I bought this adorable little Ponyo puppet doll for Tz from Tokyo and he has been in love with her ever since. He brings her to school, eats with her, sleeps with her and sings the theme song to her (but only the first verse… he’s trying to learn the song in Japanese now… haha..). Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is the eighth film Miyazaki directed for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl (definition from Wikipedia). I, too, ♥ the movie. So naturally, I am nuts about her merchandise too.
In this bento, I made omurice (オムライス), fried rice with bacon, prawn, shoyu & tomato ketchup wrapped in omelette. In the box, I have also packed pork dumpling (siew mai from Tokyo), Satsuma imo sweet potato and steamed string beans.
How to make Ponyo:
Hands and dress – Carefully spread open surimi crab sticks and shape with scissors.
Face – Steam a small potato and mash it with some butter. Shape it into a round shape with hands.
Eyes – wrap a small portion of cheese in a cellophane wrap and shape it into little balls. Gently make 2 small dents on each side of the face to sit the cheese eyeballs. Use nori for black eye pupils
Hair – Shape 2 layers of ham using a pair of kitchen scissors, a bigger piece of ham for the top hair layer and a smaller piece for the under layer to create more depth.
Mouth and nose – tiny little carrot or leftover surimi crab stick for mouth and nori for nose.
I like how it turned out but wish I have more time to put in more details though. I love this bamboo weaved bento box, it looks like a little picnic basket. Easy to use and clean too.