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  • Today's unusually warm temperatures and the winter plum blossoms make it feel like Spring has sprung,

  • and the best way to enjoy the blossoms is an outdoor picnic with friends.

  • Picnics become super popular this time of year,

  • and along with picnics comes the ubiquitous Japanese lunch: the bento.

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • Oh Sarah, are you digging into your bento?

  • Yes? Oh my goodness.. You ate all your meatballs already?

  • What do you guys do? Do you do the nori ... with the rice?

  • And you put some chicken in it too or just like that?

  • Uh, just like this.

  • Now these guys have real bentos here.

  • What kind of bento did you bring today, Takako?

  • Today is salmon bento

  • "Shake" bentosalmon

  • Looks delicious!

  • Wow!

  • Wow for real

  • Wowthat's good.

  • Everyone's different

  • She loves onigiri

  • It looks like it's from a convenience store

  • Did you make that? Yes.

  • You made that?! Wow!

  • It looks like a convenience store.

  • You put nori here

  • You put the onigiri (rice ball) here

  • If you do this

  • You open it.

  • It's nice, isn't it?

  • It's like a convenience store.

  • So the nori is crispy.

  • Really, a bento is just the Japanese word for any prepared or packaged lunch that you take with you (or buy along the way).

  • Hey Dude! Is lunch good? Yeah.

  • Good.

  • Here's what Ruth made meit's steak and rice. Oh, it's going to be so good!

  • Wait wait, look at Yoshi.

  • Everyone's so cute!

  • The photographer's side and those being "photographered"

  • "Photographered?"

  • Once you've enjoyed a good bento, then you can fully enjoy the beautiful spring blossoms of Japan.

  • Bentos and Blossoms are a match made in heavenwell, really Japan.

  • Can I have your phone?

  • What, I want your phone. OK take turns, OK?

  • Yea!

  • Whoa Dude! Did you find a cool stick to use?

  • Awesome.

  • What are you doing? Are you fishing? Are you a statue?

  • Ah, look, are you fishing? Did you catch.... Aw look, you caught a cute little girl. Look, aww!

  • Hi, how are you?!

  • After seeing the beautiful homemade Japanese bentos, we thought we'd ask Misa san to show us how she does it.

  • With three girls of her own, she knows all about making obentos.

  • Today we've come to our friends' house, Misa san!

  • She's going to teach us how to make kawaii (cute) obentos

  • Plus, I just found out that she has a massage salon,

  • So excited!

  • Fresh Salon, by Misa san.

  • Today we're making kawaii obentos and my friend went grocery shopping

  • And bought some super cute, prepackaged little things.

  • These are already pre-cut.

  • Look at these ampanman little sausages.

  • Oh my goodness!

  • Fun!

  • Egg

  • white soy sauce

  • What are you making now?

  • Japanese fried eggs

  • What was that?

  • Sweet sake

  • Ah, sugar.

  • This is so fun!

  • There's no time in the morning!

  • That's true

  • No time to beat

  • My type of mom.

  • fast is better

  • Which one?

  • This one

  • Anpanman Oh my

  • Edamame

  • Do you always put them in?

  • Sarah loves them.

  • Seasoned salt.

  • Nice

  • Omelet

  • I'm not that good...

  • Maybe you should watch YouTube...

  • You do a little bit, roll it, push it out and put the rest of your egg in

  • And then you keep rolling it.

  • Very interesting. I need to buy this type of skillet.

  • It's got a cool handle with it, too.

  • Well done.

  • The peanut gallery over there...

  • Meanwhile over here, there's some games going on.

  • (Singing) Let's go to the next world, yeah!

  • It's looking good.

  • How much stuff that I want to eat!

  • Cut them into the useful portions...

  • Freeze them, then cook it together.

  • So she has it all cut and ready to go.

  • She freezes it in the right proportions.

  • one by one

  • They're heating up in there, aren't they? Yes they are.

  • And now, the bento box?

  • I forgot our bento boxes.

  • So they have all sizes and styles and colors and dividers

  • It's just endless

  • Sena, soon you will be in 6th grade, right?

  • The same as Anna and Rebecca.

  • Onigiris for children are difficult because they're small.

  • This one portion can be used for one big onigiri

  • So fast!

  • About like that.

  • I just learned how to make onigiris the professional way.

  • By a Japanese mom.

  • The professional way.

  • And now from here...

  • It's that little triangle.

  • Oh cute!

  • If you do it like this...

  • and like this...

  • It's easy to eat.

  • Now this is the part that helps make it super cute

  • Is how they put it all in the bento box.

  • Isn't that cute?!

  • That's got salmon inside of it.

  • Which one should we use?

  • Help

  • This

  • Put them in the edamame.

  • Now stick that thing!

  • Anna's first go at it

  • Wow

  • One more

  • Now you can make bentos at home.

  • One more

  • Aw, so cute!

  • Because it won't fit in a small one,

  • I'll put the chicken in here.

  • That's quite the lunch. It is.

  • I knew there was corn - ha ha!

  • I knew it!

  • Wow! Look at that!

  • Can I eat it now?!

  • It's the finished...

  • Oh wait!

  • Oh egg! Wait, we're not done.

  • I'm going to watch this over and over so I can make it.

  • And now, where can it go?

  • How can we?

  • We need a bigger bento box!

  • Can I eat these two now? Sure.

  • Joshua, look!

  • Look at that complete bento box!

  • That is awesome. Amazing.

  • There's the beans, there's some corn, chicken, some eggs and rice.

  • Sausage... What are these?

  • Potato Oh, I really want it!

  • How many times have you made a bento lunch?

  • Oh Sarah, what's one of your favorite things?

  • Green beans. Edamame beans, right?

  • How is it?

  • Yummy? Oh good.

  • Yum! Oh, you finished it!

  • done.

  • Ah, Sena is making pizza.

  • Pizza master.

  • I'm really hungry. Well good, we're going to eat.

  • Sena, what's your favorite kind of pizza?

  • Probably margarita.

  • Nate also Yes, I also like it.

  • And now Anna's making the pizza.

  • I worked at Pizza Hut.

  • What?! Oh, you delivered pizza. Uh huh.

  • Many years ago.

  • OK, let's see. You got your nut and what are you doing?

  • Throw it and now I need to try to get it before it goes inside here.

  • Oh, before it goes in there you save it!

  • Can I try it? Can I try?

  • Can I try? No.

  • Now they're eating the bentoshow are they? Tasty?

  • Oh, the pizzas are coming outyummy!!

  • Look at this!

  • You're going to eat the whole thing?

  • No, only this little part. Oh, OK

  • Oh, now we get to have some pizza,

  • We get to eat some chicken and French fries and ooo, yummy stuff!

  • These are real French fries. They sure are real French fries.

  • And it's a Wii party timeoh my!

  • Oh boy!

  • Whose throwing?

  • Whose throwing? Sarah?

  • Sarah's throwing.

  • Oooooohhhhhh!

  • Sena jumps!

  • Jump Sarah, jump!

  • Joshua, we can't see you!

  • Picture!

Today's unusually warm temperatures and the winter plum blossoms make it feel like Spring has sprung,

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Making a Kawaii Bento with a Japanese Mother | Life in Japan Episode 98

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    Summer posted on 2021/03/12
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