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Re:Discovery Japan Kizuna Snack Box September Edition

Re:Discovery Japan

Kizuna Snack Box September Edition

Otsukimi Box

Harvest Moon Festival

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What is a Kizuna Box?

“Kizuna” is a Japanese word that means the bonds between people. 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.

As Japanese celebrate and appreciate the passage of time and the change of seasons each and every month with various seasonal goodies and festivals, each month in Japan has a distinct vibe to it. The Kizuna Box is carefully curated around a seasonal theme that lets you experience a similar atmosphere that you would if you were in Japan for that month!

The Kizuna Box is a surprise box, and as such, the content is kept secret. Only the theme is revealed, making the Kizuna Box exciting and fun!

What kinds of Kizuna Boxes are available?

Currently there are 2 types of subscription boxes to choose from: Kizuna Lifestyle Box and Kizuna Snack Box.

The Kizuna Lifestyle Box consists of 5 to 7 high-quality Japanese goodies that could include ceramics, cloths, stationery, snacks, etc.

The Kizuna Snack Box contains 13 to 16 artisanal, traditional and limited edition Japanese snack and/or beverage items with the addition of 1 or 2 cultural and/or lifestyle items. Often, the included snacks are only available in a specific region of Japan or for a specific time of the year.

Each box also includes a pamphlet to explain the monthly theme, products, and common allergens. The best before dates are also listed.

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Shipping is fixed at $13/delivery and includes tracking. Shipping is available WORLDWIDE.

We were lucky enough to receive the September 2017 Kizuna Snack Box. The theme: Harvest Moon Festival.

Inside we received 9 different products, with a total of 17 separate items.

Green Tea Cream Daifuku (2 pieces)

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Daifukomochi or Daifuku (literally “great luck”) is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi (gluinous rice cake) stuffed with sweet filling.

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This one had a really weird texture for us and wasn’t our favourite but was still fun to test!

Ogura Meigetsu (Ogura’s Moon) Rice Cracker (2 pieces)

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The product is from Ogura Sanshou, a Kyoto-based rice cracker manufacturer.

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This rice cracker reminded me a little bit of really salty popcorn. It was a fun little after-school snack for Thomas.

Kamakura Hangetsu Wafers (2 pieces)

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Hangetsu means “Half Moon.” When putting the wafers side by side, you’ll get a full moon! These tasty and unique cookies are from the town of Kamakura.

There are 4 different flavours available, with each Kizuna Snack box including 2. I received the Green Tea and Red Bean varieties. The other two possible flavours are Sesame and Peanut. These wafer sandwich cookies were quite large, and both varieties were delicious. Thomas especially liked the filling.

Baked Sweet Potatoes (1 bag)

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We love sweet potatoes. I often roast them or include them in soups and stews in the autumn and winter, so this was a familiar food for us. Thomas popped the sweet potatoes in the microwave for about 20 seconds to warm them up and ate them as an after dinner snack. He really enjoyed them. I wish we could get this product here in Canada, because this would make a nice addition to Thomas’ school lunch!

Rabbit Sticker Sheet (1 item)

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Decorate your journal with these adorable rabbit stickers! The sheet has all kinds of stickers for you to plan your daily activities.

Thomas quickly claimed the stickers to use in his school agenda.

Ariake Yokohama Harbor Double Marron (2 pieces)

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The cake is shaped like a ship which represents the port city, Yokohama. The ship illustrated on the package was inspired by RMS Queen Mary 2, a world-famous cruise liner.

Thomas described this as kind of like a Bear Paws cookie-cake, with the taste of…

Ariake Yokohama Harbor Milk Pumpkin (2 pieces)

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This product belongs to a project that supports Kumamoto Prefecture which went through a big earthquake in April 2016. Thus, it uses pumpkins from Kumamoto, and Kumamon, the famous mascot of Kumamoto, is illustrated on the package.

These were really interesting! It was almost like a cross between a pumpkin pie cake and a fig newton. It was a fun little snack cake to eat.

Old Yokohama Station Chestnut Cookies (2 pieces)

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This is a commemorative product of Japan’s first railway that opened in 1872 between Shimbashi (Tokyo) and Yokohama. Back then, railway sleepers were made from chestnut trees.

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These cookies were delicious. They were soft, and had a texture similar to shortbread cookies. The flavour was amazing. We could have used an entire box of these, really really tasty.

Lyemon Instant Genmaicha (3 bags)

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Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea combined with roasted brown rice. It is considered easy to drink and helps one’s stomach feel better.

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I wasn’t a fan of the tea, but I’m not very fond of green tea. It was interesting, the rice flavour was strong,  and it was really different from other teas I have in the past.

We really enjoyed our Kizuna Snack Box. I liked how different and unique this was from the other Japanese and Snack Subscription Boxes we have tried in the past. It was so much fun trying the cookies, crackers, cakes, and tea and we loved that every single product was 100% unique and new-to-us making this an exciting surprise testing experience. As always, Thomas (my 10 year old) was my guinea pig and taste-tester helper.

October’s theme is:  The Autumn Box!

If you would like to learn more about Re-discovery Japan and their Kizuna Boxes, or order a box for yourself,  you can visit them online and on Facebook and Instagram.

Website http://re-discoveryjapan.net/kizuna-box/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kizunabox/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kizuna_box/

 


Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-23. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, and binge watching Netflix.


Disclosure: I received samples for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.


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14 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I’m afraid that I’m not a good subject for such ‘unknown’ surprises and suspect that the stickers would be the only useful things for me – and they’d go to my grandchildren.

  2. SHIRLEY

    This box looks like its filled with awesome goodies

  3. John Smith

    Everything looks so cute and delicious!

  4. Nick Ponomarev

    Treats lookinteresting

  5. Pam noakes

    I’m definitely not adventurous enough to try this stuff lol

  6. Darren Scrubb

    Great looking treats that I would enjoy to try out.

  7. These look interesting and tasty!

  8. Jeanine Carlson

    I would actually like a lot of the things in this box. I’m surprised!

  9. Olivia Silva

    Sounds very cultural aware and enjoyable, which I wasn’t expecting truth be told

  10. Cynthia R

    I grew up in Japan and loved Japanese snacks, this would be perfect for me.

  11. I would love to try this box out.

  12. Jana Leah

    The Snack Box would be perfect for me, since I like to try foods from other countries.

  13. I have never heard the word Kazuna before.

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