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Bento vendor news: A great big bento contest by Bento&co

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With the kids (or yourself) not in school and the lazy days of summer stretching before you, are you feeling the need for a little bento inspiration? Then the big 2011 Bento Contest sponsored by our friends over at Bento&co is for you! continue reading...

Bento4Japan Giveaway - Bento starter set and adorable handmade bag!

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The Bento4Japan fundraiser organized by my fellow bento bloggers has already raised thousands of dollars to aid Japan’s disaster relief - and it’s still running! And, here’s a chance for you to get one of the prizes that was offered! continue reading...

A school ban on bringing lunch from home

A school in Chicago has banned all lunches brought from home, saying that lunch served at school is healthier. What do you think? continue reading...

Gorgeous Akita Cedar Magewappa Bento Box Up for Auction for Bento4Japan

Update: The box has been sold for an amazing $380! I want to protect the privacy of the winning bidder, but I can reveal she’s from the south-eastern part of the U.S., and she’s going to gift it to her 85 year old mother. What a lovely gift, and thought!

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Here’s a chance to get a beautiful magewappa bento box and help Japan too! continue reading...

Bento4Japan, the Bento blogging community's fundraising site

My fellow bento bloggers have set up Bento4Japan, a fundraising site for the Japan Earthquake.

More details to follow.

Japan Earthquake

I know many people who follow this blog are interested in Japan. I’ve been translating Japanese news reports on my Twitter account for some hours now, and will try to do so for at least the rest of the day. If you’d like to follow along please follow @makiwi.

Update: I am still updating the news on my Twitter stream. If you want to do something, please consider donating to the Red Cross. In the U.S., you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the international relief fund for Japan. Elsewhere or if you want to donate another way, try the International Red Cross site at IRFC.ORG.

Another update: Please read this.

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