Oya, I’m also pleased that finally I can come up with a short review of Kaerenmama’s bento book. Frankly speaking, I actually wanted to buy this book initially was because of the freebies that this book offers :D. I was dying to get the puncher since according to me the puncher would come out with great size and precise nori cutouts – and I’m totally right! :D. Not to mention, the additional gadget freebies are totally handy and very useful for bento making. I also got two pink heart and red ribbon picks and five cute cutters (sakura, heart, star, oval, and round that come in various sizes) – very great, rite? :D.
This bento book brings a lot of Japanese cute popular cartoon characters (HK, Rilakkuma, Chibi Maruko-chan, San-X characters, etc.) that are so familiar with us although we are not Japanese or live in Japan. I can’t read Japanese, but the pictorials given say louder to us :D. We are also informed about the tools we need to make the bentos. Another thing that I like from this book is that it offers quite balanced charaben ideas for girls and boys; for adults, the picnic bento ideas are also great to note in mind and then put the ideas on your own bentos :D. I think the charaben ideas of this book are also great for both bento newbie and “experienced” daily bento maker :D. The ideas are not too easy nor too difficult to copy. On some of the last pages, the readers are pampered with many useful tips in bento making such as how to make cute characters in a very simple way, how to make your own cute food picks, how to arrange good charaben, how to make bento decorations, etc. Really love this book. Aren’t you eager to add this book on your book shelves? ;p
I bought this book from Mummy Raifan, an online bento gadget shop on FB based in Singapore. If I look for certain bento gadgets that are still not available in Indonesia, she would always kindly help me to find them. She sent me this book directly from Singapore. But for my Indonesian friends, if you want to shop on Mummy Raifan with low shipping fee, you don’t need to worry about that. When she or her relatives back to Indonesia, they will bring your orders that later will be shipped in local fee from Jakarta. The only thing that you need is then… to be patient to wait little bit longer ;p. But if you want to hand your orders quickly, she surely can send them to you directly from Singapore :D. Happy shopping!