“Character ‘bento’ box lunch” recipe! A rice ball of Rilakkuma turned into a Japanese-Hina Doll

18.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

 “Hinamatsuri” is a festival in Japan which is held on the 3rd of March to wish for the health and happiness of a girl child and each house displays a set of Hina Dolls on the 3rd March.

 

In this article, I will introduce to you how to make “Rilakkuma Ohinasama ni Henshin! Onigiri (rice ball)”

 

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1:Ingredients

Rice – 200g

Yakiniku no Tare (Japanese BBQ sauce)

Seaweed

Sliced ham

Cheddar cheese

Sliced cheese

Satsumaage (deep-fried ball of fish paste)

Kinusaya (snow peas)

Seaweed cutout

 

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2: Separate the rice in half and add “yakiniku no tare” (1 tablespoon) to one of the halves and mix. Shape the rice like an egg and place it on top of some plastic wrap until it gets cold.

☆You can use “mentsuyu” (noodle soup) instead of “yakiniku no tare.”

 

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3: Cut out the satsuma age as shown in the photo to make the ears of Rilakkuma by cutting it out.

Take off the thin part of the satsuma age and cutout the white part to make the parts of Korilakkuma. Use the leftover satsuma age to make the round-shaped hands.

 

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4: Make the other parts. Use the kinusaya to make the hat and rod and use sliced ham to make the crown and fan. Use cheder cheese and sliced ham to make the inside of the ears.

 

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5:Wrap the seaweed on the rice ball as shown in the photo. Use sliced ham for Korilakkuma’s rice ball. This time, I also used frill lettuce as shown in the photo.

 

Arrange the shape of the bottom line of the ham/lettuce to make it look like a kimono.

 

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6: Fix the hat, rod, crown and fan with fried pasta. Finished!

How to make fried pasta:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38676

 

 

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Let’s make hinamatsuri-rice balls and put them into a “bento” lunch box.

 

Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

 

Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.

I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,

My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27

 

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    5: Done!

     

     

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    Chocolate mousse’s ingredients

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    2:First make the chocolate moouse.

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    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    This time, let us introduce to you, “Rilakkuma Rice Hamburgers” which can be created by using a “gacha gacha capsule.”

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    ・Rice / 360 to 400g

    ・Sliced cheese / one piece

    ・Cheder cheese / one piece

    ・Ham / one piece

    ・Seaweed / one piece

    ・Cutlet (or a croquette) / three pieces

    ・Leaf lettuce / moderate amount

    ・Mentsuyu (Japanese noodle soup) / moderate amount

    ・Yellow “decofuri” (decoration furikake) / moderate amount

    ・Seaweed punch

    ・Cookie cutter

    ・Fried pasta

    ・Gacha gacha capsule

     

    2:

    2: Divide the rice into three blocks and color each character

    Korilakkuma→white

    Rilakkuma→color it in brown using “mentsuyu”

    Kiiroi Tori→mix the yellow “decofuri”

     

    After coloring each character, divide the white rice and the mentsuyu-flavored rice into two pieces (10g per piece).

     

    Put rice into the gacha gacha capsule.

    50g→base

    50g→face

    10g×2→ears

    (the quantity noted above can be changed)

    ☆Pack the rice into the capsule tightly so that the rice will not crumble

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    3:Round out the rice (10g piece) as shown in the photo.

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    4:It should look like this. (refer to the photo)

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    5:

    Rillakuma and Korillakumas’ mouths→sliced cheese

    Kiiroi Tori’s mouth→Cheder cheese

    Rilakkuma’s ears→Cheder cheese

    Korilakkuma’s ears→ham

    Eyes, ears and the nose of Kiiroi Tori will be shaped by punched out seaweed.

    5

     

    6:It should like this (refer to the photo) after finishing the directions above.

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    7:Place the base rice→frill lettuce→cutlet→rice and fix the ears with fried pasta. ※ To make the fried pasta, see the article “Pom Pom Purin no Milk Pudding.”

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    8:Place the mouth (sliced cheese) and place the eyes on the face.

    Place the slice cheese and ham behind the ears.

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    Finished♡

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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

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    300ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    ✩Ingredients For Strawberry Pudding
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    350ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

    Weck jars for the dessert.

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    Neko Neko Shokupan Hinamatsuri Matcha

    Neko Neko House

    The cute set includes pink-coloured strawberry, white-coloured plain, and green-coloured matcha breads which are available for delivery at addresses in Japan. They arrive in a cute house-shaped box.

  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Sticks

    05.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a simple recipe for Valentine’s Day made with ingredients bought entirely from the 100 yen store Seria. I call it the “Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Stick.”

     

    Ingredients

    Square mould from Seria (makes six sticks)
    1 bag of milk chocolates

    1 bag of white chocolates

    1 bag of dark chocolates

    Toppings of your choice (I used caramel chocolate chips and walnuts)

     

    1

    Melt all the chocolates separately over a bain-marie.

     

    2

    Create layers with each chocolate type. Pick your first choice and pour into the mould and wait for it to set lightly before adding the next chocolate. For this recipe, I went ahead and added the chocolate a little before layers had finished setting to create a marbling effect.

     

    ✩I also added some strawberry chocolate I had left over from my Rilakkuma chocolates.

     

    3

    Once all your chocolate is in the mould, stick in some lollipops and add toppings of your choice making sure they don’t overflow. This will ensure they set together with the chocolate.

     

    4

    Allow to set overnight and your chocolate stick is ready.

     

    5

    I made Rilakkuma chocolates from scratch and added those to the sticks to finish.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Get Fit With These Cute New Rilakkuma Dumbbell Balls

    03.January.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese company Mizuno released a new series of Rilakkuma dumbbell balls, the “Ballretch Rilakkuma,” on its official online store and San-X’s online shop last week.

     

    About Ballretch

    The Ballretch is part of Mizuno’s series of at-home training equipment. First released in June 2019, the Ballretch is a ball weighted at 500g which can be used for easy weight training. The balls are all made from soft material so do not cause calluses often associated with weightlifting.

     

    Ballretch Rilakkuma


    Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Set | ¥3,960


    Chairoikoguma & Korilakkuma Set | ¥3,960

    Pick between the Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Set or Chairoikoguma & Korilakkuma Set for helping to encourage and cheer you on during training. They also double as cute room decorations.

     

    If your New Year’s Resolution for 2021 is to exercise and train more, then why not let Rilakkuma and co help you along?

     

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  • Netflix Series Rilakkuma and Kaoru Gets Exhibition in Tokyo

    25.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    An exhibition for the popular stop-motion animation Netflix series Rilakkuma and Kaoru will run at SEIBU Ikebukuro in Tokyo from December 27, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Fans of the series can look forward to plunging themselves into its adorable world with recreated sets, statues, photo spots, limited-edition merchandise, and more.

    Stop-motion sets and figures used in the animated series

    The actual sets and set pieces used for the stop-motion animation will be exhibited at the event including Kaoru’s apartment, Rilakkuma who looks like he’s about to pop to life, and more.

     

    Stop-motion animation behind-the-scenes

    Catch a behind-the-scene glimpse of the efforts put into creating the series including early sketches, character reference, designs, and more.

     

    Take a photo at Kaoru’s apartment

    Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on a special photo spot recreating Kaoru’s apartment with Rilakkuma and co waiting to greet you inside.

     

    Over 500 pieces of limited-edition merchandise

    Special Replica Plush Toy Korilakkuma With Serial Number | ¥25,300 (300 available in Japan / 200 elsewhere)

    Kaoru’s Album Post Card Set | ¥1,650

    Plush Pouch | ¥2,200 Each

    Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive limited-edition merchandise, including a replica Korilakkuma plush toy of which only 200 are available, each with its own unique serial number on the foot.

     

    Bonus Items

    Designs given randomly

    For every ¥5,000 spent in one transaction (tax included), visitors can receive a free original bag. These are available to the first 200 people per day of the exhibition.

     

    © 2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • A Dream Collaboration Between Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi Announced For Hirakata Park

    20.December.2020 | SPOT

    Hirakata Park in Osaka has announced a special collaborative event with San-X’s popular characters Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi which will begin on March 6, 2021.

    Park entrance

    Rilakkuma and friends as well as the characters of Sumikko Gurashi will both have their own special pavilions raised at the park entrance. At the Rilakkuma tent, the cute bear and his comrades where will be showcasing their three fundamental elements that go into having a leisurely and relaxing time. Over at the Sumikko Gurashi tent, you’ll get a peek into the lives of these cute characters which are known for their lifestyle of dwelling in the corner.

    The event will welcome a range of original Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi themed food and merchandise too.

     

    ©2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Decorate With These Fabulous Rilakkuma Flower Boxes Made With Colourful Preserved Flowers

    12.December.2020 | FASHION

    If you’re looking to brighten up and kawaii-fy your room this holiday season, then you’ll want to check out the new Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower collection which hit Okada Shokai’s online shop on Thursday (December 10).

     

    Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower is a collection of flower boxes made with a variety of colourfully preserved flowers like roses, showy baby’s-breath, hydrangeas, carnations, and more, bunched together with Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Chairoikoguma.

    Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower: Rilakkuma / Korilakkuma / Kiiroitori / Chairoikoguma

    Goyururi Rilakkuma Flower Box

    The characters are made from a combination of petals to look like a picture. And since the flowers are preserved, no watering is needed, so your box will stay eternally cute.

    The boxes come wrapped in candy-like wrapping too which makes them perfect as a gift.

    ©2020 San-X Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Banana and Black Tea Muffins

    05.December.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a super simple dessert made using hotcake mix. I decorated the muffins with strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar to give them that Christmas feel.

     

    Ingredients
    1 bag of hotcake mix (150g)
    1 large egg
    20g sugar
    25ml vegetable oil
    30ml milk
    2 ripe bananas
    1 tbsp black tea leaves
    *If you don’t have loose black tea leaves you can use the leaves from inside of a black tea bag

     

    1

    Slice half of one banana for topping later. Mash the remaining one and a half in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

     

    2


    In a different bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix together. Once mixed, add the mashed banana and mix again to combine.

     

    3


    Add the mix to muffin tins. The muffins will rise quite a bit so you may want to use less mix. Finish by adding the sliced bananas from Step 1 on top.
    上に1でスライスしておいたバナナをトッピングする。

     

    4
    Bake at 180℃ on the middle shelf for 25 minutes.

     

    5


    Complete your muffins by dusting with icing sugar, fresh cream, and strawberries. I added a chocolate Hello Kitty on mine!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • New Stop-Motion Animated Series ‘Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure’ To Premiere on Netflix

    29.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Japanese character manufacturing company San-x has teamed up with TYO Group’s animation studio dwarf studios to produce an original Netflix series called Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure.

     

    The series is a follow-up to Rilakkuma’s first ever stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru which premiered worldwide on Netflix in April 2019. The new series is also a stop-motion animation adventure.

    The new series features Kaoru (voiced by Mikako Tabe), Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori who are all set for a fun-filled day at an amusement park. Join the gang as they face a number of exciting incidents and make some new encounters at closing time.  There are a total of eight episodes, each of which lasts approximately ten minutes.

     

    The Rilakkuma and Kaoru series ranked at number two on Netflix’s list of top 10 most watched shows of 2019 in Japan. The new series will be available to watch in over 190 countries worldwide.

     

    Rilakkuma’s fun adventures have only just begun so stay tuned!

     

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