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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Japanese Cute Cartoon Bento Making

Shinjuku City, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Noriko

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

Learn the Japanese art of Kyaraben or charaben, a style of elaborately arranged bento boxes with food carved to look like different famous cartoon characters, animals, or other objects. These bento boxes started as a way to get children excited about trying different foods, but it's become an art form in Japan. There are even national contests for this food art!

In this online class, I'll help you design your characters and then turn those designs in to a meal. We'll carve fresh, seasonal ingredients into cartoon faces. It can be challenging, but I'll give you tips to make it fun. When your food art is complete, we'll snap photographs to show off your creations to the world.

I will send you the recipe, so you can gather your ingredients in advance

You can learn more about my in-person experiences and read reviews here https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/15562
Learn the Japanese art of Kyaraben or charaben, a style of elaborately arranged bento boxes with food carved to look like different famous cartoon characters, animals, or other objects. These bento boxes started as a way to get children excited about trying different foods, but it's become an art form in Japan. There are even national contests for this food art!

In this online class, I'll help you design your characters and then turn t…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Noriko can host private groups of any size, up to 10 guests. Private group rates start at $265.

What to bring

  • Cooked Rice
  • 2 eggs
  • Boiled Potato
  • Green seaweed flakes or parsley flakes
  • Sausage
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Fri, 4 Dec
4:00 am - 5:30 am (EST)
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Fri, 4 Dec
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (EST)
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Sat, 5 Dec
4:00 am - 5:30 am (EST)
$40 per person
$40 per person

Meet your host, Noriko

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 24 Reviews
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After a remarkable trip to rural New Zealand spent cooking and eating with a local family, I was inspired to return to Japan and share my own culture with travelers. So I began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo, sharing authentic Japanese food with the world. I specialize not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese home cooks use in their everyday cooking.
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Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

Chelsey
October 2020
This was such a fun, unique experience! I’m amazed how much we were able to learn in just 90 minutes— something so artful and complex was really thoughtfully broken down into manageable and fun pieces. There was a bit more cooking technique involved than I expected, but even a beginner chef like me managed to follow along. Give yourself time to find the ingredients! I didn’t realize I was missing some until class started. Overall, would try again!
This was such a fun, unique experience! I’m amazed how much we were able to learn in just 90 minutes— something so artful and complex was really thoughtfully broken down into manag…
Pedro
September 2020
We did this activity as a (remote) team event and it was lots of fun. Noriko explained all the steps carefully and waited if anyone was a little behind. The reading materials sent ahead of time were very useful to get everything set up. Noriko was very quick to suggest good alternatives if a particular ingredient was missing in our kitchens (and also with providing vegetarian options). In the end we all had a very cute (and edible) finished product. Overall lots of fun and highly recommended!
We did this activity as a (remote) team event and it was lots of fun. Noriko explained all the steps carefully and waited if anyone was a little behind. The reading materials sent…
Cynthia
August 2020
Amazing experience!! What a one-of-a-kind unique experience! Noriko and her co-host Mika were super friendly and patient; their attention to detail was much appreciated! I had so many questions and they were wonderful in answering them, and going at my pace. I am so happy that I can now make my own incredibly cute totoro bento box! Before this, I’ve only seen the bento box in movies and TV, and I am so thrilled that I can now start packing my own cute lunches!! ;)
Amazing experience!! What a one-of-a-kind unique experience! Noriko and her co-host Mika were super friendly and patient; their attention to detail was much appreciated! I had…
Charmaine
August 2020
Noriko is amazing! I had so much fun making my Totoro bento. She kept checking in with each of us to make sure that we are on the same page and was so patient with us!!
Amanda
August 2020
Our team from work had a great time making Totoro bento boxes with Noriko! She was patient and explained each step very clearly. The whole group had a lot of fun and learned some great cooking skills we will use in the future :)
Nicole
August 2020
Great experience to learn about making a bento box, which was for me always intimidating. So now I learnt the first steps and will definitely go deeper into the topic and redo what Noriko showed me. Was fun way to deep dive into very interesting Japanese culture! Thanks so much Noriko
Great experience to learn about making a bento box, which was for me always intimidating. So now I learnt the first steps and will definitely go deeper into the topic and redo what…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.