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Character bento

IMG_1338_2Chara-Ben  is a boxed-lunch which is designed with a face of popular mascot characters. It was meant to interest children who have less interest in food to increase their appetite.

But now, the purpose of it is to create cute designs, and there are workshops in town that teach how to make these ka-wa-i-i lunches.

The photos show Bento-box designed with Kumamon and Funasshi , two popular Yuru Charas (cuddly mascots).

Kumamon’s face is made with nori (seaweed), his eyes with cheese and cheeks with imitation crab. Funasshi is mostly made with thin omelets, and his cloth with boiled fish paste.

Kumamon was the most popular character last year. But when it appeared on the Singing Battle of Red(female singers) & White(male singers) , which is televised annually on New Yeare Eve, it showed some obscene moves, and many young girls lost interest, causing decline of his popularity.

Now, Funasshi seized the opportunity and became the most popular Yuru Chara of them all.




Japan Autumn Colors, Momiji and Koi (c) Guillaume Nargeot

They are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.
Brocated Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation.

Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.

The most popular category of koi is the Gosanke, which is made up of three varieties, Kohaku(red&white), Showa-Sanshoku(red&black patterns on white) and Taisho-Sanshoku(red and white patterns on black).

A fry carp is not expensive, but once they grow up to be a large beautiful Koi, it may be traded for over U.S.$100,000.

There is a rumor that some Kois increase 1000% in value over a year.


Photo by Guillaume Nargeot


Chirashi-Don-Chris_ChangDonburi, Don, Donburi Mono / Bowl

Donburi is a deep bowl made ​​of thick porcelain or pottery.

When you serve steamed rice in a Donburi and top it with such side dish like tonkatsu(pork cutlet) or tempura, it becomes a Domburimono.

To begin with, aristocrats in old Japan basically used to serve the staple food rice with a main meal and side meals in separate dishes, and eat them separately each time with chopsticks.

But from around the late Edo period, some shops started to provide tempura or barbecued eel together with rice in a bowl, and appealed to impatient and careless common Edo people.

In these days, with a catchphrase of “Delicious, inexpensive and served fast, it’s the best lunch for busy film crews!” , a major beef bowl franchise came out with a bowl menu served with miso soup, salad and pickles, for only 500 yen (around 3 Euro.)

At the company management scene, we call a sloppy accounting which mingles salaries, office expenses, entertainment expenses and all other expenses together, a Dombli accounting, and we often find it among production companies. 

Photo By Chris Chang


chindon-crop“TinDong” is a drum set that can be played while walking, and we call “a band of musical sandwichmen, profession of street advertiser,” a “TinDongYa.” Passer are amused by their colorful costumes, lively performances and Cheerful messages delivered, the street advertising business with much history.






Shinzen Shiki

Japanese wedding (c) Guillaume Buret.A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.



Photo By Guillaume Buret