Bento boxes might have recently taken over Instagram, but in Japan, this practical way of packing up your lunch is an age-old tradition. Shirley Wong (aka Little Miss Bento) will show you how it’s done.
With a total of 7 best selling cookbooks, as well as many prestigious awards under her belt, Wong is considered the top bento artist, food stylist, and blogger in Singapore. Her love of Japanese culture and more specifically, kawaii culture, is one of the main sources of inspiration for her work.
“I think Japan is a beautiful country, where you can find both ancient traditions that have been passed down generations to generations to the modern otaku and kawaii popular culture that appeals to the young (or young at heart),” she shared in an interview with Parent & Child (Singapore). “I am most drawn to the kawaii culture of Japan, as well as the traditions and omotenashi culture,” she went on to say.
Her delightful boxes include pop culture references that might persuade even the pickiest of eaters to grab a bite. “For me, the creation process is the most challenging but also most fulfilling,” says Wong, “especially when I successfully transform my idea into the creation. I also enjoy being able to share my craft with my fans and followers, be it through the TV programs or on social media platforms.”
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