Yakisoba pan (Japanese stir-fried noodle bun)

Yakisoba is most familiarly served on a plate either as a main dish or a side dish. About Yakisoba, please refer former article. http://japaneseholland.blogspot.nl/2008/08/yakisoba-japanese-fried-noodle.html

Another popular way to prepare and serve yakisoba in Japan is to pile the noodles into a bun sliced down the middle in the style of a hot dog, and garnish the top with dried green laver and pickled ginger. Called Yakisoba-pan, pan meaning bread, it is commonly available at school stores in Japan (Mainly in high school) or konbini (convenience stores).

Because yakisoba pan is one of a standard menu in Japanese high schools, yakisoba pan is often appeared on many Japanese dramas, manga and anime like Gin Tama and Keion.

And "Go buy me Yakisoba pan! (Yakisoba pan katte koi yo!)" is one of a typical words in Japanese school drama or manga/anime that the student in boss grade gives order to his followers. You can also find this typical words in Gintama ep 101 by Okita.

Even Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin sing a song about Yakisoba pan that is titled "Great Yakisoba pan (Sugoize Yakisoba pan)".

【ニコニコ動画】【鏡音リン・初音ミク】すごいぜ やきそばパン【オリジナル】
Yakisoba pan (wikipedia)


One Piece - Tony Tony Chopper Bento.

This is an example of my kyaraben (character bento) workshop. I will teach this in the event or at home.
About One Piece check wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piece
About the workshop check http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html


Domo bento (for workshop)

An example of Domo Kyaraben (character bento)  for my workshop.
Een voorbeeld van Domo Kyaraben (character bento) voor mijn workshop.
More info:  Bento en Kyaraben workshop

Domo (どーも くん Dōmo-kun) is the official mascot of Japan's public broadcaster NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation).


Hamtaro Bento.

Made Hamtaro kyaraben (character bento). Hamtaro (JP: Tottoko Hamutaro) is a Japanese manga, children's book and anime series. The series revolves around a hamster named Hamtaro. He goes on adventures with a clan of fellow hamster friends known as The Ham-Hams (JP: Ham-chan-zu). Anime series was broadcast in many countries including the Netherlands.

About this my Hamtaro bento.

- Body - rice
- Hands and foot - Ham (not hamster's meat. Normal ham)
- Peanut (I didn't have a sunflower seed)
- Eyes - konbu

Hamtaro is een Japanse manga en anime. Het verhaal gaat over de kleine goudhamster die genaamd Hamtaro. De Nederlands title is "Hamtaro - Kleine Hamsters, Grote Avonturen". In Nederland werd de anime serie uitgezonden door Fox kids.
Bento en Kyaraben workshop: http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html

Hamtaro JP:

Hamtaro NL:


Makunouchi Bento

I made this bento so called Makunouchi bento.

All dishes for packing to bento box. Took a time to make everything.

However in Japan this type of bento is usually made by restaurants or special catering. Formal bento with a traditional black-lacquered, is provided in restaurants, or for a company meeting, or for a ceremony (like funeral). This type of Bento is not for taking to school.

Makunouchi bento is a popular type of Japanese bento which consists of various dishes. The word makunouchi bento ("between-act bento"), dates back to the Edo Period (1603 to 1867), when they were served during the intermissions of Noh or Kabuki theater performances.

From the Meiji Period onward, Makunouchi has become a common convention for bentos sold at train stations. Today even convenience stores usually also sell a bento under the Makunouchi name. It often contains more items and costs more than other offerings.

Kyaraben (character bento) workshop

Kyaraben, a shortened form of character bento, is a very popular bento style in Japan which features food decorated to look like Anime or Kawaii characters. At the workshop you learn how to make authentic Kyaraben and the result you can take home. More info http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html