My Lunch Can Beat Up Your Lunch!

Lunch Box 65: My lunch can roll up your lunch!


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Na na na na na na naOf all the times for my camera to get flaky and take blurry photos, it had to be when I was photographing this one! Bento lunches are supposed to be both about the food and the presentation, but I usually don't bother much with the latter. Well, this time I had an idea, so I went with it.

I like the video games "Katamari Damacy" and "We Love Katamari " The core of the gameplay is that you control a tiny character who rolls a katamari, a sticky ball, around, and whatever it rolls over it picks up, provided the ball is sufficiently larger than the objects. The more items it collects, the bigger the katamari gets, the bigger the items it can roll up, and so on. It starts out small enough to get ants and coins, and by the end you're pulling continents off the earth and clouds out of the sky. Well, how about using that as a theme for a lunch?

So... in the center of the box is a very large rice ball - an onigiri - representing the katamari.  All over it are stuck steamed broccoli florets, baked sweet potato fries, hot dog octopi, takoyaki, dorayaki, shrimp, shrimp gyoza, tiny little peanut butter jelly sandwiches on white mountain bread, and an umeboshi. Surrounding this is a bed of stir-fried cabbage, representing grass.  I imagined that this lunch was created by rolling a katamari through several picnics. I hope it didn't pick up any ants.

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