On Saturday, 19th August, JETAA Wellington co-hosted a Japanese-style bento-making class with the Wellington Sakai Association and Hello Katy Bento. The maximum 20 people showed up at the Wellington Central Library to learn how to prepare, cook, and arrange these famously creative and compact lunchboxes, so the class was quite lively and fun! The owner of Hello Katy Bento and our sensei for the class was JETAA Wellington’s own Katy McTeigue. By the end of the class, the eager students were making bento boxes featuring Pikachu, Kumamon, hot dog octopuses, hearts, pandas, and more! Check out these great photos from the day!
Guests kicked off the class by selecting a bento box to take home!
Katy demonstrates how to make a Sakai themed bento. She had plenty of books on hand to give us inspiration.
Bento sensei Katy shows us how to make Kumamon, the popular Japanese mascot from Kumamoto prefecture.
After getting their instructions and inspiration, the group was off!
Let’s have a look at some of the amazing creations that were made in the class!