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Gorgeous Akita Cedar Magewappa Bento Box Up for Auction for Bento4Japan

Update: The box has been sold for an amazing $380! I want to protect the privacy of the winning bidder, but I can reveal she’s from the south-eastern part of the U.S., and she’s going to gift it to her 85 year old mother. What a lovely gift, and thought!

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Here’s a chance to get a beautiful magewappa bento box and help Japan too! continue reading...

Bento4Japan, the Bento blogging community's fundraising site

My fellow bento bloggers have set up Bento4Japan, a fundraising site for the Japan Earthquake.

More details to follow.

Japan Earthquake

I know many people who follow this blog are interested in Japan. I’ve been translating Japanese news reports on my Twitter account for some hours now, and will try to do so for at least the rest of the day. If you’d like to follow along please follow @makiwi.

Update: I am still updating the news on my Twitter stream. If you want to do something, please consider donating to the Red Cross. In the U.S., you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the international relief fund for Japan. Elsewhere or if you want to donate another way, try the International Red Cross site at IRFC.ORG.

Another update: Please read this.

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Great Bento Ideas: Colorful charaben for Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival)

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This week I've selected some Hinamatsuri, or Girl's Festival (Girl's Day) decorative bentos for your viewing pleasure. continue reading...

Great Bento Idea: Udon noodles with meat sauce and a 2-for-1 flower

Terriyaki Pork Noodle Bento

After a brief hiatus due to my crazy schedule, the Great Bento Ideas series highlighting bentos from the bento blogging community is back! continue reading...

The Just Bento Cookbook giveaway and recipes on Serious Eats

The Just Bento Cookbook is featured as this week’s Cook The Book over on Serious Eats! You can check out some recipes from the book, starting with these Tofu Nuggets with Edamame, which are even vegan! (Meat eaters do not fear, they are really tasty if I do say so myself.) The recipe has been field-tested by Caroline of SE, so read her comments to see what she thought about them. Plus, they’re giving away 5 copies of the book! I am proud to be counted as a Friend of SE (I visited their World HQ in New York a couple of weeks ago), and it’s an honor to be featured there. Go over there and check it out - and if you haven’t gotten a copy of the book yet, you may get lucky, so go over there and give it a go! continue reading...