All About Japan

How to Cook Cute Sausage Space Invaders!

Find out how to make these adorable sausage space invaders in just 60 seconds! Take us to your leader!

10-Minute Caramel Pumpkin Sauté

All you need is pumpkin, butter, sugar and soy sauce. Dry roasted almonds optional!

Bacon Pumpkin Stir-Fry

In this salty stir-fry, the flavor of the bacon combines with the Japanese pumpkin and is completed by the richness of the vinegar.

Better Know Your Pumpkin Types!

Renewed interest in heirloom vegetables means a few of the classic types are making a resurgence, with seeds available for growing at home even in Japan.

Make a Green Pepper Dinosaur!

Even though dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy eating them!

Whole Baby Pumpkin Gratin

To up the scare factor, carve a face into the side to make jack-o'-lantern brain stew!

Star Wars Rice Balls

Build your Galactic Empire with dozens of Stormtroopers that have pickled plums (umeboshi) for brains, led by a cheese-helmeted Darth Vader.

10 Rules for Good Bento

JustBento's Makiko Itoh shares the philosophy that guides her daily bento life.

Skull Pancakes

Perfect for breakfast on Halloween morning, this pancake skull-and-crossbones will make your onion eyes pop out!

Our Top 5 Bento Sites

Check out any of these inspiring sites to learn more about the brilliance of bento!

Get Your Bento in a Tube

Takara Tomy's Smart Han is a kind of push-pop for your leftovers.

This Kyaraben Tutorial is Totally Kawaii!

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.

The Tumbler Bento: Pure Genius!

YouTuber Ochikeron assembles three very different bento-style lunches in plastic travel tumblers. What a great idea!

5 Books for Mastering Bento-making

Here are a few bento books that we think you’ll find helpful and inspiring!

Spring Rolls, Japanese Style

This recipe for spring rolls, or "harumaki," may not be authentic—or at least, not authentically Chinese. It's authentically Japanese-Chinese, or "chuuka"—Chinese dishes that were introduced to Japan mostly in the late 19th to 20th centuries.

Wicked Monster Fruits

Have you ever been scared of grapes, kiwis, strawberries and oranges? You will be!

3 Great Pumpkin Snacks With a Japanese Twist!

Sharpen your sweet teeth: here are three healthy, nutritious and easy-to-make Halloween sweets with plenty of pumpkin!

Pork & Pumpkin Red Curry

Since both the pumpkin and the thinly-sliced pork cook quickly, this dish can be put together in no time at all!

Halloween Pumpkin Bread

Little Miss Bento's Shirley Wong explains how to make this adorable bread from scratch.

Little Miss Bento's Snoopy & Woodstock Bento

Little Miss Bento shows us how to do a proper Peanuts lunch box.

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