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I know this is a silly post, but I follow Hello Kitty on Facebook (She’s real, okay? Deal with it. :P ) and it just posted this adorable photo of Kitty-Chan and family for Parents’ Day, which is apparently today! So Happy Parents’ Day, everyone, hope it’s a good one!

Happy Parents' Day from Hello Kitty!

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Not a fancy bento today, more like a quickie! Some mackerel rice, peas and carrots, mini hamburgers and an omelet.

More bento photos at CMKA, my bento bloggie!

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Just a flyby to welcome a new baby into the world! A panda named Shin Shin at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo just bore a cub, the first panda to be born in the zoo after natural conception in some 24 years – welcome, little one!

The event is so major that Oreo’s even made up a little cookie to look like a panda, isn’t this sweet?

It comes hot on the heels of their controversial but also much welcomed declaration of solidarity with the LGBT community by marking Pride Day with a rainbow stuffed cookie. Go Oreo!

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Trying to get back into bento posting. Top tier: Rice w/tuna salad & furikake, green beans, octodogs. Bottom tier: Apricot Jell-o, peaches and maraschino cherries.

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The first bento in quite awhile that I’ve had the presence of mind to take pics of. Top tier: Rice layered with tuna salad and topped with nori/egg furikake, a nori strip and a bologna bear face. Bottom tier: Stir fried green beans in olive oil, garlic and spring onions. Octodogs and crab dogs with a little blue fox cup of BBQ sauce.

More bento photos at CMKA, my bento bloggie!

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About two weeks ago I splurged on eBay and bought some Easter-style Hello Kitty furikake packets, they just arrived today! They contain four of each Tarako, Katsuo, Egg, Salmon, Okaka and Veg – can’t wait to try them out. Isn’t the package cute? When I open it i’ll be sure to include images of the individual packs! :)

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Simple bento of sweet and sour baked chicken breast, rice and mashed carrots with five spice!

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I LOVE this! It’s my new project! I’ve also been looking for it for two years, and found it at Oh! Crafty Me! It’s originally from Sanrio, and it’s an easy-to-print and make mini chocolate box featuring my beloved Kitty Chan aka Hello Kitty, Sanrio‘s flagship character.

Hello Kitty Chocolate Box Project

Isn’t it darling? Don’t you just want to eat it up? Well, I’m mirroring their link in case it goes down to make sure that everyone has a copy if they want it. Thanks so much to Oh! Crafty Me for preserving this bit of Sanrio history for us!



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I’m not partaking in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, due mostly to the fact that I’m working and too far away from any sort of celebration to get involved but I wish everyone a happy day!

I’m dealing with a little data entry, which I hate lol, and alternating between wasting time watching Jurassic Park and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, lol.

Hello Kitty

I hope you enjoy this adorable Hello Kitty pic that someone created (not me!) and posted to my facebook – Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all! Be safe, be responsible and have fun!



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My very first use of my only Hello Kitty bento which includes the adorable Kitty-chan in strawberry-milk pink and sparkles. The bento came with a matching triangle onigiri press.

Green peas, baby carrots (raw), octodogs (little smokies), onigiri and a couple of Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses!

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I didn’t have an extra moment to post about it earlier, but for those of you keeping track it’s been a full year now since the devastation in Japan. Not only did many lose their lives in the destruction caused by a combination of earthquake and tsunami, but the nuclear power facilities at Fukushima famously melted down.

It was the tsunami, caused by the largest earthquake ever to strike Japan, which killed more than 16,000 people, destroyed or damaged roughly 125,000 buildings, and left the country facing what its prime minister described as its biggest crisis since World War II. Yet it is Fukushima that is habitually accorded the “disaster” label.

So what, if anything, has changed in Japan? Well, for starters the world has had the honor of witnessing a country hold together in the face of crisis in a way that we in the West have yet to master. America is still grieving the September 11th attacks (please use your brain before commenting about my use of 9/11 in this post, I’m not mocking it, before some idiot ‘patriot’ starts in on me) that happened over a decade ago and spawned war, crisis and a return to what Conservatives think God wants. While we’re using the deaths of our loved ones and countrymen as political and religious cannon fodder, the Japanese have already started springing back after a disaster of mega proportions. And in only a year’s time.

Now, not everything is perfect – or even close. But the Japanese have been taking control of their lives in a way we refuse to. We’ve heard stories of heroism when the elderly risked radiation poisoning by helping in non safe zones to keep younger people from giving up the lives they have ahead of them. We’ve heard about people setting up make-shift hospitals, make-shift businesses and houses as they try to move on with their lives. We’ve heard of the way news spread across the country via small radios thanks to enthusiasts who went out of their way to report the stories. And now we’re hearing about progress – progress like Japan’s auto industry’s bounce back, and the government shutting down nuclear reactors and trying to turn focus to green energy.

But not everything is hunky dory in The Land of the Rising Sun. They struggle every day, but like the Japanese so often do, they struggle together instead of against each other. I wish them well, and I’m sure you do, too.

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I’m taking a pause in Japan love for a moment to say happy 15th anniversary to the single greatest teen drama, possibly greatest tv show period, that has ever aired on any network. In 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered it’s first episode, Welcome to the Hellmouth, as what seems to be a mid-season replacement. It began on the brand new WB network and set a magnificent example, ensuring the network’s survival until the show was off the air.

Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz and – hot mom to end all hot mom’s – Kristine Sutherland, Buffy was at once a continuation and a fix for the now iconic, but more fluff and bunnies original film starring the amazing Kristy Swanson (who played Buffy better than anyone gives her credit for). A lot of the first and second seasons of BtVS contain setups, gags and story devices originally meant for the film which had been yanked away from Joss by the studio and torn limb from the limb on a lonely mountain top.

No show, or any other art medium, has had so great an impact on me as Joss Whedon’s Buffy. No character so relate-able as Buffy Summers. No metaphors for childhood so on the spot as the ones intertwined with supernatural evil. No love story so beautiful and tragic as Buffy and her Angel, and no stories so touching and hopeful than those that played out in front of us in those early years on the Warner Brothers backlot with no money, few sets and much passion.

The character’s were strong and weak, beautiful and ugly sometimes. Their archs, dress, actions and speech set the tone for everything that came after them and coined the phrases “Pre-Buffy” and “Post-Buffy” to describe medium before the show, and the forever impacted medium that came after.

Thank you, Joss, for not letting go of your vision even when it seemed like it would never happen. Thank you for sticking with it. And thank you for realizing that, when you’re a teenager, everything is life and death.



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Getting back into the daily bento habit has been a real scream! Simple bento for lack of time that consists of some rice with homemade furikake, mashed carrots with honey and pepper, sweet and sour pork, a few grape tomatoes and octo dogs!

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I’m half working (data entry and making nice with a client), and half watching Kill Bill I & II on SpikeTV. I LOVE these movies, the first more than the second because of the heavy use of Japan and China as story locations. The amazing pop art look of their Tokyo set work astounds me. Plus the beautiful set of The House of Blue Leaves, my favorite of the film and home to my two favorite fights. The fight with Lucy Liu’s villainous O’ren Ishii or Cottonmouth, and the black and white bloody gang fight between Uma Thurman’s “The Bride“, or Beatrice Kiddo, and O’ren’s Yakuza gang – The Crazy 88.

I’ve heard the scene that’s in black and white was grey-scaled, not for artistic purposes, but because the US censors wouldn’t let Tarantino get by with his current film rating due to all the blood. Apparently killing is fine, but not if you can see the blood’s color? But there’s, apparently, an uncut Japanese version that’s in color – how cool is this? And Uma’s amazing stunt work, I believe, was done by the gorgeous and talented Zoe Bell:



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I’m a long-time lover of San-X. I know lightening is going to strike me for saying this, but as much as I adore Kitty-chan and would never say an unkind thing about her parent company Sanrio, San-x characters tend to be the more adorable ones by far (with the exception of Hello Kitty, obviously).

Rilakkuma, Monokuro boo and Mamegoma tend to be my favorites, so I’ve decided to start shopping around for pretty San-x things to make my life a little sunnier. Here’s the first of my haul, my Rilakkuma card that just arrived!

Rilakkuma card!



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First finished bento pics in awhile! Some grilled miso chicken, tomatoes, octo-dogs made out of lil smokies and rice with honey umeboshi!

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You may be, but I have to admit I’m not – and never have been – a fan of Britney Spears. She’s pretty, but that’s about it. However, this commercial for Mikakuto gummy candies from 1999 certainly brings me back. I was 19 when this came out ( :O! Don’t you do the math in your head! I’m 22! Forever! ), and everything about this commercial from the soft focus to the colors, to the belly shirt and still primitive pop-and-locking scream late 1990s in a way that makes me both nostalgic and a little bit ashamed, lol!

Of course, you say Japanese Candy and my mind immediately goes to ume Hi-chew. It is my downfall.



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I love stuff like this! I was watching the Planet Green channel early this morning and a few episodes of Discovery Atlas came on. I was particularly taken with Egypt and the way they took us through it from the perspective of people who live and work there. But you know me, Japan will always have my heart so when they their Japan episode was shown I actually stayed up way longer than I thought I could to fit that hour in before I went to sleep.

My favorite parts were their chat with Mari, the Geisha in training and the great sweeping landscapes from all over Japan. I’m definitely buying this if it’s on DVD, which knowing my luck it probably isn’t, lol!



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One of my favorite sets, a yellow Rilakkuma that has a matching 3rd Birthday for Rilakkuma bag + hashi that fits under the lid!

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W00t! Apparently Japan has read my mind and come up with way to identify computer attackers who launch cyber-attacks. It’s a virus, basically, but it works for us – oh, yeah, and it may never be used.

Current Japanese legislation prohibits an ‘offensive’ retaliation to cyber-attacks, meaning that the current laws will need to be updated before the cyberweapon could be used.

Equally, creating a virus of this sort would violate a clause banning virus production in the Criminal Code.

I can completely understand why this sort of thing might be frowned upon by law makers and legislators, not only in Japan but all over. But at the same time, don’t we have to get out hands dirty to deal with cyber attacks? How many times have you wished you could find the guy who crashed your network for fun?

The major feature of the virus is the ability to trace down the source of cyber attacks, including ’spring board’ computers used in the attack. The idea is that the ‘cyberweapon’ will also be able to disable the attacking program and collect information.

So many of the individuals and groups that launch these attacks have anonymity to protect them, and in so many cases they get away scott free while the rest of us just have to deal with crashing networks, stolen information and sometimes far worse. I hope they get the go ahead for this thing!

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