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Hello kitty or Pikachu bento box?

By nagomistation - Last updated: 土曜日, 1月 28, 2012
Story by Megumi

Making a basic healthy Japanese bento box for your next lunch is already a creative process but a kyaraben will definitely add a little more fun.

In a kyaraben, the food in your bento can look like cute cartoon characters, animals, or even beautiful plants. Making a kyaraben used to be just a trick to get children excited about eating their bento but it has now turned into an art form where even competitions are held. It’s popularity has actually spread across the globe but there is always room to recruit more kyaraben enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Osechi – dish for celebrate new year in Japan

By nagomistation - Last updated: 火曜日, 1月 3, 2012
Story by Megumi

Happy new year!


In Japan people eat traditional meal on new year days.
This meal called as Osechi and it’s variety kind of dishes and serves in a bento-box style plate.

People eat this Osechi with family and friends to celebrate new year.
I cooked Osechi for this year! We can also buy Osechi at department store, supermarket or even via internet in these days
but I tried to cook it with my sister on 31st Dec.


Datemaki Tamago 伊達巻きたまご – Rolled up sweet omlet

I love this sweet omlet very much! Originally my grand mother bought us a special Datemaki every year so my favorite taste of Datemaki is not a homemade but I wanted to try to cook by myself.

Kuromame 黒豆 - Sweet black beans

Cooking this dish takes a long time but we use pressure pot for this time so could save the time lot 😉

Steamed shrimp えびの出汁煮

All menu for Osechi has meaning and shrimp meaning “live a long time” because hip of shrimp stoop such as old man.

Kurikinton 栗きんとん -Sweet potato with chestnut

Kurikinton is my favorite Osechi menu as well. My mother made it every year when I was child 🙂 This is the sweet potato colored with brilliant yellow and put in some chestnut.

Typically this Osechi cooked a lot and have eaten for some days but we didn’t cook a lot for this time so it have been finished after few hours from 12:00 on Jan. 1st 😉

Nagomi Kitchen schedule the hands on style cooking classes for Japanese home cooking twice a month from this month to April, please check the date and join us if you are interested in Japanese food, cooking with original ingredients or condiments 🙂

Megumi Kusunoki, (@nagomistation) currently a cooking instructor in Tokyo started Nagomi Kitchen in hopes for people around the world to learn more about real Japanese food. Combining her passion for tourism as a former scuba diving instructor, bus tour guide, and marketing and sales manager for an online guide for tourists coming to Japan, and food, Nagomi Kitchen was born out of a labor of love. She hopes that through Nagomi Kitchen more people will become more familiar with Japanese food and ingredients and be able to incorporate Japanese home cooking into their daily meal.


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