Shinzi Katoh bento supplies online

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Whenever I use the little apple shaped mayonnaise container in my bentos (as I did in the most recent bento no. 48) I always get comments or emails asking where they came from. It’s designed by Shinzi Katoh, a very popular graphic designer and ilustrator in Japan. Of interest to bento fans is the fact that he has designed several bento boxes and accessories.

You can find his bento boxes on eBay, but if you want to avoid eBay there are at least two places where you can get them. The first one is the online shop section of his official Japanese site. Unlike most Japanese online stores, they do ship overseas, and have an information page in English. However, the rest of the online shop is in Japanese only, which isn’t too good if you don’t read Japanese. But this is the only place that seems to have the apple bento accessory line online at the moment.

If you don’t want to deal with a Japanese site, there’s Shinzi Katoh UK, which also ships internationally. They don’t carry the apple accessories but they have several of his very cute bento boxes, onigiri boxes, water bottles and a lot more. I used one of the onigiri boxes in bento no. 37, pictured above. I haven’t compared the prices vs. what eBay merchants are charging, but it might be a good option especially for UK and Europe bento fans.

[Updates:] J Flair Homestyles carries many Shinzo Katoh bento boxes, and ship worldwide. Also, as pointed out in the comments (thanks Jenn, Zora and Sile!) Sugar Charms carries several Shinzi Katoh bento boxes, onigiri boxes, and even a couple of accessories. Sugar Charms ships within the United States only.

Other online stores carry Shinzi Katoh designed tote bags, zakka (a catchall term for room accessories, stationery, etc.) and so on, but none that I’ve found so far stock his bento gear.

One caveat with Shinzi Katoh bento gear: You are paying for the design. In terms of usability and quality, they are generally on the same level as the 100-yen shop/Daiso type boxes. Many of the bento boxes and accessories are handwash only, and if they have silkscreened rather than baked in designs the ink may run if you aren’t careful (I found this out the hard way when I ruined a very cute monkey design box). But, they are so very adorable… (Note: They seem to have improved their manufacturing processes recently, since they now have much more durable bento boxes.)

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Apple Mayo Cup

For your American readers: I ordered the apple mayonaise container from Ichiban Kan online. It was only $1-$1.50.

I just checked out Ichiban

I just checked out Ichiban Kan and it looks really great and affordable. Thanks for mentioning them!

Ichibankan doesn’t sell

Ichibankan doesn’t sell any Shinzi Katoh products. They have some cute mayo cups and sauce bottles but not the one that’s been in Maki’s bentos . I’ve been coveting one of them for ages, but I haven’t ordered yet… it’s the one here http://www.shinzikatoh.com/shops/pic/ They’tr 525 yen for three…maybe I can get someone to go in with me and we can divide them up lol.

Oops! I order from both

Oops! I order from both Ichiban Kan and Sugar Charms and confused my source. I did buy the apple mayo cups from Sugar Charms. Both companies are awesome.

OMG these are just too cute!

OMG these are just too cute!

Shinzi Katoh Gear

If you’re looking for a US store of Shinzi Katoh, Sugar Charms (www.sugarcharms.com) has them. I’ve ordered from them before and they have great service. I think they are based out of California. There is a Shinzi Katoh apple bento box that I so want. I’m not sure how the prices compare to the other places…but I would recommend Sugar Charms without reservation.

Sugar Charms, yes!

I second Sugar Charms— I have also ordered from them before and I will definitely order from them again. They have a great selection and I find their prices to be reasonable, especially compared to Ebay.

Thanks!

Thanks so much for pointing out this designer- his art is very cute! And the tip about about silk screened boxes I’m sure will be very useful for me in the future.

I Love Obento

I got a Shinzi Katoh lunchbox at www.iloveobento.com. They sell accessories as well.

A Cheater's Way of Translating

Thank you for putting this up Maki, I’ve been wondering what that little apple was! The designer’s work is very cute, I think I’ll buy a lot now!

The Japanese site is much more complete, at least I think so, and a good way of actually understanding is actually going to Google, going to the Language Tools, and translating from there, and you can click any links you want and it’s there.

Shinzi Katoh

Just a quick question before i make an order. have you ordered from his japanese site yourself? how was your experience?

I haven’t tried myself,

I haven’t tried myself, but I think a reader has I believe, and it went fine for her.

Looking for recipe

Not to get off topic here. I just faverited your site. Its really full of information. I am switching to bento lunches as a work luch that may help me lose wait. Its certaintly better than mc donalds!! I was looking for a recipe. my local asian market had me try a new dish wich I bought but would rather make at home. Sweet and sour seaweed. seaweed, sesame seeds, vinager??? Do you know of it?? I wonderd if maybe you could do a piece on it. I would love to find the recipe. Thank you.

There are many recipes that

There are many recipes that might fit that description, so I wouldn’t know which one would be the one unless I tasted it for myself….

Re: Shinzi Katoh bento supplies online

Shinzi Katoh bento boxes now available for Australian online shoppers at www.weheartshinzi.bigcartel.com
Prices are very reasonable considering the current exchange rate between the Aussie dollar and the US dollar/Yen.

Re: Shinzi Katoh bento supplies online

I just ordered the ''apple ware'' mayo cup, as well as furikame ones, through the kirdevries website. There is a 5$ shipping flat rate, and each set costs 4-5$. I'm from Canada, so this is the only site I can order it from. Well, there is the Shinzi Katoh website too, but the shipping costs are around 20$... :)

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