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CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO BOX SHOW.


CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO SHOW, charaben, cute yummy time, domo mascot character, domo stuffed toy, yumi london clothing, sailor moon hair, animal hair ties, la carmina, red pink scene hair girl, vivienne westwood leggings

NHK Japan documentary shoot, day one… lights, cameras, action!

Dress: Yumi, a flirty London brand inspired by Asian fashion. I couldn’t resist the Yorkie terriers print and the price (on sale for $70).
Leggings: Vivienne Westwood, a gift from my cousin and aunt. This is the first Westwood item I’ve owned!
Cute animal hair ties: from Daiso, the 100 yen (dollar) store.

CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO SHOW, charaben, cute yummy time, domo mascot character, domo stuffed toy, yumi london clothing, sailor moon hair, animal hair ties, la carmina, red pink scene hair girl, vivienne westwood leggings

TV shoots involve a truckload of equipment: lighting, tripods, cameras, you name it. The crew consisted of a cameraman, audio person, director, reporter, makeup artist — and yours truly. (The NHK team spoke to each other in Japanese; luckily, I knew what was going on!)

CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO SHOW, charaben, cute yummy time, domo mascot character, domo stuffed toy, yumi london clothing, sailor moon hair, animal hair ties, la carmina, red pink scene hair girl, vivienne westwood leggings

Before the cameras roll, there are hours and hours of preparations. The previous night was a mad rush to create sample character bentos (animal pancakes, frog pita sandwich, eggs dyed yellow with turmeric and transformed into chicks). I showed the host, Hana, how to draw kawaii animals.

CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO SHOW, charaben, cute yummy time, domo mascot character, domo stuffed toy, yumi london clothing, sailor moon hair, animal hair ties, la carmina, red pink scene hair girl, vivienne westwood leggings

Top: We had a five minute race to make cute faces out of healthy ingredients. Right: Our completed character bento sandwiches (can you recognize my cat, Basil Farrow?). Left: This is Japanese TV — so we had to be extra smiley and energetic and cute. Hana picked up a cashew nut and said, “This looks like a smile.” I held raspberries in front of her eyes and made them dance. V-fingers!

CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS! KAWAII COOKING FOR NHK JAPAN TV DOCUMENTARY SHOOT, NEW YORK WAVE BENTO SHOW, charaben, cute yummy time, domo mascot character, domo stuffed toy, yumi london clothing, sailor moon hair, animal hair ties, la carmina, red pink scene hair girl, vivienne westwood leggings

Filming involves take after take after take… Hana had to repeat a line six times: “Kawaii, ne? I’m going to turn this into a sandwich!” We began at 10 am and kept on going until well past 6pm. TV work is tiring, but oh so fun…

The New York Wave episode about cute bento boxes will air this February on NHK; I’ll be sure to let you know the exact time and put up segments on YouTube (please subscribe so you won’t miss out). More goofy photos from the shoot to come.

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In recent press

† Popular Philadelphia radio show Chef’s Table interviewed me about my recipe book Cute Yummy Time (you can stream the show on the site).
† CNNGo is doing a four-part series about Cute Yummy Time recipes; the first one gives a tigerish makeover to India’s chicken tikka masala.
If you’re interested in many more cute-faced recipes, please check out my new cookbook, in stores and available online.

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52 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow! we have to cook something while in L.A La Ca ! ;D
    Everything you do looks so tasty and healthy !! a combination many believed didn’t exist!!
    I’m worthless as a chef and all I try ends up in misery^_^

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      That’s not true — your spicy baked bread sounded delicious! We’ll have to film a DEATH COOKBOOK video in LA!

  2. Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    very cool. When is the documentary gonna air and will it be in English or Japanese?

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      In February, I dunno the exact date yet. I’m sure La Carmina will let everyone know as soon as she knows. As for language, the whole show was in English aside from lots of use of the word “Kawaii”

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      ^___^
      It will air in early February on NHK (but I’ll upload segments onto YouTube). It’s in Japanese and English; there will be subtitles under my English-speaking parts, I believe.

      • Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

        Oh yes, I forgot about voice overs >.<

  3. Posted January 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow! we have to cook something while in L.A La Ca ! ;D
    Everything you do looks so tasty and healthy !! a combination many believed didn't exist!!
    I'm worthless as a chef and all I try ends up in misery^_^

  4. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    aww they’re soo cute!! i think i wanna go make a kawaii bento for lunch now haha

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      Hahah awesome!!

  5. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    so cute….nhamnhamnhammmm

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

      They were delicious indeed

  6. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    LOVE vivienne westwod. I am currenly lusting over her new bags..

  7. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    La Carmina + Domo kun rulezz!!

  8. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    You are really amazing artist :)

  9. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Forgot to say, i love your outfit <3

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you darling! <3 I really appreciate it!

  10. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Cute!

  11. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I want that dress!

  12. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I want that dress!

  13. Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    very cool. When is the documentary gonna air and will it be in English or Japanese?

  14. Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Waah! That dress is adorable! Still waiting for pictures from the school! ^^

    • Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      I’ll post them in the next week or so (gotta go chronologically!) But they turned out SO well — it was a big success! Thanks again for all your help!

  15. Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    i can’t wait to get ur book!! it’s exciting!! woot woot!! ^_~

  16. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    In February, I dunno the exact date yet. I'm sure La Carmina will let everyone know as soon as she knows. As for language, the whole show was in English aside from lots of use of the word “Kawaii”

  17. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    aww they're soo cute!! i think i wanna go make a kawaii bento for lunch now haha

  18. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    so cute….nhamnhamnhammmm

  19. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    LOVE vivienne westwod. I am currenly lusting over her new bags..

  20. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    La Carmina + Domo kun rulezz!!

  21. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    You are really amazing artist :)

  22. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Forgot to say, i love your outfit <3

  23. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Cute!

  24. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I want that dress!

  25. Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I want that dress!

  26. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    That's not true — your spicy baked bread sounded delicious! We'll have to film a DEATH COOKBOOK video in LA!

  27. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    ^___^
    It will air in early February on NHK (but I'll upload segments onto YouTube). It's in Japanese and English; there will be subtitles under my English-speaking parts, I believe.

  28. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Hahah awesome!!

  29. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    They were delicious indeed

  30. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you darling! <3 I really appreciate it!

  31. Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    ^__^

  32. Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Oh yes, I forgot about voice overs >.<

  33. Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Waah! That dress is adorable! Still waiting for pictures from the school! ^^

  34. Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I can’t get over how cute ur chicks are! lol

    • Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

      They literally were too cute to eat… we had to throw them out after! (They were left out too long to be edible…)

  35. Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I'll post them in the next week or so (gotta go chronologically!) But they turned out SO well — it was a big success! Thanks again for all your help!

  36. Posted January 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    i can't wait to get ur book!! it's exciting!! woot woot!! ^_~

  37. Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Love your hair!

  38. Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I can't get over how cute ur chicks are! lol

  39. Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    They literally were too cute to eat… we had to throw them out after! (They were left out too long to be edible…)

  40. Posted January 22, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Love your hair!

  41. Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the show! I’ve seen Japanese shows and yes, they are extra perky on camera. The bentos look delicious.

  42. Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the show! I've seen Japanese shows and yes, they are extra perky on camera. The bentos look delicious.

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