Number 26: A Simple Snack


(Red grapes, onigiris stuffed with nanbanyaki chicken)

Nothing special really; just a light snack I brought to school a while ago. The nanbanyaki chicken was leftovers from the previous bento.

Even though it is an overwhelmingly simplistic bento, I still find the red-white colour division, the roundness of the grape, and the uneven onigiris endearing. I know, I am attracted to strange details. Sometimes it is the tiny details, rather than the overall look, that really appeal to me. This may also explain the way I comment on other people’s bentos in the different online communities I frequent: I often just delve into one aspect of their creations instead of commenting on the general presentation.

At this point, I would like to introduce you to my canvas lunch bag from Shinzi Katoh. It is actually orange, although it looks red in the photo.


It is also the tiniest lunch bag I’ve ever owned. In fact, it doesn’t even hold my regular white box! Usually, I have a minimalist (read “boring”) all-black tote for my lunches, but when I use my omusubi box, I would take this. It is so small that I feel like a little kid whenever I carry it around at school, not that this is a bad thing per se. Perhaps when I have kids ten or fifteen years down the line and decide that I am too lazy to sew them lunch bags, I would give this to them (笑).



  1. I was flipping through your old entries and found your link to Shinzi Katoh.

    In a fit of stress-induced indulgence, I ordered six things from it — three totes, one lunch bag, a pair of chopsticks, and an onigiri box.

    I also made my first unattractive bento the other day for my lunch. It was onigiri, tamagoyaki, cherry tomatoes, and spinach with sesame sauce. It was very stress-inducing to have to spend 1 1/2 hours on it, but I liked it and know I can improve my bento skills with more practice. Even though my tamagoyaki was too greasy and I really suck at rolling it. I want a tamagoyaki pan! Also, a proper box for bringing bento to work, i.e., a Muji one.

    Also do you use an onigiri mold? You do, right? Or else I’m going to be super envious that you can shape such perfect onigiri.

  2. commoi

    Karen: I used triangular molds (of course) purchased from Daiso for my onigiris. The only types of onigiri that I can shape by hand are probably round or oval ones.

    And yay! I see that you’ve gotten yourself started on the bento-packing practice. And Shinzi Katoh is awesome and full of cute. I just realized that they have new stuff! Gahhh… Holiday shopping…

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