Freedom Japanese Market – May 2016 Review & Coupon

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Freedom Japanese Market

$12.99-$49.99/month–Free international shipping!

Ships from Japan

*Use “beejuboxes” in the comment box upon checkout to receive a free additional snack!

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Run by an expat family in Japan, Freedom Japanese Market offers three sizes of Japanese snack boxes: Puchi, 5-8 snacks ($12.99.month), Original, 12-16 snacks ($24.99/month), and Family, 2x snacks of Original ($49.99/month). I’m reviewing the original size. The box was opened by US Customs, but I didn’t notice anything missing. Yay!

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Their info sheet is always really cute! It includes a photo of their family, as well as information about Japan and their origami of the month. This month includes info on Golden Week, which is from April 29th to May 5th that includes a few holidays. It’s a very busy and fun time to be in Japan, with an emphasis on busy! This month’s origami is a traditional Japanese helmet, called “kabuto.” These are “a common household decoration for Children’s Day, along with carp flags.”

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The other side of the info sheet gives you details on all the candy.

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Azuki Tohato Caramel Corn” I was so excited to see this! I loveeeee Tohato caramel corn (affiliate link). It’s corn puffs (almost like a Chetto puff without the cheese) glazed in a sugary caramel. This variety is red bean flavored, which gives it an extra earthy-sweet kick! It’s almost fruity. While the original Tohato has my heart forever, this flavor is really delicious and unique.

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Shrimp-Mayo Umaibo” I’m always game for Umaibo, which is a corn puff stick that comes in a lot of different flavors. Due to a shrimp allergy in my home, this will be passed along! I’ve heard it’s a good flavor though.

Yakisoba Taro” These are pork flavored dry noodles. Some people like eating uncooked instant ramen, but it’s not my jam. However, these were pretty good. Very crunchy and savory.

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Kakigōri Soda Gum” This treat is supposed to be like soda flavored shaved ice, and it oddly does remind me of the cool summer treat. The gum has little granules of (I’m assuming) sugar, which is reminiscent of crushed ice. The soda flavor is really strong, and actually lasts for a while for sugar gum. I’m not a huge fan of gum in snack boxes, but my husband loved this. Look at the cute helmet origami too! They always use such pretty paper for their origami. I can’t imagine how much time it must take to make all the origami for each box!

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Koala’s March, Custard” (affiliate link) I have fond memories of eating Koala March when I was little (for some reason I thought they were called Koala Yummies?). These are koala shaped biscuits with custard filling inside. Printed on each biscuit is a different adorable koala. Bonus points for cuteness.

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Mentai Umaibo” (affiliate link) Another Umaibo! This one is flavored like walleye pollock roe. Even though I don’t mind eating fish eggs, I’m a little nervous to try this! Sometimes roe flavored things taste more fishy than actually roe. I like that they include more unusual flavors though, and I will try this…eventually.

Super Mario Bros. Gum” This is pretty straightforward. It’s fruity gum with a Mario wrapper. Nothing special, but I like that they often include popular characters in one form or another!

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Nyoki-Nyoki Kororon” (affiliate link) DIY kit! This one was actually really fun. It’s difficult to describe, but there’s a video of it here. This one is cream flavored based, with melon, pineapple, and soda coatings. I haven’t seen this type of DIY kit before, and it’s very clever.

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Imo-Kenpi” This snack is sweet potato “fries” that are a little salty and sweet. They taste very fresh and natural, and were a favorite at my house!

Grape Ramune Whistle Candy” This whistling candy is popular is Japanese snack boxes, which my husband is pretty happy about. It’s a that has a hole in the middle that produces a high whistling sound when you blow through it. The grape flavor isn’t my favorite, as artificial grape in general sometimes reminds me of childhood cough syrup. That’s a personal preference though, and my husband enjoyed these. It includes a little toy in the bottom box, which is my case was a tiny plastic pig ring.

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Fuwa Choco Monaka, Yokai Watch” These waffle treats are fairly common as well, but this one has a cute character from Yokai Watch! I haven’t played the game yet, but it’s on my to-buy list. The characters are really cute and clever, as they’re based off of Japanese supernatural entities called “Yokai.

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Sword Ramune” Lastly, we have this clever packaging for ramune candy. The candy itself is a bit hard, but the star here is the packaging. It’s shaped like a classic Japanese samurai sword, and when you unsheathe it you see the blade! I love the design. The lettering on the side says “Japanese Sword” and “紅丸” which I think is a type of sword?  This was a bonus item as well.

This month’s box was excellent. I like the variety of snacks they include. There’s always a good mix of sweet, savory, and fun. I also really like that they offer free worldwide shipping, which isn’t as common in Japanese snack boxes.

You can subscribe to this box here, starting at $12.99 up to $49.99 depending on size. The original box is $24.99/month. All boxes have free worldwide shipping. Use “beejuboxes” in the comment box upon checkout to receive a free additional snack!

PR Sample. All opinions are my own, and no compensation was received. Affiliate links are in this review, and they are noted when used.

Nednettinc

Nednettinc

Sara loves all things cats, snacks, and video games. She lives in Yokohama, Japan with her husband. Sara has her B.S in Women and Gender Studies and currently teaches English. Japanese snack and kawaii boxes are her favorite, along with anything nerdy, cute, and/or edible.
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