I thought I’d seen it all when I encountered this device for making square eggs. Apparently, all you have to do is squish your perfectly hardboiled egg with the little plunger thingie, and Bob’s your square uncle. But…why?
My guess is it’s the newest weapon in the ever-escalating Bento Lunchbox Wars fought in the trenches of every school cafeteria in Japan! Say you’re a Japanese mom and you just didn’t hear that alarm go off at 5:00 a.m. when it was time to begin crafting the perfect Pikachu lunchbox. It’s so late, you don’t even have time to whip out a cheaterly version with your arsenal of Lunchboxing Power Tools. Your little darling will not be happy if you have to resort to slapping together a PB&J, even if you make it with leftover heart-shaped bread. You’re really up a creek without a paddle, unless you can produce something utterly novel in minutes. Enter…THE SQUARE EGG. Whew. You live to lunchbox another day.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!