Chikyu Radio on NHK


Thursday December 7, 2017



I want to share some good news with you today.

There is a radio program called “Chikyu Radio” on NHK (The one and only Japan’s national public broadcasting organization), it is a long-running talk show going since 1999. The main focus of this radio program is international people, both Japanese people living abroad and non-Japanese people living in Japan. I was invited to participate in their show for the first time in January 2010. Since that time I have been invited to participate 5 times and I will be on air again in January 2018.  The last 5 times I spoke about my life in Norway and briefly compared Norwegian culture and Japanese culture. My remarks were not formal in any way. I spoke about some everyday life, for example how Norwegian people like to eat cod (There is one very special dish in Norway made with cod, it is called Lutefisk……..) and how different it is from Japanese way and my finding of the similarity that both countries share the love of smelly way of preparing fish! ha ha

Chikyu Radio’s Chikyu means Mother Earth, so if I translate it will be “Mother Earth Radio Talk Show”.  There are no borders and divisions, only some cultural differences in people around the world. This radio program aims at introducing people in different parts of the world to each other’s everyday lives.  I think it is a great program!

This time I will not speak about fish Lol.  Instead, for the first time on Chikyu Radio, I will talk about Bento. Bento has been known to be spreading internationally for sometime and it is a brand new cultural theme to speak about anymore. The talk show in January will focus on myself as a Japanese woman who has been able to connect with many people around this Mother Earth through bento. So in a way I think you who shared with me your passion in cooking Japanese food and making Bentos also will be featured with me on this radio show.  I will talk about all of you and will make the Japanese audience aware how knowledgeable you are and how passionate you are about cooking Japanese food and Bentos!

Unfortunately the radio show is only in Japanese.  Sorry. I wish it could be dubbed into English or you can get translation of the program.  NHK has English programs too on NHK World but Chikyu Radio is an Japanese program.

I have been in contact with Chikyu Radio’s producer for now a week or so, she is a wonderful person to talk to. As we went through my activities as a Bento specialist since 2011, I wrote down what I really have been doing. On my Facebook page I get to know in which countries my followers live.  I have counted to find that I have followers living in 43 different countries!! It was a delightful surprise!! I went on and dug into my past years on my Facebook pages, I read your comments and my old postings…. They all made me realize how blessed I have been, I really felt I am connected with people on Mother Earth and I wanted to embrace it again. I can say this was one of the main reasons why I came back to doing Bentos.  After stopping and taking a pause, I am now able to see what I have been doing from a new and fidderent perspective. Keep going is great if you can continue being refreshed and inspired, but for me to stop and pause was good, at least I could realize the value and blessings making bentos have given me.

Anyway, the exact date and time is Saturday January 13 from 17:05 (Japanese Time) and it is a live show.  If you understand Japanese you can also listen on their web site (on demand broadcasting live).  I hope I can convey through radio waves my love and gratefulness, my passion and cooking enthusiasm, to listeners…

Thanks for reading!

xxx Rie


Coming back to Bento



Wednesday December 6, 2017


I have been on a hiatus since this summer, my blogs, Facebook pages and Instagram all stopped at the same time and maybe you wondered, “Where is Rie?”

I received some messages from people who were wondering if I was ok, or alive, or not eating way too much Lol.  Thank you for your lovery thought, I am perfectly ok but have been just too busy to sit down to write blog or to keep up my bento/cooking activity. My husband and I have started downsizing from a single family home with 4 bedrooms and we bought an apartment in Oslo in August.  We have not moved into it yet but today I went there and took some snap shots. The location of my new home is right by the sea and I see boats, birds, waves and winds going by.  It is very pretty. Oh, it snowed last night, so white snow was on the ground, and we have lots of Christmas lights all around the shore. Winter is a pretty time.



It has been a busy time in connection with selling our house and purchasing an apartment. If you have gone through the property selling process you may know what I am talking about. If you are also thinking about downsizing or embracing more minimalism in your daily life, my advise is, “start it early! don’t accumulate too much stuff!”  Anyway, so this was what I have been up to and I have tons of more projects from next year.

But today I have come back here, to my blog with my bento.

Today I made 3 bento for my family.  One for my husband, one for our daughter and one for me.




My husband had to be waiting between 09:00 to 16:00 for a delivery of our new washing machine and a dryer in the new but empty apartment and so I sent him with his bento.  Our daughter is working now in a building just 2 minutes away from our apartment, so I made a bento for her too and Dad and Daughter ate their bento in the apartment together.






Okazu today were Tamagoyaki, Japanese Korokke, butter sauteed brown mushroom and spinach, sausage, pickled mini cucumber and tomato.  Umeboshi and Shiso Furikake on the rice, Japanese Bancha tea in the bottle.

My 3 bentos today!



However, I have said this before, I could tell it again on my first day back: If you are back to your bento after a hiatus you will need some rehabilitation. I mean I just could tell I used to cook and pack bento much faster, I did not use so much time to see what food item should be packed how in my bento box! Now that I am returning to my bento routine, this will be going on like a kind of rehabilitation for awhile. I believe all my bento packing technique and cooking had not completely left me and I am fairly easy about it. I think I will be coming back to my old routine. Slowly but surely….

I am back to bento.
And thank you very much for your warm welcome.
I am very touched ❤

oh, I have to tell you about my next radio broadcast program about bento on NHK Radio from Tokyo. It is coming very soon. I will write in the next post!

xxx Rie

I am writing a column in a Web magazine!


July 7, 2017



I have a happy news today, I am now writing a column about the life style in Norway in a Japanese publisher’s web magazine. It is the same publisher who published the bento book in March this year and I am so grateful for this opportunity.  This site is unfortunately only in Japanese but I will leave the link at the end of this blog post.  The site has just opened and it is full of useful and fun articles for us who does not stop asking “How can we make a better life?”   The articles are meant to be encouragement for busy people to enjoy daily house choirs and routines.  My first article has been just published and it is about the way we wash dishes in Norway.   The targeted readers are Japanese ladies and I am sure they will find the difference between the way they wash dishes in Japan and the Norwegian way.   There are two other columnists writing about their life outside Japan, one is writing from Paris and the other from New York.

Anyway, I am sorry the site is only in Japanese, but just wanted to announce this launch of the new communication platform and my outreach as a columnist.

今年3月に出版されました書籍『みんなのお弁当くらし日記』掲載に続きまして、先月オープンした翔泳社さんのWEBサイト『みんなの暮らし日記 ONLINE』にて海外の暮らしと家事について記事を書かせていただいております。
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xxx Rie