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April 21, 2014 Posted by Pikko in Blog

Share Your Easter Bentos

Hello to our lovely bento friends! Easter has just passed and by now I'm sure your little ones are back in school this Monday with fond Easter egg hunting memories. My family had our Easter celebration on Saturday where we dyed eggs, held an egg hunt, and took turns picking up the gigantic bowl of Jello eggs I made. (over 100!) Easter-Bento This snack bento is one you will find in Yum-Yum Bento Box, but in the book you can only really see the cute little chick. We made three versions, one with a chick and two different bunnies. As you can see, it's filled with delicious fresh ingredients with some sweet little Jello beans for a little dessert. We want to hear and see what you did for Easter! Did you make lots of rabbit themed bento? Are lots of egg bentos on the menu for this week with all those hard-boiled eggs to consume?
March 17, 2011 Posted by Pikko in Blog

Bento4Japan Fundraising Effort

Bento4Japan The online bento community is banding together in a fundraising effort to help raise relief funds for Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami disaster. To find out how you can join in, visit the Bento4Japan website!

Yum-Yum Bento Box Lucky Bag Giveaway

Happy Belated New Year to all our bento fans! We hope that the first month of 2011 has been a great one for all of you and that you've all been having fun with our cookbook! We have some great news for you all. Maki, Quirk Books, and myself have all pitched in to offer a great giveaway in the spirit of the new year.

New Year's Lucky Bag

Three lucky winners from our giveaway will receive a Yum-Yum Bento Box Fukubukuro or "Lucky Bag". In Japan, the fukubukuro is a sealed bag containing items of value greater than the bag it's packaged in. Together, we've assembled a great lucky bag containing some great items for making your own cute bentos with our recipes! Read more
May 28, 2010 Posted by Pikko in Blog

A "Yum-Yum Bento Box" Bento

Hi everyone! Word has come in that some people that pre-ordered Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches from Amazon have already received their copies! To celebrate this momentous occasion as well as to celebrate my 500th bento, I've made a charaben of the cover of the book. Enjoy!


For more photos, check out my personal blog, Adventures in Bentomaking.

Three Little Pigs Bento Video

Can't wait for Yum-Yum Bento Box? Neither can we! In the meantime, here's a video by Pikko on how to make one of the bento in the book, a Three Little Pigs Bento! Designed by Maki, this cute little bento is easier to make than you think! Just keep some leftover food from dinner and add it in with onigiri and some fresh veggies. Visit Pikko's blog at Adventures in Bentomaking and Maki's blog at Cute Obento!
April 26, 2010 Posted by Maki in Blog

In a month or so...


In just over a month, our book will be ready for distribution from Quirk Books. These bentos are lunches that did not make into Yum-Yum Bento Box. Personally,  I really like them a lot, such as the mini-pizza with crab (I bought them at Costco in Japan) or pompadour haired inarisushi. 😀 Please check out the book on Amazonand sneak a peek!!
February 25, 2010 Posted by Maki in Blog

Clock Bento

The next one that did not make into Yum-Yum Bento Box is this  "Clock Bento". To make this, wrap some fried rice with usuyaki tamago (crepe style Japanese omelet).  In Japan, this omelet rice is called "omu-rice. It's very popular here and of course, my kids love this one! To wrap the rice with usuyaki tamago,  put the omelet onto the plastic wrap. Place the fried rice onto the usuyaki tamago and wrap it with your hand.  The number are cut with nori, the hands and dots from salami, and a little pea makes the center. If your kids aren't very enthusiastic about learning to tell time, perhaps this bento would be a great way to make learning fun?
February 1, 2010 Posted by Maki in Blog

Hedgehog Bento

Thank you  for visiting the Yum-Yum Bento Box website! First of all, I would like to introduce myself. I'm Maki Ogawa, born and raised in Japan, and the mother of two sons. I've been studying English since I stayed in Los Angeles for three months when I was young, but I am still learning, so please feel free to comment in English to help me. In the meantime, Pikko will help me with my writing.

Hedgehog Bento

We will be posting bentos from time to time to show you charaben that we feel you'd just love to learn how to make or ones that did not make it into the book. Our first one is a hedgehog bento of mine that didn't make it in. To make the hedgehog, I combined two cookie cutters.  The hedgehog's body is made with fried SPAM or ham and is cut with a flower-shape cookie cutter. You can find a set of Wilton Crinkle Shape Cutters on Amazon. Cut the bottom of the flower off. The face of the hedgehog is made of cheese and is cut with the tip of knife-shape cookie cutter. (You can also cut this with a toothpick.) Cut into the face piece with the same flower cutter to fit them together. Use punches to cut a little eye and nose out of nori for it. Fill the rest of the bento with fresh fruits, veggies, and leftovers from dinner. When you buy cookie cutters, it's very interesting to think of different ways they can be used together. Try thinking outside the box and you can find many different ways to use them. To see more of Maki's beautiful charaben, visit Cute Obento or her japanese blog.
January 27, 2010 Posted by Pikko in Blog

Welcome to Yum-Yum

Thank you for visiting the new Yum-Yum Bento Box website! Maki and I are happy to launch this site both as a bento resource and as a source for information about the book and any events related to marketing of the book. As we get closer to the book's release date, we'll be linking to any reviews or articles written about the book as well as giving details about any press events we'll be doing. The Yum-Yum Bento site will feature six areas:
  • Home - The main page will be the central area for news, blog posts, and images.
  • About - The About area contains details about Yum-Yum Bento Box's authors, Pikko and Maki.
  • Blog - Maki and Pikko will be writing about bentos that were not chosen for the final version of Yum-Yum, tips and tutorials, and new bento ideas.
  • Press - This section will document any media relating to the book and its authors. Contact information for the book's publicist is available.
  • Buy - Yum-Yum Bento Box will be available from various online retailers as well as several specialty stores around the world. This page will give details on where you can purchase a copy.
  • Share - Submit an image that uses a recipe, design, or idea from one of the lunches in Yum-Yum Bento Box and we may choose to put it on the site to share with the world!
We hope you enjoy the site and our upcoming book. We're both very excited about its release and hope it brings a smile to the faces of you and your loved ones! Pre-order it today!