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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Congratulations! Happy

Congratulations! Happy Anniversary! Name: Ayla Country: USA

Congrats!! (^ w ^)

Congratulations on your success with both of your magnificent sites!!

I’ve greatly enjoyed recipes from both!!! <3333

Nyaaa~ And this cookbook is absolutely ADORABLE!! Heehee~ ^ w ^

Asuri Delaware, USA

Happy Birthday Just Bento!

Congratulations! I really enjoy reading this blog, it’s given me lots of ideas for my own bento lunches.

Luna - South Korea (originally from Atlanta)


awesome~~ Eva from the US


Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your amazing bento ideas. Long live Just Bento! ^__^

Cordelia (New Zealand)

Congrats on the anniversary

Congrats on the anniversary :)

Gainesville, FL, USA


Cute book! I took a Japanese class last year and been trying to read kid’s books and things hahah. With my piddly vocab though (hey it was only for 8 months) even that’s a challenge. When I was younger, I used to read Chinese comic books and just enjoy the pictures. Good times.

I get a lot of laughs when I dress up my meals a bit, and I’ve always packed whenever I could - was never a school cafeteria kiddie. ‘Course at that time my lunches usually consisted of purely leftover meals. And oh, how I loved it. :)

Great job with Just Hungry/Bento. Considering the quality of everything on it (and the pictures make even grains of white rice look so appetizing), I’m not surprised at its growing popularity and am looking forward to more to come. Congrats!

Oops, and that’s me in

Oops, and that’s me in Canada.

Happy anniversary!

Ah, the Totoro design looks adorable!


This looks great

Happy Birthday! I would love to win. My name is beastmomma and I am located in Seattle, Washington in the United States.


I’m a new reader…


New Reader...

I ADORE this site.

Incidentally managed to forget to put in my location.

Naomi, Idaho Falls, ID, USA

Congrats on the anniversary!

Congrats on the anniversary! I think I’ve been following you since you started this one.

Midknyt South Korea (for this year)

Happy Anniversary!

I discovered Just Bento about a year ago, apparently just after you began writing here, and reading both Just Hungry and Just Bento has become a daily habit. Thanks for all your work! Alyson in the US

Yes Please!

I enjoy both of your blogs so much; had fun making my first from-scratch muffins ever recently, the earl greys! (I DID overmix afterall, though! :D)

Please enter me!

Name: Berit

Country: New Jersey, USA

Thanks for the Giveaway!

I’m in! The book looks wonderful.

Thanks for the Giveaway!

I’m in! The book looks wonderful.

Happy Birthday~~

I live in Canada and I love both your sites and I tell everyone to check i t out because its so much fun to read and you make it easy to try and make some healthy lunches!


ooooh, how wonderful! I can practice reading Japanese and learn how to craft cute bento! Exciting!


United States


Name: Sarah Location:

Name: Sarah Location: California, United States

Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog and I find out so many useful ideas for packing healthy, money saving, and eco friendly lunches ! Thank you!

Thanks so much!

This is a wonderful way to celebrate the anniversary of both blogs! Thanks so much!


Congrats on your anniversary, and awesome contest! :D

Name: Caitlin Country: Canada

And I suppose I should thank you for your site - I don’t think I ever have - it really helped me out when I was told I had a gluten allergy… eating boxed lunches at work and school sounded really unappealing until I found your site! :D


Been reading your blog a while, and I love the recipes and ideas that have been posted.

Country: USA

Happy Aniversary

Name:Becki Country:USA

Happy Birthday!

Omedetoo gozaimasu! I absolutely love your website. My kids would LOVE their o-bentos to look as cute as the ones in this book. Thanks for keeping it fun!

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Happy blogoversary!

This book seems like it would be so much to look through!


name: Scottie location: Canada Haha, this looks so cute! Thanks for having 2 great blogs! ♥


I’ve always loved this site and for some reason, just found out about Just Hungry. ^_^ Keep up the great work. You’re blogs have helped me a lot both saving money and eating healthier on a daily basis, which are two main concerns for a college student like myself. Keep up the wonderful work.

Anyways on to the contest info Name: Trinity Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Happy birthday

Thanks for all your work on your site, have a super anniversary and thanks for the giveaway.

another oops

I am in Canada

bento daiski

congrats on your birthday(s)/anniversary(ies). i love bentos and your site. (country- usa)

Happy Anniversary!

Oh, I had to enter this when I saw Barbapapa and Barbamama! I am learning Japanese and can read Hiragana & Katakana so maybe I could read some of this - it would be good practice! ;) I go to Just Hungry more often than here but I love both.

Deb from Canada

Wow! I would be thrilled to

Wow! I would be thrilled to receive this. Totoro looks delicious ^.~

maki, you rock!

What a sweet idea for the giving season!

My name is Gina of Tampa, FL, USA.

If I win, I’ll send you something back as a thank you!!

thanks maki. u.s.a.

thanks maki. u.s.a.

very entertaining

very entertaining site. happy anniversary! :)

pam sydney, australia



Golly, I feel bad for never

Golly, I feel bad for never commenting, hahahaha… Anyhow, congrats for five years! Keep up the good work! :) country: United States

Slim chances of winning! D:

Wow…137 comments. My chances of winning are very slim!

Regardless, I’m entering: I’m from Australia. :)


Congrats on your 1st anniversary. I love your blog and bento too. I am Mindy from Maryland USA. I would love to have the book. Thanks

Since moving to Japan six

Since moving to Japan six months ago your blog has been my number one resource for learning about Japanese food and Bento! All the Japanese I meet are very impressed with my knowledge! Thank you very much.

Nadine, Kamakura, Japan.

Herzlichen Glueckwunsch :)

I am from Germany, and your page is my major inspiration for starting doing bento a few month ago.


Name: Dina Country of residence: Australia


Happy Anniversary Just Bento ;)

from bro0ke, USA

Happy Birthday Maki!

I love love love your blog and what an accomplishment to make it to year five.

Congratulations! Keep up the fantastic work.

Oh yes and

Location: Canberra, Australia

Congratulations! Holly Canad


Holly Canada AB

Happy Birthday, Just Bento.

Happy Birthday, Just Bento. You have taught me so much about proper bentoing and food safety.

Las Vegas, NV, U.S.



Bento giveaways

Hi! I’m in the U.S. (Oklahoma), and I’ve been reading your site for about 6 months now. I really enjoy reading your recipes, and you’ve challenged me to expand my tastebuds. :-)

Happy Birthday! ho ho! what

Happy Birthday! ho ho! what a great cover!

Celine (United States)