While on a California business trip two weeks ago, Hubby casually mentioned during our online chat session that he bought our first grader, a two-layer bento box for $3 . What?! Where?! When?! 3 dollars for a 2-layer bento box?! I assaulted bombarded him with 101-word per minute typed questions…at an elevated heart rate! You see, to me, $3 is a steal, because the little Japanese grocery store we occasionally go to sells bento boxes for much much more, which is why I never bought any from them.
Hubby disclosed that he and his colleagues dropped by a Japanese grocery, which, according to hubby, was similar to Dollar Tree (save perhaps for the Baptism invitations?). I virtually squeezed hubby for more information about the mystery Japanese store. The store’s name is Daiso Japan. I immediately went to the store website and found out that Diaso Japan happens to be a big supplier of housewares in Japan. I continued to assault bombard hubby with questions: What else do they have? Do they have anything more for bento making? They’re a huge store, they should have some bento stuff! Hubby admitted that indeed, they do have a lot of things for bento making from $1.50 up. At that point, I wished I were traveling with hubby. And you can bet I made hubby go back to the store!
From this 3-dollar, 2-layer bento box with a pair of chopsticks, hubby’s original purchase…
…hubby came home with these…
How’s that for an obento showcase? It’s a blessing that I wasn’t with hubby because for sure, we’ll have ended up with even more stuff! At least now, I have the things I’ve been wanting to add to my obento inventory…
Dish cups – The three packages on the left are silicone and are freezer, microwave and oven safe. The package on the right is plastic. These are only $1.50 per pack.
Obento Picks – Cutie!!! These are also $1.50 per pack.
Fake Grass and Sauce Containers – I wanted a different type of sauce container (cuter and bigger!), but I was nevertheless happy with these fish-shaped ones. I’ve long used up my supply of fake grass. These are priced at $1.50 each as well.
Another 2-layer bento box! – Just how many do I need? Ask me again after a shopaholic tells you just how many bags and pairs of shoes she/he needs. Hee hee. Price tag on this is $6.00. It’s a little pricier than the first one, but this is of better quality. At the Japanese store we go to here in Austin, a similar bento box goes for more than $15.00.
All these for a little over $20! The price is indeed right! :) Hopefully, I will now be inspired to come up with visually appealing lunches. *cross fingers* I can’t help but wonder, when is hubby’s next business trip to San Jose gonna be? *evil laughter*