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An article about bentos in JAL Skyward magazine

If you are on a Japan Airlines (JAL) international flight this month, I have a feature article in the May issue of Skyward, their in-flight magazine. It’s called Bento Love and is about the growing popularity of homemade bentos outside of Japan…a subject I have a bit of familiarity with ^_^ They don’t have an online readable version unfortunately, but if you do get to read it I’d love to hear from you. Here’s the link to their table on contents. continue reading...

My apologies to email subscribers...

We moved the site to a new server...and for some reason Feedburner (the service that sends emails of new posts) decided to send out the last 10 posts again one big email! It shouldn't happen again (fingers crossed). My apologies for clogging up your email box!

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There may be some disruptions to the site over the weekend

I'm in the process of updating JustBento, and so you may see some disruptions to service over the weekend. Fear not though, the site is alive and well, just getting some work done. ^_^ If you need something to read in the meantime JustHungry will stay open (I'm working on one site at a time), where I've just posted the final lesson in the Japanese Cooking 101 course.

Also: if you're looking for a Mother's Day bento set, monbento has a 20% off sale on a very nice pink and white set right now. OK pink for moms may be a bit of a cliché but...it is very nice looking!

I'll see you back here next week, hopefully with the site still intact ^_^;

Update: Looks like all is well for the moment..iif you're seeing this line the move well ok!

The Just Bento Cookbook: Milestones and pondering the future

My baby has been doing well, despite her mother’s absence. continue reading...

Upcoming: Bento box and accessory reviews

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Expect several bento box and accessory reviews soon…and maybe a few surprises. continue reading...

2013 Bento&co Bento Contest announced; starts tomorrow

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There seem to be more and more bento related contests these days, but the annual contest held by the longtime JustBento friends Bento&co is still one of the biggest in terms of great prizes and number of outstanding entries. This year the grand prize is a 6 day trip to Kyoto, including airfare if you live outside of Japan! That’s a prize worth flexing your creative bento muscles for. Besides the Grand Prize winners, 20 finalists will receive various bento-related items as prizes. The theme this year is different too: it’s Pasta Bento. Be sure to read all the rules, and I wish you all good luck! I will not be participating as a judge this year….so who knows, maybe I’ll enter too ^_^ (Alas I am ineligible…I’ll have to pay my own way to Kyoto, sniff.)

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Updates: Japanese Cooking 101, and where's your stash?

To those of you who follow JustBento but don’t follow JustHungry: the first lesson in the Japanese Cooking 101 course has been posted. If you’re interested in cooking traditional Japanese style bentos, you will find the course to be a good foundation to that. Join us! continue reading...