Just Bento 1st Anniversary / Just Hungry 5th Anniversary Giveaway!

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Howdy! Just Bento and big sister site Just Hungry are having a big birthday bash giveaway extravaganza this week! You can read the Just Hungry post here, but I wanted to thank all Just Bento readers specially for helping this site to grow in readership numbers exponentially in its first year!

So, without further ado, here is today’s Just Bento giveaway!

First the rules again

Full information is in the Just Hungry post, but the important bits:

This giveaway is open to everyone, regardless of where you live, as long as you can receive mail!

Your comment must contain the following, or your entry will be disqualified:

  • Your email address - put this in the Email box so that spambots can’t see it. The email is necessary so I can contact you if you win!
  • Your name (a nickname is ok)
  • Your location (country)
  • You can enter/comment for all giveaways if you want, but one item per comment please!
  • Your comment must be posted before the stated deadline.

Note: None of the following items is a review copy, advertising freebie, etc. They are all items that I have duplicates or similar of myself and have used and loved!

Delivery: I’ll airmail you the item if you win ASAP, but I cannot guarantee you’ll get in time for Christmas.

Here’s the first item for Just Bento!

Just Bento Giveaway No. 1: akinoichigo’s Character Bento book


As I wrote about previously, akinoichigo is one of the leading kyaraben / charaben artists in Japan. Her first book akinoichigo’s Fun Fun! Character Bento (akinoichigoのわくわく! キャラクターのお弁当) is full of gorgeous photos and how-tos, which you can get lots of inspiration from even if you don’t read Japanese (though of course, that would help). The techniques range from basic to rather more complicated, so if you’re looking to improve your cute-bento making skills this book is a must for your library!

DEADLINE: Your comment/entry must be posted before Midnight Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday, December 4th.

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your comments!

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oh i would love to get this

oh i would love to get this book!!! sooo cute!!! ^___^

name: milky-chan

country: singapore

Happy birthday, Just Bento!

Congratulation to the 1st Anniversary of Just Bento!

Thanks for the chance to

Thanks for the chance to win! Country: US Jessica

Sorry, I forgot the country

Country: Germany

OMG the cover is so cute!

OMG the cover is so cute!

country - US

Thank you Maki! I love this site!

Hi! A very nice


A very nice page!!!! May I try to win? At home in Germany


Ditto my post on Just Hungry. What brought me here were the bentos and I stay for the bentos, but I do love your thoughts on all things food as well (from one foodie to another).

-K (UK)

Happy Blogaversary!

Congratulations! I only just started my own blog this June, and am shocked at how fast the time has flown! Love seeing the bentos and the recipes, keep up the good work! Also think it’s a lovely idea doing the giveaways.

Kudos to you! -Bibliothecaria Philadelphia, PA

Happy blog’s

Happy blog’s birthday

I’m from France And thanks for the idea !

Hope there will be many other years of blogging from you !


What a wonderful prize! My name is Jessica and I am in the United States - North Carolina. I love your website! I subscribe to the Just Bento feed in google reader!


Well done you for maintaining two of my favourite sites. Happy birthday to them both and I hope you have continued success and an ever expanding readership. XOXO Let there be cake!

I love this site!!

This is one of my favorite sites to come to during my “breaks” at work!!! Thanks for the info and pics!

Geoff Montana, US

Happy anniversary!

Happy anniversary! I have enjoyed following your blog for a while now. Looking forward to more fun stuff!

Thank you!

I love both your blogs, and I use them often as a resource to learn about Japanese cuisine. Cheers!

Megan Canada

Just Awesome!

Nebraska, USA - Thanks for all the great content!

happy anniversary!

thank you maki for your great sites and this nice idea! i’ve just started taking japanese classes… for the moment i only can read hiragana but it felt great to be able to read “obento” on the book cover! ;-) congratulations from silvia (FRANCE)

Happy Anniversary!

Great giveaway!

Moni in North Carolina

name: Alicia country:

name: Alicia country: USA


Happy Birthday!

Happy 1st Anniversary from France!

I really like the Totoro on the book cover :-)


location: Brazil

happy 1st year! with many more to come, i hope.

Thanks for having such a

Thanks for having such a wonderful site! The book really looks too cute for words! Though if I win it, I’ll drive my husband nuts making him translate it. Hee!


I’m from Iowa and have recently started reading. I’d love to win!

Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the information your provide on this site and happy 1st birthday :) Country : US

Ooh aah!

Congrats on your 1 yr anniversery; I enjoy all the bento posts, and learning how to make food that’s exotic to me.

Happy Anniversary! (^3^)

And productivity for upcoming delicious years! Waku waku books! I do want some! :D

Nickname: Mizuu Location: Poland :)

I wasn't going to enter...

…then I saw the ‘tonari no Totoro’ onigiri and just about died.


Name: Juliette Saito (very obviously a nickname) Location: Italy Email: it is in the email box

Should I mention that Totoro and all of Miyazaki’s work are my favourite, while gratuitously showering you with compliments? XD

(No, really, everytime an update from Just Hungry or Just Bento pops up in my feed reader I make a little jump on the chair and read in glee.)

Happy one year!

Hi! I am from New York and I love your blog! Congratulations on 1 year!

Looks like an absolutely adorable book! : )


Congratulations on your 1st anniversary! I always enjoy checking out your site. (Location: USA )

Sasheenie, London Congrats

Sasheenie, London

Congrats on Just Hungry’s 5th anniversary! I’ve tried so many recipes, from the spicy carrot kinpira to the salted chicken thighs. The latter is my absolute favourite, and everyone to whom I have introduced the recipe too is always at first baffled and then later, completely bowled over by how amazing they are. Even my notoriously picky father loves it! I’d just like to say thank you, for enabling a poor student like me to still be able to eat healthily and cheaply :)

Happy anniversary! I love

Happy anniversary! I love reading your blogs, and have so many new recipes to try!

Name: Lesley

Location: Ireland


ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! i hope i win i hope i win! i NEVER win anything!

i love ::Just Bento:: and am trying my darnest to make nice bentos for myself and my son. i tried my hand at broccoli stem and carrot kinpira and i LOVE it. so easy and delicious. thanks for all the great ideas. ;)

  • joon (UK/Singapore)

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Hi! I’m Katie in the USA, and I’d love this book! Not only do I enjoy making and eating bento meals, but I’m learning Japanese, too, so this would be a great book for me!

How wonderful. I’d love

How wonderful. I’d love this book. Jen in the US.

Congrats on the anniversary.


Please include me in your giveaway drawing. I live in the United States.


Oh this book is SO cute!! Happy Anniversay/Birthday too! Even though my boys are a little old for this sort of thing, I’m not! :D And I’m their Mom! :D

This would also be great reading/translating practice for me too! Thanks so much for inspiring us!

My boys love the hard-boiled “chicks”. We now have NASCAR chick, catapillar chick, ninja chick, mutant (deformed) chick, franken-chick (where the egg has been patched back together), Astronaut chick (Astro-chick) and they come up with more names every time I make them! :)


Happy 1st Anniversary!

Los Angeles, CA, USA


I forgot to mention that I’m in the US! (Pennsylvania to be a little more precise)


Love the website! Congrats on the 1st Anniversary! I’d love the book!

Location: Maryland, USA

CUTEEEE!! i’m from


i’m from Miami, Florida :]


Thanks for including your readers in your celebration. I’m in San Antonio, Texas

Happy Birthday, Just Bento!!

Congratulations on the 1st anniversary!! West Lafayette, IN, USA


USA, Illinois, Evanston

Yay for JustBento!

Happy B-day Just Bento!

OMG OMG, this is something that I will really use and enjoy A LOT :D Txs for all this great giveaways :D Vanessa (Dominican Republic)


CONGRATULATIONS ON JUST BENTO’S VERY FIRST ANNIVERSARY. Somehow, you make food I dislike tempting… :)

Location: USA

Happy anniversary, Just

Happy anniversary, Just Bento! (and Just Hungry of course ^_^ )

Rachel, United Kingdom (Nottingham)

Oh wow, I would love this

Oh wow, I would love this book! I’ve been experimenting with making nicer-looking bento recently, and this would definitely help spice things up!

Location: USA


Love the blog and love the bento! Everyone loves a bento around here!

Sara (USA)

Brilliant giveaway!

Congrats on your 1st anniversary. Been reading your blog since day one and learned so much along the way! Natalie, Canada

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squee! Sylvia USA


I would love to have this book! Name: Allison, Country: US