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Kids Bento Supplies Tokyo – Try Loft Ikebukuro Sunshine City

 
You need to visit LOFT.  Loft is located in many of the larger suburbs of Tokyo. For super-cute kids bento supplies Tokyo, we’d suggest Sunshine City in Ikebukuro.  This LOFT has LOTS, but more importantly than that, you can take the kids to Namco Nanja Town while you are there.  Hint: Find the icecream shop there!  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.A little bit about Bento Supplies Tokyo (and Japan in general)

 
In Japan, eating from an “Obento” box for lunch is a cultural standard. An obento meal is a balanced and aesthetically pleasing meal for one, a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Bento are often wrapped with a  pretty ‘furoshiki’ cloth wrap that, when knotted, forms a sack with a carry handle that helps keep multiple layers of bento safe from spilling.
 
Many (if not most) Japanese mothers have been conditioned to take pride in the aesthetic presentation of their children’s lunches. It’s the done thing, and a beautiful thing it is. (If you ever have the luck to have a bento box prepared for you by a Japanese mama, say yes! It’s a glorious gift.)
 
Over the years, bento box preparation has become something of a design-statement too and with this development, came SUPER CUTE bento box accessories and supplies. Paper patty pans just don’t cut it anymore! Luckily, bento supplies are readily accessible and cheap, so that all Japanese mamas who want to become an ‘Artist of Daily Obento Box’ can.
 

If you buy some bento box accessories as take-home souvenirs, you can too!

 

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Loft Sunshine City has hundreds of kids-style bento supplies.

 

  • Rice moulds in traditional oval or onigiri (triangular) shapes
  • Rice moulds in cute (kawaii) shapes such as panda bears or teddy bears.
  • Bento picks – tiny plastic toothpicks that are primarily used for decoration. Find them in the shape of ducks, panda bears, flowers, hamburgers, emoji shapes, fruits and vegetables, little people… there’s no limit to the imagination here.
  • Silicon bento holders in all shapes and sizes (like individual muffin trays, but to hold pieces of sushi and keep them separated in the bento box to maintain aesthetic presentation)
  • Nori paper punches – to cut shapes out of nori paper to embellish designs on the rice.
  • Sushi containers
  • Mini-rice moulds in alphabet shapes and cute characters
  • Fake plastic grass separator strips (who knew?)

 

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Our favourite?

 

  • The Shinkansen Bullet Train rice moulds pictured above!  Best bento box accessory ever.

 

The Inside Scoop

 

Opening Hours & Entry Fees

  • Loft Sunshine City is open 10am until 8pm daily.

 

Contact

  • Phone: +81-3-6907-4860

 

Travel options

Nearest stations

  • 3 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
  • 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)
  • 4 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line)

 

Directions

From Ikebukuro Station

  • Go to exit 35 of Ikebukuro Station. Walk down Sunshine 60 Dori, and the underground entrance (escalator) to Sunshine City will be visible on the right-hand side next to Tokyu Hands.

From Higashi-Ikebukuro Station

  • Walk toward exit 6.7, and a sign should direct you to the “Underground Passage” to Sunshine City.

 

Location and Map

  • Address: 2F Sunshine City Alpa, 3-1Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8630

 

 

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Eat and Drink

 
All this talk of Bento boxes must be making you as hungry as Roam the Gnome and I. So, here’s some inspiration to get you started on making your own SUPER CUTE bento for the kids and you.
 

 

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