How to Make Kawaii Japanese-style Lunchboxes

How to Make Kawaii Japanese-style Lunchboxes

Lunch boxes in Japan are a little different from those in other countries. The bento box, a Japanese-style lunchbox is a single-portion boxed meal usually composed of a carb (rice or noodles), a protein (meat or fish), and an assortment of pickled or cooked vegetables. When making lunchboxes for children, the use of characters and other Kawaii items is used to make children happy and to encourage them to voluntarily eat foods they dislike.


  1. Use goodies

    • Lunch Picks
    • Rice Ball Mold
    • Ham Cheese Cutter
  2. Ideas for Changing the Shape
    • Heart shape Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette)
    • Cut the sausage into various shapes
  3. Wonderful character bento!
    • Halloween kyaraben
    • Chip Ster Kyaraben
    • The Simpsons Kyaraben

    Use goodies

    In Japan, there are many goods that can be used to make cute bento. The best way to make a cute bento is to use those goods.

    Lunch Picks

    Some use green or other picks to make the color of the bento better, but I recommend picks with characters on top. You can use these picks to stick three meatballs together, or you can use them to stick fruit or other desserts.

    Rice Ball Mold

    You can use this to make miniature cat rice balls. The set includes a cat onigiri mold that can be made by simply shaking the handle, as well as face and paw cut-outs. It can be used not only with nori (seaweed) but also with ham and cheese, and you can drizzle soy sauce on it to make a cat with three colors of fur, or wrap nori around it to make a black cat!