Monday, October 4, 2010

My first review! (Was negative, but whatever!)

Did you read the post title? Did you? Go ahead, I’ll wait? C’mon! Did you read it yet? You didn’t. Wow – you are a very slow - ok so you did now. Nice job! Alright, so that means that you know that I got my first review!!! A review about my bento stand happened!!!! One of Kyoto’s notorious food bloggers (we’ve met before. I’d post a link to her blog, but I don’t want to drive any traffic to her site…for reasons you’ll see in a second. Yeah. I’m petty. What of it, world!)

That’s the good news, now the bad news. The review was really mean. I mean, really really mean. Like, who-knew-words-could-be-that-terrible mean. (I trusted you, words – and this is what you do? Appear in a mean review? About me?! I thought we were friends! After I bought you all of those books to live in. That’s it, we’re through!)

(Okay, I lied. I can’t blog without you. You’re back in the game – but watch your step.)

I’m going to post some of the worst comments from the review, just to give you a sense of what it was like:

“Cute? More like awful.”
“Looked like she was wearing a wedding cake.”
“I’d rather eat the box!”
“Lacking subtlety.”

I was only going to post some of the comments, but you know what – I’m going to respond.

“Cute? More like awful.” No. More like cute. Less like awful. You’re more like awful!
Uninspired.” Okay, I admit it. I should have spent the morning reading poetry to my food.
“Looked like she was wearing a wedding cake.” That’s just not very nice. I didn’t say anything about your sweater situation.
“I’d rather eat the box!” You’re welcome to. I’ll save some for your next visit. In fact I INSIST you try one.
“Lacking subtlety.” You know who wants subtle bento? Boring people. “Did you try that bento? It was so subtle!” “I know! I loved it. Well it’s 7pm, we should go home and go to bed soon.”

There was one sort of positive line.

“If you’re there already and are in a hurry, check it out.”

But you know what? I’m not going to let it get me down! The stand is just opening, I know I’ve got a lot to learn, and I know I’m going to have to deal with a lot of mean reviews – but soon, I’ll be getting the good ones. (I hope.) Do you guys listen to reviews?


  1. That is so mean! I bet your bento is the best EVER!!! As far as the advice goes the best thing to do is not to do what it says just because but look at it and see if anything is really true. If it is take that part and use it to make you bento even better(if possible!) and forget the rest. Congrats on getting a review! Think about it this way, your bento was good enough to get a review! Thats better then alot of people get.

  2. Thanks. I mean, I think there are some things I can change. I should get a second sign - one that says "open/closed" and another one that says (Please Review/Please don't review)

  3. I agree with Anynymous before me, don't take fully into heart what the reviwer said; everyone has their own opinion, this reviwer just gets to report in publically to a lot of readers.'s one person's opinion, and there are a LOT more people out there who could like your bento and your originality and creativity!

    But, that doesn't mean don't listen to anything. Make scan through the comments and try to find some things to change about your bento stand. Like, for example, have more subtle choices of bento boxes, as well as your more creative bento boxes.

    :) furthermore, smile, don't let it get to you

  4. Perhaps you should stop being so egocentric, hmm?

  5. @Anon1: I think you're right - it's always a good thing to listen to your critics, even if it's hard at first.

    @Anon2: But egocentricity is my favorite part of my personality...well ONE of my favorite parts. ^^

  6. Awww! Your Bento is very cute and inspired!

  7. @Yumi but it might be other people's least favorite part of your personality, no?

  8. "@Yumi but it might be other people's least favorite part of your personality, no? "

    Is this Miwako again? If it is, that's not cool.

  9. Wow, that's not very nice if it is Miwako...being mean to you on your own blog? Agreed, not cool.

  10. Useful criticism is great, personal attacks are for laughing at! Hang in there, you might make her eat her words one day (along with her helping of box).

  11. Don't listen to her one bit! She was just so jealous when she saw all of your cute, new and fresh ideas, that she had to say something bad. She was just super jealous. That's all.

  12. Well, perhaps jealousy was part of it, but keep in mind that there's always room for improvement. On your part, that is.

  13. Keep working hard and never give up!!!:D
    With time I think more people will enjoy your originality. I think your ideas are super cute!!!!!:D

  14. Wow! Inspiring, Yumi! I love that attitude of yours of not giving up. I wish I was half the person you are when it comes to my studies. I so want to have an honors medal!

  15. I've been to your stand and I love your bentos! I don't agree with the reviewer at all! Keep up the good work!

  16. (^_^) I'm so glad you were able to stop by! I hope everything was super delicious!