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. Kizuna Box is available in 2 versions: Lifestyle Subscription and Snack Subscription Box.
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.
🌰Introducing October's theme: The "Aki-no-shuukakusai (The Harvest season) Box🍆
The hot summer is almost over.
And the season for harvesting nutritious vegetables has arrived!
Summer foods during summer, and autumn foods during autumn. .. .. Eating food that is harvested during the season is important for good health.
There are still many hot days in October.
On a hot day, eating a dish with plenty of vegetables will heal your tiredness.
Besides, naturally sweet fruits such as apples, pears, and grapes will heal your tiredness!
Why don't you experience the fun autumn harvest season in Japan before the autumn leaves change?
This October, we prepare a lot of BEAUTIFUL JAPANESE THINGS related to the "Aki-matsuri" (The Harvest season), and waiting for your purchase with various wishes put in!
Subscribe by September 25 to get the "Aki-matsuri" Box delivered straight from Japan to your door!
It takes 10-20 days for a Kizuna Box to arrive at your door, pdeending on your location.
If you place your order between AUGUST 26 and SEPTEMBER 25,
your box will ship in the first week of OCTOBER 2021.
Hi all ! This is Kizuna Box team!
Today, We have important news about Kizuna Box's shipping fee.
Japan Post will change some international mail charges from April 1, 2021.
We will change our shipping costs and product prices accordingly.
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From February 26, 2021, we change the shipping fee of Subscriptions. (It will be applicable from the order of the April box because it will be shipped in early April).
$ 20 / box ⇒ $ 25 / box
This is because Japan Post has set a new rate for packages destined for the United States at the rate of international mail.
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We will change the price of the trial box from April 1, 2021.
The reason is that our trial boxes are priced including the shipping fee.
This is because Japan Post has partially changed the price of international mail.
* Those who have already subscribed by monthly type will also be subject to postage change.
* There is no additional charge for those who have already paid the shipping fee for the 3-month / 6-month application.
A new shipping fee applies to the next subscription.
<First update date of new shipping fee>
15 March 2020
For details, please check the Japan Post website.
Kizuna Box team.
The summer is still in full swing, what kind of summer are you spending? Do children enjoy playing with the water? Do adults enjoy walking during the cooler hours of the evening? I think this summer is also a beautiful summer that is irreplaceable for you. Please enjoy the summer when there is a little remaining summer! Well, it's time to announce the September theme! The "Otsukimi" (The harvest moon) season is approaching this year as well. That's right. The theme of September is "Otsukimi". This is a very popular theme every year.
There now! Summer season is coming! What is your image of summer? Hot? Cold food? fireworks? There a lot! In Japan, there are a lot of staple items of the summer. Typical foods are "Hiya-mugi" and "zaru soba". These are eaten by chilling "somen" noodles or "soba" noodles and dipping them in cold soup stock. It's great food in the hot summer when you lose your appetite. Well, there are many nostalgic items in summer Japan. "Wind bell", "Hand-held fireworks", "Round fan", and so on... Want to experience this Japanese Traditional summer?
July 7 is Tanabata. Around that time, the Tanabata Festival is held in various parts of Japan. The "Tanabata legend" story's stage is the Milky Way in summer, which is a story of the love of Orihime and Hikoboshi. And, it is loved by many people as a very beautiful story. In Japan, there is the word "Yusuzumi". This is a habit of enjoying the coolness by looking at the stars and fireflies during the cooler hours of the evening. July has just begun summer. The Milky Way shines overhead in the summer night sky, which is very beautiful. Isn't it the perfect temperature for a night walk while watching the stars?
June in Japan is the season of the "Tsuyu" (The Rainy season). People are not so happy with the "Tsuyu", because "Tsuyu" is very humid and it rains every day. But why is the "rainy season" theme so popular? It is there are many beautiful things that can only be seen in the rainy season. For example, "Ajisai" (hydrangea). This flower that peaks in the "Tsuyu" season is very beautiful. In particular, the hydrangea that is wet with rain is so beautiful that it can not be expressed in words. Want to experience this beautiful season?
"Tango-no-sekku" is now popular as "Children's Day". Also, just as "Hina-matsuri" is a festival for girls, "Tango-no-sekku" is a festival for boys. And "Tango-no-sekku" is also a festival that wishes for the healthy growth of children. For this reason, many items wishing for good health are used in the symbol of "Tango-no-sekku". ere is also Mother's Day in May. It's a day to thank my mother for raising a healthy child.
The theme of this month is "Seimei" (The Bright Spring). "Seimei" is the 5rd of the twenty-four seasons in the Japanese lunar calendar. It means "everything is pure and Lively." The air is a little cold, but it feels good, and during this refreshing time when the flowers are lively, it is recommended to take a walk while feeling the breath of spring. Well, Japanese people feel a very new mood in April. Because of the new years of Japan's almost school and many companies begin in April. So, we hold the entrance ceremony and the initiation company's ceremony in April. Therefore, it is characteristic of Japan that many people start a new life in April.In April, the whole of Japan is full of flowers, and the atmosphere is fun.
The theme of this month is "Sakura" (cherry blossoms). "Sakura" is probably one of the Japanese flowers known all over the world. At the time of this theme announcement, there was still snow in various places, and the cold was at its peak, right? Imagine a new spring, even in that cold weather. Imagine spring when many beautiful "Sakura" are in bloom, isn't it exciting even if the outside of the window is snowy? "Sakura" is a symbol of spring. The harsh winter is about to end, and "Sakura" will tell you the arrival of a beautiful and enjoyable spring.
This year, Japan was down a lot very snow.In some areas of Tohoku, the amount of snowfall was 113 cm in 24 hours, which was the highest in the history of bservation. By the way, the cold season will continue, but in Japan, "Risshun" (Early Spring) will come. This year, February 3rd is the "Risshun" day for the first time in 37 years since 1985.In modern Japan, according to the observations of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, "the day to which the moment when the solar ecliptic longitude reaches 315 degrees belongs" is the beginning of "Risshun".
The moment of "Risshun" in 2021 was 23:59 on February 3rd, and it was February 4th with one minute left. By the way, "Risshun" has been regarded as a very important day since ancient times. Because In old Japan, "Risshun" was considered to be the first day of the new year.
Japan was very warm in early November, but it suddenly became cold in late November due to the strong cold air.
How is your country? Since Japan is a vertically long country, there is a considerable temperature difference between the north and the south. For example, one day in winter, Hokkaido, which is located in the north, has heavy snowfall, but Okinawa, which is located in the south, sometimes spends time in thin shirts. In Japan, it snows in all areas except Okinawa. Japanese winter is very cold! It's such a cold season, but it's a necessary season for plants and vegetables. Vegetables such as spinach and Chinese cabbage grown in the snow are very sweet. These vegetables are popular as winter specialties. There are beautiful scenery and delicious food for a limited time in winter. The Japanese spend the cold winter season using traditional wisdom warmly.
From the end of December to the first period of January it is called "Toshi-koshi" in Japan. It is the busiest and finest season of the year. And from 1/1 to 1/7 is called "O-shogatsu", and we celebrate the New Year by eating traditional New Year's dishes "Osechi" and playing traditional games. By the way, in order to celebrate the "O-shogatsu", Japanese houses make various traditional decorations called "O-shogatsu-kazari" (New Year decorations) or Engimono" (lucky charms). For example, it is a unique decoration called "Kadomatsu" or "Shimenawa". They prepare new ones every year and decorate them only during the "O-shogatsu" period. There are "Engimono" for the New Year limited, but there are also "Engimono" that will be decorated all year round. It is customary to replace the "Engimono" that have been decorated for one year with new ones at the end of the year. This is because it is thought that luck power will be lost in one year. Just looking at the new auspicious items makes you excited!
In Japan, the "Koyo" (Colored Leaves) season is arrived at soon. This summer was very hot, so I feel that the Lingering summer heat is short. When you read this theme, I think you will feel a little cold in the morning and the evening. "Koyo" colors are said to be more beautiful as the temperature difference between daytime and nighttime increases. I also expect the beautiful "Koyo" in this year from now.
Japan is done throughout the country a variety of festivals from around early summer. Each festivals have a variety of meanings. For example, the wishing for the plague to disappear, or at the "Tanabata" Star Festival, and so on. Then comes the "Aki-matsuri" (autumn festival) season. "Aki-matsuri" is a Japanese harvest festival. It's only recently that a Halloween habit has been established in Japan. In the traditional Japanese harvest festivals use "Mikoshi" (Portable shrine) and report the autumn good harvest to the gods and thank them. Adults carry "Mikoshi" (Portable shrine) and children carry "Kodomo-Mikoshi" (Small "Mikoshi" for child). The Autumn festival is a lot of fun and you can enjoy a different atmosphere from the summer festival. Why don't you experience the fun autumn harvest season in Japan before the autumn leaves change?
In Japanese autumn, there is a custom for loving the moon. It is a traditional custom called "Otsukimi" (Viewing the moon) and celebrates each year on the full moon of around September. (This year's full moon is October 1st.) This month is called variously depending on the region, but the respect for the full moon is the same. This also has a big difference in the shapes of the moon in various parts of Japan. So, do you know "Otsukimi Dango"? The "Otsukimi Dango" is indispensable for viewing the moon. When you enjoy "Otsukimi", it is also wonderful to decorate autumn season wildflowers such as "Susuki" together. At this time, if you collect seven kinds of plants called "Aki no nanakusa" (seven kinds of autumn flowers), you will feel a more "Otsukimi" atmosphere. The September Kizuna Box's theme is "Otsukimi" (The harvest moon)!
August's theme is "Dento" (The Japanese tradition). There are various traditional cultures in Japan. Of course, there is it in every country, right? There is also a special traditional culture, but there is also a thing that has penetrated into our lives today. It's so close that we Japanese don't even notice it. For example, "Japanese traditional pattern". It is said that Japanese traditional patterns that have been handed down to Japan since ancient times were made from around the Heian era. I have incorporated rich nature and beautiful shapes of the seasons into my life as patterns, it continues to be loved until today. Not only are these patterns beautiful, but each has its own meaning. For example, "Disease-free disaster" and "Prosperity of descendants". These patterns are used in various things such as tableware and clothes. Of course, in addition to the "traditional patterns", there are many wonderful things and culture that have been passed down since ancient times.
The theme of this month is "Sakura" (cherry blossoms). "Sakura" is probably one of the Japanese flowers known all over the world. In late March, you will receive "Sakura-Dayori" from all over Japan. Sakura-Dayori" is a synonym for "Information that cherry tree blossomed", but it is generally well used and often used in news. "Sakura" does not gradually bloom. "Sakura" will start blossoming all at once, and its peaks are almost at the same time. So, the larger the "Sakura" planted area the more beauty will be increased. When the cherry blossoms in the famous park are in full bloom, it looks like a cherry-colored cloud. "Sakura" is a special flower in our spirit. It represents spring and new beginnings. and it also represents the fragility of life.
Who did you spend the first day of 2020 with? Japanese people often spend their New year's holidays in their hometown, spending time meeting old friends or greeting their close friends. I wish this year a wonderful year! Now, cold winter days ended and warm spring days will come. Japan's early spring is very colorful and beautiful. In Japan, the first terms of four-season (spring, summer, fall, and winter) has a special name. Out of all the first season terms, Risshun (the first day of spring) is the most special day. For the old days in Japan, spring was very important.
So, we have been looking forward to coming spring from long ago. There are so many seasonal dishes, sweets and traditional events (Hina matsuri "doll festival") in spring.
A full-fledged winter has come to Japan. The clothing store is lined with thin and warm clothing made with the latest technology, and the grocery store is lined with "Nabe" (hot pot) ingredients.There are many things that can enjoy in only cold winter. For example, sports, cuisine, fashion, etc.I'm not good at being cold, but I love winter. For the Japanese winter, the type of chocolate is especially abundant. The winter-limited chocolate tastes as it melts into the mouth, and it is my favorite. There are beautiful scenery and delicious food for a limited time in winter. The Japanese spend the cold winter season using traditional wisdom warmly. This January, let's enjoy feel the traditional Japanese winter through Kizuna Box's items related to "Fuyu" (the Japanese winter).
Yay! New year's Holiday is coming soon! From the end of December to the first period of January it is called "Toshi-koshi" in Japan. It is the busiest and finest season of the year.In New Year, we will decorate the beautiful New Year's decoration and eat special specialties foods called "Osechi". There are many other traditional cuisines and events.When we celebrate the New Year, we decorate various "Engimono" (Good luck symbol). There are "Engimono" for the New Year limited, but there are also "Engimono" that will be decorated for all year round. It is customary to replace the "Engimono" that have been decorated for one year with new ones at the end of the year.This is because it is thought that luck power will be lost in one year.Just looking at the new auspicious items makes you excited! Do you not want to experience Japanese style New Year's holiday?
In Japan, the "Koyo" (Colored Leaves) season is arrived at soon. "Koyo" color is more beautiful as the temperature difference between day and night increases. This year's Japan seems to be coming early in winter, but there are sometimes hot days over 30 ℃ in Tokyo. This year, the temperature difference between day and night is likely to increase, so the beautiful autumn leaves can be expected.
Autumn in Japan is very colorful. And there are a lot of fruit and vegetables which reached harvest time. I'm excited about autumn! In Japan, there are many “●● of autumn” words. For example, "autumn of appetite", "autumn of reading", "autumn of exercise", and so on.... How do you spend this early autumn season?
In this summer, it was a record hot summer! How was your country? Japan is a very heat summer. Soon, hot summer days end and cool autumn days will come. In Japan, there is a custom for loving the moon. It is a traditional custom called "Otsukimi" (Viewing the moon) and celebrates each every year on the full moon of September. (This year's full moon is September 13.) The moon of this day is called "tchuu-shuu-no-meigetsu" (harvest moon)", "jyuu-goya"(full moon night). and so on. This celebration is not only the looks at the moon but also the thanks to the harvest of autumn. It is a very elegance and fun festival.
There now! Summer season is coming! In Japan, A mountain climbing season has arrived for Japan's most famous mountain "Fuji-san" (Mt. Fuji). When it comes to the mountain climbing season on summer, many mountains carry out a "Kai zan sai" (the festival for mountain opening) called "Yama biraki", that is to pray for the safety of mountain climbing. In the case of Mt. Fuji, it will be held on July 1st every year. Well, There are many nostalgic items in summer Japan. "Wind bell", "Hand-held fireworks", "Round fan", and so on... One of our ways of fun summer is to go back to our hometown for a long summer vacation and enjoy nostalgic Japan for a while.
July 7 is Tanabata. Around that time, the Tanabata Festival is held in various parts of Japan. "Tanabata legend" story's stage is the Milky Way in summer, that is a story of the love of Orihime and Hikoboshi. And, it is loved by many people as a very beautiful story. In "Tanabata" festival, we write our wishes on a colorful strip. And we hang the colorful strips and decoration which wrote a wish to a bamboo leaf. So, it is also now the habit of praying to the star. Tanabata is a very beautiful and fun event.
Japan will have the "TSUYU" (Japanese rainy season) around June. People are not so happy with the "TSUYU", because "TSUYU" is very humid and it rains everyday. However, there are many beautiful things that can only be seen in the rainy season. For example, "Ajisai" (hydrangea). This flower that peaks in the "TSUYU" season is very beautiful. In particular, the hydrangea that is wet with rain is so beautiful that it can not be expressed in words. Want to experience this beautiful season?
"Kodomo-no-hi" is "boys' festival" that will be held on May 5th. On May 5th in Japan, "Festival wishing for healthy growth of boys" has been done from long ago as the festival of a festival. Currently, it is a holiday as "Kodomo-no-hi". Also, "Children's Day" also has meaning "wish the children for happiness, and thanks to their mothers."
"Sakura" is probably one of the Japanese flowers known all over the world. When this season comes, beautiful "Sakura" will come at their best in various parts of Japan. "Sakura" does not gradually bloom. "Sakura" will start blossoming all at once, and its peaks are almost at the same time. So, the larger the "Sakura" planted area the more beauty will be increased. When the cherry blossoms in the famous park are in full bloom, it looks like a cherry-colored cloud. "Sakura" is a special flower in our spirit. It represents spring and new beginnings. and it also represents the fragility of life.
Have you ever seen a peach blossom called "Hana-momo"? Unlike fruit peach flowers, it is a peach blossom specializing in beautiful blooming. Flower colors are various, such as white, pink, vermillion and mix. And peach blossoms are also cute and pretty buds. It is plump and looks like a colorful cotton flower. Well, March 3rd is "Hinamatsuri" in Japan. "Hinamatsuri" is one of the traditional Japanese events that a "Hina" doll to display for the young girls. Now, cold winter days ended and warm spring days will come. Japan's early spring is very colorful and beautiful. namatsuri" is also called "Momo no Sekku" (peach festival). each blossoms are very pretty and beautiful!
Now, cold winter days ended and warm spring days will come. Japan's early spring is very colorful and beautiful. In Japan, the first terms of four season (spring, summer, fall and winter) has a special name. Out of all the first season terms, Risshun (the first day of spring) is the most special day.
For old days in Japan, spring was very important. So, we have been looking forward to spring since long ago. There are so many seasonal dishes and sweets in spring.
Winter is the coldest season of the year. Well, Full-fledged winter has arrived in Japan. In northern areas such as Hokkaido and Tohoku, there is a lot of snowfall. In Japan, it snows in all areas except Okinawa. Japanese winter is very cold… But winter in Japan is not only cold! There are beautiful scenery and delicious food for the limited time in winter. The Japanese spend the cold winter season using traditional wisdom warmly. This January, let's enjoy feel the traditional Japanese winter through Kizuna Box's items related to "Fuyu".
In Japan's December, we will prepare for a new year. From the end of December to the first period of January is called "Toshi-koshi" in Japan. It is the busiest and fun season of the year. In New Year, we will decorate the beautiful New Year's decoration and eat special specialties called "Osechi". There are many other traditional cuisines and events.All Japanese love this period. Do you not want to experience Japanese style New Year' holiday? This December, let's enjoy like as feeling "Toshi-Kosh" through Kizuna Box's items related to New Year's Holiday!
In Japan, it is called "Koyo" that the leaves of mountain trees change the color to red or yellow in autumn. It is no exaggeration to say that "Koyo" is one element representing the four seasons in Japan. The appearance that trees are dyed in bright red or yellow is the magnificent view! This view can not be seen elsewhere!! This November, let's enjoy like as seeing Koyo through Kizuna Box's items related to autumn leaves! !
In October, there are various events in the Japanese school. For example, music concerts, athletic meetings, excursions, etc. Children are very much looking forward to "Obento" (lunch box) at those events. In "Obento", there are a lot of cooking that the children are pleased with. So "Obento" is a treasure for Kids!
It was a record hot summer in this summer. How was your country? Japan is very heat summer. Now, hot summer days ended and cool autumn days will come. Japan's autumn is very rich and beautiful. In Japan, saying "Minori no Aki" (Harvest season), we have been looking forward to autumn since long ago. There are so many seasonal dishes and sweets in autumn.
There are many meanings to hold the festival in Japan. These include praying for a bumper crop, expression of gratitude after crop harvest, or wishing for no disease. Especially, Japanese have long been farming in the summer, so it is said that there are many cases where festivals are held in various places by praying for safety during work. Currently there are many festivals that place great importance on gathering people in the area, and it is possible to see so many stalls and shows in the festival place.
In Japan, the third Sunday in July is the national holiday called "Umi No Hi" (the marine day). This holiday aims to appreciate the benefits of the sea and to pray for the prosperity of the ocean country Japan. Along with that, events and festivals related to the sea will be held one after another in Japan around mid-July. For example, music festival at the beachfront and sports events are held very often at this time. Also, sea bathing will be started at this season. Many of the families swim in the sea or catch the fish, and it can be said that it is a very active season. Kizuna Box July 2018 Editions will deliver such a active season of Japan to everyone! We prepare summer-like refreshing goods, cool tableware and delicious sweets related to the Japanese sea.
"Tsuyu" means the rainy season. In Japan, it will rain a lot for about a month from the end of spring to the beginning of summer. Tsuyu is indispensable season for Japanese people. If the precipitation is low during the period of Tsuyu, the crops will not develop enough and the vegetables and fruits of that year will be bad. Therefore, in Japan, agriculture is popular, rain at the Tsuyu is very important. This June, we prepare various items related to Tsuyu! Collectibles symbolizing Japanese Tsuyu are waiting for you. For example, an umbrella, hydrangea, frog, teruteru-bozu, and more... Why do not you enjoy Tsuyu together?
Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing) is an act of seeing and touching for trees to seek spiritual healing. There are many methods of forest bathing, walking around familiar parks, climbing, camping and so on. About 70% of the country's land of Japan is occupied by forests, it is said one of the forest countries in the world. Therefore, in Japan, there are making effective use of the forest, enjoying recreation in the forest, and using it for making mind and body health. This May, let's enjoy the feeling as Shinrin-Yoku with various goods that imagined trees and leaves! From Shinrin-Yoku themed tableware, cloth and stationery to green colored snacks and sweets, we choosed items that will bring to you spiritual healing and joy.
Sakura or the Cherry Blossom is a special flower. It represents spring and new beginnings. Yet, it also represents the fragility of life. Sakura blooms splendidly, but only over the course of two weeks, then starts to fall. Ultimately, it serves as a reminder of the beauty of life which is precious but at the same time precarious. All in all, Sakura is the symbolic flower of Japan's springtime. This April, let's celebrate the long-awaited spring and appreciate the delicate pink Sakura with us! From sakura-themed homeware, cloth and stationery to sakura flavored snacks and sweets, we've got a unique lineup of goodies for you to explore and cherish.
Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates Hinamatsuri or the Doll Festival. This is a special occasion set aside to pray for the growth and happiness of young girls. Families honor this day with a doll display and special dishes. Most families with daughters display a set of hina ningyo, or special dolls for Hinamatsuri, along with delicate peach blossoms. Special dishes for the festival include Hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes), Chirashi-zushi (scattered sushi), Sakura-mochi (bean paste-filled rice cakes with cherry leaves), Hina-arare (rice cake cubes) and Shirozake (sweet white sake). Kizuna Box - March 2018 Edition is dedicated to celebrating the tradition of Hinamatsuri - Japan's Doll Festival.
Ume or The Plum Blossom starts to bloom in late winter. It is among the first to bloom in the year and serves as a sign of the beginning of spring. It is not Sakura (The Cherry Blossom) but Ume that is considered to be the flower that starts off the hanami (flower viewing) tradition in Japan. Appearing when the cold is still extreme, Ume represents vitality. It is also associated with good fortune and thought to ward off evil spirits. Thus, ume trees are often planted around shrines or temples. Although its popularity has been overshadowed by that of Sakura, Ume still plays a significant role in Japanese culture and lifestyle. Ume viewing festivals are held across Japan in February and March. Ume and the combination of Ume and Uguisu (Japanese bush warbler) are also a common fabric, painting and ceramic design motif. This February, let's celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring with Kizuna's Ume Box! You'll find various plum blossom themed homeware and stationery items in the Lifestyle Box, and plum/plum inspired snacks and other seasonal treats in the Snack Box.
There are different symbols in Japan that have been considered for centuries as a catcher of luck and happiness, wealth, good fortune, and more. In Japanese, small items representing said symbols are called “engimono” (lucky charms). They are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the owner. Wouldn't it be nice to start the New Year with some luck and blessings? Kizuna Box's January 2018 Edition - The Engimono Box is filled with unique items inspired by Japan's most popular good luck symbols.
December is the beginning of winter in most of Japan. The days get shorter and colder while the people get busier preparing to send off the old year and welcome in the new one with several traditional events and practices.
Christmas is also one of the events that Japanese look forward to at the end of the year. However, it is celebrated as an occasion to spread happiness among friends and family rather than a religious event.All in all, December is definitely a festive month in Japan. As such, the Winter Holiday Box is curated to deliver Japanese winter vibes and seasonal traditions?
The spectacular Koyo - Autumn Foliage is to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. Among the many colorful autumn leaves, the most loved and representative ones belong to Momiji - Japanese maple. Koyo and Momoji are so tightly associated that the two words are written with the same Chinese characters 紅葉 (literally red leaves). As such, the Momoji’s vibrant crimson foliage is considered to be the most iconic symbol of Japan’s autumn. It has also always been a popular subject of Japanese art, poetry, and literature for thousands of years.
As the Momiji is undeniably significant to Japan’s culture and nature, we dedicate November’s Kizuna Box for it. In the Momiji Box, there are various homeware, cloth, stationery and snacks inspired by this splendid symbol of autumn.
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 the Autumn Box, there is a wide range of ceramics and homeware, stationery items, and autumnal treats for subscribers to enjoy the exquisite beauty of Japan’s nature in Autumn.
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.