While we’ve reviewed lots of Japanese candy and kawaii subscription boxes, Neko Box had something different to offer us. Their monthly boxes contain themed Japanese lifestyle goods including stationery, ceramics, prints and crafts. Read on for a full review plus there’s a special offer for SCK readers!
I was especially delighted to receive the Mount Fuji box as it’s such a Japanese icon and I’ve even been up it (on a bus). The box arrived quickly and everything was in perfect condition thanks to the very careful packaging. The ceramics were packed in layers of bubble wrap as well as shredded paper filler so you’d have to be very unlucky to see any damage.
Neko Box costs $34.99 + shipping so it’s not the cheapest box on the market but you do get beautiful high quality items and an exclusive mini magazine that all match the theme perfectly.
I was pleased to find this little hand towel as I almost bought it myself when I was in Japan! I ended up getting a polar bear design from the same range, which I’m still using a year later, so I’m happy to have this one too. Little terrycloth towels like this are a must buy when you visit Japan as many public toilets don’t have hand dryers, but they also make great face cloths.
You can’t go wrong with stationery and there were some great choices in this box with stickers, sticky memos and a Hokusai Mt Fuji postcard.
I nearly bought these stickers too so Neko Box really have my number. They’re made from a lovely textured paper with shiny gold foil and there’s lots of different designs and colours.
The sticky memos are very clever as the reflection sticks to the page and the mountain sticks out. They’re perfect for bookmarks or for planning your Japan trip.
Lovely as all those were, the main draw for me was definitely the ceramics. I have quite a few ceramic pieces from Japan and was delighted with both these additions to my collection. Both the rice bowl and sake cup are made in the Gifu region and look like Mt Fuji when turned upside down.
The bowl is a great size for rice and miso soup or just for fruit and snacks, or even dumplings? Preferably bunny-shaped!
The sake cups are all unique as the glazing is different on every one. The snowy top is left unglazed, which makes for a nice contrast. This is my favourite thing in the box, even though I’m not really a sake drinker, as it makes a cute ornament for my Japan themed mantelpiece display.