Today’s bento is another Hinamatsuri-themed one featuring Hello Kitty as a Japanese empress donning a pretty pink kimono. I don’t believe I have ever been a huge Hello Kitty fan. She is undeniably a popular pop culture icon for girls (and women) across the globe though. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making a Hello Kitty themed bento (since she’s a well-loved character), and what better way to realize that than in observance of Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day Festival.This has got to be my most elaborate kyaraben yet; I was a bit nervous preparing this one because I didn’t want to mess up and have had all my efforts wasted – especially since I was resolving not making a kyaraben altogether last night.
I opted for a simple kimono made out of salami and deli meat for my bento. I used the red part of a stick of imitation crab meat to make the waist band and further defined the clothing with a thin stalk of scallion. I then decorated the kimono with sesame seeds that I arranged to form little flowers.Overall, I’m relieved I didn’t mess up, and I’m happy with how this Hello Kitty bento turned out. 🙂