Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox November 2016

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I know this post is a little late, our box was seriously delayed due to the time of year (the UK postal service seems to just break around Christmas when it comes to international deliveries) and then Christmas was upon us and family time took priority over blog time.

Now New Years Eve has arrived I figure I better get this post published this year, eh? On that note,Happy New Year everyone! May it be everything you wish it to be! ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡

Our December Oyatsubox arrived on Christmas eve, which was a surprise because after this one being so late I didn’t expect the December box until January. That was a nice surprise! I’ll be getting that post up soon too, I’m actually more excited about the December box than this box to be honest (not that this box is bad!), it has a few items I’m super excited about so do check back soon for December’s unboxing/review ^_^

For now, read on to find out what we thought of the awesome November box (♡´౪`♡)

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Unboxing & Review: TokyoTreat Premium November 2016

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Guess who’s back! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

Things have REALLY gotten in the way of blogging recently, but all being well this will be the last time I’m saying this! I’ve finally got my lighting sorted (which has been my main problem) so I can provide better quality photos for you all, and because I no longer need to wait for a sunny day I’ll be able to work to my own schedule and get posts up regularly again. Yay!

There are quite a few changes I’m planning to make over the coming months, some major some not so much. You may have noticed the title of this post is ‘unboxing & review’. That’s right, the first major change is no more plain old unboxing posts with the promise of further individual reviews (which I rarely have time to do anymore); from now on I’ll be reviewing each item in the box in one post. This does mean longer and more photo heavy posts, which I’ve been hesitant to do, but it makes sense. At the very least I hope they’ll be of more use to those who read them since you’ll get to see and read about what I actually thought of each snack rather than just see the packaging and read which ones I think will be good, or which ones I’m looking forward to trying. A good change I hope!

Now, on to this month’s unboxing. The theme for November is ‘Japan’s most iconic snacks’, which is sure promising a lot! Read on to see what was included in the November box:

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OyatsuBox- a summer of change (and why I’m still subscribed)

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It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded an OyatsuBox unboxing post. Part of that is that I’ve been busy with other things (I’ve been neglecting other posts as well after all). An arguably more important reason is that, well… I haven’t really wanted to.

I haven’t been 100% pleased with the service from OyatsuBox and it’s been months since a box really wowed me. Each month I’d take my unboxing photos and realise I was going to struggle to be positive about the contents of the box. It kept feeling like there was something missing, something not quite right, that there was to more to criticize than praise about that months box. There’s no fun in writing unboxing posts when month after month I’m looking at the box and realizing I just don’t feel excited about what’s inside it. I do not enjoy writing negative posts, but I’m not going to lie about something I’m not happy with either. So, I was stuck. I stopped writing posts. I’d been debating cancelling my subscription for quite some time, since it seemed foolish to stay subscribed to something I no longer enjoyed and even more foolish to write about it, but every month I’d find myself saying ‘one more month’ hoping that OyatsuBox would once again become the subscription box I had loved. To put it simply, they were my first, and even now I feel a sense of loyalty to them. Not only did I discover the world of subscription boxes through OyatsuBox, they’ve introduced me to loads of amazing snacks in the time I’ve been subscribed.

Why am I writing about this now? Well, OyatsuBox have made some big changes recently (which you can read about in detail here) and honestly, between reading about the changes and receiving my September box today, I’m feeling excited about the service again! I feel like I was right to keep waiting, that OyatsuBox are once again going to be delivering a service I can be proud to recommend and happy to write about each month. In case you don’t want to read the link above, or if you’re just interested in why I think these changes are going to make such a difference to me as a customer, here’s my view on the changes taking place;

Faster delivery

Delivery problems have been a real issue for  me (or should I say for OyatsuBox?) throughout this year, but obviously this isn’t always within their control as international shipping can be a pain in general. It’s okay, I may whine about late boxes and honestly it’s pretty frustrating when it happens month after month, but really I forgive them. It often can’t be helped. The good news is OyatsuBox are working to improve one of the things they can control; their dispatch time. From October onwards, Oyatsu will be pre-packing boxes at the start of each month so that they are ready to ship as soon as payment is received, which they hope will mean people will be receiving their boxes 1-2 weeks earlier than before. Sounds good to me!

New shipping boxes

Our September box arrived in one of the new red boxes (minus the graphics, but they’ll come soon!) and I’m super happy with the new slimline shape. As pretty as the older boxes were they were just too big, there was always some extra space at the top for items to rattle around. The new boxes are scaled down to hold the items in place more securely which will keep them safer in transit. As a UK customer I think that’s a great thing! They’re also cheaper to produce, with the savings going into providing more/better items in the box. Plus, they’re easier to store until your snacks are done as they’re a much better size/shape to fit in cupboards, drawers, dark corners, wherever you keep your snacks. I’ll be including photographs of the new box in my September unboxing post, so stay tuned!

No more leaflets

Well, there are still leaflets, but they are smaller and if the August and September ones are anything to go by, much prettier. OyatsuBox call them postcards and it’s easy to see why, the featured photographs are gorgeous and absolutely the type of thing I’d buy as a postcard from Japan. Despite the awesome photography OyatsuBox say these are cheaper to produce than the old leaflets and again, the savings will be going directly into the items budget. There’s plenty of information still printed on the new postcard leaflet, so don’t worry about not knowing what things are if you can’t read the Japanese packaging. In fact there will apparently be an online area with even more information on each snack, including nutritional information, ingredients, commercials and more which can be accessed via a password included in your box, so it would seem we’re going to learn even more about Japanese snacks than before. I haven’t investigated this yet but it sounds exciting! I haven’t seen any other subscription boxes supply this amount of information for each snack, so it’ll be really interesting to see how this goes.

New box types

This has to be the biggest change; instead of offering the three box sizes they had been offering (OyatsuBox Jr, OyatsuBox Original and OyatsuBox Premium), OyatsuBox are now offering three different box types; Dagashi OyatsuBox (info here) , Washoku OyatsuBox (info here) and OyatsuBox Premium (info here). People obviously like different things and apparently this was a problem when Oyatsu tried including different snacks like dagashi, ramen noodles, traditional cakes/biscuits, mochi or tea all in the one box, so having these separate boxes with dedicated themes sounds like a great solution and a clever way to keep more people happy. I’m sticking with Premium for now because it sounds very much like the old OyatsuBox I used to know and love, but I’d love to try Washoku OyatsuBox in the future as ramen, cakes, senbei, coffee and tea sound like, well, my cup of tea 。^‿^。

 

All in all the upcoming changes all seem very positive. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we all receive over the next few months, especially those who are subscribed to the new box types. I’m so curious to see what will be included!

I don’t like leaving things incomplete, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to do a full unboxing post for the last few boxes I’ve received. Instead, I’m just going to do a quick run down of what was included in the June, July and August editions. Click ‘read more’ below if you’re curious, if not thank you for reading this far. My September box definitely has me excited about OyatsuBox again, my unboxing post will be up in the near future and my regular unboxing schedule shall be resumed from here on in, so I hope to see you again! (^-^*)/

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Unboxing: TokyoTreat Premium ‘Bizarre Candy Edition’ June 2016

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Wow this post is late! Actually, my July box has been here for weeks and my August box will be here in a few days, eek! I kind of forgot I hadn’t published this, whoops…but anyway! Here’s a look at what was included in the June edition of TokyoTreat ^^;

When I heard TokyoTreat’s June theme was ‘Bizarre Candy’ I got super excited. Japan are the masters of bizarre candy after all! My main question was just how bizarre did TokyoTreat go with this box?

Sorry about the slightly darker photos this month. I did try waiting for better weather (since I’m totally reliant on natural lighting), but we’ve had an awful lot of dismal weather this month. Hopefully you can still see the snacks clearly 。^‿^。

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All the Ame’s first Blogiversary!

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Today marks one year since my first post on All the Ame! The year has flown in, I can’t believe it. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read my posts, with extra thanks to those who clicked follow, like or took the time to comment. Thanks guys, it’s all appreciated! ✿◠‿◠✿

I’m hoping to make regular posting more of a priority in the months to come, things have been hectic lately (hah, when aren’t they?) and to be honest I haven’t gotten as many posts published in the first year of blogging as I’d hoped to. I’ve got several unboxing posts and literally hundreds of snack reviews sitting in my drafts folder, so you could say I’m a bit behind haha! All in good time though, all in good time 🙂

Since my first post on this blog was to showcase my Birthday snack haul, I’m going to do the same this year. Seems like a fun tradition, no? Well, once again I was blessed with a couple of boxes packed full of goodies, including an amazingly adorable soda blue hamster plush from Amuse. So soft and cuddly! (人◕ω◕)

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There are a few super exciting things I’ve never tried before and a few old favourites in there, if all this can’t motivate me to get posting regularly again…well, what can? ^_~

Thank you again dear readers, see you around! ヾ(^∇^)

 

 

Unboxing: Oyatsu Box Premium May 2016

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I know I know, I’m so behind with unboxing posts. I’m all up to date as of this post though (until more arrive) so can focus on doing some more individual snack posts ^_^

Our May Oyatsu Box had no postal delays, so hopefully whatever the problem was with the UK postal service has been resolved now. Although despite having had the box since the 23rd of May, I’ve only had time to try one thing from it! つ´Д`)つ

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Read on to see what’s inside the super shiny Oyatsu Box May edition:

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Unboxing: TokyoTreat Premium Box May 2016

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TokyoTreat have taken full advantage of Japan’s matcha season to bring us a brilliant selection of matcha goodies. As a matcha lover I LOVED this box, I hope TokyoTreat will continue to include some matcha snacks in the future ^_^

Our box actually arrived on the 4th of May but with a family Holiday and general life I haven’t had the time to write this post up, or even to try all of the delicious looking snacks. It doesn’t help that I’ve had the matcha snacks mostly to myself since my partner doesn’t like matcha, it’s hard work eating so many yummy things! ^.~

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