Neko Box Review - Fukubukuro
At the beginning of this year, I had been looking for a quality Japanese Stationery Box, and I stumbled across Neko Box. Ever since I visited Japan, I’ve been addicted to the stationery you can only get there- I even use a Hobonichi Techo Cousin planner. Try as I might, I cannot find anything in the U.S. that compares.
Every new year, the stores in Japan have a massive sale called 福袋 (fukubukuro). People will line up for hours before their favorite stores open to grab a fukubukuro, or lucky bag. They’re basically grab bags filled with tons of stuff that adds up to way more than what you pay for them. The catch? You don’t know what’s inside.
I’ve always wanted to participate in this Japanese custom, but, sadly, I’ve never been in Japan for the new year. When I saw that Neko Box was going to do a fukubukuro online, I immediately jumped at the chance to participate.
Neko Box offers a couple different types of boxes that you can either subscribe to receive regularly or purchase themed boxes individually. They also sell stationery and home products separately, if you want to hand pick everything yourself. I really liked that they had different options, because you can customize depending on your needs/wants.
With the fukubukuro sale going on, I decided to try both the Zakka Kit Box and the Neko Box. What I received in each box is listed below:
Zakka Kit Fukubukuro
Two different erasers (A set of pancakes and taiyaki)
Nihongo (Japanese) Flashcards for Japanese sweets
A little set of blank flashcards on an o-ring
A batch of nice printed paper
A couple gift bags
A few postcards
Neko Box Fukubukuro
Small pink sakura plate
Fujisan (mt fuji) and bird sauce plate
Bamboo sushi roller
Blue floral cup
Forest print hand towel
Daruma furoshiki (a cloth to wrap things in)
If you want to watch my super awkward unboxing, you can click here to watch it on youtube. (I’m not a youtuber, guys. Bear with me.)
My first impression from the boxes was that I loved everything they curated for me. I thought it was high quality stuff, especially in the Neko Box. I think that between the two, I preferred the Neko Box. I just wish that it had a little more in it, for both of the boxes.
I was a little biased from watching videos of people unboxing their fukubukuro’s in Japan, and it’s usually a large haul of stuff. This felt more like a regular box with what was included, not a large size fukubukuro. However, for a regular box and for the price, I would definitely recommend any of their products. It’s hard to find high-quality boxes, and the curators of Neko Box are based in Japan and really know what they’re doing.
I suspect the boxes aren’t as large as a regular fukubukuro because they have to ship everything rather than someone picking them up in-store. I’m honestly just happy someone thought to do this online for people outside of Japan. I think that in the future, I will select one of their theme boxes based on something I like, or pick out my own supplies.
Let me know if you try Neko Box and what you think, or if you have any suggestions for other stationery boxes I should try.