Self-Taught Mom Creates Exquisite Anime-Inspired Lunchbox Art

Classic bento box arrangement can be considered an art form in itself, but there are some artistically gifted people that can take it to a whole other level.

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Bento box art, aka kyaraben, is a big deal in Japan, so big in fact that it has its own social media platform where professional and amateur artists alike can share their creations. But even on there, some talents stand out, and that is definitely the case with Riyu Yuda, a young mother-of-one who started making bento box art as a way to make her four-year-old son enjoy the healthy treats she made for him. She specializes in anime-inspired edible compositions, creating detailed edible portraits of popular characters.

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Riyu Yuda rose to fame last year when photos of her amazing kyaraben creations went viral on Japanese Twitter. Fans of anime franchises like Kimetsu no Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen loved the way she used various ingredients to create edible versions of their favorite characters, and she gained thousands of new followers in a short amount of time.

Kyaraben is the Japanese art form of arranging various foods to create eye-catching designs, and the self-taught Riyu Yuda is definitely an expert at it. Bento box art started out as a way to make vegetables more appealing to young children, but it soon evolved into a form of edible art.

Other notable kyaraben artists we’ve featured on OddityCentral in the past include Kaisefu Mudazono, another self-taught artist who specializes in anime-inspired themes, Miki Matsuura, who uses black algae cutouts against white rice backgrounds to great effect, and Etoni Mama, another mother who started doing cute kyaraben for her child.

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For more of Riyu Yuda’s colorful bento box artworks, check out her impressive portfolio on Instagram, as well on Japan’s number one social media platform for kyaraben, Obentopark.

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