Cozy living room
Oh this is nice…. Mum might have moved out by June, bloody fingers toes arms and legs crossed!
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.
I miss painting a lot sometimes…
There’s a few good ones out there and deadlines are soon! Best apply tonight/tomorrow eh…
In other news: quite settled into the flat now albeit still with lots of stuff but hey it’s not that bad. Plus with a slightly ugly but better functioning kitchen I can safely entertain people now!
Art news: I drew quite a bit the other day in a sketchbook I’d forgotten I had. Next stage to scan and then guache some of these little pieces so WATCH this space.
Not much else to report on.. I can’t believe it’s 2014 and I’m guessing there’s going to be some great exhibitions coming up which is nice to look forward to. Erm oh and the turbine hall has reopened whoop whoop..
Post soon folks ;)
Well I still have no smartphone nor do I intend to get one… Moved into flat, currently decorating n ripping out kitchens! Working lots too so not much time for art, Negar is currently in Thailand otherwise she’s been busy at work too!
Better posts to come soon when I actually have access to art materials but OH I did see the Klee show at the Tate recently…. Not the best I’ve seen. Was actually quite surprised at some of the stuff he produced. Anyways back soon X
Can’t believe we’re actually going. Well here’s to many great times and thankyou to those who’ve actually been in my home. Roll on new one :’) x
Got robbed last night, I’m all right but phones gone so back to computer uploading only. Shame cus instagram to here is great… Hope ur all enjoying the sun :)
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Amazing street sculpture for first Thursdays! The paint was still wet.
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