Hakoya Bento Box Debut

I’ve sworn not to buy new bento boxes anymore, since I have a lot which I barely use. But when it’s a gift, I guess I have an excuse to own new ones since I DIDN’T BUY IT. This was exactly what happened when my friend N arrived home for a short vacation after working so long overseas.

Hakoya Bento Box Lunch

Heehee, admit it. You miss the food with faces, don’t you?

Along with a little metal charm from the Tokyo Tower (someday, I shall visit you too!), she handed me a small non-descript box which when I opened yielded a lovely Hakoya bento box. Hakoya is a Japanese company that specializes in bento boxes. A bit more expensive than the ones you can buy from Daiso and other hyaku-en shops, the quality you get more than makes up for it. Featuring traditional designs, these hand-crafted, hand-painted boxes can easily hold a place of honor in anybody’s collection.

Hakoya Bento Box Lunch

The little imperfections in folding adds to the handcrafted charm.

The box N gave me was a special onigiri box. Technically, it’s a single-layered box with two covers. A flat flexible cover that keeps your food airtight, and a triangular cover that creates a hollow space between it and the flexible cover, designed to store your triangular-shaped onigiri. Aside from giving this box a special purpose, the triangular cover also makes the box really pretty. Upon closer inspection, I’m betting that the box has kimono cloth (or some other similar patterned cloth) glued then laminated on it. The finish is very fine, probably due to the lamination, but a closer look lets you see the texture of the cloth plus the folding in some parts to make the cloth hug the cover smoothly. Lovely work, really.

Because it’s an onigiri box, it’s only natural that I use it for that purpose. My first time using it, I packed in some sliced hungarian sausages, tomato wedges, pineapple tidbits, green beans sauteed in butter, a little soy sauce and black sesame seeds, and finally, a happy-faced, winking onigiri. A smiley meal for a bento box that makes me smile. Good combination, I would think.

N! Thank you for the bento box. I lurve it, obviously no?

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7 Responses to Hakoya Bento Box Debut

  1. witsandnuts says:

    I want one! Where to source that kaya aside from Japan? =)

  2. Barbie says:

    That’s one cool box! :)

  3. kaoko says:

    @wits (and nuts too)
    I know it gets exported a lot but I’m not sure what stores, aside from Ichibankan in the US has it. I’ve seen a lot of stores on ebay that stock it though.

    Thank you! I really like it too.

  4. rochelle says:

    oh that’s lovely <3<3<3

  5. These are great, I am shortly going to be starting a Bento lesson in London. It will be ideal for people wanting to learn healthy recipes to put in their Bento!


  6. kaoko says:

    Thanks! Good luck with the Bento lesson!

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