bento #6: Kaonashi

November 20, 2008

in bento,studio ghibli

After my sad attempt at making a Nekobus bento, I was looking for something very easy & foolproof to make. I was going through images of characters from Ghibli films, and came across the picture of a tall black figure with black eyes and mouth on a white mask called Kaonashi (“No Face” in English version) from Spirited Away.

He has a face, yet, hes called Kaonashi (No Face)...

He has a face, yet, hes called Kaonashi (No Face)...

Bento# 6: Kaonashi, Kodama and Makkurokurosuke bento (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro/Spirited Away)
Created and eaten on: 10/1/2008


After I decided the main character for my bento, I started thinking about some other “easy” characters I could make. I knew Kaonashi was going to be rice and seaweed, so I needed some other foods to eat rice with. I’d seen someone had make Makkurokurosuke with meatballs before, so I decided to throw some in.
I was actually thinking about putting quail egg mini-Totoro again, but both Makkurokurosuke (he’s brown this time, though) and mini-Totoro were in my last bento, so I came up with an idea of turning quail eggs into Kodama.

I drew Kaonashi’s body shape on paper first, and put the paper on top of a sheet of seaweed, and cut along the line. I cut the face parts, and put them on cheese. As you can see, there’s not much to explain about Makkurokurosuke and Kodama. For the background, I just sauteed some renkon (lotus root). I really liked the pattern of layered renkon. Not only does it looks pretty, but renkon is also amazingly delicious. Sauteed, fried, mixed in with meatball, any way you cook it, it’ll stay crispy.

Yummy or not, this bento turned out to be a very very dark bento, because of the color pallete. Black, white, brown, and green. Of course, I didn’t realize it until I finished…

But later, someone on my boyfriend’s flickr page (that’s where you can see my most recent bento photos) commented “perfect for Halloween!” on this bento and that made me happy. So, yes, this is a Halloween themed bento, and I’m sticking to it.

Still, Kaonashi is soooo easy and simple, I highly recommended it for bento beginners. Just make sure you surround him with colorful flowers or something, so he won’t end up looking like the grim reaper. =P

For more pictures of my bento, visit “Bento!” set and “Bento details!” set on my flickr page.

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Laneth SffarlennNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm

If ye notice in Spirited Away, the first few times Chihiro / Sen meets No Face, he’s actually wearing a flat mask.
When the other spirits get off the river boat, many of them are carrying masks in front of their faces in the scene where their all disembarking.

No Face’s “face” only really starts to take shape after he’s eaten various characters. No Shape would have been more apt for his character, as he seemed to be ghost-like with no real form (unless the black was a spiritual shroud that covered his spindly legs and arms).

His “face” reverts back to a mask once he’s discharged those characters he’d eaten. I’ve always seen his mask as a play on the harlequin masks.


hollehNo Gravatar March 20, 2009 at 2:15 am

i love all of your work really
i do
spirited away is amazing


Gaby!No Gravatar August 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

How nice! What are the tan circle crackers?


Wa-loliNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

It’s Noh-face actually, and he’s called that because he wears a Noh theater mask in place of a face.
It looks really awesome!


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