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This Kyaraben Tutorial is Totally Kawaii!

Video Bento

Too cute to eat? In this breezy clip, J-food vlogger and cookbook author Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook shows you how to crank the kawaii factor of your bento box to dangerously adorable proportions.

Known colloquially as kyaraben (from “character bento”), these lunchtime creations require surgical precision and a host of specialized instruments to prepare; we’re especially fond of the “nori punch” tool, which cuts perfectly-shaped mini facial features from sheets of dried seaweed. The adorable finished product is certainly a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

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