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About

Me & Rabbit

I was born in Japan, came to the U.S. in 1994, and have been living/moving around the state of New York until 2012 when I moved to San Diego to work for my favorite video game developer ever, The Behemoth! I went to an art school in NYC majoring in sculpture, but ended up working a non-art related job just like 95% of all art students.

I love creating stuff with my hands in my free time and I enjoy sewing, cooking, and drawing. I’ve made tons of plushes, but I always had a problem finding a place to display them, so I usually I just gave them away. I guess I get more excited making and finishing them, but not so much after that.

Late 2008 I discovered a love for making bento! (lunchbox in Japanese)

In Japan, a lots of moms wake up early to make bento for their kids and their husbands. Usually they make cute animals or characters from anime shows out of food so that kids will enjoy eating healthy food. Those bento are called “Kyaraben” or “Charaben.” (character bento)

Making bento is so much more challenging than making a plush, but takes only a few of hours. The best part is, your work will be eaten and gone by the end of the day! I hope my creations make you go “ooh, neat!”

All anime & video game character trademarks are copyright of their respective owners.

If you’d like to contact me, please email me at annathered[at]gmail.com

AnnaTheRed

Anna

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Sara MuellerNo Gravatar November 17, 2008 at 8:27 pm

‘Oh neat’ would be a mild version of the jaw-agape wonder of those bentos! You are an amazing artist!

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JanaNo Gravatar November 21, 2008 at 12:52 am

it makes me go OMG!!!! seriously you should write a book or do something more than that.. you can maybe open a restaurant or something like Japanese fast food or something like that. Trust me its much much more than “ooh neat”!!!!!

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AsakiyumeNo Gravatar November 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm

These obento are just wonderful, and so inspiring! What an incredibly fun thing to do–your boyfriend is so, so lucky. My brother’s boyfriend sent me the link to the photos, and I sent them to a friend who posted the link on Facebook–they are just so excellent.

I especially love your Miyazaki ones ^_^

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AsakiyumeNo Gravatar November 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Oops–actually, I meant my brother’s girlfriend!

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Wendy LeowNo Gravatar December 7, 2008 at 2:26 am

your creations are fantastic.. I am looking at your blog in secret. If my 4 and 2-yr old kids see this they will go nuts! Thanks for sharing!!

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lilyanetteNo Gravatar December 7, 2008 at 8:48 am

Thank You for showing me the next level of the Bento making world. Love your creations and “WOW… so neat” :)

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LyvvieNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 9:35 am

I’m grateful you started the bento blog. Don’t get bored please – keep going! I say “Ooh…neat!” a lot.

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phlyingpenguinNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm

All I can say is WOW. I’ve seen some good bento examples around, but I’m quite amazed by these. Don’t get bored of blogging; I’ll be following this blog as long as it exists!

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LinhNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I gotta say, you got some skills. You could charge an arm and a leg to cater for folks, ha.

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redphayzeNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 9:54 pm

My husband sent me the link to your boyfriends’ flickr website and your blog. I’m so amazed and impressed by your bento-creativity!

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GeoMomNo Gravatar December 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

OMG! “Oh, neat!” is an understatement! I followed a link to your website from Lunch in a Box. I’m glad I did. Your bentos are out of this world. I look forward to seeing and reading about your new creations.

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Graham LawrenceNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 12:02 am

Truly amazing. Makes me happy for the rest of the day!

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KaiNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 12:05 am

The Disney Blog http://thedisneyblog.com/ linked to your site, and am I glad I looked! Amazing works of art, the only drawback being that I’d never get to eat any of it because I’d hate to destroy a thing of beauty…

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PatrikNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 3:05 am

Your blog is really cool. I’m impressed!

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EdwardNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 3:33 am

Wowwie! Lucky boyfriend!!

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CampanillaNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 4:57 am

You are amazing! And I can’t believe that someone dares to eat those bento’s. xD Greetings!

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bharathNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 5:22 am

You are amazing.
I am sure your kids would be very happy to have you as a mom.
I am looking forward to copy some of your creations.
Thanks!

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ToferNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 5:58 am

You must look into producing a book–it would be perfect for a coffee-table or for someone interested in reproducing your amazing designs. Great site!

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PablitoNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 6:23 am

Your boyfriend is lucky to have you. I can tell that the main ingredient in your dishes is LOVE. Thanks for sharing! P

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MonkeyNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 6:27 am

Very Cool! Your boyfriend is a lucky man :) I especialy like the katamari damacy Prince. Keep it up!

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IrisNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

this website is amazing!!
My little sister is crazy about Sesame Street, do you have any bento version for little girls like her??

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KrystalNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 10:16 am

You are amazing! Thanks for taking the time to post. You should definitely consider converting these to a book at some point. :)

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WillNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm

this is incredible :) awesome. definitely publish a book!

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KathleenNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Your art work is incredible! I love the direction you have taken with the food. And it really makes good sense to get children to eat healthy by turning the food into things they recognize. I would definitely buy a book if you ever published one. I think it’s great and cannot wait to see what you come up with next. I hope you keep having fun doing this. :-)

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FumikoNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Wow that’s amazing! I’m so impressed. I have seen some incredible “kazari makizushi” before. Your work is also an art.

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JFNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm

You are a genius.

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monsieurNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Please, be my girlfriend !

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JustinNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 6:53 pm

These are great!!! you should either put ads on here or get your own blog and stick google ads on there then you can do this full time!!

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CraigNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’ve never felt the need to post anything on anyone’s blog before this. You’re cool.

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JimNo Gravatar December 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I love this woman.

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IreneNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 2:18 am

I would willingly go gay for you. But I know you have a bf. Can we be friends? You make wonderful bentos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FranzNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 3:11 am

I just wanna say I’m a HUGE fan of bento-making people like you! I hope I can actually learn the tips you made! すごすぎです、がんばってください!お弁との作り方ありがとうございました!

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MalNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 4:26 am

It’s just great Anna ! Keep on the good work !

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EricNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 6:03 am

Art industry or not, you have a phenomenal artistic and culinary prowess. You have inspired me to try and create my own rudimentary Bento in the future.

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Linnea CovingtonNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 9:53 am

Hey! I want to use one of your photos and link to your blog. Can you send me your email address?

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MarianneNo Gravatar December 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm

These are amazing :) You should make some out of Sculpey – I bet they would sell, for a lot, like hotcakes at places like Monkey King, myplasticheart and the like. Just wonderful stuff!

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RaulNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 7:38 am

Hey Anne,

Your work is just amazing. Congratulations.
Also this is the ultimate art. You can see it, you can smell it and you can eat it.

Keep doing this great work.

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AntNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 7:04 am

You are great!

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the rabbitNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

BOOK!
you totally rule anna the red!

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the rabbitNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm

and
much more that “oo neat”
“oo incredible & inspiring & wow what talent & a myriad of other compliments!”

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eekabeepNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Thank you for providing instructions and photos! I’ve always wanted to do this!

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EugeNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

cool!
You should make characters like Charlie Brown!

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jeanNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

These are beautiful and thoughtful. Your boyfriend should marry you based on the perfection of his lunches! (kidding, of course) but keep up the amazing work.

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coriNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Make a book.
Make people happy.
Make money.

And all from just what you do everyday! ^_^

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coriNo Gravatar December 11, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Or…. a television show… *gasp*
I’m already hooked.
Don’t underestimate your creativity and skill – I know you say moms in Japan do this, but no one is doing it here. Pleeeeeeease help spread the joy!

Your bf is awesome for putting up the pics on flickr!

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sonyaNo Gravatar December 12, 2008 at 3:26 am

i love you so much!
thank you for posting instructions on how to make egg sheets and everything else!

keep up the good work!

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KeithNo Gravatar December 13, 2008 at 2:34 am

Oh man, please tell me you are single. I will marry you right now.

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cindy loweNo Gravatar December 14, 2008 at 12:28 am

you should open up a store in NYC!

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JoãoNo Gravatar December 15, 2008 at 9:25 am

Open a bento store!!!

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ChiNo Gravatar December 15, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Open a store and publish a book!!!

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JessNo Gravatar December 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

This is amazing. I just discovered bento, and I am in awe. Thanks!

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yamgnosNo Gravatar December 16, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Thanks for all your post. I like all of them. I will love cooking after reading your post. Once again thank so much.

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R-1No Gravatar December 17, 2008 at 4:14 am

Hello. Hope you don’t mind, but I made a post about you on DannyChoo. These are really great. I hope my knife skills will eventually reach the level of accuracy that you have.

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shivaNo Gravatar December 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

You are avery talented artist Anna!! amazing. thanks for sharing your art with us =)

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LesleeNo Gravatar December 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I’m so glad you have a blog now! I’ve been following your bentos since your boyfriend started posting them on Flickr. It’s great to see your blog now and see more info about how you create them! I love the how-to section! Great work!

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NaoyaNo Gravatar December 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

what you do is really great!! as japanese, im so glad to know that someone from japan are doing great outside japan.
my girlfriend is a huge fan of Studio Gibli, so i will tell her to check this site. she will love your art.

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MarisolNo Gravatar December 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Hello, Anna! I read about your work in a spanish’s website and I’am very glad to see you work with the vegetables, rice and other meals.
I live in south america.

You are and artist! Congratulations.

P.S: Could you please write the process to prepare a “bento” into spanish? Thanks

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heatherNo Gravatar December 23, 2008 at 12:50 am

Hi, I really hope I didn’t offend you in any way by posting your stuff on my blog, I just wanted to share it with everyone because you are so talented. I had quoted the source but completely understand your reasonings for me still wanting to take it down. I have however bookmarked your page because I can’t wait to see the other great stuff you create!

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MurakiNo Gravatar December 23, 2008 at 4:16 am

\o/ lol \o/
lol

very cool

lol \o/

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Boneco do Rio de Janeiro - BRAZILNo Gravatar December 23, 2008 at 5:57 am

Sinceramente, você é de mais!
Parabéns!

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thais moraisNo Gravatar December 23, 2008 at 6:23 am

criatividade a mil!!!
muito lindooo
=]

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sidNo Gravatar December 30, 2008 at 10:01 am

my boyfriend showed me this site, and i love it!! you’re so good at this~ it makes me feel hungry looking at your bento.
the studio ghibli ones are my favorite!

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Beru BettoNo Gravatar January 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Wow, your work is amazing! All of it is so Kawaii and gorgeous! I wouldn’t dare to eat it. XD You’re a genius! : )

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NyssaNo Gravatar January 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I would not have the heart to eat any of your bentos.. I’d much prefer to hang them up. They’re beautiful! ^^

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LizzieNo Gravatar January 6, 2009 at 9:57 am

I’ve just gotten into japanese cooking as often it can be a lot healthier than British food and I want food I can carry with me to labs without it having to be a boring salad or sandwich, and I’ve been very lucky because your site is the first I’ve found! It’s given me things to learn about while I’ve been in hospital so thanks for that. I look forward to making bento myself as soon as I’m back home.

Best wishes,
Lizzie

P.s. seriously, you should make this into a book when you have a bigger amount of bento.

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KatherineNo Gravatar January 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I love your site.. You have inspired me to try to make bento for MY boyfriend :) I found your step by step guides helpful… Time to put them to use!

You should make a book, your bentos look fantastic!

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Colin WoonNo Gravatar January 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm

You’re incredible! Love your bento and blog! Keep up the good work!

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CalvinNo Gravatar January 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

Very amazing! I don’t think I could eat any of those because they’re so incredible to look at.

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AngeleyesNo Gravatar January 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

Hey! Just stumbled onto your blog! Your creations are like those from the books! Will be following your blog!

I was from the art school too but always never end up working in that line! And like you, I love to do stuff with my hands… I have a cupcake e-shoppe (www.i-love-cupcakes.com) and now I’m into Bento-ing!

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mchanNo Gravatar January 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Thank you so much Anna-san for these so many cutedelicious bentos!… they really make my days happier, even though I just only watch at them ^___^

Some day I’ll try to do it myself =)

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ClaudiaNo Gravatar January 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

Today I found a picture of your Zelda and Yoshi/Pikachu Bento in a german nintendo magazine and i decided to visit your website! your bentos are awsome! Really great work! And i love your rabbit cookies! I think I make my own bunny-cutter and make some cookies for my next Wii Party! I hope I can do this cutter… ;)

Go on with this website! I love your stuff!

Greetings from germany!

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JulieNo Gravatar February 1, 2009 at 9:50 am

My kids and I are in awe of these creations! We are HUGE Wall-e fans and were looking up flickr pics when we came across your wall-e cheese sandwich, and then we kept looking at the pics. WOW wow WOW! We are now huge fans of your work. You should totally sell prints of the pics. I am sure they would be huge hits. Just saying… ;)

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CarrieNo Gravatar February 11, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hi Anna, Your bentos is so great! I work for chool of Visual Arts and wonder if you went to college here? If so I’d love to be in touch with you. -Carrie

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GustavoNo Gravatar February 11, 2009 at 10:46 am

A really cool work!! How creative are your bentos!! As an anime and videogame characters fan I have to say that it was a good surprise seeing Yoshi and Zelda made bento.
Greetings.

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soleNo Gravatar February 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

anata no obento wa totemo kawaii desu!!!!
watashiwa arugentin desu.
watashi no blog wa : http://gachimaia.blogspot.com/

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the frenchNo Gravatar February 17, 2009 at 6:05 am

C’est incroyable ce que vous faîtes! (comment peut-on faire mario ?)

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NixonNo Gravatar February 19, 2009 at 6:34 am

you are my idol!!!! those little stuff are neat!!
omg!
i wish i had half of ur skills!!
those meringue shrooms are neat, after failing to make macarons i’ve quited baking momentarily. haha~

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NikelleNo Gravatar February 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Fan-freaking-tastic! You are one very talented lady! I have to admit i an uber jealous of your mad skills with the bento. I made the cute little meringue mushrooms today, so much fun! I can’t wait to copy more stuff that you do, lol! Thank you for starting this blog, hope you are having a great week!

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NigelNo Gravatar February 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Hey Anna. Love your work! It’s our current favourite. Can you do a Mt Fuji?

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EndymionNo Gravatar February 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

Will you marry me?

Just joking! You’re awesome and I will try to make such charaben (I call them bentotoro) once in a while.

Godspeed.

PS: Seriously, please marry me! >;3

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RicoNo Gravatar March 1, 2009 at 5:55 am

Hello from Germany,
your blog is really great and fun to visit.

Many love greetings

Rico

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light annieNo Gravatar March 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

アンナちゃん♪
お久しぶりです。優だよ(o^∇^o)ノ
こないだこーちゃんに聞いて遊びに来ました♪

アンナちゃんの作ったお弁当、すごいね!
ビックリしたよ(*’â–½’*)♪
みーにも教えとくね(* ̄∇ ̄*)
また遊びに来ます。

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JaneNo Gravatar March 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

Please write a book! I’d love to be able to attempt (and I do use the word ATTEMPT) to recreate these for my kids in the future!

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PierreNo Gravatar March 9, 2009 at 3:58 am

Oh my god, you’re the perfect wife, marry me !

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ChristineNo Gravatar March 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

Where can I order your book? I would like to get a copy. Please email me.

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ekiNo Gravatar March 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I love your obentous! it makes me happy when I see them!! I was born is Japan living in us also! I would like to do a post on your bento if you dont mind to share with my readers about you n your bento~

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tatianaNo Gravatar March 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

They are great!!! Very nice and fantastic! How to learn to make such bento??

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wai yiNo Gravatar March 29, 2009 at 2:11 am

love your bentos , they are very cute :)

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someoneNo Gravatar April 6, 2009 at 1:16 am

Uh….I think it’s pretty much already been covered here already, judging the the previous comments…
So, at the risk of reiterating the obvious, you rule the school.

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light annieNo Gravatar April 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

また遊びに来ちゃいました(*´∇`*)
こないだはコメ残してくれてありがとぉ♪

トトロのお弁当カワイイ!!!
真っ黒くろすけまでいるし♪
ホントすごくカワイイお弁当ばっかりで、びっくりです(*’â–½’*)
優も作ってみたいけどお料理はどーも・・・。。。(A;´・ω・)フキフキ

さっき、灯台長さんのブログ見てきたんだけど、お腹が痛くなるほど笑わせてもらいました(爆)(o_ _)ノ彡 バンバン!!
おもしろかったぁ(笑)

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AntNo Gravatar April 16, 2009 at 3:10 am

Everytime I pop by, this sites never fails to impress me!

**clap clap clap!

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StilettoNo Gravatar April 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I love cooking but I don´t think I could be good in bento. You´re fantastic!

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EricaNo Gravatar April 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Hello ! Your bentos are fantastic ! I would love to eat it ..or maybe i wouldn eat ..just staring it…Congratulation! I pick some photos to my blog and i hope you dont mind. I wrote your credits. bye

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momwakeupNo Gravatar May 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm

oh wow, this makes me sad…
i want a mom like u (¶_¶)

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cloverNo Gravatar May 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Love this site! Can I please give a bento suggestion? How about the Iron Giant?

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KittyNo Gravatar May 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Oh my goodness!! You are AMAZING. I stumbled across this blog looking for a steamed bun recipe without yeast and just wow. I am so… in awe of all of your creativity and creations. I think it is really extraordinary how you can put so much of yourself making these creations all the time and how creative you are in making tools (the bottle cutter) while still having a job and boy on the side! I sit around knitting a lot of the day (currently unemployed) and I can barely find time to do all the crafts and things I’d like to do.

You’re most definitely an inspiration!

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KentoNo Gravatar May 12, 2009 at 8:10 am

I think your website is probably the best thing on the entire internet. Your taste is great! Katamari Damacy and Calvin and Hobbes? It’s like you make an edible version of everything I love.

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bentokitchenNo Gravatar May 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I really love your website. I have been doing “normal” bentos for some time, but now I will try to make those nice ones like you did! Thanks for those great tips!

Nadine from Germany

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EricaNo Gravatar May 22, 2009 at 6:39 am

i like your blog so much …
Thank yyou for sharing :-D

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QuynhNo Gravatar May 25, 2009 at 4:46 am

Oh your stuff is so . . . how should I put this? Kawaii! ^__^ so keep posting good stuff.

P.S. I also went to an art school but I suck at everything else so I have no choice but to suck it up and kick ass down the road.

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thepaste-upmechanicNo Gravatar May 29, 2009 at 11:01 am

dope

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KristinaNo Gravatar May 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Hi there!
My name is Kristina, and I was writing in regards to your blog. First and foremost, I find it fascinating and quite literally a visual joy! I am doing an article for a local paper in New Jersey called, “The Steaming Pipe.” It will be an overview on the art of Obentos; particularly Japanese mothers and their efforts to construct these ornate meals. I was simply requesting permission to use a photo of yours ( with or without credit- depending on your preference) for the print edition as well as online?

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John JacobNo Gravatar June 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I am pleased to be the 100th person to write here that your work is awesome, and very cute! I look forward to more of it.

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Sugoi-chanNo Gravatar June 12, 2009 at 6:24 am

Hi Anna!
I have read an article about you and your masterpieces *-*
i’m without words!*O*
you are fantastic and your bentos too *W*
<3

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JennyNo Gravatar June 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Just found your blog. I’m a gigantic fan!

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RebeccaNo Gravatar June 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Hi, I just came across your blog and bento pics. They’re amazing and I can’t wait to try out your tips! Can’t wait for your future posts! :]

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plastiqgurlNo Gravatar June 26, 2009 at 5:15 am

you are an inspiration! i fell in love with bento making when i was researching for valentine’s day idea. now i’m addicted. lol

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FaraNo Gravatar June 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Your art is increadible, keep it up!

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suzuakamiNo Gravatar July 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm

amazing! i myself am from Korea and love to cook.i was also wondering if you could do a bento of an anime called higurashi. please email me and tell me! you can find it on youtube but the episodes are so long that they have to be cutt into three parts. just to tell you, one chapter is made into more than 8 epiesodes. please email me soon. i hate waiting

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coconutstudioNo Gravatar July 20, 2009 at 6:40 am

i love reading your blog. Problem is that it makes me really hungry. Thanks and keep it up.

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SarahNo Gravatar July 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Wow, i love your stuff ♥
You should open a restaurant. I would come and visit you every day :D !

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DianaNo Gravatar July 31, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I am just discovering “bento Stuff” and I am so glad and grateful that I found your website…You are “Marvelous Darling” I love all of your stuff and thanks for posting them…you “inspire me” I just love your “creativeness”

Take Care and God Bless

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sandirifficNo Gravatar August 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

omg! i totalli impressed by your bento making skill!
Love them <3 inspired me to make bento for my boyfriends too!

Thanks for the motivation :D

ps: hmm. consider making cinnamoroll bento too (: ? would realli love to see it!

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ewigeNo Gravatar August 18, 2009 at 9:46 am

Featured in Nintendo Power!? How much geek cred can one attain? I stumbled upon a photo of your bento while fooling around on flickr… amazed by your work. Keep it up! :)

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MimzyNo Gravatar August 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Anna!

You’re amazing!!! We love you! Here is our posting on you for Plaztik Mag’s Blog site:

http://plaztikmag.com/blog/2009/08/15/domo-yum-yums/

YUM!!

xoxo,
Mimzy

PLAZTIK MAG
http://www.plaztikmag.com
http://www.plaztikmag.com/blog

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shinnonikkiNo Gravatar August 26, 2009 at 6:58 am

アンナさんへ

初めまして、私はシンです。
シンガポールから

OMG. You are totally amazing to the MAX!
You really are an artist.
I love your creation.
It makes my eyes grow BIG and my mouth go WOW.

まじ凄い!!
全部可愛い〜
本当に

I admire your skills.
And I’m going to learn from you.

ありがとう!
よろしくね!

シンより

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ayaNo Gravatar September 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

oh wow. u r amazing. u r my idol now. and wow.wow.wow ..i wanna learn too ..oh wow

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SnowdropsNo Gravatar September 9, 2009 at 12:01 am

I just discovered your site from linking through your bf’s photostream on Flickr, and I’m completely bowled over by the super cuteness of everything you do. Your bf is one lucky lucky man! It makes me want to find a gf like you even though I’m a girl! Am absolutely loving your Studio Gbili bentos, esp. Totoro!! I blogged about it via the blogit function on Flickr.

Keep up the aweinspiring work Anna! You truly rock! And I’d absolutely add my voice to the chorus of your fans here to ask you to publish a book and open a bento shop so that I have another must-go place when I visit NYC.

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MarianaNo Gravatar September 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

What a wonderful job you do! I found your blog at a brazilian’s magazine site and since I adore kyaraben but don’t have any ideas how to do them, I fall in love with your work. Thank you so much for share your ideas and know-how about kyaraben. Btw, your plushies are AMAZING *-* great job too!

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JennyMNo Gravatar September 21, 2009 at 1:04 am

Hi there! I just somehow came upon your page from a link from foodgawker, and I’ve been looking at all your different Bento boxes for an hour already!! You are so talented, it must take so much time preparing! Haha, I read that you said the best part is that by the end of the day your masterpiece is eaten and gone…I don’t think I could eat it if I spent all that time, I could only really feel satisfied if someone else ate it, hehe. Nothing extravagant for me!

Anyways, I hope you continue making these wonderful Bento Boxes and doing what you love. I would also love to go to art school, but alas, I’m chicken and opted for a realistic job.

You’re inspirational!!

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ReasonNo Gravatar October 8, 2009 at 5:22 am

seriously if you are not married yet, you should be haha. these bento boxes are awesome.

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Jen (Tiny Urban Kitchen)No Gravatar October 12, 2009 at 1:15 am

Hi Anna,
Just wanted to let you know that I decided to give you the “One Lovely Blog” Award. :)

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Sally RyanNo Gravatar October 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I love the Cooking/Gardening Mama bento box. Your sense of humor and creativity are priceless! After I saw that photo, the phrase “Mama will help you,” kept running through my head. Wonderful work, site, ideas…In short, you rock!

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Angie MacGooNo Gravatar October 22, 2009 at 12:40 am

Hi

I stumbled upon your blog by accident and I can see you have plenty of fans but I’m gonna say it anyway:

I think you are wonderful!! Your blog has brighten my drab and awful day!

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PWongNo Gravatar October 27, 2009 at 2:23 am

Hi Anna

Your logo looks way to close to what an Australian PR agency is sporting. Check this out: http://www.publicityqueen.com.au/

Which came first?

- P

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar October 27, 2009 at 10:50 am

wow look at that! It’s actually just the first letter of my signature, Anna. (I’m going to add my entire signature to this about page later)
I’ve been using the same “signature” since 1994, when I came to the US. I was trying to create a cool looking signature and came up with it. Of course, I don’t use it for legal stuff like bank checks or anything though. :P

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PhyllisNo Gravatar October 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Your blog is so fun! I do bento for myself and my daughters and for fun may venture into charaben as holiday bento; that’s how I found you; I googled “Thanksgiving charaben”. Your turkeys will be in our bentos this month! I love to sew, especially haute couture level garments so if you ever need sewing help check out my blog too. I’ll be back to your blog on a regular basis.

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C.G.No Gravatar December 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I have to admit I had never been to your site before (I know, for shame) until I saw your winning entry to the Penny Arcade Katamari Forever contest today. I must say your work is simply amazing, and while I love them all, the Katamari Damacy one was just too awesome for words to describe. Congratulations and keep up the wonderful work.

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Gourmet PigsNo Gravatar December 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I love seeing your bento boxes, they are all so cute! And they’re also often from my fave anime/other shows. Keep up the good work! Your boyfriend is lucky ;)

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nicholeNo Gravatar January 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

These are so awesome, my child just freaked out about the raving rabbids bento boxes and cookies.

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krishnaNo Gravatar January 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

How long before you open a store and sell these awesome bento’s?

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sprittibeeNo Gravatar April 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

You should write a book. Seriously. You have a lot of talent. The wild things Bento stuff is just amazing. :) Can I spotlight it on my blog? Please give me permission to use your flickr photos and link back.

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YumiNo Gravatar May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

You have inspired me to become one of your friends, just for the chance of being given one of your plushies.
*just kidding*

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KtleNo Gravatar July 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Dear Anna,
I think your bento boxes are delightful! In fact, your blog has inspired me to try making a bento of my own. You’ve mentioned that it’s in your nature to be “pretty lazy”, and I’m sure I can relate to that aswell. I have yet to make that bento box of my own. ‘-__-.
Anyhow, I enjoy how elaaborate they all look, and I can only anticipate your next creation!

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allukaNo Gravatar August 10, 2010 at 3:14 am

I love your creations, it’s really inspiring to make one. I wanted to try one but I just don’t have enough ingredients and I don’t know any alternatives for it but I still want to try even though I’m not yet good at cooking. Bentos are really fun to make especially if it makes the person happy while eating it. ^^ I’m not an artist, but I hope I can still follow through your “how-to’s” Thanks for this wonderful blog, I’m glad I discovered it. *heart*
Hehe the rabbids really make me laugh xD

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HiiyukiNo Gravatar August 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

“Oh neat”? Are you kidding me?! :o
I just browsed this site and I went OMIGOSHHOLYSHIZZ D:
You’re so talented and creative :)
Me loves food and art. so this site was like heaven to me :)
Keep up the great work~
I really love the SUPERHEAVENLYADORABLE bentos you made for kids~ I’m really determined to make that nest bento soon :3

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gulsenNo Gravatar November 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm

so amazing, thank you so much for sharing your amazing recepies :)

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ValeriaNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 4:15 am

Such a gorgeous website! Thank you Anna for inspiring so many people (including me!) with your wonderful posts :)

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VinnieNo Gravatar January 30, 2011 at 3:13 am

Hi Anna how are you?
Did a search for you, was wondering how you were doing…
this looks wonderful! congratulations!
I just sent you and email saying hi :)
hope all is well

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sadNo Gravatar February 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

wished you’re my mom :(

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yvankeeNo Gravatar March 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

i love your “heart egg”!!!
and all the bentos 8D

好棒啊!!!(it is awesome, in chinese )

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MeganNo Gravatar March 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I love your work! is really awesome, Congratulations! I from Bolivia and Im a artist too!

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Ay ChooNo Gravatar April 11, 2011 at 2:47 am

Hi,

Juz discover ur blog recently. Really muz salute to ur creativeness. The most touching part is ur willingness to share all ur tactics with others. Thx a lot.

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Eduardo Inácio da SilvaNo Gravatar September 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

Beautiful!

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SammyNo Gravatar October 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

Love it!

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AreeyaNo Gravatar December 13, 2011 at 2:45 am

Anna~~~i miss you and your bento/other-assorted-yet-equally-awesome food posts D: been keeping up with your posts since your super early ones, even though i havent commented til now =S been more of a silent admirer ahaha xD AND WHAT AN ADMIRER I AM: YOUR KYARABEN AND OTHER GOODIES MAKE ME SQUEAL LIKE THE LITTLE GIRL I AM AT HEART. (^v^)/ . Demo ne, everytime i check your website recently, and i see NO NEW POSTS, i swear i die a little inside D: I’m sure your job at THE BEHEMOTH (<333333) (congratulaaaaations, btw, overdue as this is ^v^) is keeping you supremely busy, but I guess I'd like to ask if we, your fervent site followers, can be expecting any new MECCHA KAWAII TABEMONO anytime soon? AHAHAH, well, that is all ^v^ Stay healthy Anna, and hope to hear from you soon =) <3

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NeitoNo Gravatar January 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

Love the website Anna!! I live in Japan and my daughter just started kindergarten so I’m always on your website \stealing\ your bentos! My wife’s uncle (she is from Japan) made an Anpanman bento for his son and sent a pic to my wife. She showed me, and it was on like Donkey Kong! He is always challenging me to do all sorts of things (usually eating Japanese food) so I couldn’t let him one up me like that. Luckily for my wife, I found out I’m actually good at it so I’ve taken over making bentos at 5am every Tuesday and Thursday!! X_X Keep up the great work, and don’t stop making bentos!! I’m actually about to run to Union to grab some chicken, tomorrow I am going to try the fried chicken Laputa robot. Gambatte!!

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ENo Gravatar February 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Love your site! Never stop posting!

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MarinaNo Gravatar March 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

It’s been a few months now since I’ve known of your website thanks to my boyfriends broter, and since then…. I resterted my blog after 3 years (imaginencook – so all about cooking :) ), tried out different recipes and advices from your site, enjoyed hours of just watching your creations and thinking of making some of my own… and today well let’s just say your site is the first one I open in the morning, waiting for more news :D
Whenever I loose inspiration/motivation I come back here :) )

Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu!
Best of wishes from Croatia,
Marina

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LesyaNo Gravatar July 5, 2012 at 2:49 am

Hi Anna! You blog is amazing!! read you in Ukraine, Donetsk

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LesyaNo Gravatar July 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

Hi Anna! Your blog are amazing! Thank you fron Ukraine, Donetsk

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hanselNo Gravatar July 19, 2012 at 1:49 am

nice tutorial (heart egg – egg heart)

^^

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MarvinNo Gravatar August 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

Which one is the rabbit?

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annatheredNo Gravatar December 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hi Marisol
Sorry about the late reply.
Unfortunately, I don’t speak Spanish… =/ (feeling embarrassed since I’ve lived in NY for 14 years now)
Maybe you can Google translate the page into Spanish? Google has language tools, and all you have to do is to put url link on “translate a web page.” Hope that helps.

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