Here we are. The last bento news for the month. I hope you enjoy it. We are looking at 20 easy recipes, sending messages by food, and similarities between Japanese Architecture.
Come to think of it, I did Japanese Architecture as a subject a while back. Here is the YouTube Clip and Word List if it tickles your fancy.
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Good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage News today. The news is on bento, again, and
kawaii bento; and other stuff.
First story today, it's from a website called Parenting.com, how to parent. (http://www.parenting.com/gallery/bento-lunch-boxes?page=15) I saw the website. It made me think immediately of my friend, Yukiyo, because
I saw that she had put up on Facebook a picture of her daughter's kawaii bento she made;and she suggested that she wasn't that good at making bento, so this will be very useful
for her and anyone else who wants to make kawaii bentos.
A guide to making different kawaii bentos. Now this is not from Japan, this is from
overseas. So it's another indication of Japanese culture spreading overseas, which I like.
Anna Yamamoto, she is the bento master; and she has drawn up a menu of 20 different
kawaii bentos to make, complete with choking hazard. What not to give the babies,
people under five. Toothpicks and blueberries and stuff, or they might choke.
My favourite bentos in the list of twenty are: the Bunny Bento Lunchbox, the Cat and
Mouse, the Sheepish Love (coming from New Zealand, sheepish love? Don't worry about
that), the Piggy Pal, and the Cow Cute. All animal themes, I like those. They're pretty
kawaii. They're pretty cool and apparently they're pretty easy to make. So get in there.
Next story - mums, teenage daughters.
tough to communicate I think. I've never been a mum, I never will be. I've never had a
teenage daughter, I never will. So I will never know. But I have been a teacher of young
teenagers, so I understand the communication issues, kind of.
This mum, Kaori. She lives on Hachijojima Island in Tokyo. Her and her daughter, they
couldn't communicate. She'd talk to her daughter, her daughter would pfft, whatever. Or not listen at all. Not respond, so her mother started sending messages via her bento box.
Her first message was horror movie monsters, made from sausages and seaweed, boiled
in soy sauce.
After her friends commented on it, she started up a blog. The blog title, 'Iyagarase no
Tame Dake no Obento Burogu'. Translated to 'The blog on bento created solely for
As her daughter got a bit older and got closer to graduation, the messages became more positive. A bit more of a 'You can do it' tone, and her final bento was a commendation
certificate. You have to go and have a look at the link to check that out. It's in the script.
Finally, Japanese architecture and bento. What do they have in common?
(http://curbed.com/archives/2015/03/13/bento-japanese-architecture.php) Space creation is what they have in common. All about making as much space out of as little space as you've got. Bento - not a lot of real estate in there, same
as Japanese apartments.
This article is about an exhibition which is on in New York City funnily enough. The exhibition is called, 'Obento and built space. Japanese boxed lunch and architecture.' The articlegoes on talking about how bento boxes inspire architects to think about potential of
emptiness, craft, portability, and sustainability. It's all a bit arty for me. But how bento, and the fact that they don't have much space, trying to get as much in; same as Japanese apartments. Not as much living space, trying to get as much living area in. Space
creation - micro/macro. It also points out that at the exhibition, the apartments are
seen from the top down. Much like a bento.
The article's pretty cool. It's got some cool pictures of bento and of apartments.
Thank you very much. For members, script up tomorrow.