Character Bentos

Published on October 4th, 2011.

A Bento or lunch box as we know it in the west are home-packed meals, typical filled with rice, fish, meat or cooked vegetables. Leave it to the Japanese to make them cute and fun with “Kyaraben” or “Character Bentos”.

Over the past few years the “Kyaraben” craze has brought about contest such as Sanrio’s Annual Kyaraben Contest and turned what children have for lunch into a hobby and form of art.

After a little bit of searching, I came across some excellent looking ones. Here are my top 10. Enjoy!

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  • http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/ Japan Australia

    Some great Kyaraben! I can’t imagine how long they took to create :)

    Japan
    Australia

    • Anonymous

      You’d feel horrible eating them wouldn’t you :-(

    • Anonymous

      You’d feel horrible eating them wouldn’t you :-(

    • http://www.cheapsolarpanelsforsale.com solar panels for sale

      Yes, I definitely would. The amount of time that goes into them is incredible.

  • http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/ Japan Australia

    Some great Kyaraben! I can’t imagine how long they took to create :)

    Japan
    Australia

  • http://locnessdesigns.com Loc Lam

    Love #3. I’d stare at it while I eat sandwich instead. 

  • http://myshashin.tumblr.com TicTaek

    Number 5 is pretty sweet.  That Mario fireball is hot!

  • http://yonasu.com/ Jonas

    The cat one is so cute :D

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t believe someone had the idea to make a Starbucks one XD

    • http://yonasu.com/ Jonas

      I wonder if it’s misspelled on purpose…

    • kitamura Halima

      maybe, so they won’t get their ass sued.

  • Evanherk

    Life’s too short for this nonsense.

  • kitamura Halima

    looks delicious & so artistic looking compared to my bento.

  • Anonymous

    OK, I want the starbucks one!! I also love the kitty one, but I wouldn’t want to eat it! :)

  • http://twitter.com/wearywanderer64 Alex Mahon

    Fantastic iamges. I wish I could do that.

  • marii

    They’re all so amazing….and pikachu with yoshi? xD ahaha.
    so long to make, though….

  • mikky

    ching chow. I am making these every day in asia

  • http://www.japaneseruleof7.com/ Ken Seeroi

    That is excellent.  I really like Mario throwing a fireball (#5).  Thanks for posting this.

  • Drewdelillo

    HOLY SHIT

  • Scarlet Trevino

    I am amazed at the ideas some people have… I would love to create fun bentos for my kiddos once school starts!

  • japanlife

    OMG i would love to know how to make one of those! they look soooo good 

  • Apryl

    How do u make the rice ones?