When I first got the box in May 2019, I did not know what to expect from the box since this was my first time getting any kind of subscription box in my life. I thought it would be filled with junk that I would throw out after a while and that the person running it was only interested in my money and not care about customer service, like many other subscription boxes that I see online all the time.
However, after opening the first box, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to sign up for the box for a whole year. I liked the quality of the items that you put together in the box, sending me some bonus items from a list of things that I gave to you related to Japanese pop-culture, and taking the time to resolve an issue that happened with my first box in which some of the items arrived damaged. These are some of the things that I look for when deciding whether or not to continue staying with a business.
I noticed that my desire to learn more about the Japan has grown after subscribing to your box. In fact, thanks to your live calls and box, I was able to have conversations with people that I may not see again in a calming environment in which everyone is treated with respect, and I get to hear stories from local people about their lives.
In fact, I now want to be able to learn more about hidden known treasures in Japan not found in the media, and possibly want to also find hidden known treasures throughout the world in the future.
I liked how you included things in the box that was very good quality and that I enjoyed and will keep for a long time.
For example, some of the treats that you sent to me in some of the boxes were delicious, and if I found a store in my area that sold good quality treats like the ones you sent to me, I would buy them from said store regularly.
Also, I liked how you included some good quality art pieces that I can use in my kitchen or put on display in my house. The art pieces that you sent to me reminds me of the ones my grandmother used to make, and they are a lot better than the ones I would find at a discount store or some other store. In other words, I can see how the artists took their time to make each piece by hand, and not mass-produce them in a factory where the quality goes downhill from there.
Finally, I liked how you included a print newsletter and handwritten letter in each box. Each newsletter was like getting a piece of advice that I can follow in my own life each month, and the handwritten letter felt like you took the time to personally each box for each person before sending them off, especially in an age in which most people don’t write a lot of handwritten letters anymore.
Overall, all of the features that I listed for this above were excellent, and I loved everyone of them.
The biggest benefit for me was that I was able to enjoy something about Japan that I never see on TV or books: its local people and nature. I always hear on TV about popular manga, video games, and anime and the people that make them, but the media only wants us to think that these are the only things we should follow.
There are so many people and things in Japan that we do not hear about because we only follow the pop-culture stuff and never research the other stuff about the country, and I wanted to get a taste of what’s it like to slow down and enjoy this beautiful world that we live in without all the buzz about who to follow, etc. I noticed this myself after getting your box.
I would definitely recommend this box to my family and friends that are interested in learning about Japanese culture through local people. Between the good things you get with the box, handwritten letters, samples of Japanese art and food, and good customer service, this is a subscription box I would like to subscribe to again in the future if I am able to.
Also, as a final word about your Raw Japan Box, I enjoyed receiving it in the mail these past few months. All of the items that you sent to me I have read, used, and/or put on display in my home. In fact, I have kept many of the items that you sent to me, and your items are a lot better quantity than what most of the big stores in my area would sell in terms of beautiful items/collectibles. Plus, you took the time to answers my questions whenever I sent you an e-mail with them. That's what makes you such a great guy.
- Daniel S., New Jersey, USA