Kids are picky eaters. No doubt about it. From eating solely sweets, to refusing to eat anything that has touched on the plate, to hating specific ingredients so much that they go into a full-blown tantrum with no return. So, getting your kid to love the food you make is one of the biggest parenting challenges not meant to be tackled by everyone.

But one Japanese mom of three is taking her cooking skills to a whole new level. Etoni Mama is treating her children of 12, 10, and 8 years old to intricate, colorful, and mouth-watering meals that get your stomach rumbling just by looking at them.

Incredibly, the mom from Tokyo has no prior training in food art, but she is definitely a master of kyaraben. A form of character bento, kyaraben is an elaborate style of arranged bento that features fun food assembled in such a way that they look like real people and movie characters. Let’s take a look at Etoni Mama’s food masterpieces down below that work wonders for any type of food pickiness for kids and adults alike.

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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1 month ago

IT THE BAO BABY!!!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

And that little smile 😍

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Phttt, i didnt need to sleep tonight anyway 😂

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Bored Panda reached out to the creator of this beautiful food art and the busy mom of three elementary school children from Tokyo to find out more about her work.

Etoni Mama said that she first started making fun dishes in order to make it more appetizing to her kids. “I first got an idea to create a face out of ingredients in order to make it fun for my picky second daughter,” the woman said.

She also said that even though her children are really strict when it comes to evaluating her creations, she still “enjoys it very much.”

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

*inhales sharply* "CATBUS!?"

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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1 month ago

You murdered baby baymaxes for food?!?! how DARE you?!!?!

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Lance d'Boyle
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1 month ago

I'll be wontonning some of these for lunch! (thank you, thank you {bow left, bow right})

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Etoni Mama added that: “When I look at the ingredients, I can imagine many characters. But since it’s the food for my daughters, it is absolutely necessary for it to be delicious.”

The woman said she doesn’t have as much spare time as she’d like, because “I work as a nursery teacher,” but it takes her about one hour to finish one intricate dish. She also said it makes her super happy to receive so much positive feedback from people of all ages and all corners of the world.

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Miss Cris
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1 month ago (edited)

Oh! A crunchy chocolate invasion!

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Zoe's Mom
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1 month ago

NO CAPES!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Adorable and I bet they taste great too!

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Michèle F
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1 month ago

how do you get a pink yolk??

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Omg! So cute!

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Heather Hayllar
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1 month ago

love it

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AntiNutjob
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1 month ago

Pika Pika!

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Malene
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1 month ago

how do you bend the squid-sussage legs? It looks so easy - and cute!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Id love to get these for breakfast!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Mmm, may the melon be with you

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ChinaPandas122
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1 month ago (edited)

winnie the orange pooh oh i mean a ...... a idk what fruit it is in english but it's a 柚子

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Dinetk
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1 month ago

"I don't wanna use my head!"

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

I don't normally hug my food before eating it, but in this case...

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Valquerys
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1 month ago

Now playing..........MY NEIGHBOUR TOTO-YAM

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Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Cute!

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Valquerys
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1 month ago

UNDER TH SEA OF VEGETABLES

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Let the cookie win

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ChinaPandas122
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1 month ago

creative and smart

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Stealing that!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

These are going to haunt me. But... those little hats!

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Valquerys
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1 month ago

Sushi’d away

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Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Covid is also here.

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Beryl Smith
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1 month ago

All of these creations are amazing . Such talent almost too good to eat

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Sara Holt
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1 month ago

I wish the ingredients were identified. I couldn’t even tell what many were other than the obvious ones like rice and kiwis.

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