Thursday, August 05, 2010


Hi all!! I'm finally back here! It's been a long while since the last post!? How have you been? I hope you guys are all doing well, and enjoying your cooking and other things as coping with the summer heat. As for me, I haven't been able to use my computer lately and had a hard time leaving a comment on everyone's post. I've barely managed to check them out, though. In fact, there is the true reason why I was taking a break for such a long time. I hesitate to write here about that, but... I had a painful separation. Hey don't worry, my hubby and kid are both pretty good. I lost a loved one, actually. I haven't felt like doing blog so far. Further, I've been lazy for every kind of things due to the crazy heat this summer. But now I'm okay. Still I feel lonesome every now and then, but I realized that I've got to go forward no matter how painful it is. Also I realized that I'm in good health so I am just lucky enough. If you are well now and can do things you'd like to and can have comfort foods, and of course if you enjoy making bento or something nice for someone, you are happy enough, I really think so now.

Well here are Hubby's recent bentos and Yuppi's lunch.

Cold jyajyamen bento. How filling!
Jyajyamen Bento

Omusubi & salad bento.
Omusubi & Salad Bento

Omusubi & Salad Bento-1

Omusubi & Salad Bento-3

Lunch at home.
Lunch 1

My friend gave me Akafuku! You know this??  Can you guess what it's made out of?
Akafuku mochi


  1. soo beautiful and yummy stuff! :D Love your stunning photos! I guess that akufuku is something wrappend in red-bean-paste? I'm not sure... tell me! It looks very interesting! :D

  2. Happy you're back and moving forward. Missed your posts and love today's bentos!

  3. Hi Izumi, I feel like celebrating on seeing this new lovely post from you, full of yumminess and color...have missed them! Sorry to read of your your loss, wishing you peace and healing.

  4. Missed your posts greatly, I am very happy to see you back, although I am sorry to hear about your loved one.

    Is akafuku a kind of mochi? Is it red bean? Hey, I think you should come visit and bring some :D

  5. I, also, missed your posts, but I'm glad to hear you took time off for yourself. Grief is hard work. Thank you for generously sharing your creations with us! They are beautiful!

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you have many blessings and that your grief will lessen as each day goes on.

    It's good to see you back...I've missed your posts and bento!

  7. ご無沙汰しています。少し復活されたようで何よりです。

  8. @Token
    You bet!! That's *mochi*, do you know? Yep these are shaped with fingers into that interesting shapes. They are hand made ;) Thanks for your encouraging comment!

  9. @Bento Pet
    I'm so glad to see you again. Thanks for your kind words! It means a lot :)

  10. @Jenn
    Thanks so much for celebrating :) I am so happy to have you as a dear friend. Your sweet words always heal me. :)

  11. @tofugirl
    Thanks, your *delicious pics and articles* every time brighten my day. :)
    Yes you're right! Yes It is mochi covered in Anko (very sweet bean paste) Here, open your mouth, come on!

  12. @Emily H.
    Thank you for your visit and commenting! Yea, I took time enough to sort out feelings. I think everyone works through their grief.

    My pleasure. I'm happy you read my post. :)

  13. @Kuusou
    Thanks Kuusou, you always give me a kind comment.
    I've enjoyed seeing your pleasant bentos. :D

  14. @なおさん
    喜んでもらえたらうれしい~! また何か送るから楽しみに待っててね! ;)

  15. Welcome back Izumi! Miss your post a lot. And welcome back again to make me drool, LOL! :D

  16. @tatabonita
    Hi tatachan! Yep I'm going to make you drool more than ever haha! See you later at your blog ^0^

  17. Hello! So sorry to hear about your loss. Your bento are always so pretty, I appreciate you sharing them. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your jyajyamen recipe? My husband had it at a restaurant in San Francisco and loved it, but it's very hard to find a recipe.

  18. Sorry to hear about your loss ... And I'm so sorry not to check your blog and find out soon. Hope God will always give you strength. Cheer up dear friend! You always presented so delicious and beautiful bento. Miss your bento a lot :)

  19. @Sharon
    Thank you for coming and your kind words! Glad to meet you, Sharon. :D Oh It's my pleasure. I'm sorry, I have no recipe because I usually cook without measuring, but maybe I can write a simple recipe for jajamen. I will try it as soon as I can. I'm glad your husband loved it, too!

  20. @Lia
    Thank you Lia, don't worry I'm OK! Yep I think I've got to be strong and firm. I'm sorry I didn't show up at your place for awhile, I was missing you :)

  21. OMG I love that tamago clover! So clever!

    *sending love from Holland*

  22. @gnoegnoe
    You like tamagoyaki!!! WOW! You're from Holland, WOW!(again) :D
    Thank you, gnoegnoe, could you please send me some tulips with your love teehee.

  23. It's OK. You can write a lot please! hehe.

  24. I am sorry to hear that you have lost a loved one... I hope you're coping well. But hey, you've got so many lovely bento pals here, me for example, so cheer up :D!!

    Your bento lunches are again gorgeous and yummy! I am always hungry everytime I visit your site :). What's akafuku? Something like mochi?

  25. I didn't notice this post was from 2010...!! I was somehow brought here as I clicked your link ;)!