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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!

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.

Do You Wanna Build Olaf Potatoes?

Create your own edible Olaf—and his signature teeth—out of mashed potatoes.

Whole Baby Pumpkin Gratin

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

Our Top 5 Bento Sites

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

Autumn Bento for Nikko

A trip to Nikko inspires Shirley Wong to come up with a stunning seasonal bento design.

Make a Green Pepper Dinosaur!

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

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!

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.

Totoro Made from Tororo?

For a healthy and cute lunch, try this fresh new take on zaru-soba—Totoro made from tororo!

Skull Pancakes

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

10-Minute Caramel Pumpkin Sauté

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

Take a Guess Where This Breakfast Was Made!

We'll give you a hint: it's not from McDonald's!

'Momiji' Sushi Art

What could be more seasonal than maple leaves in a sushi roll?

Wicked Monster Fruits

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

Say Sayonara to Instant Ramen

Crank out your own homemade ramen noodels with this Easy-Make Ramen toy.

Dried Seaweed—A New Art Medium

No need for an exacto knife now that Kozen, a world-renowned seaweed supplier, has begun creating elaborate art designs on nori sheets.

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!

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.

Halloween Pumpkin Bread

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

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