“woman in a hilltop teahouse” bento

21 03 2010

tomorrow’s lunch is my entry for the japan society’s virtual bento box battle.  i chose to imitate “woman in a hilltop teahouse,” a beautiful woodcut by japanese artist utagawa kuniyoshi.  click here to see the woodcut (image 10 of 26), part of the japan society gallery’s display entitled “graphic heroes, magic monsters:  japanese prints by utagawa kuniyoshi from the arthur r. miller collection.”

i chose this image because the lovely woman is dining… although it’s not a bento box on the bench with her, it could be, and she’s very much enjoying her peaceful and relaxing meal, as i hope to enjoy this lunch!  her bench is made of vegetarian ham, and she is made out of cheese and nori, with food coloring mixed with a few drops of water for a watercolor painting effect.

in the background i have broccoli, flower-cut carrots and a few pea pods, asparagus tips, a purple carrot skewer, takuwan slices with sesame seeds, a few grape tomatoes, a perfect little mini-plum (labeled “prune plum” in my market), and some blackberries, almost hidden behind the sesame leaf baran.  the teatime lady and her bench are layered over white rice, which is itself layered over stewed tofu for the protein component to this meal.

entries for the bento box battle are being accepted through wednesday, march 31, so there’s still time for you to make one if you haven’t already!

UPDATE:  the judging is over, and this box was selected for first prize!  take a look at the other winners over at the japan society’s website, and my congratulations to all who participated, especially lia, lucky sundae, pikko, and laura bento, all of whose entries were gorgeous and proved very stiff competition!


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32 responses

21 03 2010
sheri

Stunning; beautiful intricate drawing. Very lovely and artistic bento entry! Good luck to you!

21 03 2010
Marisa

This one is so awesome. You are so talented.

21 03 2010
Judy

Very beautiful !!! I hope you win!

21 03 2010
gamene

thanks for all of your support, sheri, marisa and judy! you ladies are so sweet🙂

21 03 2010
shoppingmum

This is awesome!!! Totally delicate and unique. I love it.🙂
BTW, thanks for the reward.🙂

22 03 2010
gamene

thank you, and you’re welcome for the award, i love your site!

21 03 2010
hapabento

Best of luck to Megan! Beautiful work! There are some awesome prizes in this contest!

21 03 2010
Lia Chen

Lovely work for this bento! I hope you can win some prizes from the contest because this bento is work of art. You are so good in painting on the cheese🙂

22 03 2010
gamene

thanks debra and lia!

22 03 2010
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22 03 2010
Lil'chan

Oh my god! I thought about joining this bento battle, too…. But now that I have seen your beautiful work I must acknowledge, that my skills are not good enough ^^” Still a newcomer. But, I hope that you will win! Your women is really great! Can’t believe someone can make this out of cheese ^.^

And thank’s a lot for the award ^-^

22 03 2010
gamene

lil’chan you are very welcome for the award, and i DO think you should join the battle! there are a bunch of different themes, and who really knows what they are looking for… you do great work and have just as much of a shot as winning!

22 03 2010
Asfora

Extraordinary! Such intricate and careful work and a beautiful hill top scene! I like this better than the original! Good luck in the competition, though I doubt you’ll need it with such an amazing entry! Best wishes!😀

22 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Quite incredible and so beautiful gamene! This is truly a bento to marvel at, and I love how you’ve captured the delicate colors of Kuniyoshi’s palette in this lovely portrait. Beautiful to watch you expand your creative powers with each wonderful new bento project!

22 03 2010
gamene

thank you both so much, asfora and jenn!

22 03 2010
Christy

Thank you for your lovely ode to “woman in a hilltop teahouse.” All of us at Japan Society got a real kick out of it, and look forward to seeing all the other creative submissions!

22 03 2010
gamene

thanks christy, and thanks to you and everyone else at japan society for having this fun contest!

22 03 2010
Lexi

Thanks so much for the award, means a lot to know you enjoy my blog🙂
This is breathtaking – I love everything about it. Good luck in the contest!

22 03 2010
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22 03 2010
javapot

wow wow wow, what more can i say….WOW!!

22 03 2010
Susan Yuen

Wonderful bento Megan! The woman is absolutely stunning and I love all of the details! This bento is a winner for sure!😀

24 03 2010
tatabonita

Amigod! Amigod! What did you do with that woman, Megan?! She’s absolutely great and you’re a true bento artist! Really really good job😀

24 03 2010
gamene

thank you tata! i painted her with food coloring, and then i ate her right up, haha!

24 03 2010
mils

Okay, i know this is ridiculliously late, but THANK YOU for the award !

PS: I’m rooting for you…love the lady🙂

29 03 2010
gnoegnoe

Ah, you might actually WIN!🙂

It makes me think of a book by Kazuo Ishiguro as well: A Pale View of Hills. Have you read it? One of my favourite Ishiguros!

29 03 2010
gamene

thanks mils and gnoegnoe! gnoegnoe, i haven’t seen that book – now i need to check my library (or amazon), thanks for the tip! and i hope the judges agree with you, haha😉

16 04 2010
arkonite

Yay gamene, I just saw the results!! Well done🙂

16 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan! i’m so excited!

16 04 2010
hypothermya

Congratulations on 1st place! You really deserved it. This bento is incredible!

16 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much christie – i really LOVED your skeleton entry, i think you are SO talented!

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