1. For my recent birthday, my sister gifted me a subscription to Japan Crate, a monthly selection of candies from Japan.
    Static
    My family knows me well, and enables my sweet tooth.
  2. I've done Nature Box in the past, but lost interest quickly.
    Static
    You wait a month for something you finish in three days, then wait a month.
  3. But my first crate arrived this week.
    Static
    And I knew I was ready to love again. The deets:
  4. Usuyaki: Tastes like a lighter, crispier E.L. Fudge.
    Static
    Could have killed an entire box. The low key winner.
  5. Puchi Konpeito: These little rock-candy bombs were literally refreshing - a Sprite in solid form - but a little goes a long way.
    Static
    More than a couple at a time was too sweet.
  6. Natsukashi Ramune: These pellets were like Spree but more powdery.
    Static
    They melted on my tongue, which was very satisfying.
  7. Recommended dosage.
    Static
  8. Sittori Matcha Green Tea puffs
    Static
    Tastes very similar to a Starbucks Green Tea Latte, with a lightly crunchy, Cheez Puff-like consistency. Creamy first impression, a bitter aftertaste I got used to after a few puffs. Ate all of them prior to the photo shoot.
  9. Moguchuu, or "The Starburst-esque"
    Static
    A faint, vaguely strawberry flavor. Like the crate as a whole, more about texture than taste.
  10. There's a manga inside
    Static
  11. In this issue, Anko and the Justice Crusader have to find Anko's grandfather.
    Static
  12. The keys unlock the answers!
    Static
    Justice Crusader never eats pizza during the story. #coverlies
  13. But there's more: a showcase of the different candies available through Japan Crate.
    Static
  14. And a little section on what's happening in Japan in August.
    Static
    Studio Ghibli Exhibition! Peak cicada season!
  15. Kind of a wild concept: boil an entire country's month down to a two-page spread fit for an in-flight magazine.
  16. America in August:
    "Trump is either cratering or getting stronger than ever, too early to call! Olympics!"
  17. So that's all she wrote, Japan Crate-wise. They're a fun, left-field subscription box.
    I'm not aware that any of this stuff is otherwise available in the U.S. If you're curious about other nations' candy, get on it.