Chara-ben (Character Lunch Box) Making

Japanese “Bento” is popular as “BENTO” overseas. “Chara-ben”, a kind of bento which shapes rice and side dishes into manga and anime characters, is a unique culture of animation advanced country Japan, attracting attitudes all over the world In this plan, we gonna introduce you how to make a Chara-ben into popular characters among foreigners such as Kumamon and Totoro in English.
This will be an experience of making a very cute chara-ben decorated with seaweed and cheese easily. It will be too cute to be ate.
It is a new attempt to let foreigners get connections with Japanese culture through Japanese-style food.
* Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
* Starts: Shinjuku City, Japan
* Trip Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife >> Dining Experiences




Japanese “Bento” is popular as “BENTO” overseas. “Chara-ben”, a kind of bento which shapes rice and side dishes into manga and anime characters, is a unique culture of animation advanced country Japan, attracting attitudes all over the world In this plan, we gonna introduce you how to make a Chara-ben into popular characters among foreigners such as Kumamon and Totoro in English.
This will be an experience of making a very cute chara-ben decorated with seaweed and cheese easily. It will be too cute to be ate.
It is a new attempt to let foreigners get connections with Japanese culture through Japanese-style food.

Making cute shaped food using various ingredients.
We will make heart-shaped rolled omelet together and egg clape flower as well.
 Tako Winner is a cute-octopus-looking-cut wiener which needs to be first cut for making octopus’s feet. When you fry it in the fry pan and season it with ketchup, you will have a cute octopus.
 We also will use deep-fried fish sausage with seaweed and boiled broccoli.

Making a character’s face and body.
Making face and body by mixing black sesame and salmon flakes with rice.
To make eyes, nose, mouth, etc. by the ingredients as nori (seaweed), cheese, crab and so on.

Packing them in a lunch box.
Put the character in the middle and stuff the side food around it tightly.
 It’s so cute when finishing the bento making the cheers of “Too cute to eat!”

Stop At:

• Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), 2-1 Motoakasaka, Minato 107-0051 Tokyo Prefecture
• St. Ignatius Church, 6-5-1, Kojimachi, Chiyoda 102-0083 Tokyo Prefecture

Sample Menu

• Character bento