Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: Getting Into the Bento Habit

In 2008, we held a very successful Bento Challenge here on JustBento, which got a lot of people started with bento making. A lot has happened since then - many more people are aware of the advantages of making bentos a part of their daily lives for one thing. But after reading through all the questions posted to the previous open thread, and elsewhere, I think there is still a fair amount of confusion about what exactly is required to ‘get into bentos’. In addition, many people have gone beyond the basic things and are looking to expand their bento making skills.

Therefore, this year I’ve decided to try something new: a series of somewhat structured Bento Courses, as well as some Basic Cooking courses over on Just Hungry. Here’s how they will work:

  • Each course will be around 4 to 6 weeks long, and focus on a particular aspect of bento making.
  • Participation will be via the comment section of this site, as well as our Facebook page, plus photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Instagram as needed. If you have a blog, all the better. (Note: I wish the forum was working properly, but it still isn’t, so hopefully these other venues will do.)
  • During each course there maybe reading and writing assignments as well as hands-on assignments.
  • The objective of each course will be stated before they start. There will also be some supplies required.
  • There’s be no grading or individual (1 on 1 private) instruction; your resuts and questions will be shared with the group, so that everyone can benefit for each other.
  • The time required will depend on the course (I’ll try to put up an estimate of how much time you should allot beforehand.)
  • It will of course, all be free!
  • It is of course an informal course, so no formal credits or whatever will be earned, but you will (hopefully) be learning some very useful bento-related skills.

I am planning to have at least a couple of beginner courses, as well as more advanced level ones. (It does rather depend on the success of the first couple of courses, which I have already planned out, so we’ll see how it goes!)

So, here’s the first course, which will start in February.

Bento 101: Getting Into the Bento Habit

  • Level: Intro/Beginner
  • Aim: For people who have been thinking about trying out bento making, but have not tried it yet or made just a couple of stabs at it, to get to a level of making at least 1-2 bento box or packed-from-home lunches per week without too much strain.
  • Course duration: 4 weeks
  • Course start date: the week of February 4th
  • Time required: Approximately 2-3 hours a week; 1 hour or so for reading and writing, 1 to 2 hours for hands-on projects. (The more time and effort you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.)
  • Materials required: To be announced within the next few days

I’d really like to see how much interest there is in this, so if you think you would be interested in participating, let me know in the comments!

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Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

What a great initiative, I think I'll be joining in too!

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

Definitely would love to be a part of this. Just checked out the JustBento book from library for the second time in a year and went ahead and a couple of days ago placed an order for it too. Good timing on the class, as I am checking out this site for the first time today! I love feeding my family a variety of tasty food.

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

I'd love to join the course, am I too late?

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

I'm game.

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

I am a little late, but i would still love to participate ^.^

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

Hello,

I would like to participate in this course. Many thanks for considering my request.

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

Just saw a link on Lifehacker - can't wait to get started!!! :D

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

I'd love to participate!

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

YES PLEASE!

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

how can i participate?

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013: Getting ...

My sister applied to a program to go to Japan for a year and didn't get in, but I'm hoping by participating in Bento 101 we can bring Japan to her. Thanks for doing this, Maki! She and I will be following the course together, though it may be at a slower pace than the other participants.

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: ...

Hi
I guess I've just missed out on this one. Please do let me know if you re-run it or similar Bento courses as I'd love to join! Thanks!!

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: ...

I NEVER really cooked seriously, but now that I discovered your site, I would love to participate!!!

<3 Bento!!!

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: ...

Just found this course so I will be starting up a little late so I will be playing catch up.

Re: Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: ...

I would like to participate on Bento 101 if it is also useful to prepare healthy (not necessary Japanese) lunches to take to the office and to begin doing some food photography project on that

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