Would you eat Poh from Kung Fu panda? What about Pooh from Winne and the Pooh? No? Maybe after seeing these bento boxes, you’ll change your mind. Before you feast your eyes on Mike Kravanis’ bento creations, allow us to give you a little background on bento. Bento is the Japanese term for meal for one person that is packed in a lunch box. And, to make lunches more fun the chefs behind bento boxes sometimes arrange the food in the boxes in ‘kyraben’, where food is arranged in the form of cartoon characters or ‘oekakiben’, where food is arranged to look like people, buildings or monuments.
After a trip to Japan, Kravanis was inspired by this Japanese practice and started creating his very own kyraben styled bento boxes. Here are some of our favourites.
1) Poh in the Forest
Here we see Poh in the forest of his ancestors. Of course, he’d be more at home in his adoptive father’s soup shop, but this works too!
2) Stitch from Lilo and Stich
It’s been some ten years, and we still can’t get over the movie. This box takes us back to our carefree childhood days!
It’s not Christmas, but since Santa comes bearing gifts he’s always welcome.
4) Flounder from The Little Mermaid
Japanese love eating fish, but we don’t know how happy we’d be about eating this little guy!
5) The evil stepmother from Snow White
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🍏Dip the apple in the brew. 😴Let the Sleeping Death seep through. 💀Look! On the skin! The symbol of what lies within.” 🔮Magic mirror on the wall, who is the cutest of them all?🔮 Yesterday @lunarbell_lunch posted a cauldron that she made for her Halloween decorations and it inspired me to want to make a cauldron this morning. Go check out her cauldron, it's so cool! Plus she did an awesome Old Hag this week that you have to see.
She appears to be brewing a soup of peas in her cauldron. Not as threatening as an apple, is it?
6) Shere Khan from The Jungle Book
We hope that this is the only tiger you’ll ever be eating.
7) Eyore from Winnie and the Pooh
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Oh Eeyore, why so glum? ☁️☔️ I hit 6,000 followers yesterday I think. Which was due to a shoutout from @artsavanna She's absolutely one of my favorite Disney artists. You need to check out her current monochrome piece. It is a rainbow of Disney cuteness! 6,000, wow! Thank you so much for following me. I'm so lucky to have so many people sharing in my lunch box hobby. One day I hope to make bento at a Disney park, but until then I'll keep making them for fun.
Why’s he so sad? Maybe he knows he’s about to be eaten.
8) Smurf Mutation?
We’re not sure what this one is, but it’s adorable. And look – he’s enjoying his own little snack!
This puppy is talking to you. It’s saying “save me from this bed of spinach!”
10) Olaf from Frozen
Olaf would be happy whether he’s melting into a puddle, or even if he’s being eaten. He’s just a very happy snowman.
Have these taken you down memory lane or just made you hungry? Either way follow Mike on Instagram – he’s guaranteed to keep you entertained!