Wallace and Gromit bento

17 09 2009

Inspired by my new Japanese bento book I made not one but two bentos tonight (Benno insisted he get one too).

Capybara and the sheep from Wallace and Grommit with some carrot flowers.

Capybara and Shaun the sheep from Wallace and Gromit with some carrot flowers.

Capybara, the world's largest living rodent, made from inari, rice and nori. We saw real capybara at the Osaka aquarium (they weren't in the water with the whale sharks though).

Capybara, the world's largest living rodent, made from inari, rice and nori. We saw real capybara at the Osaka aquarium (they weren't in the water with the whale sharks though).

The sheep from wallace and grommit made from hand-shaped rice, nori and potato.

Shaun the sheep from wallace and gromit made from hand-shaped rice, nori and potato.

Benno's bento featuring another capybara and grommit made from rice, nori, carrot and potato. The chef's hat is totally the wrong shape but...

Benno's bento featuring another capybara and gromit made from rice, nori, carrot and potato. The chef's hat is totally the wrong shape but...

Interestingly enough, the capybara, which looks furry and round like a cute little rodent, is called a fish by the Catholic church, making the eating of it’s meat permitable in a Lenten diet. They are quite popular in Japan as a cute animal, and you can find stuffed toys of Capybara in all sorts of places (Apita, for one). We haven’t seen capybara meat for sale here though, not that we’ve looked.





School bus

16 09 2009

Possibly the cutest elementary school bus:

I had to stand out the front of our house and wait until just past 8am for the bus to drive along by.

I had to stand out the front of our house and wait until just past 8am for the bus to drive along by.

The kids were wondering what this stranger foreigner was doing taking photos of their school bus... and so were all looking out the window.

The kids were wondering what this stranger foreigner was doing taking photos of their school bus... and so were all looking out the window.

This weekend we are going to the sumo – should be fun! We have also organised our overnight bus to Kyoto and back during the next school holidays. Kyoto Vegan Festival here we come!





Cute bento

4 06 2009

Bentorocket_Fri4_06A Space-Themed bento. Rocket shaped rice with tofu pouch (inari) rocket and nori (seaweed) star. Pineapple “suns” on lettuce with star shaped choc gingerbread cookies. Cupcake with chocolate icing and star biscuit. Rice with a spring theme – carrot leaves- pulsar-neutron-star shaped cucumbers and veg-dry-curry.