Neko Box – December 2016 Review + Coupon Code

Neko Box is a new subscription from Japan that features authentic home goods, teas, and stationery. It does ship worldwide and starts at $34 USD before shipping. You can get 10% off for life with 10SOCIAL or MARKET5 for 5% off.

This is a review of December’s box, the holiday box.

Everything in December’s Neko Box.

Each box includes an information card showing the items in the box.  I love that they added in some detailed descriptions of each item on the information card this month.

KAWA Zine Issue 2 – This little booklet is designed by Neko Box.  Like last month’s, it talks about the curator’s favorite spots in Yukohama.  This month’s zine is especially fun because it talks about some of the holiday-related locations.

A random page of the zine.

Daruma – This is this month’s signature item.  I was mostly excited to see Daruma-san in this box.  “Daruma are traditional handmade paper-mache dolls with a 300 year history.”  You’re supposed to make a holiday wish and color one eye, then color the second eye after the wish is granted.  I love that it’s bottom-heavy so it doesn’t fall over.  Time to make a wish.

Asakusa Christmas Card – This is a woodblock style traditional holiday card from Japan.  I really love the print and the colors.  This will be a very special holiday card for gifting.

Inside of the Christmas card.

Minoyaki Sake Cups – Sake is definitely a Japanese signature drink.  “Pottery has been a special craft in Gifu for over 1300 years.”  These ones were handmade in Gifu.  I think they are really pretty.

Closeup of the patterns.  You can see the patterns are slightly different because they’re handmade.

Daruma Print Tenugui – “Tenugui cloths can be used in a variety of ways including: dishcloths, cleaning cloths, wall hanging, hand towel, wrapping objects, decoration or as a souvenir”.  With Daruma-san all over it I’m sure it will bring all the luck.  I really love how festive-looking this is with white and red colors.

Daruma Stickers – It’s the season that’s all about Daruma-san, right?  These stickers are printed on textured paper, which I love.  On each Daruma, it says things like “luck”, “you can do it”, and “pass”.  Some of them are upside down because 福, which means luck or happiness in Japanese, turned upside down means “luck, come to me” in some Asian cultures.

Overall, I think this is such a fun and well-curated Neko Box.  I love everything included in this box and it very well reflects the theme.  I love that I get to know more about Japanese culture and have more unique lifestyle items from Japan.

If you’re interested in Neko Box, click here to get one.

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Symishi

Symishi

I'm Symi. I just got my PhD degree in Biochem and I'm addicted to subscription boxes.
Favorite things: All kawaii stuff, Asian beauty, dresses, nail polish, jewelry, lifestyle items, glitter, heart-shaped things
Least favorite things: Boxes that lie about being completely customizable, completely made up ingredients in skincare products.
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