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Yum-Yum Bento Box is written by Crystal "Pikko" Watanabe and Makiko "luckysundae" Ogawa. In September 2009, Maki and her family vacationed in Hawaii to do the photo shoot for Crystal's bento contributions to the book. Over the course of four days, Pikko and Maki worked long and hard to create over 30 bentos. Photography for Maki's bentos and tutorial photographs were done in Japan.

Crystal "Pikko" Watanabe

Pikko3 A 35 year-old wife and mother of two children, Crystal Watanabe is the author of the bento blog Adventures in Bentomaking and founder of the online bento newspaper, Bento Central. She is also the author of Fictional Food. Born and raised in the small town of Hilo, Hawaii, Crystal now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with her family where she makes lunches for herself and her husband. She has been making bento since 2007, when she combined the Weight Watchers Core eating plan with the small portions of bento to lose 22 pounds in 4 months. Known online as "Pikko" from the online MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, Crystal has adopted her gaming character's name outside of the fantasy world. She now dedicates her time and thought process to one important question: "What's for lunch?" Pikko is expecting her third child in July 2014. Follow Pikko on Twitter @pikko and find her on Facebook.

Makiko "luckysundae" Ogawa

Maki1 Born and raised in Japan, Maki is the mother of two boys and author of the blog Cute Obento. (You can also read her Japanese blog.)When her son, Kai, was three years old, he had a difficult time transitioning to kindergarten. To help him adjust to school, she began to make him cute and funny bento. Now that both of her sons are no longer in kindergarten, Maki continues to create her adorable bento for companies and bento classes. Her work has been seen in Japanese food commercials and in Christopher Salyer's bento books, Face Food:The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes and Face Food Recipes. Follow Maki on Facebook @luckysundaemaki.


  • January 18, 2011 6:41 amPosted 6 years ago
    Elsa Guézennec

    Hello !

    My name is Elsa Guézennec and I am a strategy consultant at Added Value Paris, a global innovation consultancy (

    I am writing because I am currently conducting a research project about Food and Cooking Trends in Japan as well as in three other countries across the globe. For the purpose of this project, I am setting up a temporary blogger community inviting influent bloggers to exchange their points of view about what is coming up in terms of food, ingredients, types of cuisine, cookware…
    We will gather 2 bloggers from France, 2 bloggers from Italy, 2 bloggers from Japan and 2 bloggers from China… this should boil down to an exciting and yummy recipe !

    This workstream aims at feeding us up in terms of how to innovate in the pots, pans and pressure cookers categories.

    I already know you first from your tweeter account and then your website and I was really struck by the relevance of your contents and style for my project !
    This is why I’d like to invite you to participate to this community. Here are the details :

    – It would kick start around Jan 31st and would last 3 weeks (until roughly Feb 20th)
    – We would ask you to respond to a series of tasks online, whenever you feel like it or can – basically, you can count on 4-5 hours per week across 3 weeks time. You would be asked to post via text, send weblinks, but also film yourself and post videos
    – There would be a moment of simultaneous forum chat where we would all get together and chat over a series of subjects (duration: 2hrs ; date to be defined)
    – A disclaimer will protect your anonymity – the community’s access will be protected and usage will be limited to our client’s strict private usage (more details available upon request)
    – You would be incentivized for this participation, (which will also be fun !!)

    Could you be so kind as to tell me whether you would be interested into this project ? We’d love to hear from you very soon.

    Thanks !

    Looking forward to touching base with you,
    Best regards

  • January 18, 2011 6:48 amPosted 6 years ago
    Elsa Guézennec

    OOOps I’m sooo sorry this is not a spam:)
    I’m trying to contact you and I thought that would send an email, but it actually left a public comment… don’t know how I can erase it…
    Anyway I managed to send you an email via your website!


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    July 4, 2011 10:10 pmPosted 5 years ago

    Stumbled upon your “Cute Bento” blog….amazing and so beautiful! You are an artist!

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    January 5, 2012 12:58 pmPosted 5 years ago

    you guys are a big infulence on my life thank you so much!!! I love your book keep doing what your doing (=

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    February 1, 2012 9:40 pmPosted 5 years ago

    I love your book and the creativity, I need to learn more. How can I contact you?Thanks.

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