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busy wonderful week and Bento workshop

March 4, 2010

in bento,studio ghibli

Oh where do I start…

The short version of the story is, I’ve been super busy and so many wonderful things happened!

Here’s the long version.

This past week, I had visitors from Japan at work for the online card game I work for. They were in NYC from Monday through Thursday. I’m the only Japanese English speaker in my team, so that means I was interpreting them from 10 AM to… whenever we finished working/our meeting/business dinner everyday. It wasn’t too bad this time though. When they visited us two years ago, we all stayed at the office until 2:00 AM!

They left on Friday morning as a huge snow storm hit NYC. I usually wouldn’t mind snow, but the problem was I had to get to Boston Friday night to teach a bento workshop at Wellesley college on Saturday. Yes! Me, teaching a workshop! O_O I’m so clumsy and not very skilled (no, really), I would never have done this on my own but this is a very special case. My boyfriend’s sister is a Jewett Gallery Director & Applied Arts Coordinator at Wellesley college, and she encouraged me to do this workshop.

My boyfriend and I headed to Boston on Friday night, and we were worried about the snow situation in Boston. But to our surprise, it didn’t snow at all in Boston on Friday. His sister got most of the food, tools and appliances ready, all we had to do was show up.

We had the workshop in the kitchen in one the dorms on campus, and this kitchen was gigantic! We cleaned the kitchen, laid out some tools and waited. The workshop was from 1:00~4:00, and around 12:50, a couple of people showed up. I was told that 20 people had signed up, but sometimes the students bail out at the last minute, so I was just relieved that at least someone showed up. Then around 12:55, 15~16 people came into the room. By 1:00, 21 students were in the kitchen. We even had an extra person!

The way we did it was I’d demonstrate first and say “Now you do this!” then they’d work on their bento, and when they were about to be done, I’d do another demonstration. I don’t think I explained anything, actually. I just showed them how.

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

I doodled this before the workshop and gave it to each student. A sketch always helps!

Three hours flew by and everyone started finishing the bento. Between each demonstration, I was too busy getting ready for the next demonstration and didn’t get to see students’ bento too much. (Yes, I’m a horrible workshop teacher. T_T) I was completely speechless when I saw their bento in the end. They were all really well done and absolutely adorable! It was the first kyaraben they made for most of them. Actually, my Totoro had huge rabbit-like ears, and didn’t look very good. If you put mine next to any of the bento they made, you wouldn’t be able to tell which one was mine. I really wish I could’ve talked to everyone more. That’s the only thing I regret.

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

This was mine. Look at how HUGE his ears are! Oh and I even forgot to put his mouth.

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

The radishes we got came in various sizes, and I picked the biggest one! Great for a demonstration, but it didn't fit in my bento, so I ate it there.

I can’t describe how awesome their bento looked with my poor vocabulary, I’ll post the amazing creations by the students here.

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

Bento workshop at Wellesly College

I’d like to thank Clara for organizing this workshop and everyone who participated! And also my boyfriend for cooking asparagus wrapped with bacon for 21 people!

Oh and the bento workshop wasn’t the only wonderful thing… More wonderful things to be posted, but I think I’m going to do a how-to next, especially since I’ve been very lazy on posting actual food related stuff.

Go check out more pictures of bento on Jewett Gallery’s flickr page.

Also you can read the blog post (written by Clara) about the bento workshop.

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Clara LieuNo Gravatar March 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Anna,
Thank YOU for an amazing workshop! Everyone was thrilled with all of your tricks and techniques for making bento. Walking around the kitchen during the workshop, you would have thought that the workshop participants were involved in a complex scientific experiment from the concentration and focus everyone put into their bento creations! Thanks so much for doing this workshop for us!!

Best,
Clara

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Angel K. MurakamiNo Gravatar March 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Wow, everyone did a great job! Wish I had known about your workshop. I live in Providence, about 50 minutes from Boston.

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Lizzie B.No Gravatar March 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

The workshop was really wonderful and you were an amazing teacher!! Thank you so much for coming, we all had an awesome time!!! :D

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Holly M.No Gravatar March 6, 2010 at 3:12 am

That is so wonderful! Shame I live 1,000 miles away from anyone who would possibly do something like that. T__T I hate the UK.

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A Good FedoraNo Gravatar March 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

You’re too far away! A workshop sounds wonderful, and it looks like you had the best of students! I really love the first one after yours, but anything with a grin like that is sure to be a winner. The ones without a mouth (yours included), look sweeter though. :-)

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AmyNo Gravatar March 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Thank you Anna for teaching this amazing workshop! It was so much fun and it was delicious! I hope you continue to teach these. Tons of people would want to take this!

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veganfNo Gravatar March 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

SO cute! What fun that must have been. Awesome!

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Tiny Urban KitchenNo Gravatar March 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I wish I’d known you were in Boston!! I would have loved to take your workshop. Those bentos from the Wellesley students look great!

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Brigitte ForsterNo Gravatar April 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

Should you be in Switzerland once in your lifetime, please let me know, so that we can organise a workshop here!! Love all your idea about food n’stuff!
I would have loved to be one of the students, what luck they had!!
Brigitte

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Brigitte ForsterNo Gravatar April 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

forgot to say: Congrats to all students! All bentos just look great!
Brigitte

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