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bento#14 Katamari Damacy December 6, 2008

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Most my bento have been Studio Ghibli themed since I started making bento, and I wanted to make something different.
My boyfriend and I love video games. We each own a PS2, an xbox360, an wii, and a DS lite. So I decided to make a video game themed kyaraben for a change.
I looked at his video game collection and found a game we both have and love. And it was Katamari Damacy!

Bento#14: Katamari Damacy
Created and eaten on: 10/17/2008

Katamari Damacy is created by Japanese developers. The game has a very unique concept and style. You can look at Katamari Damacy in Wikipedia for a full description of the game, but basically you’re a very tiny “Prince”, and his father, the King of All Cosmos, destroyed the stars, constellations and Moon. Now Prince has a mission to rebuild what his father destroyed by rolling a very tiny katamari (clump) onto “stuff” and make the katamari bigger. These “stuff” are pretty much anything you can find in Japan. And in the game, they are scattered all over the house, streets, park, town… everywhere. I’m not going to review the game here because this is my bento blog, but the game is just sooooo addicting.
Once I had an idea, it was pretty easy. I just needed to make a rice ball, and put lots of stuff from the game on the rice ball. I knew it’d be a lot of work, so I tried not to worry too much about the details.

First, I made an egg sheet and put it in a bento box for background. Then I made a bowl out of rice, put left over curry in, and covered it with the lid which was also made out of rice.

And I made tiny sushi, tiny carrots, tiny radishes, rice balls, etc…

Making those little foods may look like a pain in the neck, but it was actually the most fun part of making this bento.
After that, I put the little foods on the rice ball. I was already giggling looking at the “katamari” at this point, because it looked so ridiculously cute!
I wrapped potato salad with microwaved lettuce leaves, and shaped it like Prince. I snapped off the stem of parsley and put it as Prince’s arms and legs.

I probably had the same expression on my face when I was making him.

This bento may look crazy & complicated, but I had an awesome time making it. Everything went pretty much the way I wanted. Of course, I couldn’t close the lid on the bento, but I could care less. Besides, that was the whole point of the game!😛

I’d usually write what each parts are made of in the end of a post, but for this bento, please visit my flickr for the detail. There is just so much detail to write in here!

EDIT: Seems like I’m getting a lot more traffic than usual, (thanks to reddit, digg, metafilters, kotaku, kottke, etc…) and I just wanted to make something clear for those who never had Japanese curry.
As you can see in the pictures above, there’s chicken curry (with potato and carrot) inside the rice bowl/ball thing. And you usually eat curry with rice. That’s it. The little foods are just extras. And they’re mainly vegetable and egg.
So please don’t worry. My boyfriend is getting enough nutrients just from curry and rice. =D
This is also a good way to pack curry for bento, because this way, the curry doesn’t stain your bento box.
You don’t have to make a bowl out of rice, but just fill a lunch box with rice, scoop some rice with a spoon (don’t scoop all the way to the bottom) and pour curry in. If the curry is too soupy, it might leak to the bottom, but if it’s left over curry and was in the fridge overnight, this usually works well.

For more pictures of my bento, visit “Bento!” set and “Bento details!” set on my flickr page.

Comments»

1. Biggie - December 7, 2008

Hi Anna,

I’m impressed by your work here on Bento Factory — nice photos and how-to’s! I wrote up your blog on Lunch in a Box today; have a look if you’re interested. http://lunchinabox.net/2008/12/07/interesting-bento-blog-by-anna-the-red/

Cheers,
Biggie

2. asphericalcow - December 7, 2008

I just came across your site, and I love the themes you use for your bento. It’s nice to see things that are geeky instead of hello kitty. 🙂

3. Sile - December 8, 2008

This is the best bento I have ever seen! I recently became addicted to Katamari and I’ve been sitting here laughing for the last few minutes. It’s great! The detail you put into your bento is amazing!

4. taroking - December 8, 2008

ur boy friend is one lucky guy🙂

5. 360 DEGREES Weblog » Blog Archive » Katamari Damacy bento box - December 9, 2008

[…] at this and tell me then that I shouldn’t play with my food! Anna the red’s bento factory shows you how to make this from otherwise boring food […]

6. kimli - December 9, 2008

I’m a huge Katamari fan, and this is one of the most creative tributes I’ve ever seen. I love it! You are awesome!

7. theenglishpaperstudent - December 11, 2008

A Lovely blog. I love cooking and this brings a special thank you to brightening up this stormy New England day here in New York!

8. spider goodlegs - December 16, 2008

WANT.

9. writeawrong - December 17, 2008

anna – your bento boxes are on holiday wish lists!

http://www.tokyomango.com/tokyo_mango/2008/12/tokyomango-readers-holiday-wish-list.html#more

keep it going! when is my Tranceformer Optimuz box coming, huh??!

10. hi,mitcho - January 5, 2009

I think this bento is one of my favorites so far… I think I had the same expression as Prince when I saw it!

11. Timur Izhbulatov - January 30, 2009

Hi Anna!

I like the pink swirl in naruto. It’s Debian!🙂

12. Meg - March 3, 2009

So cute! I just wrote up your gaming bentos on Thumbgods

http://thumbgods.com/archives/2009/03/03/cooking-mama

13. theenglishpaperstudent - March 19, 2009

A link to Ana’s site is now listed on MSN next to my “English Paper Student’s Blog” listing. Good Luck Ana!

14. Mickey C - March 28, 2009

KAWAII!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^

15. Kanon - June 7, 2009

Amazing! You are super talented!


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