It’s official, my throat is sore and I’m coughing. I think there is a 99% chance that I’ve caught the delightful Bronchitis/nasal infection combo that my mom, sister and most recently husband had. Oh joy.
But since I haven’t lost my appetite yet, I thought I’d blog about some nice bento’s.

I came across a Bento Flickr set which has some pretty amazing Bento’s. I love how they have become more international with all types of food. I have once in my life gotten the chance to eat from a bento at a delicious Japanese restaurant in Iceland. I wish I had the patience to pack one everyday for school or work.

I’ve seen so many versions of bento’s and it’s great how the Kawaii plays in with all the cute little faces and characters. I also adore the little accessories that you can buy to include in your bento like tiny plastic bottles for your soy sauce and molds to put your hard boiled eggs in to make different shapes (seen below).

Just a final thought, being sick is kinda cute, well if your not dying or anything like that. But the whole helplessness, vulnerability and being nurtured is definitely cute, just thinking about characters from cartoons and children’s books under the covers with thermometers in their mouths. Cough, cough.


July 31, 2007. Cute other, Cute packaging. Leave a comment.


I love the whole philosophy of cereal. Of course we know that cute sells but since cereal is both for boys and girls it can’t be too cute. It also has to be silly and a little crazy. BooBerry above is one of my favorite (well the oldest version), he is a very simple drawing, with big eyes and a pitiful look on his face, the perfect cute. You just wanna pick him up and give him a hug.
There is also something romantic about the nostalgia, like with so may other things. The two dimensional flatness of the old characters just does so much more for me than then new stuff. If they had characters like that on cereal boxes today, I’d probably buy the cereal just for the box.

To prove my point on the older versions being better than the new ones, here is an example:

Tony the Tiger in the 50’s. He may not have the specific features of cute (big googly eyes etc.) but he looks like a friendly guy that you can trust (other than being a man eater).

Tony the Tiger today. This picture just freaks me out. What happened here? How did that nice, little tiger turn into a steroid abusing, weight lifting macho man? Just scary.

If you want to learn more about cereal characters through the ages check out this page.

July 30, 2007. Cute packaging. Leave a comment.


So I had the honor of trying Kidsbeer, straight from Japan. It was actually pretty good, tasted nothing like beer (don’t think kids would like the taste of beer too much). Tasted more like apple ceder. Will I switch from regular beer to Kidsbeer? Nope.

July 12, 2007. Cute packaging. Leave a comment.


Japanese beer for kids! Maybe not the best idea in the world but I have to admit that I love the label.

Via Weird Asia News

May 31, 2007. Cute packaging. Leave a comment.

Packaging to drool for

James Bowskill has an awesome scrapbook on his blog with Japanese packaging that he calls Of the Shelf.

May 14, 2007. Cute packaging. 1 comment.