11 9 / 2014

Shake shake shake it out to this song. Thanks to today’s discovery milq.com

07 9 / 2014

I scream, you scream, we all scream! #icecream #yelplatam #saopaulo

I scream, you scream, we all scream! #icecream #yelplatam #saopaulo

06 9 / 2014

Dusty Muffins, Winnie Baygo, Sharon Needles #4ever.

Dusty Muffins, Winnie Baygo, Sharon Needles #4ever.

27 8 / 2014

#Outerspace or #Brasilia? The sun has never felt hotter than in this UNESCO world heritage city.  (at Museu Nacional De Brasilia)

#Outerspace or #Brasilia? The sun has never felt hotter than in this UNESCO world heritage city. (at Museu Nacional De Brasilia)

09 8 / 2014

My #husband is ready for bed. Giles forever.  (at Sugar Land, Texas)

My #husband is ready for bed. Giles forever. (at Sugar Land, Texas)

05 8 / 2014

Afternoon with Sasha the mini Shar Pei!  (at Bio)

Afternoon with Sasha the mini Shar Pei! (at Bio)

08 5 / 2014

In my favorite neighborhood, Palermo. Love the colors and the cobblestones (at Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

05 4 / 2014

Thank you, Brazil, for introducing me to my new favorite #beer. And for always giving me three bottles in an ice bucket.

Thank you, Brazil, for introducing me to my new favorite #beer. And for always giving me three bottles in an ice bucket.

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29 1 / 2014

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Inside the Bento Box: Exploring the Art of Charaben (#キャラ弁)

To see more photos of beautifully decorated bentos, browse the #キャラ弁 hashtag.

For many Japanese people, having home cooked bentos, or boxed meals, for lunch is a part of everyday life. Often parents will wake up early in the morning to prepare and pack the lunches into individual bento boxes for the whole family before they go to school or work. In recent years, the daily endeavor to prepare a balanced and appetizing meal has evolved into an artistic talent. These have taken the form of “charabens" (キャラ弁), short for "character bentos."

Charabens are bentos that are arranged to resemble famous characters, animals or other cute icons using the ingredients of the meal. Charaben making originally started as a way to encourage fussy kids to eat everything in the bento, including vegetables. Nowadays, with more cooking ideas and specialized tools at hand, this elaborate style of bento creation has become a hobby for many mothers. The bentos are increasingly sophisticated with rice balls shaped into rabbits, eggs baked to form stars and seaweed carved out into kids’ favorite manga characters. Skilled charaben are also beginning to gain recognition for their craft as many mothers have taken to writing blogs and cookbooks about their work, producing new cooking utensils or even entering charaben cooking contests.

These kids have it so good

20 1 / 2014

We split the salad, he took care of the check.

We split the salad, he took care of the check.