Ichiban Kan, a rocking Japanese-style dollar store in the San Francisco Bay Area, tells me that they’re going to open an online store in November 2007 that will sell inexpensive bento gear. As I wrote in the Bay Area bento gear shopping guide, Ichiban Kan is an excellent bargain store with an ever-changing selection of matching bento boxes, insulated bento sets, bento accessories, collapsible sandwich cases, bento bags (kinchaku, insulated bags), egg molds (2 for US$1.50), rice molds, character bento goods (Cinnamoroll, Hello Kitty, Shinkansen, Pokemon), cute food cups, chopsticks and utensils with cases, etc. Most products are US$1 to $1.50 in the store; we’ll see how they price things online. I hope they’ll give us a nice break from those sky-high eBay prices (not to mention shipping from Japan — ugh)! Stay tuned for details.
- SF Bay Area shopping guide to bento gear
- SF shopping update
- Opinionated guide to lunch gear and cookbooks