Form warm cooked rice into cylinder shaped onigiri using plastic wrap.
Fold a piece of nori seaweed in half and cut out the small pieces. The eyes are egg-shaped; the ears are half-moon shapes, and the small circles make the nose and tail.
Make a long piece of nori seaweed too (You don't have to cut this with scissors; just fold and tear the nori and it will still look quite cute).
Stick the nori pieces on the onigiri to finish.
Story Behind this Recipe
There are kits on sale for preparing panda onigiri, but I thought you could make them by cutting out nori seaweed on your own, so I tried it out. You can make different sized mother-child pandas.
Cut the nori seaweed to fit the onigiri. The onigiri should be the right size to fit in the bento box. I used the small curved eyebrow scissors that are sold in 100 yen shops. You can use regular scissors too!