Tanabata Bento

Tanabata Bento

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. It is common to celebrate with fireworks. I made this bento lunch for my 14 year old niece.

Container: Blue Box from Japan

Hikoboshi & Orihime: Cooked lasagna noodles (cut with circle cookie cutter), food marker details

Milky Way: Angel hair pasta with a little butter and Parmesan cheese, carrot and cucumber stars

Fireworks: Strawberries and blueberries, Greek yogurt with multi-colored sprinkles

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14 Responses to Tanabata Bento

  1. Mary Lee says:

    Very neat way to illustrate the story. I bet our niece really appreciated it!

  2. micahkunkle says:

    Cool! šŸ™‚ I have never heard of tanabata. šŸ˜®

  3. mtetar says:

    Creative and great looking faces. Mtetar

  4. Kathy,I, too, had not heard of Tanabata; thanks for enlightening me.And I LOVE the stars between the lovers! How creative!

  5. bentodays says:

    Didn’t know about this festival, thanks for sharing and love your bento as always!

  6. I almost forgot all about Tanabata!
    Time to go hang some wishes on my butterfly bush (closest thing I have)

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