I’m born in Japan, came to the U.S. in 1994, and I have been living/moving around in the state of New York since then.
I went to an art school in NYC but, just like 95% of the art students, ended up working a non-art related job.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. I used to be a full-time translator for anime shows, and for some strange reason, I have recently become a full-time GM for an online card game called Alteil. I wasn’t hired because I was a good card game player or anything. I do translation for the game. Beating me in the game means nothing! (So please try not to murder me mercilessly if you happen to duel me :P)
I still love creating stuff with my hands in my free time and I enjoy sewing, cooking, and drawing. I’ve made tons of plushes, but I always had a problem finding a place to display them, and I would usually just give them away.
I guess I get more excited while making them and when I finished making them, but not so much after that.
But recently, I’ve discovered a love for making bento (lunchbox in Japanese)!
In Japan, a lots of moms wake up early to make bento for their kids and their husbands. And often, they make cute animals or characters from anime shows out of food, so that kids will enjoy eating healthy food. Those bento are called “Kyaraben” or “Charaben”. (character bento)
It’s so much more challenging than making a plush, and takes only about a couple of hours. But no, I don’t spend the couple of hours straight to make bento. I get up 6 in the morning, and we try to leave the house around 9:15-9:30. And most time, I prepare the food the night before, sometime while I cook dinner. (EDIT: I changed “takes only about 5 hours” to “a couple of hours” because, usually 1 hour for doing a sketch for bento, 1 hour for preparation the night before, and a couple of hours in the morning)
The best part is, your work will be eaten and gone by the end of the day!
So, I’m going to write about bento, plush, food and anything I create in my blog. Nothing serious, just for fun.
I hope my creations make you go “ooh, neat”.
All anime & video game characters are copyright of their respective owners.
Q: Where are the other bento I’ve seen on Kickintheheadcomic’s flickr page or some sites on internet?
If you’d like to contact me, please email me at annathered[at]gmail.com