Every Fridays are "lunchbox day" at my daughter's preschool. I usually pack riceballs and some leftovers from previous day, or simple ham and cheese sandwiches, but lately she started asking me to make "character bento" or "kyara-ben" that she saw on Japanese kids show. OH NO!
Search "character bento" and see how Japanese people go far to make lunch box "kawaii." Even my mom occasionally made panda-shaped rice balls for my kindergarten lunch box. I had to stop her when she tried to decorate my rice ball into heart shape with a boy's name I liked with nori....
Anyways here's the results of my attempt of "kyara-ben" making by waking up 30 min earlier on Fridays...
My daughter is super excited when she opened her lunchbox, and teachers keep on telling me how her lunch looks yummy, but interestingly enough whenever I add some "character" to her bento my daughter never finishes her lunch. The two rirakkumas came home totally untouched. Maybe they're too cute to eat?