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Some site news: Bento Gear Flickr pool, May contest deadline reminder, and more

Some site news: May bento contest deadline reminder, the Bento Gear Flickr pool, a cool bento blog, and a big thank you! continue reading...

Maki on the radio!

I was interviewed on WRS Geneva, an English-language radio station in Geneva (Genève), Switzerland, this past Tuesday, on their food programme called Stir It Up. The MP3 is up now for download (link now corrected!), so if you want to know how I sound, with a stuffed nose (from allergies…agh!) complete with my totally mixed up accent, my segment starts after the rhubarb at around 9:45. It might be of interest to people who want to know why I started blogging about Japanese food after moving to Switzerland of all places. I also talk about about the growing popularity of bento boxes! (Cross-posted to Just Hungry and Just Bento.)

Apologies if you got mass emails today from the site...that was the server burping loudly

If you have 'get notified for new replies to your comment' turned on, and you got mass emails today from the server (aka Onigiribot) for old comments, it was a technical glitch. My apologies! Short version: the database burped. Long version: I had to restart the database server, and somehow all 'anonymous' comments got unpublished. So, I was publishing them 20 rows at a time, before I realized that that would cause new notifications to go out again! (Massive thanks to Lyvvie for letting me know before I spammed more people!) Then I remembered the power of command line MySQL. Whew! So anyway, I'm really sorry if you did get tons of emails!

And...have a great weekend! ^_^;

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Maki's Bento Links

I've just added a Bento links feature to the site. You can see it in the left sidebar. My thinking is that this is better than a blogroll, which can go stale; instead I'd like to bring you freshly cooked bento related links of interest that I've found around the web. Here's the RSS feed link. I'm using delicious to manage this, so you could just follow my bento tag there if you're a delicious user. (And if you have something you think I should link to, just send it to me there or Twitter me.) continue reading...

My Japanese language blog and Twitter

I know that quite a lot of people who follow Just Bento and/or Just Hungry are interested in Japanese culture in general. So, this is a very-infrequent plug for my Japanese language mini-lesson blog and Twitter account. The Twitter account is separate from my main chatty Twitter (@bentotips, where I actually rarely tweet any bento tips…); it’s at @mainichinihongo. There is also a companion blog, Hungry For Words, which has longer lessons on occasion. The lessons are not very structured or anything - I just talk about words or phrases that pop into my mind.

So, if you are studying Japanese, or just interested in nihongo, take a look! It’s all part of my mission to spread Japanese culture over the world, like gomashio on rice ^_^.

(Cross-posted to Just Hungry and Just Bento.) continue reading...

Just Bento Recommended Shopping

Amazon astores, J-List, bento box sellers, and more: where to get bento stuff! continue reading...

Just Bento Communities

Interested in connecting with other fans of Just Bento, and bentos in general? Here’s how: continue reading...

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The forum is now semi-live!

After many long late night hours of hacking away, the brand new forum is now up and running! It may be a bit wonky in places, and is quite minimalist, but should be functional. For the Bento Challenge, start here. Take a look around the rest of the place too. As I said before, you will need to log on and register to post to the forum. Suggestions for additional sections or improvements etc. are welcome! continue reading...