bento #14: Katamari Damacy

December 6, 2008

in bento,video games

Since I started making bento most my bento have been Studio Ghibli themed, and I wanted to make something different. My boyfriend and I love video games. We each own a PS2, an Xbox 360, a Wii, and a DS lite. So I decided to make a video game themed kyaraben for a change. I looked at his video game collection and found a game we both have and love. And it was Katamari Damacy!

Bento#14: Katamari Damacy
Created and eaten on: 10/17/2008

Katamari Damacy is created by Japanese developers. The game has a very unique concept and style. For a full description of the game you can look at Katamari Damacy in Wikipedia. Basically you’re a very tiny “Prince”, and his father the King of All Cosmos destroyed the stars, constellations and Moon. Now the Prince has a mission to rebuild what his father destroyed by rolling a very tiny katamari (clump) onto “stuff” and make the katamari bigger. The stuff consists of pretty much anything you can find in Japan. And in the game, they are scattered all over the house, streets, park, town… everywhere. I’m not going to review the game here because this is my bento blog, but the game is sooooo addicting.

Once I had an idea, it was pretty easy. I just needed to make a rice ball, and put lots of stuff from the game on the rice ball. I knew it’d be a lot of work, so I tried not to worry too much about the details.

First, I made an egg sheet and put it in a bento box for background. Then I made a bowl out of rice, put left over curry in, and covered it with the lid which was also made out of rice.

Then I made tiny sushi, tiny carrots, tiny radishes, rice balls, etc…

Making those little foods may look like a pain in the neck, but it was actually the most fun part of making this bento. After that, I put the little foods on the rice ball. At this point I was already giggling looking at the “katamari”, because it looked so ridiculously cute! I wrapped potato salad with microwaved lettuce leaves, and shaped it like Prince. For the Prince’s arms and legs I snapped off the stem of parsley.

I probably had the same expression on my face when I was making him.

This bento may look crazy & complicated, but I had an awesome time making it. Everything went pretty much the way I wanted. Of course, I couldn’t close the lid on the bento, but I could care less. Besides, that was the whole point of the game! :P

I’d usually write what each parts are made of in the end of a post, but for this bento, please visit my flickr for the detail. There is just so much detail to write in here!

EDIT: Seems like I’m getting a lot more traffic than usual, (thanks to reddit, digg, metafilter, kotaku, kottke, etc…) and I just wanted to make something clear for those who never had Japanese curry. As you can see in the pictures above, there’s chicken curry (with potato and carrot) inside the rice bowl/ball thing. You usually eat curry with rice. That’s it. The little foods are just extras. And they’re mainly vegetable and egg.
So please don’t worry. My boyfriend is getting enough nutrients just from curry and rice. =D

This is also a good way to pack curry for bento, because this way, the curry doesn’t stain your bento box.
You don’t have to make a bowl out of rice, but just fill a lunch box with rice, scoop some rice with a spoon (don’t scoop all the way to the bottom) and pour curry in. If the curry is too soupy, it might leak to the bottom, but if it’s leftover curry and was in the fridge overnight, this usually works well.

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

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

BiggieNo Gravatar December 7, 2008 at 3:32 am

Hi Anna,

I’m impressed by your work here on Bento Factory — nice photos and how-to’s! I wrote up your blog on Lunch in a Box today; have a look if you’re interested. http://lunchinabox.net/2008/12/07/interesting-bento-blog-by-anna-the-red/



asphericalcowNo Gravatar December 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I just came across your site, and I love the themes you use for your bento. It’s nice to see things that are geeky instead of hello kitty. :)


SileNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

This is the best bento I have ever seen! I recently became addicted to Katamari and I’ve been sitting here laughing for the last few minutes. It’s great! The detail you put into your bento is amazing!


tarokingNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm

ur boy friend is one lucky guy :)


kimliNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

I’m a huge Katamari fan, and this is one of the most creative tributes I’ve ever seen. I love it! You are awesome!


theenglishpaperstudentNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

A Lovely blog. I love cooking and this brings a special thank you to brightening up this stormy New England day here in New York!


spider goodlegsNo Gravatar December 16, 2008 at 9:00 am



writeawrongNo Gravatar December 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm

anna – your bento boxes are on holiday wish lists!


keep it going! when is my Tranceformer Optimuz box coming, huh??!


hi,mitchoNo Gravatar January 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I think this bento is one of my favorites so far… I think I had the same expression as Prince when I saw it!


Timur IzhbulatovNo Gravatar January 30, 2009 at 12:36 am

Hi Anna!

I like the pink swirl in naruto. It’s Debian! :)


MegNo Gravatar March 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

So cute! I just wrote up your gaming bentos on Thumbgods



theenglishpaperstudentNo Gravatar March 19, 2009 at 2:32 pm

A link to Ana’s site is now listed on MSN next to my “English Paper Student’s Blog” listing. Good Luck Ana!


Mickey CNo Gravatar March 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

KAWAII!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^


KanonNo Gravatar June 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Amazing! You are super talented!


jonasNo Gravatar May 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

love katamari stuff, they are so cute


TzeNo Gravatar June 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

Ahh… how amazing! The rice ball filled with curry scares me a bit though… but I’m sure it tastes nice cold, too. What a simple concept actually (except for the prince)– putting sushi on the ball! And it looks so good! Thanks for sharing this. :3


mandiNo Gravatar November 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

i love you….. this is awesome!


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