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.
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. Subscribe by March 25 to get the Sakura Box delivered straight from Japan to your door!
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.