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The Face Food Bento Book is both travelogue and cookbook, showcasing character bento recipe secrets from the kitchens of Japan. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Art Books
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This project's funding goal was not reached on August 20, 2011.

The Face Food Bento Book is both travelogue and cookbook, showcasing character bento recipe secrets from the kitchens of Japan.

Brooklyn, NY Art Books
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3 days to go!!!

Well everyone, it's been a ride! 3 days down and we're still largely shy of the 8K goal. If you know of anyone who might be willing to make a pledge this week, please help spread the word. And remember: $1000 gets your face in food -- your own unique character bento, as well as every other reward option on the list. 

Thanks to everyone who pledged. Of course, Kickstarter will not charge you anything for trying to make this pledge drive a success. If it doesn't happen then, well, better luck next time... and see you all in Japan!!!

Keep up to date:

<3 Japan Society

Japan Society has tweeted our project, which you can see here:!/japansociety/status/89366904577339392

Last summer I had the pleasure of choosing the winner of the Virtual Bento Battle! during their j-CATION festivities. The big winner was "Woman in a Hilltop Teahouse" by NYC's own Megan Canter. Amazing, right?

Most importantly, as of June 19th, Japan Society has raised a whopping 9 million dollars toward the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Amazing! 

You can find more information on how you can help here.

Week One – 8%

It's been about a week and we're at 8%. Thanks to all who've joined in!

Some of you may be asking: why $8,000? Because it's expensive to put a book together, especially one whose content is on the other side of the planet. 

Here's the production schedule:
–September/October/November: all new photos taken, text edited, and layout designed
–January: printing
–April: release party here in NYC (you will all be invited)

I'm not looking to make some large profit off of this Kickstarter project. It's more of a break-even scenario, with most of it going back into artworks, gifts for the Japanese mothers making the bentos, and travel/equipment expenses. It'll be a book worth your pledge, and at the $65 level not only do you get a copy of the book (both ePub and physical editions), you also get the first two books, Face Food and Face Food Recipes, personally signed. 

The word is slowly getting out. This whole thing is one big experiment, so the worst case would be another paperback book with a little more push behind it. But I think we can make some awesome art with this – inspired by the Japanese mothers I'm going to visit – and further spread the love with an iPad edition of the book. The world needs to have more fun with its food, and keep it healthy!

So please forward this Kickstarter to your friends and fam, and help spread the word of The Face Food Bento Book Project!