorite, so I’ll pick a recent-ish one that made me giggle – your Miss Domo bento! I need to try it myself, one of these days…and I’ll make it for hubby. Hah!

    Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Noahs’ Ark bento is my favourite one, just as you made so many different things to go in it! I love all your bentos though and aspire one day to be half as good as you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good luck with the comp!

  • Your Easter Somen Salad Bento was the cuuuuutest bento. I love the bright colors of the eggs and the yummy noodle nest. :9

    Do you know what happens when two bento-makers get in a fight? They box!

    ๐Ÿ˜

    Anyway… keep up the lovely work!

  • i’m new to bentos but i love them.(actually i’ve loved them with knowing what they were called and my girls loved them also from watching sailor moon and totoro)
    I saw your Mr Cluck bento box and I love it. Actually I love all things Lost and I’m loving looking through your site. (i’m going to subscribe to you on my bloglines so i don’t miss anything)
    it’s so hard to just pick one. soo i’ll go with the Dharma Initiative logo bento! followed closely with the oceanic airlines bento! But I think my daughters would like the happy girls one.

    ok so a joke?
    Knock Knock
    Who’s there?
    Interrupting bento
    Interrupting bento wh….
    MMMMMMMMMMMM

    ok so not that funny. LOL

  • Beatriz

    I have three little daughters and we all love your happy girl’s day bento. Got some ideas to adapt it for them. Thanks

  • Angelene

    I love LOVE the onigiri party bento(#193) MOST MOST MOST!
    (p/s: ur other bentoS are AWESOME..dun get me wrong k)

    The reason i LOVE #193 is because..
    the simple onigiri balls…not only make the people around goes ‘whoaaa…’
    they surely put a BIGBIG smile on their faces when they see them.
    that’s the joy of making bento..to me:)
    Pretty decorated bento makes people smile..and that’s the greatest satisfaction you get when all the hard work you put in preparing the bento:))

    Thankyou for posting all those pretty bentos up! They never fail to make me so happy just looking at them, and it’s indeed inspirational! :)) u’re AWESOME!

  • Ok so my favorite bento is kind of hard to choose since you have so many cute, creative choices. I guess I’ll go with the Charlie Brown bento since I’ve always been a big Peanuts fan.

    I also have to say I LOVE your domo postings. Those guys are so cute and your entries about their antics are hilarious. Wasabi is my fav!

    Thanks for providing good bento info as well as some comic relief. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh my favorite Bentos (and I am a new reader) are ones that I looked up. The Hold the Bento for Zebras and the Noah’s Ark Upper Deck ones. They are adorable and I love your dedication to the beauty of your work! Masterpieces for sure!

  • Emily App

    I am pretty new to your blog, but so far of the bentos I have read through, I have to say your Breakfast Bento (311) is my favorite. I am really fond of breakfast for other meals so seeing how to make breakfast for a bento cute (not to mention proving its not too weird) and the great tip about making designs in pancakes.

    Bento supplies and cute-ness *drools* Thanks for all the ideas, and ‘real’ looks at bento boxes. As a college student I have to play it safe with what I buy and your discussion about the supplies and their worth is greatly helpful in making my buying decisions.

  • Joanna

    Hello there

    I have to agree, all your bentos are truly awe inspiring and inspirational to me but the really unique and special ones are all the Lost bentos. And out of these I have to choose the first one of your bentos I ever saw which is Ab Aeterno, Lost Bento #9. This is not necessarily because it’s my favourite ingredients or artwork but for three reasons, two of which are mega important to me:

    1) Because it was the first time I had ever seen such craftsmanship with crunchy seaweed. A-ma-zing!

    2) Because it enabled my best friend to understand my current bento obsession as we’re both huge Lost fans. I sent her the link to all the Lost bentos via Facebook and she was totally blown away and spent ages browsing your site and others! Not that she’s now a bento convert but at least she gets the gist of what I’m always droning on about ๐Ÿ™‚

    3) Because it gave me the idea to use letter picks and cutters in my daughter’s lunchboxes as she’s three years old and is really into learning her alphabet and trying to decipher simple words ๐Ÿ™‚ And now I can encourage learning with her food too!

    I also have two truly terrible bento-esque jokes for you:

    What is the only disadvantage of a bento lunchbox?
    That your food might have a face on with you
    (I appreciate that most of the readers probably won’t get this but “having a face on” means the same as what I believe is commonly known as “being p*ssed” at someone in the States…cute food with faces…face on…oh never mind!)

    And the other (hilarious) comment is…
    Are you going to call your 500th bento Hawaii 5-double 0? Arf arf…sorry…really awful I know. I think the old show Hawaii 5-0 was the first thing that enabled us to learn about your country all those years ago as kids!

    Congratulations anyway, at least I tried! It’s the thought that counts ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all the fun and inspiration.

  • ConRist

    I loved your breakfast bento!
    I’d never thought of putting pancakes in a bento box, or even having bento for breakfast lol
    It’s inspired me to try and make one of my own ^_^

  • Pants

    I wish I could think of a joke, but, uh… I’ve got nothing.

    My favourite bento would have to be the Bon Jovi one because it made me laugh because I knew what the song was right away. Plus it’s simple and pretty and in one of my favourite bento boxes.

  • kelsey

    i loved number 445 the pink hear bento

    i love pink and lovey dovey nonsense so yay!!!! keep up the amazing work with everything!!!!

  • Kelly

    One of my favorite bentos posted was a not very elaborate one, but one that I found to be super cute! It was the Pink Animal Invasion sandwich bento. One – I love egg salad and I also love grapes and two, those little faces were just too cute!!! I just have a thing for cute. It was sooooo hard to choose just one favorite bento, but this one stuck in my head so that’s why I chose it. I wish I was a little more clever to come up with a joke or pun though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Claudia

    My favourite is the Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento (432) – because it looks sooo cute and extremely yummy at the same time! =)

  • Das

    My favorite bento is a toss up, I am pretty sure though its the Ben in Bento (316) that was my favorite because it was the first face of lost i had seen you put into a bento.

    my second would have to be the BSG ship because it makes me remember when they were making new shows and i oh so miss it ๐Ÿ™

  • june

    my fav is your noah’s ark bento. it really is FANTASTIC! just thinking of all the details you put in makes me tired!

  • My boyfriend loves stupid puns, so I told him that he needed to come up with one for me. Yesterday he came into my office and handed me a piece of paper which had this drawn on it:

    http://bit.ly/bALZMy

    I’d forgotten about this, and was puzzled, until he explained “It’s a bent O box.” And then I had to hit him.

  • Bahahahahaha!

  • Luigi

    I found the Somen Bird’s Nest Bento especially fetching with its bright colors and hard-boiled egg bird idea. As much as I love rice (and eat it everyday), It’s always refreshing to showcase a bento that doesn’t feature rice as the fundamental ingredient. Congratulations on your 1 Million Milestone, Pikko–omedetou! Here’s to 1 million more!

  • Tasha

    Hi there!

    Before I tell you which one’s my favorite, I have to say that your bento boxes really inspired me to start packing my lunches and watching the portions. The first time I came upon your blog, I gasped out loud because I couldn’t believe how much work, thought, energy and care you were putting into these fantastic meals! It definitely made me stop complaining “oh I dont have time to pack a lunch” and just start making it a habit! Please keep it up – I cant get enough!!!

    Ok, now that I’ve gotten all that out of my system: Although I love all your holiday/themed bento boxes (lil bunnies? chicks? kitties? AWWWW!!!), my absolute favorite HAS to be the 300th bento box – Noah’s Bento. You made me smack my forehead with that one. It all looks so yummy but who could eat that??? I could never destroy it! I love all the detail and how they all have different expressions! Just AMAZING!

    I would love to win some of the awesome goodies you’ve gotten for this contest! *fingers crossed* Thank you! ^ – ^

  • “The Untimely Demise of Charaben” has to be my favorite bento from here. It’s cute and simple but what made me laugh was how you explained it. I love the idea of the food being surprised and horrified. Call me morbid but it made me laugh out loud.

    Congrats on a million hits! I love your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve just recently discovered your blog and i’m so excited to read as much as I can. My 3rd daughter, who wishes she was japanese, has been asking for bento lunches and i have no idea where to start. your blog will be a huge help and winning the goodies would help me get started.
    I love so many of your boxes but one of the standouts was the charlie brown bento. charlie brown is one of my pet names for my husband. i think it looked really great. i am also enjoying the stories you share about your children, it’s nice to hear another mom share her similar experiences in parenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Denise

    I really liked the onigiri bento platter of pink and blue sushi rice with different faces on each onigiri. Very cleaver and I’m sure all the kids loved it!

  • I love all your bentos, especially any with frog or pig shaped onigiri. They are just so cute! If I had to choose my favorite I would go with bento 446 because it is vegetarian but I also love 271.

  • Meghan

    I absolutely *love* your tamagoyaki chicks bento. Seriously, it made me squee. It also inspired me to get more creative with my bentos. Until that point mine were “pretty” but never ever ever did I have any characters. I’ve started working hard to be more creative.

    So THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jo Fong

    Can’t go past The Untimely Demise of Charaben! Their expressions are priceless!

  • It was hard to pick my favorite but I’ll go with the Hello Kitty bento from back in June of 2008 because my family loves Hello Kitty sooo much. ๐Ÿ™‚ (The soot ball onigiri bento was my second favorite!)

    Congratulations on so many hits!

  • Sara

    Very hard to choose btw so many great bentos, but my favorite bento of yours has to be “I Put the Ben in Bento.” I started reading your blog because of your Lost bentos and it’s only fitting that one of them be my favorite. I love the details and that it’s about one of my fave Lost characters – Ben Linus! =)

  • Bridget

    I’m a big fan of your flower onigiri! (http://www.aibento.net/2010/04/07/flowery-onigiri-bento/)

    Love the site!

  • Hello!
    I think I like 482 the best! I have udon noodle love, you see, and I also have that Loaf, which I call Loaf whenever I bento box it. But I never thought of putting in any udon noodles just sammies on top and fruit on the bottom.
    Thanks!
    ps can’t wait to see what my icon will be for this comment! half the fun ;D

  • My favourite one is the pink version of Domokun. Pink food is always fun to eat but moreover, I always thought Domokun needed a girlfriend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LizRandom

    My favorite bento is the whale friends bento. It’s simple, cute, and the expressions on the whales are great!

  • WhitneyD

    It was tough to pick just one (especially since I’m a LOST fan), but I love your Easter Bunny bento! It was just too darn adorable!

  • Destiny/Jessica

    I loved the breakfast on you did with the omelet/pancakes/and ham! I guess it’s because I such a breakfast person (I-hop/Denny’s FTW!!)

    When I was watching TV and my nephew was eating spaghetti-o’s alongside me we had listen to his brother complaining how his homework was all “bent up” and the teacher wouldn’t like/take it (I’m not sure if it was because his paper was all folded or it was 7 year old “slang” for a messed up paper…) when having his spaghetti-o’s he will only try to eat the perfect circle ones .So when this dish obviously wasn’t to his perfection he complained that he didn’t like “bent -o’s”

    Even though I wasn’t making a bento then it received a “hah” moment from me ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Bridget

    The first bento that got me watching your blog was the Lost Tshirt, but I think my favorite is the Noah’s Ark bento you did. I adore the little Domokun pair you put in.
    And now for a bad bento joke:
    How many bento makers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    Just one, but she has to wake up at 4am to find fresh bulbs, cut out a cute lampshade, and make sure the colours are balanced before she can turn it on at noon.

  • I really really liked your Noah’s Arc (300) bento 8D. It is one of the bentos that inspired me to start making my own bentos. I never knew food could be so adorable! All the different animals you made taught me different techniques for bento making and I learned a lot from them.
    Sorry, I can’t think of a good joke D:

  • gina

    Just love what you’ve done to bentos. As a child my mother always made by bento look pretty. I often asked her why she did this her answer was it is always important for it to look as good as it taste. Love what you’ve done w/ the colored onigiri for parties. I will try this next time. Really enjoy looking at your bentos, simply wonderful. Keep the creative juicy going.

  • My favourite that you did was the “Untimely demise of the Charaben” – a snapshot of fear and happy oblivion caught in their facial expressions! Superb!

    What’s bright and colourful and travels at 125 mph? A train driver’s bento lunch.

  • Susan D.

    The Noah’s Ark bento…hands down! Love that bento!

  • Myshappy

    Picking just one would be too difficult. I’m terrible at picking favorites.

    But since I’m even worse at jokes, let alone bento jokes…..

    My favorite is the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento. I love just how adorable the whole thing is. It all works so well together. And the flowers are just so cute, and I can’t help but want to eat it right now. Just thinking about it is making me hungry. But overall I think that it’s a really cute and well done take on such in iconic character. : )

    Joke…I suppose.

    Why did the bento cross the road?
    Because I’m starving.

  • Lisa

    I’m relatively new to bento, having just started at the beginning of the year. I’ve been looking here for inspiration for a while, and I’ve been continually impressed by your bento skills (and the time and effort you put into them!) I enjoy them all, but I’ve been fascinated by your LOST bentos. If I had to pick just one of them, I think I’d say the Ajira Airways bento was my favorite, but it’s really a difficult decision!

  • Martyna W.

    I have to admit I’m new to your blog, I started to look into this a couple of days ago. This is due to a friend who started making bentos and while she keeps it very simple for now, she rose a renewed interest in cooking in me – especially since I have very short or no breaks at university and by the time I could go grab some food either there is no more choice or the shops are closed already.
    So seeing this competition I went back through your blog until May 2007 before stopping.
    The Onigiri Treats really want to make me make them. That just looks deliciously sweet! And the lollipops!

    My top some… (so I can sort out the best. ;))
    I liked the Bon Jovi “Bed of Roses” one a lot, it was simple and looks fresh… I like the bentos where you included a lot of vegetables or fruits.
    Chicken Lettuce Wraps – It looks fresh, beautiful colors and thus yumm! (But there’s crab in it, isn’t therer? I’m not sure I like crab…)
    Noahโ€™s Bento, Upper Deck – Cuteness overload and kitten sticking out her tongue. Lots of onigiri which I miss since coming back from Japan!
    Zoobento – I like the laughing onigiri and the sleepy crabs!
    Hold the bento for the Zebras! – very cute and shiny fruits! Yumm-looking!
    Chicken & Onigiri – fruits and chicken, nice combination.

    I just don’t know how to choose, I really liked the Lettuce Wraps… but Noah’s bento is so cute, too! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ As Noah’s seems to be pretty popular, I’ll go with the Wraps.

  • Hey! My favorite bento is definitively the “Miss Octopus Bento” (nยฐ 344) because, to me, it seems pretty simple but still looks very nice and fresh. I love how the fruits and veggies are put together, and Miss Octopus is sooo cute! Plus it is really balanced on a nutritional point of view!

  • Kimi

    It’s hard to choose the best bento as they are all so cute, but I especially like it when you make the pink rice and the twilight book cover – so unique. Congratulations on your $1 million hit and your book!

  • Greer

    ok, so I actually have a very large selection of my favorite bento you have made, but my FAVORITE favorite bento would have to be “The Untimely Demise of Charaben” bento because, not only is it cute and amazing and all that wonderful jazz, but the writing that accompanied it was also particularly witty and amusing and frankly, like the best kind of humour. Here goes my bento joke (it’s a work in progress, bear with me): A man goes to a Japanese restaurant and orders lunch to go. He waits for six and a half hours before his order is ready. What did the man order?
    a LENTO box!!!
    p.s. wow, a million hits! that’s a lot. Congratulations, keep up the good work!

  • For nostalgic reasons, my favorite was the keroppi bento – he was soooo cute!

  • Kelly :3

    Here’s a bento pun!

    Group of friends: Hey, wanna go to lunch with us?
    Guy: I already ben-to lunch!

    ()_()
    (>w<)
    (")(")o

  • leslie

    Okay… got one.. my son made it up..

    What did the rice say to the Bento?

    answer: Sea-weed you later!

  • Jill

    I’m pretty new here, having only really started reading Bento blogs since the beginning of the year (and got linked here through LJ) I’ve also never actually made any bentos of my own, I will likely start as I am very inspired by yourself & many others on LJ ๐Ÿ™‚
    While it’s not the fanciest bento you’ve done, I think one of my favourites is the Princess & the Edamame, mainly for the fact that it is a bit simpler for those of us who are thinking of starting to make bentos but don’t have the creativity. I tend to look at some of the bentos that are made, and while I think they look awesome, I also think that I could never do that – whereas the Princess & the Edamame one, I could probably do ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congrats on the 1 million hits, I look forward to seeing more! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    Jill

  • Dixie

    My favorite of your bentos is the Mango Wazowski Bento. ๐Ÿ™‚ This was the bento that brought me to your blog! I remember laughing when I read how you applied the sesame seed teeth with tweezers… That’s dedication!

  • Kirsten

    1stly congrats on your 1m hit milestone!!

    Picking one out of the many bentos you have made is a difficult task as they are all lovely.

    So i’ll pick the one that ‘blew me away’ – your LOST bento for Sawyer. The egg shirt was done perfectly and i’m sure it too ages to put the nori together with some fine scissors work. Look forward to all your LOST bentos.

  • Kathy

    Let’s see… I think I really liked the bento that had a teriyaki burger on one side and then two smiley flowers (made with egg whites, spread out thinly on the pan) that had a carrot face with (probably) nori features. At least I think that is my favorite.

  • zooma8

    I had a hard time deciding but to send my comment i stopped reviewing and just decided to pick easter somen bento. Thanks for making me laugh a lot.

  • Seismic

    Sorry for commenting so late, I’ve been …boxed up. …*cricket*

    At any rate, I’m a huge fan of any of your bentos with cute animals. A more recent one would be 466, your frog one. Very cute. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lady B

    I /LOVED/ the Red White and Blue musubi you made. So creative~ (Though I really loled at the “Mini Sirloin Bergers” one.)

  • Antoinette

    Hi!

    I’ve been checking your website for a few weeks now and I absolutely love bentos. I’m from the Netherlands and ordered a Bento box a few weeks back and have been making my own sushi and stuff like that eversince.
    I like the bento’s with little animals most, but for my absolute favorite i’m gonna go for the http://www.aibento.net/2010/01/21/tulip-trio-bento-435/ tulip trio bento, because I am a Dutchie and tulips and the Netherlands go together so well!

    bye!
    Antoinette

  • Mayo

    I really liked your Noah’s Ark bento; as well as the twilight book musubi you just completed. It was amazing even though I’m not a huge Twilight fan.

  • Bonnie

    Wow, hard to pick a favorite. I did love the Miss Domo Bento, super cute. Thanks for the great ideas!!

    -Bonnie

  • Gabriella

    The Noah’s Ark bento is so kawaii!
    With all the different animals, I just couldn’t stop looking at it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • torque

    I LOVE your Sheep Bento, it’s supercute and i love everything of it. Especially the combination of strawberrys and oranges. Fruits are lovely.

  • Hi there, I really love this blog, I read it all the time. I’m totally fascinated with bentos, with the combination of yummy foods and cute presentation how could I not be? I’m not much of a cook but since reading this blog I have been inspired to get creative in the kitchen, much to my boyfriend’s embarrassment (well what guy would want cute shaped rice?). However, as I live in the UK it’s really hard for me to obtain bento-gear, so winning a competion like this would open whole new culinary doors for me!
    Anyway, your bentos: I love almost anything with charaben! My favourite though is the Noahs Ark Bento. I love this one beacuse it’s choc-a-bloc with kawaii! Everytime I look at I see a little cheeky wink or sweet smile I didn’t see before. Also I love to read about the adventures of the bento hoodlums! They always make me smile ^_^
    Anyway, thank you for reading, I’m crossing my fingers!
    Fiona xx

  • Anneliese

    I just stumbled onto this website a few hours ago, and I’ve got to say, you are amazing. And you have the patience of a saint, escpecially with your Noah’s Ark animals bento. Hot damn that was great, even though I kinda (guiltily!) wanted to eat your funky tasting chicks.
    And even though I stopped watching LOST after the first three seasons, your LOST bentos are the reason why I’m on your website right now.
    It is currently 11:04 p.m. and I have an exam questions to finish for practice but I’m stuck on your website, goodness this is just pure brilliance.

    Sausage: I thought you were trying to get into shape?
    Onigiri: I am. The shape I’ve selected is a triangle.

    LOL. Okay, not that funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Pikko! (Try #4…none of my other comments have shown up!:-(

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway….since Hub and I moved to the mainland 2 years ago, I’ve had to special-order all my bento stuff from my Japanese relatives – what a pain!! (no marukai market around here ๐Ÿ™ ) I loved the Ghosts of Quail Egg Past bento (http://www.aibento.net/2009/10/22/the-ghosts-of-quail-egg-past/) you made for Halloween back in ’09…it inspired me to make a similar one for my son this year, which he loved! (I shaved down regular eggs for the ghosts, and the tombstones out of sliced tamagoyaki with a layer of nori on top!) Anyway, a little bento song I composed (sing to the tune of “A Horse With No Name” by America):

    I’ve bento the morning with a tummy in pain
    Learning at school is so lame
    I’m hungry and feeling my energy drained
    Cause there’s a yummy bento calling my name
    La la la la la la la…

    Etc.

    Hope you like!
    xoxoxo
    Carly

  • My favorite of your bentos, for so many reasons, is the bento in the “Farewell, Old Girl” post: the Battlestar Galactica bento. Why?
    1. Because–holy, you can make the Battlestar Galactica out of _rice_?? And it’s totally recognizable? That’s mad skillz right there–anyone can make a hot dog octopus, but the Battlestar?
    2. I love that the post is the “here’s how it all went horribly, horribly wrong” mega-epic that it is, because, well, welcome to life on the Battlestar Galactica, where everything that possibly can go wrong will, for everyone, almost all the time! Wonderfully meta, and a well-written blog entry!
    3. The details: bento proper seems to have broccoflower (or whatever that cauliflower/broccoli hybrid stuff is), which also seems perfectly themed for a late-run Battlestar bento (hybrids!), the box is a Battlestar-approved octagon, and there are, of course, some sort of asteriod-like configurations in the upper left that the Galactica is having to dodge.
    4. It’s the perfect adult charaben–not that cartoons and stuff aren’t cute as the dickens, but you don’t get nearly enough adult awesome in the charaben world! (Ditto for all the lost bentos you do. Hooray for awesome adult bentos!)

  • leslie

    BTW: Forgot to mention… 1 MILLION HITS – – – WOW! What a huge mile marker… CONGRATS! I for one, am very glad you share your creativity with the rest of us poor “wanna be” great bento-ers. THANK YOU, PIKKO!

    Also, I do love the Soot Sprite Bento. I love anything Totoro. One of my all-time favorite movies!

  • Jennifer

    Wow…a million hits. That’s like…a lot of hits. LoL. ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†๏ผ

    I can only pick ONE bento? Really? I can’t pick just one. I like anything cute and pink basically. LoL. I really honestly cannot pick just one. I love them all. Even if there’s no way in this modern world I’d be able to replicate any of them because I’m just too lazy to get up before 6:30 in the morning.

  • maryg

    Can I just say “all the Lost bento” are my favorite? You seem to go all out for Lost…

  • Noreen

    My children adored the tamogyaki chicks recently. MY husband would eat #480 through the screen if he could. I think my personal favorite was Kerropi. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Bina

    I may be too late, but I love books, so I have to go with the Twilight book cover bento. I am not into Twilight, but you got me thinking which of my favorite books I could bento for a special occassion. Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog.

  • Marina

    My fave of all your bentos was part one of the Noah’s ark. I just love the tigers and lions.
    I am trying to loose weight and am trying to prepare lunch as often as possible. Your blog has showed me a fun way to make lunch a priority. I’ve bought a couple of egg molds at the local Asian Food Market. Now, to find some bentos that I can love and use the heck out of. BTW I love the bento you used in the Feb 9th Lost post.

  • Shaney

    I got one!

    How does a contortionist eat lunch?

    Bento-ver!

  • Miichan

    Definitely my favorite bento is the Chocobo bento you did in aught seven. its the bento that got me interested in this blog to begin with. I used to read a different blog years ago but when she stopped posting i stopped reading about bento because i couldnt find a blog that could hold my interest. yours definitely does and im constantly telling my boyfriend about it!!

    And my bad bento joke is:

    Why does Mr. Pikko look so grumpy?
    He parked in a red zone and his car has bento-ed!! (been towed)

  • Catherine A.

    Oooh, it’s so hard to pick just one favorite Bento. I love so many of them and am continually fascinated by your creativity. My daughter’s favorite is “Love in her eyes”.

  • Kim

    OMG I love the LOST bentos but my favorite is
    Locke Spaghetti โ€“ LOST Bento #8

  • So, Today I was surfing the web when i stumbled upon your blog spot. I completely freaked out when i saw your different bentos that you have created. I live in a really rural area and i don’t know anyone around here that’s interested in creating them but me. :D. So coming up with ideas sometimes can be kinda tricky. All i have is a bento box so far, but im saving up for some more supplies. I’ve been obsessed with LOST sense the first episode. So all of your LOST dedicated bentos have to be my favorites (Although i havent had a chance to browse all of them just yet). Anyway, I definitely am subscribing now and bookmarking you in my favorites And I’m so excited about your site!

  • Cristy N

    So, Today I was surfing the web when i stumbled upon your blog spot. I completely freaked out when i saw your different bentos that you have created. I live in a really rural area and i don’t know anyone around here that’s interested in creating them but me. :D. So coming up with ideas sometimes can be kinda tricky. All i have is a bento box so far, but im saving up for some more supplies. I’ve been obsessed with LOST sense the first episode. So all of your LOST dedicated bentos have to be my favorites (Although i havent had a chance to browse all of them just yet). Anyway, I definitely am subscribing now and bookmarking you in my favorites And I’m so excited about your site!

  • islandjane

    My fav is Noah’s bento, I love the cute little animals, but doesn’t hurt that my youngest son’s name is Noah : )

  • Lauren

    My favorite was the final fantasy xi bento you made with the mandragora. So cute!

  • Kristin

    I only recently found your web site and am so happy that you share your techniques and humor with us. It would be hard to pick a favorite bento. Instead, my favorite item you make are the flowers. They bring a smile to my face and I want to practice making them for lunches.

  • Jenny

    What a bentoful prize you have there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamara

    I loved #300, your ‘Noah’s Bento’. The pairs of animals are just so appealing, and I loved the Domo-kun! I really liked your attention to detail in this one, with each animal having its own characteristics – I think it really made this bento special.

  • Marlies Hofmans

    Okay, difficult! I like the noah ark bento very much, but I’m not going to vote for that one. I started making bento’s about a year ago and was looking for inspiring vegetarian bento ideas. I found this site and I love the “Soot Ball Onigiri Bento”. First of all I love Spirited away, but the Soot Ball Onigiri looks not too complicated and gave me the idea that I could do this myself. So because that’s the most inspiring to me, I vote for that one.

  • Laura

    I personally adore the Sakura Hello Kitty Bento (460) . It is just so cute and who doesn’t love hello kitty!

  • Michell

    The Noah’s bento was my favorite. Chou kawaii!!!

  • Personally, I think you did a good job with that Mike Wazowki… of Monster Inc. He is one of my son’s fav character and so fat I’ve yet to try making him coz I know it is a lot of hard work!
    Though its shape is one of the easiest one but the details are not unless I do it without his set of fabulous teeth! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Personally, I think you did a good job with that Mike Wazowki… of Monster Inc. He is one of my son’s fav character and so far I’ve yet to try making him coz I know it is a lot of hard work!
    Though its shape is one of the easiest one but the details are not unless I do it without his set of fabulous teeth! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Anna

    I love ALL the lost ones you do….i don’t think I can even pick just one, they’re so incredibly well done!

  • Emmanuelle Prรฉfontaine

    First of all, i want to say: a huge part of your bentos look incredible! Take the ones with hello kitty and animals for exemple. They’re just so cute! But i have to chose one.. So i’m gonna go with bento 317 (Meat Loaf); not because it looks cute but because it looks yummy. (LOL) I love meat loaf, and with ketchup it’s even better ๐Ÿ™‚ The asparagus look delicous and the fruits look really cute since they’re in flower shapes.All flavors fit together, also.
    Keep up the good work!
    Emmanuelle

  • Amy Wilson

    I LOVE the Happy Girlโ€™s Day!! bento from March 3, 2010. Definitely my favorite. Maybe it’s because I have 3 boys and am always jealous of all the cute things moms of girls can do. That one is just so cute and girlie!!!

  • With all the gorgeous bentos that leave your skilfull hands, it’s hard to pick just one : from cute to elegant, everyone could find something to his/her liking in your blog. My favourite would be the Easter Bunny bento you made last March : not only because of the colour scheme in your picture (I love purple!) but mainly because of the video tutorials you included, making me reconsider the whole “difficulty” of creation charaben. Congrats on the 1.000.000 hits and now up to the 2.000.000 hits ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So my favorite changes all the time, but right now it’s #271, the piggies! Their color and cute noses just make me smile ^_^

    Here’s my attempt at a joke (oh, this is so lame, but maybe it’s so lame it’s funny):

    “What do you call a spicy bento that’s just for me?”
    “Nachos bento”

    bwhaaaaahahahhahaha, I laugh at the lameness!

  • Cat

    I would have to say my favorite bento you have created is #405! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and you made the cutest, simple pumpkins that make me smile every time I see them!
    I am flabbergasted by your talent.

  • Anne

    Every time I make a bento with small animal looking things and/or heads of characters I like it makes me think of the Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin makes shrunken cartoon character heads out of clay. Not really a joke, but quite funny in relation to bento. http://www.marcellosendos.ch/comics/ch/1992/06/19920627.gif

  • Sarah

    I love and adore your LOST bentos. Honestly, I die of laughter every time I see one of their faces on food. It’s awesome. You rock.

  • sammi

    i liked Noah’s bento the best. XD

  • Oh my, it’s really hard to say what bento was the best, or the one I liked the most. But I think I liked your “Somen Birdโ€™s Nest Bento” the most. Inspired by it I made my own “Bird nest” but with bunnys sitting in ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Barbara

    As a beginner in bento making I’m always looking for inspiration and ideas for my own bentos. I love yours because you make them with your whole heart for your family! The one I like most is Miss Octupus #344 because even though it is made with little effort and without accesoires it looks SO cute! In addition it is healthy and colourful – a perfect bento! ^^

  • Keep up the good work โ€“ for sure i will check out more posts.

  • Kathy Hamann

    I like the flower Bentos. I like the Tulip Trio Bento 435. So pretty and easy to make..

  • Jessica

    I really loved the Christmas Party Bento! I just think part bentos are so awesome and it was wonderfully done!