Kawaii!! Kyaraben – Unicorn Bento


  • 150g Cooked Sushi Rice
  • A piece of nori seaweed
  • 1bunch Rainbow chard stem
  • 1 each Yellow & Green zucchini
  • A couple of leaves of Purple Cabbage
  • 1 Radish
  • 1 Carrot

1. Slice rainbow chard stem.

2. Pickle similar colors together in your favorite marinade for about 1 hour.

3. Boil purple cabbage.  Then Slice radishes and sprinkle salt. Let it wilt about 15 minutes.

Place it in purple cabbage water for about 30 minutes ~ 1 hour.

4&5. Take out the ridishes and slice each piece in half.  Line them as shown and roll them into a flower.

6. slice a yellow and green zucchini with a peeler and sprinkle salt.  Let it wilt for about 30 minutes ~ 1 hour to make it easy to roll.

After wilted, roll it up as shown.

7. Place sushi rice in 3 pieces of plastic wrap.
Create 1 large round ball and 2 small triangles. 

8. Place head and ears in a bento box. Create eyes by cutting a piece of nori seaweed.

9. Create mane by placing pickled rainbow chard stems.

10. Add carrot to create unicorn horn.  Place flowers as shown.

Mayumi Johnston
Author of Japanese character bento blog, “Spice Up Your Life With a Taste of Japan” funbentobox.com. She has taught character bento classes at Whole Foods Market and Tokyo Central.