Setsubun Character Bento Crabstick Demons

Setsubun Character Bento Crabstick Demons

You can make 4 red demons with just 1 imitation crab stick. How about making a unique character bento for Setsubun (Japanese holiday marking the beginning of spring)?

Ingredients: 4 demons

Imitation crab sticks
1 stick
as needed
Nori seaweed
as needed
Fish sausage or ham
as needed


1. Slice the imitation crab stick into 4 equal parts. Don't separate the red and white parts, keep them together and cut as is.
2. We're going to make the hair out of cheese. Position the heads so that the white meat from the sliced edges shows on the top and bottom of the face.
3. Position the horn If you put a small blob of mayonnaise on the back it will be easier to attach.
4. Make the eyes and mouth with seaweed and cheese and the cheeks with ham or fish sausage.
5. I used these punches to cut out the facial features. You can find them in dollar stores.
6. When sticking the nori seaweed onto the cheese, use a toothpick with a wet tip to easily move the seaweed to the center of they eye.
7. Arrange all the parts and you're done.

Story Behind this Recipe

Since it's Setsubun, I wanted to make a special Setsubun character bento.