Ready to jazz up your meal in the most adorable way? Put some fun in your lunch box with your own kyara-ben.

Known as the “character bento,” the kyara-ben is a great way to get artistic with lunch—not to mention the secret weapon of many creative parents with fussy kids to feed. With shapes ranging from cute, simple faces to incredible likenesses of popular characters, there’s no end to the possibilities!


Sweet-and- salty fried fish cakes and konjac root (top left corner)

Place the cut nori (seaweed) over a slice of cheese. Colour in the mouth and straw hat’s ribbon with ketchup. (bottom right corner)


Panko-fried bacon, cheese and chicken breast sandwich, omelettes and broccoli.(top left corner)

Today’s tip

Cut the nori in the shape of some rough drawings.
The nori will shrink, so to prevent the cheese slices from bending, place nori on the back of the cheese as well. Put the cheese on top after the rice has cooled off.


Rie Kamiyama

Mother of two sons, aged 9 and 14 years old. Started making Kyara-ben six years ago when her son came back home without finishing the lunch she made him.