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!

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Name: Dario Location: USA Thanks for the giveaway!


This book is so cool. I am actually happy I found you. I was just looking for tsukemono recipes when I followed a link here. Love this site.

voKx, USA

Happy Anniversary

Just love your blogs, Rami (Tel-Aviv, Israel)


Wow I can’t believe it’s only just been a year for Just Bento ^_^ It’s YOU we should be thanking for the awesome site, and you’re even offering give-aways! You’re too kind, Maki, but count me in, regardless ^^’

Country: Poland


Congratulations on your anniversary - I would love to get my hands on something this cute! I take bento lunches to court every day, and impress my fellow counsel with my cute accessories and picks :)

Name: Ally Country: UK

Happy Birthday!!!

Yay! I’ve been a rabid reader of this blog since about 3 months back. Helped me in nursing my homesickness for my sister’s bento and just being in Japan in general. I haven’t had a bento nor had a good cookbook to use in about over 2 years. Help a girl out :P

Happy Anniversary!

How fun!! Congrats!!!

Name: Alison, Country: USA.


I would love this book and I love this blog. Country=USA much love, Damaris

Awesome! Country: Canada!


Country: Canada!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!!

Name: Cactus Cat Country: New Zealand

Cute prize!! :D

Hey Maki, I love your blogs

Hey Maki,

I love your blogs and it’s one of my goals for 2009 to improve my work lunches, and bento is totally the way forward as far as I can tell. ;)

Djinn, UK

Pictures are good enough for

Pictures are good enough for me! I just want to find a way to entice my 3 year old to eat something besides peanut butter!

oops - I’m in Montreal,

oops - I’m in Montreal, Canada


A whole year (and a little longer) of bento goodness! Felicitaciones!

Holly New York (USA)

Happy Birthday

Congratulations !! Happy 1er Anniversary ! Shunrai (France)

looks so cool!

* name: Cynthia * Your location: New York City * I would love to learn how to make those totoro rice balls! looks like forbidden rice, yum!

Happy 1th anniversary!

Name: Feldin

Location: Hungary

Happy Anniversary!!!! I love just bento! And the recipies :)

I’m a japanese food fan, and I’m always waiting for the next composition :)

Keep up the good work!



Please excuse my Japanese. It’s not up to the standard I would like it to be. Anyways, thank you for keeping up with these sites for the past five years. I love reading them and trying out recipes that are here. I’ve also started making bento lunches this past school year. It’s really fun, though for awhile it made me late to my Japanese class, but I’m on time now. Thank you again!


name: risa country: USA


Happy Anniversary, Just Bento! Thanks for making veggies look good! I’de love a chance to win, my name is Kate and I’m in Hawaii (Kauai), USA.


Country = Canada

Eeee, pick me, pick me!

Australia, here. Grats on both blogs - five years is forever in blog years!

Happy Birthday!!

I love bentos, I really really do =)

I want to make my husband one so he can open it up at work and get lots of little sausage octopi hahaha! I can just imagine his and his workmates’ faces, what a picture!

Keep up the brilliant blogging,

Jan from the UK


yay fuN!

chau USA


Been checking out your sites for years now. Congrats!

Kristen, USA

Time really flies!

I can’t believe it is a year already. I have read just about every single post! おめでとうございます! Basak- NL


I’m always inspired by your recipies~thank you

Yves from Basel (Switzerland ;))

Congrats on Just

Congrats on Just Bento/Hungry’s anniversaries!

Ami, USA (NY)

Just Hungry 5th Anniversary Giveaway

This giveaway is great! Sofie, Germany


Hi Maki!

Just Bento is my primary resource for easy and quick (not to mention tasty) recipes for packing my lunch. Thanks to you I have discovered the subtle and amazing flavours of Japanese cuisine. Thank you!

Chely Puerto Rico

Happy anniversary!

I’ve been feeding myself very well with your recipes, thank you!

-Stephanie in Wyoming

Happy anniversary!

I’ve been feeding myself very well with your recipes, thank you!

-Stephanie in Wyoming

Just Bento 1st Anniversary

Congrats to this happy anniversary. Romana, Germany

Looks interesting! USA

Looks interesting!


Happy anniversary!

I love Japanese-style cooking and food! John from Indiana. Oh, wow, Mary, you’re from West Lafayette, too? Cool!


Great giveaway! I see a Totoro in there! :D

Name: Cindy Location:

Name: Cindy

Location: California

I love both of your blogs and I think it’s great for you to give gifts to us fans. Thank you!!


wow this is so cute! and congratz on the anniversary! location - united states Ma

I love this site as much as

I love this site as much as justhungry!!! Congrats and thanks for all the helpful bento options

Nyein Fort Collins, CO

thank you for your amazing

thank you for your amazing webpage/blog, I’ve been trying your recipes in my dorm :) (location: US)

Woo Bento

Michael from New York, USA

Yay for Bentos! Happy

Yay for Bentos! Happy Anniversary.


Eee! So cute!

Name: Tuan

Location: United States of America

It’d be awesome to get such a cute booklet!

Happy Birthday!!!

I accidentally stumbled onto your sites a few months ago and have been following them daily since. Thanks for sharing your creations :) Happy Birthday and many good years ahead. Oh, and thanks for the give-away…sure hope to get one of the cutesy bento books!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Oopss…forgot to add… location: Singapore

Mega-kawaii giveaway

Dear Maki - sama,

I have read Just Hungry and Just Bento for some time now and have picked up lots of ideas from you on how to cook Japanese food. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about your site when I was living in Tokyo for 2 years :( - if I had known, I’m sure I would have been able to do so much more in the kitchen…

Anyway, I have some really cute bento boxes and would love to receive this book so I can practice making Totoros (am a huge Studio Ghibli fan) !!!

Location - Boston, USA

cute cute

love it! hope i win ^_^

congratulations just bento!

hi maki! happy anniversary! i’d love to win this giveaway. i bring pretty bento to work everyday but i have not tried doing karabens YET. this book might make me a convert. :P plus, the nihongo will be good practice. i’ll be seating in for the 日本語能力試験 this sunday; i hope i do well. not only do i LOVE japanese food and bento, i also would like to improve my nihongo. ありがとうございました! name:banana country: japan

congrats on a year! i love

congrats on a year! i love both your sites and visit everyday! :)

Rachel, USA

United States Very cute!!

United States

Very cute!!


This book looks interesting, and even if I don’t know any japanese I bet I’d be able to glean a lot from the pictures. :) Thanks for the giveaway, it’s very generous and I hope I win! Claire (USA)