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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Now I am making bentos all the time

Happy Birthday! Thank so much for this site. I have been living in Japan for four months with my husband and three kids. At first they thought buying lunch at the convenience store was the greatest thing ever. Now they are tired of store-bought onigiri and always ask me to make them obento. It has been a learning experience for me. But, my son’s classmates recently told him that they were surprised that his American mother could make a nice Japanese bento for him. So maybe I have been doing something right. Thanks for all of your help! Jane Country-Japan

Hello Maki ^_^ Happy 1st and

Hello Maki ^_^ Happy 1st and 5th Birthday!!!! I discovered your website a year or so ago and it’s now become part of my daily route - check emails, check facebook, check Just Bento/Just hungry. Even if I don’t end up makeing the recipie I love the little stories you put along with them.

name - A Carrington location - United Kingdom


this would greatly assist in my lunch-packing adventures


The bento book looks ADORABLE. I’d love to get it pls!

Your name: Surin Your location: Malaysia

Lovely Book

What a great book, even if I don’t read Japanese, I believe I could figure out what it is saying by reading the lovely and beautiful pictures. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary. This is my favorite website that I got to learn lot of Japanese cooking tips. Thanks! -Kokono (Malaysia)

Great!!! Congrats!!!

What a great book, even if I don’t read Japanese, I believe I could figure out what it is saying by reading the lovely and beautiful pictures. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary. This is my favorite website that I got to learn lot of Japanese cooking tips. Thanks! -Kokono (Malaysia)

Happy Birthday!

I think anniversaries are exciting :)

I just want to say thank you for running this site! I am new to bento making. I recently started my med tech clinicals, though, so now that I am away from home everyday for lunch I have started trying to make them. While I often made Japanese food for dinner, I have never tried it for lunch! Lunch was always my least favorite meal of the day because I always was worried about things that would remain fresh and tasty from the morning packing. But so far this site has really helped!! So thank you! <3

And of course thank you for the generous giveaway!

Name: Alison Country: USA

Happy anniversary! (Pippa in

Happy anniversary! (Pippa in UK)


Congratulations on a year of great tasting service! Here’s hoping for many more to come.


Kim in Ogaki City, Gifu prefecture, Japan


COngratulations on the Birthday! Continue to がんばって for many more birthdays to come! ^.^

oops. =P (singapore)

oops. =P (singapore)

oops. =P (singapore)

oops. =P (singapore)

Happy B. to you Maki!

I’m reading your article just now, but whatever if I’m too late for the giveway (I know there’s still time, but 160 or so comments? duh!), I jump on the opportunity to re-assert my love of your blog. I confess having discovered you via Just Bento, not Just Hungry, and I remember the exact date: Nov 9, 2007. So this is sort of the anniversary of my first year with you, too. Thanks again Maki for shaing all this with us, and keep up the good and yummy work!

Oh I almost forgot, this is mook from France!


Cute book - I’m from Lansing, MI

Thanks Niki

Happy 1st Anniversary

I really enjoy reading both blogs ! Thanks for a chance to win something really cool !


oops.. U.S.A.

Congratulations Maki :D

hey maki :D congratulations on just bento’s first anniversary, and on just hungry’s fifth!! i’ll admit it: i’m a silent reader and i haven’t commented YET, so i’m sorry >_< it’s really generous of you to do anniversary giveaways. i am chubby-chan from australia, where we do NOT ride kangaroos everywhere xD

i recently got interested in bentos. i love both cute lunchboxes and bentos that don’t look so cute, but taste great. your fresh bento ideas have been my inspiration for the past several months, and (in my humble opinion ^^) is one of the best bento blogs, if not THE best bento blog, on the net. thanks for always taking the time to update; you do it so regularly :D

anyway, i hope your blogs will keep churning out the good stuff for years to come :D

ps. i think i love this book so much that even if i don’t win i’ll get to japan somehow and buy it xD

i thought i might include

i thought i might include that i live in melbourne :D i forgot to do that >_<

heh heh. i’m learning japanese in school at the moment (melbourne ni sundeimasu! okay, i know, romaji is BAD!!). i want to be able to (some day) spend a school day walking around speaking fluent japanese with a lovely bento to open up at lunch time xD


I know I wouldn’t be able to keep a site regularly updated for a week let alone for 5 years (or more as it will probably turn out too be for you). I don’t go on just hungry as much, but I find both sites really useful for Ideas, especially just bento for lunchboxes for my brother (he’s so fussy).

Name: Alice Country: England

Congrats on a great site!

Thank you for your many wonderful postings and bento ideas - you’re very inspiring!

Name: Cat Location: Washington State, US

oh my

Congratulations on turning 1 :) I arrived on your website when I was searching for Onigiri. Love your website..and oh my, sure I’d love to win this book!! Caroline - Australia

Happy Birthday!

I’ve tried several recipes from your site and they’ve all been great! Bentos are so much fun!!

Lac’Nala USA

Just bento anniversary entry

Happy Birthday and thanks for this wonderful idea.. I love bento and Totoro!!

Anne from Lyon, France


It has been a wonderful year and I am so glad I subscribe to your RSS. Meals have never been the same. My husband and son are always excited when I learn something new on your site. Thanks for all you do!

Country: Maryland, USA

Great blog & Thanks for sharing

Come across your blog through a link from another blog. What caught my eyes is the word ‘bento’. I love cooking, and I love Japanese food. However I don’t have much time to do cooking with 1 toddler and 1 baby around. Making a bento is just a brilliant idea to me to be able to do more cooking.

Well, I’m still learning - especially those tips from your blog here. And your recipes are simple and your tips are handy. Bravo! Thanks for all the sharing. :)

Country: Malaysia


Name: Kim Location: Australia (South Australia)

Wow- that book looks really cute! I bet it has a heap of interesting and cool bento ideas, I would definately look forward to trying them all! I found your blog earlier this year, and used a few Bento ideas/recipes during a work placement. I also love your Just Hungry Blog, and make sure to check it regularly :-) Congrats on the 1st Year Anniversary!

Name: dawkins Country:

Name: dawkins Country: UK

What a cute book - good luck, all!

Congratulations!! <3

I have really enjoyed your Just Bento blog as I am a Japanese-American but loves everything Japanese. ;) Your blog has been very inspiring for me to start making bentos for my children. I even have some different bento boxes for all of us. Now I just have to make it look prettier! ;) Thank you!!

Lisa, USA

Eeeee! How cute! Happy

Eeeee! How cute!

Happy anniversary from New York City!

such a cute book!

such a cute book!


Yours was the first site that made me realized that indeed, an entire meal, could be fit in a box that small. Thanks for all your hard work!


Yours was the first site that made me realized that indeed, an entire meal, could be fit in a box that small. Thanks for all your hard work!

Country: USA


I love your site, and recommend it to all my coworkers who ogle my food at lunchtime.

My name is Alex, and I’m in the United States.


Looks like an interesting book. ~Amy, USA


Congratulations on your 1st/5th Anniversaries!

Jessica Connecticut

Thank you so much!

Your sites are so awesome!

Location - TX, USA


How exciting! Congratulations!

name: valerie country: sweden

Happy Anniversary!

I love your blogs! Thanks for all the info!

Name: Tara Country: USA

Anniversary Giveaway

Congrats on your anniversaries!! The Character Bento book cover is just too cute. : )

Happy birthday, Just Bento

Happy birthday, Just Bento and Just Hungry! I’ve been enjoying all the posted deliciousness for about year now — thanks for creating the blogs, Maki!

Well, I’m not the biggest “cute” bento maker, but I’d love to enhance my sweet skills in the area.

What a cute book!

Thanks for the opportunity to win this adorable book! But more importantly, thanks for maintaining this great resource (Just Bento)! It has totally transformed the way that I look at lunch.

Be well, Cheryce - U.S. (Portland, OR)

Give Away

^ ^ This is so wonderful!

Name: Tyra Country: United States

so cool...

as my son would say!


Cyrene U.S. (Missouri)

This is Dave from the US of

This is Dave from the US of A, and I have always seen such cute things in bento lunches and every time I try making such things myself I fail :(

Yay, Critters!

Matt, USA

Totoro! I would love this

Totoro! I would love this book just so I can learn to make him.

Lindsay, Canada

Happy Birthday

Happy 1st birthday to Just Bento! I’ve learned a lot here, thank you!

Name: April United States

Grats on the one year! :]

Name: Kim

Country: United States.

kawaii <3

i hope i’ll be able to get this for my sister! <33 (she’s huge into cooking :D )


forgot to include i’m from Ohio. :]