Raw Japan Box

Your bridge to everyday Japan through real people.

ONE box left for June.
 
Get 12 months of boxes below with an annual subscription 
(and the bonus item at the bottom of the page)

Or pay monthly.

Both options include shipping.

Launches on June 17th, 2019

What customers are saying:

The only hesitation I had, at the beginning, was not knowing the items or the quality of what you were putting together. After receiving the first box I have no hesitations on that score.

The main changes that I have seen is the stronger desire and goal to learn how to use chopsticks correctly and to learn to read, write and speak Japanese as close to having Japanese as my first language.

[I didn't prefer] No one feature over the other. I love the manga and the dish very much.

Yes, I have benefited in having it rekindle my desire and goals about Japan.

I would recommend this box to any of my friends that have an interest in learning about Japan or are interested in learning about other cultures. 

-Jeff W., Arkansas, USA 
("Raw One" = annual subscriber)

What customers are saying:

I thought that the box would just be another product that I would end up tossing away after using it for a while. At first, I didn't know what you were going to include and that it would be the same as other products I see in my local store. However, once I got the actual box, my thoughts changed a lot about it.

The main change would be that my social skills have improved greatly because this is the first time in my life that I was able to talk to people that I may not see again and everyone was so welcoming in the group. Plus, I got to see a different side of Japan that I do not see on TV.

I like how you included a bonus item in each box that I enjoyed, which is something that doesn't happen with other subscriptions that I have currently and in the past.

I got to enjoy live calls with Japanese locals that I haven't done before, and I was able to get out of my comfort zone thanks to the box

I would recommend it because your books are well written and if my friends had some interest in Japanese people, then I would tell them to subscribe to your box if they had the money and time to do it.

- Daniel, New Jersey, USA

"Humans of New York" for Japan

Rather than feeding your brain with dolled up Instagram photos of the mega tourist spots, why not, you know, read the stories from people that live and create here in Japan.


So that you can learn how Japanese people really think (straight from the source)...


So that you can clear the mist and see the humanity Instagram and Youtube fail to communicate...


Yes, your brain might hunger for the drone shots of the shrines, temples, ninja and geisha. 


Or the vlogs and Quora answers from Westerners who've lived here for some time.


But you are only distracting yourself from truly connecting with Japan.


So what I want to offer you is a completely different experience of Japan. 


An everyday experience of Japan. 


One where I am the bridge. Not the guru. 


One where you can still get all the anime, samurai and fake sushi you want, but with more depth. And more humanity.


Less worship. And less assumptions.


If you want to connect with Japan in a real way (without even coming here), this is the way to do it.


And if you are coming here, why not make some friends beforehand?


You'll enjoy your trip more when you've connected with people eager to share their lives with you.

What if you could travel to Japan without getting on a plane?

That's what the Raw Japan Box does for you.

A trip to Japan from your home.

And possible lifelong friendships spanning oceans and skies.

Anyway, check out what you can do with the Raw Japan Box below:

Connect to Japan through people

  • One short handwritten letter about a local Japanese artist or entrepreneur telling a snippet of their story in English.

  • A picture of the artist and a story about the picture and what it means to them.

  • One locally made piece of art from a Japanese artist or a local nonperishable food item.

  • A print newsletter diving into one element of Japanese culture or history.

Explore Japanese places

A new monthly print novel written by me so that you can explore worlds, places and characters based off my direct experiences in Japan. 

See that cover? That island with the red road is 15 minutes away from where I live. An island where people go to pray at the shrine for love.

The monthly book includes:

  • The remainder of the story/interview from the handwritten letter
  • My real daily experiences with Japanese people, places and things (names are changed for privacy)

Learn about Japan through Japanese people

  • 2 Live Video Q&A sessions with a local Japanese person. So that you can learn about the nuances of Japan from the source.

  • Rather than just reading opinions on Quora, Reddit and other places on online usually written by non-Japanese people.

日本語もオッケー

  • And learn some Japanese if that's your thing.

What do readers say about my novels?

Novel: "Knives and Ropes"

Amazon Rating:
* * * *

Reader:
Kay Smillie

Detective Wa's First Successful Outing...

A very unusual detective book, for me anyway. The pace is much slower than the usual mystery/thrillers that I am used to. Not that this change is a negative in any way. In this case, I fell into it very easily.

It is a very enjoyable pace, a sensual pace, which is where the story begins. Detective Wa has many faults, and the reader can relate to that very well. Well, nobody is perfect, are they? The plot is highly inventive, the wording verging on beautiful at times.

You'd better clear a space in your diary because once you start, you will be completely drawn in. You will be in awe of Chin's storytelling skills, the humour, and the peeks into the Japanese culture.

Brandon Chin has a LOT of potential, and I look forward to reading more by him in the future. I was given a free ecopy of this book by the author. I voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed this.

What do readers say about my novels?

Novel: "The Nanking Revolution"

Amazon rating:
* * * * *

Reader:
Trish Strong

Brutal portrayal of the horrors of war and the struggles to maintain humanity in spite of it...

This is a hard book to read because it shows the darker side of humanity. It is brutal in its portrayal of war and the depths of depravity that mankind can go to. Even so, the book is not a total downer as it also portrays how the spirit can stretch beyond the darkness and the depravity and conquer it all. This is not light reading, it is deep and it is dark but it is well worth the read.

What do you choose?

I don't have to go all Morpheus to show that you have a couple of options...

  1. You can X out this page and go back to romanticizing Japan purely through samurai, ninja and anime. Distancing yourself from a realistic view of Japan day by day. 
  2. You can X out of this page, but acknowledge the fact that meeting everyday Japanese people is the key to truly connecting to Japan. So you travel here and try to meet them. But quickly realize that there are walls. Language. Tourist vs. Resident familiarity. And on and on. 
  3. You invest in yourself. Your business. Your art. All by sitting back and waiting for novels and stories to make their way into your hands from Japan. Every month. And then speak to the creators of these stories. Every month. Feeding your brain. Your spirit. And your external world. 

At the end of the day, we're here to connect. Some don't realize that WE have the ability to choose how DEEP our connections go.

I'd rather choose and create my reality. 

How about you?

FAQ

Are there any refunds or guarantee?

No. And yes. If you attend all the live calls within 30 days, I will refund your money (minus shipping). 

I offer this conditional guarantee because you probably won't connect to Japan if you don't put in the effort.

After 30 days, no refunds and no returns. 

Do you ship internationally?

Yes. But be aware that delivery times will possibly differ from that of the US and Japan (which are usually delivered within two weeks).

Wherever you live, I'll keep you in the know while your box is in the wild.

How is this different than other Japan subscription boxes?

Because I'm your bridge to everyday  Japan from your home. 

You get a box of Japanese goods. Live conversations with local artists in Japan. And the ability to choose and change what you get every month.

I'm not interested in competing with Japan Crate, Tokyo Treat or any other Japan box. They do snacks, kawaii objects and anime. 

That's fine. Just not what I'm about. I'm here to give you a raw experience of Japan. 

Raw in the way that the box will connect you to real people and their stories. Not just cute and sweet things.

How is it a personalized experience?

Because you get to ask for what you want. 

During the live calls, I'll be asking you what can make the experience better for you. And you can drop all your juicy ideas on the call. 

Especially in regards to what type of things you want in your box. 

You will vote as a group. And I will answer your call. 

What's this letter about?

To present a story from a local Japanese artist or entrepreneur. So that you can connect to Japanese culture through a living artist.

All too often we go googly-eyed for pretty pictures of a shrine or a geisha without knowing the stories of the people. 

And without stories, life is dry and dull (and probably wouldn't exist as we know it, but that's for another day.)

So I will uncover these stories for you. 

I'll hire a professional to handwrite the main lesson from their interview in a short letter. Then I'll mail the letter and the novel containing the personal story to you directly.

What are these live Q&A sessions for?

To help you dive deeper into Japanese culture. The monthly artist/entrepreneur will be present (for at least one) to answer any questions you have about the letter. And I'll be there interpreting between Japanese and English. 

And of course, you have any questions about the book, I'll be there to answer. Without giving away any spoilers for the series...

We usually have the sessions biweekly at the end of the week from Friday ~ Sunday. Due to the hectic schedules of the artists, we won't pick a date beforehand. 

Don't worry, I got you. I will send out emails to inform and remind you of the upcoming dates.

What does "raw" mean?

The "raw" means real and honest. 

All too often we see a weird Japan. A cool Japan. A bleak Japan. But what about the everyday Japan?

The artistic Japan that isn't world renown. The local Japan. The Japan full of, you know, normal people.

If you've always wanted to visit Japan (or have before), this package gives you a taste of Japan you can't get anywhere else.


What happens after I join?

You'll get access to your ebooks and past newsletters in PDF that I sent out to Japanese members.

And then I'll send you an instruction email about what to do next. 

Inside I'll ask for your physical address, so that I know where to mail your monthly box.

What if I just get your novel for $9?

Then you just get my newest print novel mailed to your home. Including the featured interview of the month. 

BONUS

A friend of mine has been living in Itoshima for close to 10 years. He's not Japanese. He's British. And he takes some damn good photos of Itoshima wildlife and nature.

For annual subscribers, you get a print of his with each of your monthly boxes.