Temarizushi Teamwork!

Recently, we held a delicious team building event, which saw the team at modeS4u working to create Temarizushi (Japanese rice balls) masterpieces! Divided into small groups, each group was tasked with creating and decorating 15 rice balls in all sorts of beautiful and funny ways with yummy ingredients such as seaweed, salmon, snapper and more, within 30 minutes. Leading this activity was Ms. Yuki of Yuki’s Table; she alongside head of modeS4U, Sandra, judged the many colorful designs. They ultimately decided upon the winning group, whose creations included rice balls with a cat face, vampire face and many other designs. After the event, everyone was then able to eat their scrumptious creations so really, we were all winners! Does this post make you hungry? Check out some fun rice bento accessories if you’d like to try making your own food masterpiece!

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Ms. Yuki leads the challenge

Everyone's hard at work!

Everyone’s hard at work!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

The smell of the food was fantastic!

Everyone was having a great time!

Everyone was having a great time!

Terrific teamwork!

Terrific teamwork!

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Beautiful rice balls with floral designs

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Lovely display of gorgeous Temarizushi

Colorful and delicious!

Colorful and delicious!

Can you spot the vampire face?

Can you spot the vampire face?

All smiles!

All smiles!

Proud of their creations!

Proud of their creations!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

We were looking forward to the eating part!

A really fun team building experience

A really fun team building experience

Our beautiful new office space

We’ve been expanding and recently, part of our team moved into a brand new office space! And the best part is, it’s right next door to our current warehouse, where this part of the team was previously working (in the office section of the warehouse). This move now sees a good part of our warehouse freed up for our ever growing range of products such as fabrics, plush toys, bento boxes and more of your favorite items. Check out some of the pictures of our new space below!

It's very spacious here

It’s very spacious here

Our conference room

Our conference room

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

It's a lovely office space

It’s a lovely office space

Happy Garlic Day!

It’s Garlic Day today (yes that’s actually a thing)! Garlic has been a must-have in many yummy food dishes from pasta to curry, all over the globe. Not only does it make food taste delicious, it also has numerous health benefits too such as helping to reduce cholesterol and heal wounds. For your garlic preparation needs, we’ve compiled some of our handiest bento accessories in this post, alongside some useful cutlery you can use to help you dig into some delicious, garlic-infused food! Don’t forget to check out our bento boxes to help keep that yummy food warm!

Here’s some fun Garlic trivia to mark this special day:

1. Brides in the time of Ancient Greece would carry bouquets of garlic, not flowers!

2. China is the biggest producer of garlic.

3. The use of garlic for its health benefits goes back all the way to the time of the ancient Egyptians.

4. There are over 300 varieties of garlic!

5. The name of the US state, Chicago, is actually derived from the Indian word for garlic, ‘Chicagaoua’.

Are you a fan of this flavorful food?

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

Easter Sale 2016!

It’s Easter and it’s time for a sale! From today until next Monday, March 28th, 23:59pm, we’re offering a 15% discount on all our products on modes4u.com (items on sale and shipping costs excluded). We’ve added lots of new products to our store over the past few weeks, including stunning fabrics, kawaii stationery, and more!

To get the discount you have to enter the coupon code “Easter2016” during checkout. The discount is not valid for shipping costs and items on sale.

Now is the time to get your hands on the products you’ve been eyeing! Happy shopping!

Easter Sale 2016! 15% off until next Monday, March 28th!

Easter Sale 2016! 15% off until next Monday, March 28th!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!

This a day on which many individuals celebrate Irish culture with special events, food and parades. A signature color on St. Patrick’s Day is green and you may see plenty of shamrock decorations around too! We recently got new bento accessories in green with clovers which can be used for this special day (but they can also be used any other day too!). We also have super cute stationery with these lucky leaves. Let’s have a green/clover filled post for today and for those of you who celebrate, we at modes wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

clover bento box tissue papers

clover bento box tissue papers

clover bento box food sandwich wrapping papers

clover bento box food sandwich wrapping papers

clover food picks forks for Bento Box Lunch Box

clover food picks forks for Bento Box Lunch Box

cute clovers stirrer for drinks Utensils

cute clovers stirrer for drinks Utensils

cute clovers spoons for Bento Box Lunch Box Utensils

cute clovers spoons for Bento Box Lunch Box Utensils

cute clovers forks for Bento Box Lunch Box Utensils

cute clovers forks for Bento Box Lunch Box Utensils

cute clover bento lunch box paper cups

cute clover bento lunch box paper cups

panda clover rabbit flower bento candy bags from Japan

panda clover rabbit flower bento candy bags from Japan

flower and clover Baran set divider sheets Bento Box Lunch Box

flower and clover Baran set divider sheets Bento Box Lunch Box

silicone band bento box set rabbit bear cloverleaf flower

silicone band bento box set rabbit bear cloverleaf flower

cloverleaf bee bug food picks for Bento Box Lunch Box

cloverleaf bee bug food picks for Bento Box Lunch Box

green Sumikkogurashi pencil shy animals meadow clover San-X

green Sumikkogurashi pencil shy animals meadow clover San-X

white Sumikkogurashi pencil shy animals meadow clover San-X

white Sumikkogurashi pencil shy animals meadow clover San-X

white Iiwaken dog pencil clover glitter San-X

white Iiwaken dog pencil clover glitter San-X

beige Geo Pop green circle canvas fabric Robert Kaufman USA

beige Geo Pop green circle canvas fabric Robert Kaufman USA

green fabric with square design Michael Miller

green fabric with square design Michael Miller

light green Michael Miller fabric Ta Dot with green dots

light green Michael Miller fabric Ta Dot with green dots

forest green Michael Miller fabric Ta Dot with white dots

forest green Michael Miller fabric Ta Dot with white dots

Black Friday Sale 2015: 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!!

Yes, it’s Black Friday and we start our big Black Friday Sale right now! You can get amazing discounts the whole weekend long. We offer a 20% discount on all our products on modes4u.com (items on sale and shipping costs excluded). The offer is valid until Monday, November 30th, 11.59PM.

You have 4 days until the end of Cyber Monday to choose from over 1000 new products and all your favorite items in our shop.  This is your chance to get a real bargain for Christmas. If you are looking for cute Christmas gifts, advent calendar fillings, birthday presents or simply want to treat yourself a bit, this is the place and time to buy it.

To get the discount you have to enter the coupon code “BlackFriday2015” during checkout. (not valid for shipping costs and items on sale)

Happy shopping!

Black Friday Sale 2015. 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!! 1

Black Friday Sale 2015. 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!!

Celebrate Spring with Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are crucial for spring celebrations in Japan. Hanami is a wonderful occasion to admire the beautiful Sakura trees in full bloom and share a Bento lunch with a friend or two. The spectacle lasts for two weeks in March and April. The perfect time to enjoy a picnic in the park.

 

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A Cherry Blossom picnic in Tokyo
off-white structured flower cherry blossom dobby fabric from Japan

off-white structured flower cherry blossom dobby fabric from Japan

cherry blossoms flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

cherry blossoms flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser origami from Japan

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser origami from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

panda bear stripe Bento Cutlery Set from Japan

panda bear stripe Bento Cutlery Set from Japan

Matryoshka Bento and other cute designs

Did you ever want to make a cute lunch for your loved ones, but just could not quite find the perfect style idea? If you like kawaii bento boxes and their content, you are certainly going to love these super adorable bento recipe. With nothing, but a little bit of rice, seaweed, egg and the perfect bento accessories you can create surprisingly detailed designs that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

For the Matryoshka bento just cut a hole into ham. Finish with seaweed and carrot

For the Matryoshka bento just cut a hole into ham. Finish with seaweed and carrot

With fried egg, almonds and cut sausages you can make cute childrens bentos

With fried egg, almonds and cut sausages you can make cute childrens bentos

This cute dog bento design is actually made with only one cocktail sausage

This cute dog bento design is actually made with only one cocktail sausage

Cute Bento Giveaway with the blog Bento Daisuki

Here you have another chance to win a cute set from our shop. We teamed up with the German blog Bento Daisuki for a great bento box giveaway. You can win a kawaii blue bento box with a matching cutlery set. The giveaway is open until December 23rd, but only available in German language.

Win this bento box set in the Bento Giveaway on the blog Bento Daisuki

Win this bento box set in the Bento Giveaway on the blog Bento Daisuki

Black Friday Sale 2014: 20% discount for 4 days!

Yay, it’s Black Friday again and we start our big Black Friday Sale now. Over the whole weekend we offer a 20% discount on all our products on modes4u.com (items on sale and shipping costs excluded). The offer is valid until Monday, December 1st, 11.59 PM. So you have 4 days until the end of Cyber Monday to shop and get a discount on all our new products. As you might know we never grant discounts on new products so use this unique opportunity to buy all your Christmas gifts, advent calendar fillings, birthday presents or treats for yourself. We added almost 1,000 new products to our shop only in the last 4 weeks, so the selection on modes4u.com couldn’t be bigger.

To get the discount you have to enter the coupon code “BlackFriday2014″ during checkout. The discount is not valid for shipping costs and items on sale.

Happy shopping!

Black Friday Sale 2014: 20% discount for 4 days!

Black Friday Sale 2014: 20% discount for 4 days!

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