Now that Nomz is starting to react to things like her favorite foods, animals and characters, I thought I’d make a special festive dinner for her. Japanese kyara-ben is the art of creating bentos and dishes in fun characters and cute motifs (usually for small children, sometimes for lucky albeit slightly embarrassed husbands) and there are entire books, blogs, stores dedicated to this art. I tried my hand at making some hina dolls out of boiled eggs this year and I gotta say it’s super fun! I found these handy soy crepes in beautiful colors sold at Don Quijote that were so easy to work with.
Chirashi sushi “cake” with hina doll eggs:
Hishigata (diamond shaped) strawberry shortcake:
I also made traditional clam broth, and a chicken vegetable roll for dinner.
I think she knew dinner was special tonight in the way she kept trying to move in for a closer look when we sat down. She ate chirashi, cake, then disrobed the hina doll and nibbled on its face.
We are so thankful to be blessed with a precious, happy little girl and look forward to creating more traditions together as a family.