The New Year Lucky Box
New Year's in Japan is full of meaningful -- and tasty -- traditions. Many stores in Japan sell fukubukuro, or lucky bags filled with amazing goodies at a great price. We're bringing that spirit with our Japanese New Year Lucky Box, which will feature everything you need to start the new year off right.
Your Japanese New Year Lucky Box comes with one of each of the following.
1. Sakura Dango Mochi (1 Piece)
Traditionally on New Year's, families like to make mochi, offer kagami mochi (mochi topped with a daidai citrus fruit) to the gods, and even eat it in a special homemade soup called ozoni. This mochi is served on sticks and flavored with Japanese cherry blossoms. Maker Kyomachiya Chabo Sozen sells around 1,000 pieces a day at its Kyoto station store.
2. Daruma Senbei Rice Crackers (1 Pack)
These cute senbei are shaped like little daruma (traditional Japanese dolls symbolizing good luck) and come in eight sweet and savory flavors, like matcha and black sesame.
3. Engimono Bath Powder: Daruma
These bath salts are in a container shaped like a daruma, and are infused with the scent of cucumber and forests for a tranquil bathing experience.
4. Engimono Bath Powder: Lucky Cat
Have you ever seen a ceramic cat waving its paw at the entrance to Japanese businesses and restaurants? It's known as a maneki-neko, and is thought to bring good luck. These bath salts are infused with the scent of daidai citrus for an invigorating and lucky bath.
5. Oiwai Small Snack Plate (Set of 2)
Plum blossoms are thought to be lucky in Japan, and these snack plates are imprinted with an illustration of them. Perfect for plating mochi, senbei, or any other favorite Japanese treats.
6. Omikuji Lucky Cat
On New Year's, people attend shrines and get fortunes known as omikuji. This ceramic lucky cat has a special fortune for you inside! What will you get?
7. Enfuku Mount Fuji Face Towel
These towels, printed with a Mount Fuji design, are produced in the Senshu area of Osaka. Their manufacturing history dates back over 130 years. Makers use special processes to enhance the towels' absorbency and durability, so you can use it again and again!
8. Pochibukuro Mini Envelope and Card
Pochibukuro are little envelopes that families exchange, typically filled with money and a gift message. You can carry on this tradition with your family using this adorable set, which is hand printed in a letterpress.
9. Covaco Candy Box (1 Box)
These hard candies arrive in a highly giftable kobako box, which is a small, intensely detailed Washi paper box. This particular kobako was handcrafted by artisans in Kyoto.
10. Usagi no Shippo Strawberry Cookie (2 Pieces)
Usagi no shippo translates to rabbit's tail and is a brand of delicious cookies. These are stuffed with custard and strawberry juice.
11. Tai Monaka Ume Chazuke Soup (1 Piece)
This special ume chazuke (pickled plum flavored soup) arrives in a monaka wafer that's shaped like a tai (red snapper). Simply place the monaka atop a bowl of rice and pour hot water on top to see the little tai dissolve into your new favorite soup.
12. Ikimachi Caramel and Apple Chocolate (1 Pack)
A rich caramel chocolate is topped with sweet and tangy apple for the perfect melt-in-your-mouth treat.
WARNING: Engimono Bath Powder: Daruma and Engimono Bath Powder: Lucky Cat are bath products and should not be eaten. Please discontinue use of these products immediately if rash, irritation, or discomfort develops.
Please enjoy consuming this product using the wooden skewer that holds the Mochi together! But of course, exercise caution because like a toothpick, the skewer may have a sharp point and should not be consumed along with the Mochi! Always remove the skewer if serving to a child.