Anime Lunchboxing

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” never dropped a lunchbox like this on my kindergarten picnic table!

Yikes! No Face stares hungrily up at the unsuspecting child who just opened his lunchbox…

There’s even a makkuro kurosuke seaweed-covered rice ball (staring up with little nori eyes off to the right),  from “Totoro!”

Ordinary Japanese moms were undoubtedly up before dawn with their nail scissors and tweezers, crafting these astonishing Miyazaki tribute bento boxes! And check out what they’re incidentally sneaking into their kids’ stomachs: seaweed, green beans, pickled radish and fish eggs…

These were both made by my friend Mizuki’s fellow preschool mothers.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

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