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All food should have a face

If I had a cuteness bladder somewhere in my body, this site would be causing me to vomit from it uncontrollably due to overdose. I stumbled across it after doing a web-search for bento's, Japanese boxed lunches. I have had a bento exactly one time in my life at a Japanese restaurant in Columbus, Ohio during Origins and I enjoyed the experience much to my surprise. It's my usual penchant to bitch and complain incessantly when trying cuisines of the world. I'm not big into culinary exploration overall and I've stepped in a few bear traps over the years.

Anyway, I was thinking about how it might actually be nice to try different sorts of bento's and maybe even visit Japan one of these days. That's when I stumbled over the e-bento site and suffered an acute overdose of cute. For those of you who won't end up going to the site, here's the first image on the page. I don't even have to scroll around searching for a good one since they're all pretty much like this.

I have no clue how something like this would actually taste but if effort added to flavor, this would probably be a taste explosion. The entire site is full of pictures and ratings of various bento's, all of which, frankly, look too good to actually eat. I think it's more of a case where you're supposed to feast with your eyes.

While this is certainly not the average bento, even the normal ones seem to require craploads more effort to create then most Americans would even consider spending to make lunch. Just the fact that a bento is supposed to have just one or two items of each type makes it an incredibly time consuming affair. After all who is going to put through the effort to fry up just one shrimp tempura and up to half a dozen other things just to make one meal out of it. It puts the idea of slapping some bologna between two pieces of white bread to shame. These Japanese are really a funny people.


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Mar. 29th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
isnt this stuff supposed to be made by women for the guys who make them slaves?
Mar. 29th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Probably back in the old days. Now, all the men are obsessed with 2D moe blobs. I've been looking at some pictures of otaku shrines recently and it's some disturbing shit. There's usually a video image of the blob at the center of the shrine and then it's surrounded by branded merchandise of all types.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)

I see most of my weird japanese stuff on here.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hum, there's a coinkydink, me too. The entire site is a train wreck half the time. Someone sent me a link to the politician's comment about anime being a clear example that 2 nukes wasn't enough, no doubt thinking I would also be outraged. My response to him is that I challenge any sane individual to watch Bondage Games for the first time and not think exactly the same thing.
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