September 6, 2008

Kawaii?

Let me first begin with a word of appreciation.The Japanese have been known for amazing inventions and creative feats achieved in animation+graphics alike. A fair number of creative over achievers in Japan I bet! Haha. The undying trend of new comic characters; new cartoons; video games and superheroes... they just don't stop getting stronger; cooler and cuter!~
I have to thank these Japanese geniuses for inspiring me to do my Kawaii bento cupcakes!
"Kaw.. ....What??!"

wikipedia:
Since the 1970s, cuteness (可愛さ kawaisa) has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.[1] Foreign observers often find this cuteness intriguing and sometimes strange because the Japanese employ it in a vast array of situations and demographics where, in other cultures, it would be considered incongruously juvenile or frivolous (for example, in government publications, public service warnings, office environments, military advertisements, and commercial airliners, among many others).

Cute merchandise is extremely popular in Japan. The two largest manufacturers of such merchandise are Sanrio (manufacturers of "Hello Kitty") and San-X[6][7]

As a cultural phenomenon, cuteness is increasingly accepted in Japan as a part of Japanese culture and national identity. Tomoyuki Sugiyama, author of "Cool Japan", believes that "cuteness" is rooted in Japan's harmony-loving culture, and Nobuyoshi Kurita, a sociology professor at Musashi University in Tokyo, has stated that "cute" is a "magic term" that encompasses everything that's acceptable and desirable in Japan.[11]









Pat and her friends gathered for a bento box party this afternoon. I was appointed to surprise the ladies with a few cute little creatures on miniature cakes! The sponsors were a little tight on funds; but Pat was generous enough to foot the bill personally just to see the smiles on everyones faces when they opened up a pretty piece of sweetness each.

From Hello Kitty cutlery to Tarepanda sushi's ....kerroppi? Pucca....Mashimaru?... er... haha I'm not sure if I even got them right... I'm personally not too big a fan of Japanese pop culture.
Can't deny the cute factor they give things though.
....Still don't love them enough to not be a "Hello Kitty" hater. *evil grin*
Japanese bento boxes have really became an art form of its own. Lunch boxes are elaborately designed for convenience and cute little Japanese characters are often seen adorning these lovely little take out containers. The compartments in each bento really is the cool bit. These ladies are so good with mixing well balanced meals to create aesthetically pleasing and delicious combinations in a box.I bet these lucky girls get lovely lunch boxes from their mom Pat when they were in school.
I'm going to try talking my mom to make me a bento too!!! *whine*~

22 comments:

Linda said...

Those are sooooo cuteeeeeeeee. Onigiri is the cutest. Pucca and Mashimaro are Korean characters.

skinnymum said...

Su yin,

Stunning...... Thanks loads for sharing the pictures - I love everything Sanrio.

Do you take orders from KL? How much do you charge for re-creating them?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Jen said...

My head exploded into candy : <

SIG said...

Gosh I love all of them! I'm Sanrio mad. :)

FFichiban said...

Awwwwwwww they all soo cuuuttee but yeah love the expression on the onigiri! Reminds me of Fruits Basket.

CC said...

You truly are amazing. Each character is so real. Your talent is awe-inspiring! I hope to reach just 1% of your talent level, and I will be estatic. Thank you for sharing your creations. :D

Iced Nyior said...

the mashimaro is so cute :P

Anonymous said...

this bendo party must be a success.. they are all cute and lovely.. i bet even guys will fall for this.. great one!! i'm always amazed by your works..

sin ee

Esther said...

I love the flat panda one! :)

Cap'n Jack said...

WOW. These look incredible!

Anonymous said...

OMG! This is Soooooosoooo cute.

Silent Reader (hammy)

EpaNz said...

so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! but i can't find my fave char.. kuromi n my melody! lol

Su-Yin -Décorateur said...

Haha I'm glad everyone had an eyeful of cuteness. My mom insisted I make her one just for fun!

linda: haha whoopz.. my bad. shows how much I know about these things.

skinnymom: yes; please email me at suyin.cookingismypassion@gmail.com

epanz: bhmmm whats a kuromi? melody? haha sorry dear.. i'm not good with these cute-sy cartoons haha.

Rachel said...

haha. she still makes me bento's every morning for school. :) praise god.

Jessie said...

Su Yin, I must say you are very talented. Those figurine is such a die for! Keep up the good work.

amelia said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!
They are super cuteeeee :D
cuteness overload alert! LOL

Anonymous said...

http://www.jessieling.com/2008/09/08/bloggers-meet-bento-party/#comment-38191

here's the details of the party? :D

wen said...

so beautiful. i like hello kitty! where did u get the cupcakes plastic boxes from?

allthingspurple said...

ohhhh!!!! you are the girl behind the cupcakes !!! wow ! love them all, but how come I didn't see the Hello Kitty ones? I got the 4th one in your pictures, by the way. Gave it to my first born when the 2nd born was napping so they don't fight. Haha.

love your cupcakes !!

piyo-chan said...

your blog is sooooooooooo cute!! :))) love the pictures.

kimloke said...

omg. these are BEYOND cute!
so cool!!!!

yoonie at home said...

Hi! I really like your work. My bro's wedding is in November and I'm wondering if you're interested in making 300 cupcakes for us. It would be a delightful surprise. Can I call you to chat?