In about a month’s time, I will be in Japan! For this holiday, I want to experience autumn and momiji.
Momiji is the Japanese name for maple tree. Just like sakura flowers viewing is the must-do during spring, the viewing of autumn leaves is an equally a popular activity in Japan during the autumn seasons.
I will be going to Nikko (up north of Tokyo), which is one of the well known viewing spots for momiji. Am excited! And made a autumn bento ahead of time~ heheh.
In this autumn bento, I made layers of maple leaves from egg sheet, carrot and maple shape mochi. I also sprinkled some furikake (rice topping) at the base and along the curve edges of the magewappa bento box.
Do you spot a character in this bento – It is fox! (or kitsune in Japanese).
This is my first fox character bento. It is so super easy, made from sliced carrots and seaweed for its features. A creative use of my cutters – oval cutter (for head), sakura petal cutter (for hands and legs), bird cutter (for tail).
I simply cut a small triangle at one end of the oval for the head. And for the tail, I trimmed off the ‘beak’ of the bird shape.
The bento was packed in my lacquered magewappa bento box, from Asakusa Magewappa Store. Each of their bento boxes are handcrafted by master craftsman Yoshinobu Shibata and his son Masahisa Shibata. I had a opportunity to visit their amazing store when I went to Japan in my earlier trips.