Back To School Week Giveaway from Bento&co

Bento fans all over the world know about Bento&co. Based in Kyoto, Japan, Bento&co sells only bento boxes and related products, and their ever-evolving catalog features items reflecting the best of Japanese bento box design, from cute to modern-minimalist to traditional. It’s also one of the few online stores catering to the international market that carries real Japanese wood and stainless steel bento boxes. All the products they carry are made in Japan, with the exception of some bento accessories that are designed in Japan and manufactured in China.

And, this is the item they’re giving away. It’s the impossibly cute Kokeshi Bento box! I understand that these have been flying off their shelves, so I’m really glad that we can give away one right here on JustBento. One lucky winner will win their choice of one of the Kokeshi Bento boxes pictured below.

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A kokeshi is a traditional Japanese doll made of turned wood. They originated in the northern parts of Honshuu, the main island in Japan, but nowadays you see them sold everywhere in Japan. Japanese people love kokeshi; they’re so iconic that Nintendo took their inspiration for the Mii avatars used in Wii games from the kokeshi form.

The Kokeshi Bento box is made to look like a kokeshi doll, but is made of practical, microwave-safe plastic (remove the inner lids before microwaving). The box has three main parts: two stacking round layers for your regular bento food with leakproof lids, plus a small bowl that can be used for soup, fruit, cereal, and so on. (Note that the bowl is not water-tight; the idea is to bring along a packet of instant soup or your own vegetable soup concentrate, and to add hot water in the bowl with the soup mix when you’re ready to eat.) The bowl inverts on top of the stack to form the head of each kokeshi character, and a bento band is included to hold things together.

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The total capacity of the box is 640ml - 200ml for each stacking tier, and 240ml for the bowl. It’s suitable for adults with small appetites.

How to enter the Bento&co giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone who entered! The winner will be announced later this week.

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide - or at least, anywhere that Bento&co can ship! (If in doubt, please ask them first.)

To enter, just leave a comment to this post. The question to answer for this giveaway is - what is your favorite bento/lunch food? If you have a link to a recipe, please post that too.

Be sure to include a valid email address where you can be contacted in the appropriate text box! Your comment must be posted by 23:59:59 EDT (U.S. East Coast Time) (or just before midnight) of Tuesday, August 24th 2010. One lucky entry will be drawn at random to receive a Kokeshi Bento box of their choice. Good luck!

This is Giveaway No. 5 of Back To School Week. The week is just about over…but we’ll have just one more over the weekend, so stay tuned!

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Re: Back To School Week Giveaway from From Bento&co

i love having fresh vegetable salads, because they are bright and refreshing to eat after a long day! I usually have baby tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and peas in them!!!

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I'm just a beginner so am very limited but I like sliced chicken breast (roasted after marinating in lemon juice, olive oil, parsley and any kind of spicy chicken seasoning), black beluga lentils or puy lentils (you can buy these ready made in the UK) and sliced tomatoes and cucumber. Add a bit of sour cream to the lentils. I like to add some olive oil , salt and balsamic vinegar to the tomatoes and cucumber, but if you do this too far in advance they get mushy.

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My favorite lunch/bento food is sauteed green beans - good hot, cold and at room temperature!

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My favorite is not really japanese, but egg cups (I posted the recipe in the forum by BFGuru). They are protein packed and easy to store ahead. I like to pair it off with rice or home made german noodles (hey pasta is pasta) and some fruit.

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I don't have a specific favorite bento food per se. It's whatever leftovers from dinner I have. One recurring favorite are sugar snap peas with hummus, simply delicious.

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My favorite bento is brown rice cooked with hijiki, steamed broccoli with sesame seeds, and curried tofu. Yum!

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I love pickles and vegetables, they are light, healthy and make me feel great!

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The star of my bento meals without a doubt must be the humble onigiri. It's versatile enough to please my vegan, nori-loving teens and meat-eating, nori-fearing husband. They are easy to make and with such a variety of possible fillings, our family never gets sick of eating them. Onigiri are a fantastic way to get a lot of vitamins and nourishment into my family in a fun, cute package.

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I love yakitori! So simple and convenient to eat. I also like rice burgers, but they never actually turn out "burger-y".

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My favorite bento is onigiri with some lightly fried egg and some pickled side items.

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I love having tortellini and salad in my bento.

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i would think it would be fried panko crusted pork chop strips with some rice and umemoshi, that's what ive been having for a few meals so far :p

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my favorite bento food is onigiri! it's a versatile recipe and I can fill them with whatever I want and of course decorating them is always fun. especially coloring the rice. :D

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Hello !
My favourite bento lunch box food is Potato Salad and Chicken Karaage. :)
here is the link of Recipe for my bento lunch box on my favourite Youtube channel "Cooking with dog"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_hbPLsZvvo

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I absolutely love making onigiri cos I can customize what I put inside it and they are so filling. Also sesame candies are great when I can get them!

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My favourite bento food is something we call Taco Soup at my house. It's one of those great meals that you can throw into a crock pot and it gets better as leftovers. You use cans of beans, corn and tomatoes, mix in some ground turkey (or beef, but turkey is healthier) and some seasoning packets and just let it sit! It's so tasty, reheats well and makes for an easy item to pack into the bentos whenever I'm running low on time.

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omg..taco soup is fantastic...my mom makes it all the time, especially during winter, and its always better the day after ...

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My favourite food for bento is probably tamagoyaki. Not just because it's tasty, but because it's an easy to make protein that I have the ingredients for almost all the time. Plus it's super fast, and easy to clean up if you have a nonstick frying pan.
These boxes are ridiculously cute!

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I don't eat bentos much, but my fav would be one with lots of veggies, a small piece of meat and a small soup! I love having many different things going on, I love to have many cups to eat from. :D

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Those are too cute! In my bentos I haven't branched out much past sandwiches and leftovers yet.

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just tofu, rice, and veggies for me! ^^

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Undecided between rice and meatballs! And cherry tomatoes... Iii will go with meatballs.
(And I love kokeshi! I saved all my allowance when I was 12 to buy one in Sendai.)

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It's incredibly boring, I know, but I just love plain nigri. rice + seaweed = win as far as I'm concerned.

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My favourite bento food is rice with nori. Simple, filling, and tasty!

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Cold noodles and lots of fruit!

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My favorite would be just cold pan-fried tofu and instant miso soup.

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Oh wow, these Kokeshi Boxes are ADORABLE!!!! Overload of kawaii. :)

My favorite bento ingredient is turkey patties. Ground turkey mixed with yummy spices and fried in a pan. They make great bento staples too. So easy to pull them from the freezer and add to a bento. Here's an example recipe from my blog. Feel free to use any curry spice you like: http://sonomabento.blogspot.com/2010/08/starry-spice-bento.html

michmarq (at) hotmail (dot) com

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My favorite lunch food is the traditional PB&J! I have yet to start making Bentos for my lunches yet but I really want to start. This set looks like it would be perfect for a simple soup/salad mix.

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Salad is my favorite. Right now I'm hooked on chicken Thai larb salad. I pour the chicken and sauce over lettuce and cabbage along with some onions that have been soaked in rice wine vinegar over night. YUM.

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My favorite vegetarian bentos are hummus, veggies, and pita or flatbread. My favorite meat bento was "fushi" (fake sushi) - I wrapped pieces of leftover "riblet" in long peels of cucumber.

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These are too cute, they are like Russian dolls! My favorite is the red girl with cherry blossoms!
I have celiac so the majority of my bento foods are veggies and fruits!

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These are way cute! My favorite bento item is cold tofu. Just tofu with green onion, grated ginger, soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil. It's always so refreshing, requires no cooking and tastes great!

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I LOVE filling my lunch bentos with tasty, stewed veggie concoctions, such as the baingan ka bharta on jugalbandi.com, and my own special mix of red quinoa steamed with brown rice with a few chia seeds mixed in.

http://jugalbandi.info/2010/07/day-12-baingan-ka-bharta-smoky-spiced-egg...

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I have to say my favorite bento food is carrot kinpira and dashimaki tamago.

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tamagoyaki, broccoli, baked beans, shitake and of course rice are those I will usually put into my bento. I like those because they are colorful when putting together and taste good. Sometimes if I cook Beets with Lime Butter (http://www.clarajean.org/resources/breast-cancer/healthy-eating/recipies...), I will also include that, the color are just unbeatable.

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My first priority when packing a bento is a rainbow color of fresh fruits and veges. Then always a side of grain. Our favorite veges are snap peas, blueberries, tomatoes, and strawberries.

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Nothing is more tasty than gyoza. Furthermore, nothing is more tasty that CURRY gyoza! I love having curry gyoza in my bento with some rice and edamame.
http://lunchinabox.net/2008/03/01/leftover-remake-curry-gyoza/

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OMG Kawaii!!!! Those are adorable!

I would have to say my favorite thing to have in my bentos is rice with curry peanut furikake. There is something about perfectly cooked rice at room temperature with crunchy, salty toppings that I just love!

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I'm new to bento so I don't have a favorite recipe yet but I have a long list of bento blogs bookmarked and I check them almost every day for new ideas. I love the Kokeshi. We are just starting a collection of bento containers so this would be a great addition to my new obsession, LOL!

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My favorite food for my bentos is any vegetable kinpira, but especially carrot kinpira. ^_^ I love the spiciness combined with the naturally sweet carrot 'sticks'. Plus, it is super easy to make in the morning when you get them pre-cut and use a nonstick pan. It was this site that introduced me to what is now my favorite way to make vegetables, even for dinner.

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My favorite food for my bentos is any vegetable kinpira, especially carrot. ^_^ I love the spiciness combined with the naturally sweet carrot 'sticks'. Plus, it is super easy to make in the morning when you get them pre-cut and use a nonstick pan. I learned the recipe here. I also make kinpira for side dishes at dinnertime.

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I'm a bento newbie, but my favorite easy-make-easy-transport lunch food? Miso soup. So simple--pack a little miso and it's instant soup but much better-quality than the instant powder packets!

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I love dinner leftovers the next day. Most of the time they taste even better than the first night!

Thanks for the contest!

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I like to put coffee mochi or vanilla mochi in my bento for a dessert when I am done eating.

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Hmm this question is really hard! I love varieties in my lunch. Also my lunch has always been kinda 'leftover-ish'. Buy my most favorite bento food would be 'shrimp tempura sushi'. Since it's cooked, it's absolutely safe to take along. Only thing is I don't make it. I get it from a local grocery store. They make fresh sushi everyday!!!

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Noodles!

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I LOVE onigiri. I don't eat them nearly enough for lunch. I need to get better about making them!

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Those are such cute bentos! My favorite bento component is carrot kinpira. It's the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

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as simple as it gets (or not XD):
rice with umeboshi, tamagoyaki, shiozake, tsukemono and kimpira gobou.
All bring me good memories from childhood. ^_^

Re: Back To School Week Giveaway from From Bento&co

It would have to be onigiri with salmon inside! nom nom nom or mini spring rolls with hoisin/peanut sauce!

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