It's my favorite time of the month: Member Spotlight time! This month's Member Spotlight is Sy Nakao from Hawaii. Sy is Japanese-Hawaiin, so he grew up eating lots of Japanese snacks and candies. He loves that the authentic snacks and teas Bokksu curates aren't even available in his hometown of Honolulu! Read what he has to say about his Bokksu experience:
1. How do you feel about being selected as our Bokksu Member Spotlight?
Ecstatic! And a little nervous...
2. What do you find most exciting about Japanese snacks?
Definitely the taste, aroma, and textures. Also the packaging is always very esthetically pleasing.
3. What made you fall in love with Japanese snacks?
Growing up, my family traveled to Japan every summer to visit my grandparents in an old village that is part of Tenri City (Nara Prefecture) called Ichinomoto. My grandparents would spoil my siblings and I with all kinds of Japanese snacks, cases of Ramune, Yakult (yogurt drink), and summertime fruits. Eating Japanese snacks brings me nostalgia for simpler days and my grandparents' love.
4. What was your favorite snack and/or favorite theme in our past boxes?
Memories of Hokkaido! Everything in that box was bomb diggity! I also love the Kitsune's Tail from my first Bokksu in November 2016: it was a nice treat with familiar flavors for a newcomer to a large city thousands of miles away from home.
5. On average, how long does your Bokksu last before you finish the whole box?
2 weeks. I like to savor things, so after opening the Bokksu, I read the descriptions and then spend some time strategizing what to eat, saving the best for last!
6. What Japanese snack would you like to see in a future Bokksu?
Hiyoko Manju, mostly because they are so cute.
7. What is a future theme you would like to see Bokksu do?
Otsumami: snacks for drinking. Maybe with a tea for hangovers...
8. How would you describe the feeling you get when you’re about to open your Bokksu?
Ecstatic! And a little nervous... Haha! Seriously, it feels like opening presents on my birthday :)
9. What are you most excited about this Winter?
I'm excited for cooler weather back home in Hawaii and for friends that will be visiting. I'm also very excited for making mochi with the family for New Years and Osechi (New Years Food).
10. What is one Japanese food you just can’t get enough of (doesn’t have to be a Bokksu snack)?
Thanks for being this month's Member Spotlight Sy! It was great to hear your passion for Japanese snacks and food.