Kizuna Box is a Japanese subscription box that connects you with Japan through carefully selected 100% Made-in-Japan lifestyle items and limited edition snacks sent directly to your door from the heart of Tokyo, every month.
Here are a few reasons, among many:
First, we provide both lifestyle and snack subscription options. Thus, we always make sure that our subscribers get the most comprehensive experience possible, no matter which box they choose. You can find some sample-sized snacks in our Kizuna Lifestyle Box; likewise, you can also find some ceramics in our Kizuna Snack Box.
Second, we select items for each box around a cultural AND seasonal theme. It’s our wish to bring you the most authentic and best real-time experience. For example, with our June Box, you’ll feel like you are experiencing the rainy season in Japan, without having to leave your home.
Last but not least, we believe that we offer the best experience and products with the best price and care.
The hot days are over. Summer is in the past.
October is when Autumn starts to deepen.
The weather gets milder. The sky gets higher. The many autumn flowers bloom beautifully while tree leaves start to turn vivid red and yellow. As Autumn is the season of harvesting, the food is also particularly delicious during Autumn. The Autumn landscape in Japan is, in fact, an artwork of Mother Nature. Thus, it comes as no surprise that many Japanese love Autumn best out of all seasons.
In our upcoming box for October - The Autumn Box, you’ll find a wide range of ceramics and homewares, stationery items, and autumnal treats to enjoy the exquisite beauty of Japan’s nature in Autumn. Order before September 25 to get an autumn gift from Japan for yourself!
Otsukimi or Harvest Moon Festival is a major festival celebrated across Japan on September 15. Otsukimi, literally meaning “moon-viewing”, is an occasion when people gather together to appreciate the moon which is believed to be the brightest and the most beautiful in this time of the year.
Otsukimi traditions include displaying decorations made from pampas grass (susuki) and eating Tsukimi dango (round rice cakes resembling the full moon) to celebrate the beauty of the moon and wish for a good autumn harvest. Seasonal produce such as sweet potatoes and chestnuts are also displayed as offerings to the moon.
The moon, and as such Otsukimi, has long been associated with rabbits and mochi (soft glutinous rice cakes). Japanese believe that a rabbit lives on the surface of the moon and that the image of the rabbit pounding mochi with an old-style wooden hammer can be seen in the moon.
The Otsukimi Box containa a wide variety of special items for you to celebrate Japan’s Harvest Moon Festival at home.
August is the month of the extremes.
It is when the summer reaches its peak with the highest temperature and humidity.
It is also the month of the biggest festivals, with Obon festivals happening nationwide in the middle of August and large-scaled fireworks festivals taking place in major cities throughout the month.
August is full of life.
It’s a perfect time for mountain hikings or watermelon splitting (suika-wari) at the beach.
It’s also the best time to indulge in cold noodles, followed by some delicious shaved ice with syrup (kakigori) while enjoying the relaxing sound of a wind bell (furin).
Tanabata or Star Festival is a major festival celebrated across Japan on July 7 which, according to a legend, is the only day of the year when the Weaver Star (Orihime/Vega) and Cowherder Star (Hikoboshi/Altair), a married couple separated by the Milky Way (Amanogawa), are allowed to meet.
One common practice on Tanabata is to write wishes on a piece of paper (Tanzaku) then hang it on a bamboo tree, together with other colorful ornaments.
In Japan, June marks the beginning of summer and also Tsuyu – the rainy season that lasts until mid-July. It rains most of the time during the rainy season. Other times, it’s hot and humid. For many, it’s definitely not the most enjoyable kind of weather.
However, even in this time of the year, there is still something to look forward to: it’s the joy of welcoming Ajisai (Hydrangea) back in town. The gentle Ajisai dreamily blooming under the soft rain can brighten up a gloomy day, which is why it is a widely-beloved symbol of the season.
That’s why for our June 2017 edition, we have curated beautiful ajisai goodies and delicious snacks that either resemble the ajisai or are often consumed by Japanese during this time of the year.