Do you know Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori?
I had never heard of them before until I started making bentos and encountered these cute little characters.
Apparently Rilakkuma means “bear in a relaxed mood” and he mysteriously appears in the female office lady Kaoru’s apartment one day. He is a soft toy bear who has apparently decided to take up residence there. He was first seen in a series of picture books called Rilakkuma Seikatsu produced by San-X but since has become equally popular as a soft-toy character.
Rilakkuma is often accompanied by Korilakkuma “a mysterious white bear cub” . Kiiroitori fictionally named her Korilakkuma because she looks like little Rilakkuma (“ko” means a little child in Japanese.). She also mysteriously appeared at Kaoru’s house.
Kiiroitori is a yellow chick who lives at Kaoru’s house. Kiiroitori means “yellow bird” in Japanese. (source Wikipedia)
My Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori characters are made from bread and cheese sandwiches, with cheese, carrot, nori and strawberry face decoration. I “glued” some of the parts together with a tiny bit of mustard, or you could use mayo. Rilakkuma turned out slightly smaller than Korilakkuma, because I cut the bread first before toasting it, not realising that this actually shrinks the bread!
Below you can see how I packed it into a bento, adding some more strawberries. This bento lacks vegetables, but I packed some cherry tomatoes separately, just forgot to include them in the photo.