Number 26: A Simple Snack

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(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.

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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).

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2 comments

  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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