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Bento Friday: super cute x sweet Totoro bento box

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Today we have a very sweet Bento Friday. Our bento box recipe of the week is about Totoro, one of my favorite Studio Ghibli characters. So, today we are going to create a Totoro bento box with easy ingredients. It’s going to be the cutest bento ever!

Ingredients: pan roll, mayonnaise, honey, egg, cheese, dark chocolate, chocolate balls. You can use cream too, to put into Totoro! We’ll also need a sharp knife to create all the shapes.

Let’s begin!

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Bento Friday: super cute Totoro bento box

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Today we have a very yummy super kawaii Totoro bento box: a cute big grey Totoro! I know, again with a bento box dedicated to Totoro. But I am still in shock about Studio Ghibli stopping doing more nice films, so I want to celebrate with a cute bento box with one of my favorite Ghibli characters: big Totoro.

Totoro ingredients: a cup or rice (choose the amount depending on how big you want to do your Totoro), black goma (sesame seeds), nori, cheese and shape cutters to create shapes.

First you need to mix black goma (sesame seeds) with rice. If you smash them before you can attain the grey color of Totoro. But remember that Totoro has a white belly, so we’ll need to create a separate rice ball for the belly, and put them together.

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Thank you for the smiles Studio Ghibli!

Thank you for the Smiles

I grew up with you,
you made me giggle,
you made me laugh,
you made me dream, think and draw.

Thank you for the smiles,
my friend from afar,
thank you for the dreams,
the illusions, the tears and the joy.

You created something beautiful,
for me, for my friends, for my kids.
You created something beautiful,
to love, to share, to treasure.

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Guess the fandom crossovers!

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Fandom crossovers artwork is really popular. Many artists wish to depict their favorite fandoms creating a mixture of them on paper or through digital art. Some are really astonishing! So, we are going to play a little game today: we are going to guess to which fandoms these crossovers belong to :) Easy, isn’t it?

We’ll start with the fourth one in our list. You can see two ladies dressed in a particular way. I bet you know both fandoms, but just in case, here you have the clue to discover the fourth fandom crossovers: both belong to Disney.

Know it? (I am sure you do!)

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The third one depicts characters that I am sure you know by heart. Anyway, here is the hint: the author of one of the fandoms has decided to retire (that’s why we are so sad).

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Missing Studio Ghibli already!

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This week we have had some bad news about Studio Ghibli. They are going to stop their anime production and concentrate on their assets (like trademarks). These are saddening news since it would mean that we are going to be left alone with no more Studio Ghibli new films. I personally find it very sad, since I love all the movies that Studio Ghibli has produced. My favorite one is “My neighbor Totoro.” Since I first saw Totoro, I always wanted to meet him, in person. It is quite impossible, I know, but having a plush toy makes the effect as well. I also lost count of how many times I’ve seen the movie.

Lovers of Studio Ghibli are going to feel like orphans. Year after year, we’ve been waiting for the new film to come out. The truth is that Hayao Miyazaki is already an old man, and has the right to retire. However, the fan in us feels somewhat lost and very sad at the idea of not having more Studio Ghibli’s films. Simply put: we love them. The characters are strong but sweet, staggering and cute. The world that Miyazaki has shared with us is sweet and thrilling. Through his movies we can learn values and enjoy kawaii and sweet anime.

Let’s celebrate what Studio Ghibli has done till now, all their movies, Miyazaki’s art, all the characters. Let’s make a small homage to the man who created a wonderful world for us. Let’s continue to enjoy all the works of Studio Ghibli!

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Artist: Victor’s Beard

Bento Friday: cute Inari-zushi Totoro Bento

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This Friday we have a very healthy and cute Inari-zushi Totoro Bento, that you can do yourself at home. Totoro is a very cute character loved by many all over the world. It was created by Hayao Miyazaki being one of his most famous and cutest creations. Through the Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has created lots of wonderful and cute characters.

To create your cute bento, what you need is rice, vinegar for sushi (sumeshi), black sesame, inari (fried tofu, mini size), pasta, nori, and some cheese. (If you don’t have sumeshi, you can skip it totally and create your inari-zushi Totoro bento without it.)

First, mix the rice with some vinegar and the black sesame. Once you’ve mixed it well, create small balls and create the onigiri (as seen in the picture). You can create different sizes of rice balls to recreate different Totoros. But, the best, is to create your Totoro bento taking into account your bento box size.

Cut the inari and shape it. Keep the remains to create Totoro’s ears. Take some pasta tiny sticks and fry them. Once they’ve got a golden color, attach Totoro’s ears with the inari.

Take the nori, and cut eyes, nose and belly. You can also decorate your Totoro in different ways. Then, decorate their environment with vegetables. You can create mountains with cherry tomatoes, or flowers with boiled carrots.

This is a very cute and healthy bento, funny to share with friends and to make it for your kids as well.

Source: Charaben Mania.

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Auction Wednesday: Laputa Castle in the Sky Voice-Activated Pendant

Have you ever wished you were in Ghibli universe? Well, this Voice-Activated Sheeta’s Pendant will surely make you feel like you are in Laputa: Castle in the Sky! Just say the magical world “Barusu!” and it will illuminate mystic blue glow.

Laputa Castle in the Sky Voice Activated Pendant


This item has just opened up for pre-order this month at Donguri Kyouwakoku, but it was so popular that all the stock has already been sold out. What a shame!

Don’t be worried. You can still get one by waiting till the second batch arrives (which it will, but the date is unknown), or, by finding it on Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya. On Rinkya, there are already a couple of listings from people who made pre-order. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in amazing world of Castle in the Sky!

Castle in the Sky Voice-Activated Pendant



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Bento Friday: Totoro with Acorns

Happy Friday!
Today’s bento features Totoro and Small Totoro with Acorns made of sausages!


This bento artist, karenmama, is extremely talented.
She even bakes bread shaped like Totoro characters. totoro-bento-rinkya-japan3


And this Totoro is made of black sesame steamed bun.



I’m utterly amazed by her skill.
Check out more bentos on karenmama’s blog.

Have a good weekend!

Browse all listings of Totoro on YJ Auction via Rinkya.