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.

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