Japan Celebrates “Twin Peaks” Love With Black Lodge Bento Box

Japan Celebrates "Twin Peaks" Love With Black Lodge Bento Box
(Source: WOWOW)

Long-time readers of our blog will remember our take on the Japanese Twin Peaks coffee commercials. And it seems their love of the show hasn’t wavered at all. WOWOW is running the sequel, and to celebrate, Agent Cooper came in to make a bento box!

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What’s Going On Here?

It seems this video confused a few people when it first came out. Some sites claimed it was an older video from the show’s first run in Japan. But a quick glance at Kyle MacLachlan shows he’s got a bit more distinguished grey than he would have had in the 1990s.

In fact, the video came out quite recently, produced by Japanese recipe app Delish Kitchen. MacLachlan stopped by WOWOW’s Los Angeles offices, as documented by WOWOW’s head of US operations, Kayo Washio. MacLachlan narrated in a mix of English and impressive Japanese!

About That Bento…

This is a very cool looking bento box… but you might want to bring some more veggies with you. The cabbage supplies at least a little, and does a good job of mimicking the Black Lodge’s red curtains. But by way of healthy? This might need a second layer tucked underneath with a salad (or some garmonbozia?).

In the end, though, who cares? This is such a cool idea! Creating the Black Lodge’s zigzag floor with rice and nori was really clever. And that hambaagu looks tasty with its “damn fine” coffee cup cheese slice. It may not get marks for health, but for style and tastiness, it’s looking good.

And this isn’t even remotely the strangest thing to come out of Japan’s Twin Peaks craze. Tourists would come to America to see filming locations, and pose near the site where Laura Palmer’s body was found. (Sometimes in bubble wrap!) Cosplayers have created Log Lady outfits. And, of course, we can never forget those amazing Georgia Coffee commercials. By comparison, a Black Lodge themed lunchbox seems fairly tame!

Would you bring a Twin Peaks bento box to work? What would you put in it?

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