I’ve been meaning to write about Saizen for ages, but their no photography policy kept me away. Fortunately, I managed to secure an invite to one of their blogger events so I was finally able to snap away. So, if you’ve ever wondered where I get my bento stuff, wonder no more. Around half of my bento boxes, tools and accessories are from Saizen and from its mother chain Daiso.
To clear up the confusion, the Daiso branches in the Philippines aren’t really affiliated with Daiso Japan. They’re actually part of Japan Home Center, a Hong Kong-based chain that’s patterned after Japanese 100-yen stores. When Daiso Japan finally came here, they couldn’t use the name since it was already taken. So, they set up shop as Saizen.
Despite the name change, nothing’s different. The items stocked at overseas branches (Daiso SG, HK and Macau) are the same items stocked at Saizen here. So, yes. You can get your bento shopping fill without going overseas. Just head off to Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas or Trinoma in QC.
But in the meantime, join me on a virtual shopping tour of bento related products!
Your most basic bento item–the lunch box–comes in all shapes and sizes at Saizen. And if you think bento is only for women and kids, check out their selection of Men-style boxes. Even the most manly men will not be afraid of packing lunch with these.
Aside from your boxes, it’s also helpful to have a set of utensils that’s devoted for packing lunch. There’s a variety of plain and cute chopsticks, spoons and forks available at Saizen. I like the ones that come with their own carrying cases, for sanitary reasons.
Packing bento for people who can’t be expected to return your boxes? Disposable set-ups are also sold here, complete with chopsticks and baran. Of course, it’s still better to use reusable when you can–happier earth!
Not all bento boxes come with their own partitions. And even when they do, sometimes, you just want to separate them further. This is where Baran, or those fake grass things you see in sushi come in. Aside from keeping your food separate, I hear some brands also have anti-microbial properties. They’re available in the traditional fake grass form and also in cuter, colorful versions.
Another thing I like having handy is a set of cocktail picks. These cute little things add instant cute and color to your food. Plus, it makes handling certain items easier, especially for little fingers.
Like adding details to your food? Nori punchers come in handy. The ones I found at Saizen were a bit basic, none of those sets that punch out facial details, but nevertheless, these basic shapes still come handy for instant decorating.