The Zakka Kit Stationery Review + Coupon – November 2017

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the zakka kit box

The Zakka Kit is a mystery box from Neko Box that’s full of 5-8 fun and quality stationery products that you’ll be excited to use each month!

the zakka kit box opened

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

full contents of the november 2017 zakka kit

About The Zakka Kit

The Subscription Box: The Zakka Kit

The Cost: $19.99 + shipping

COUPON: Use code 10MAIL to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: You’ll always receive 5-8 fun and quality stationery products that you’ll be excited to use each month!

Ships to: The US for $6.50 and Worldwide for an additional cost

Good to know: Boxes ship from Japan

The Zakka Kit November 2017 Review

the front of the zakka kit info card

The first thing you see when you open the box is the info card for the month and theme. You can win $10 off by tagging them in social media photos!

the back of the zakka kit info card, listing all of the items

The reverse side has all of the month’s items listed out with a short description.

mini life vermillion grid notebook back of mini life vermillion grid notebook inside pages of mini life vermillion grid notebook

Mini Vermillion Grid Notebook by Life Stationery – Retail Value $3.99

One can never hoard too many notebooks, and I especially delight in ones that have grid pattern like this red one. The notebook is thread-bound and has a space on the front for you to put your name or subject. The paper is an unbelievably soft and smooth high quality that will allow any pen or pencil to glide along with ease. This 4 x 6 inch size is great to travel with as well, so I can jot down to do lists or doodles no matter where I am.

autumn washi stickers close up of autumn washi stickers

Autumn Washi Stickers by Pin Up Japan

There’s something about washi stickers that are just so delicate and pretty. The info card says that these are Autumn stickers, but I can’t help but think they seem more Spring-like. I think it’s the bunnies and flowers that do it. There are several different styles on the sheet with bunnies doing various things that I can’t help but think are Japanese traditions. My favorite by far are the larger nighttime scenes with the bunny jumping through the air, backlit by the moon. <3

black pentel brush pen in package black pentel brush pen with cap off black pentel brush pen writing sample of black pentel brush pen

Black Brush Pen by Pentel – Retail Value $3.99 (found here for $2.50)

I’ve received similar brush pens to this in other boxes but this one is by Pentel, a trusted brand in the world of writing instruments. It has a dark grey sparkly body and has metallic gold writing on the side. I clearly still need to work on my brush pen skills, but slowly building an arsenal to practice with is a good way to start.

autumn bird washi tape autumn bird washi tape, unrolled

Classicky x Ten to Sen Autumn Washi Tape – Retail Value $2.99

This is a great style of washi tape for the season. Instead of oranges and reds, there are deeper plum leaves and greyish khaki birds that seem to match a few of the other items in this month’s box. If I would have thought of it sooner, this would have made a great decorative tape for the Thanksgiving cards I gave to my family. Ah well, I know I’ll find other uses for this pretty tape.

autumn fashion print close up of autumn fashion print

Autumn Fashion Print – Retail Value $3.99

Receiving prints in subscription boxes is always kind of meh for me since it’s hard to put a good value on them. It normally feels like filler unless it’s an artist I know and love. This particular one does grab me though, due to the illustration style. It reminds me of a comic book that I’d be into reading about this nice couple. They’re walking hand in hand while the Autumn leaves fall around them. The guy seems to really love the woman he’s with by the way he looks over at her.

autumn cat postcard back of autumn cat postcard

Autumn Cat Postcard by Wadouraku x Yumiko Kobayashi – Retail Value $2.49

I’m also so-so about receiving postcards in sub boxes because unless I’m on a trip, I normally would never buy them. Luckily, this one has a cat on it which makes me like it more than I usually would. The cat is sitting under a Momiji (Japanese maple tree) as the resident of the house tidies up my sweeping the fallen leaves away. That’s a pretty serene scene to take in.

bottom of forest squirrel coaster

Classicky x Ten to Sen Forest of Squirrels Coaster – Buy a set of 5 for $5.99

A paper coaster is an interesting item to include in this box, and I wish there was a whole set instead of just one. However, I do use coasters in my house and like to have single ones for my vintage desk and nightstands, so I will put this to good use. This one is a heavy cardstock, so I don’t expect it to last forever, but the letterpress squirrel in the forest theme is pretty adorable. I like the maroon and navy colors they chose to use.

bird on branch letterpress card in package bird on branch letterpress card

Bird on Branch Letterpress Card – Retail Value $2.99?

This small 3.5 inch squared letterpress card wasn’t included on my info sheet, so I’m going to say it’s a bonus item. I couldn’t find the exact one on their site (it looks like it’s sold out) but found the other cards it’s similar to here. This would be perfect as a card to include with a gift and features a bird on a tree branch in brown and dusty blue.

two shiba inu stickers

Shiba Inu Stickers

There were also two loose Shiba Inu stickers in my box that brought a smile to my face. I met a Shiba for the first time over the summer, coincidentally enough in front of an Asian market called Panda Supermarket. Hermes was a joy to be around and even has his own Instagram account. The sticker on the right reminds me of his sweet face!

Verdict: My first Zakka Kit was pretty cool, and I thought they had a good variety of items. From the brush pen to notebook, to washi tape, to stickers, they included all of the things I’d expect to find in a Japanese stationery sub! The art print is surprisingly one of my favorite items because I really think the illustration style is cool, and I, of course, love receiving pens and notebooks (especially with grid paper). There were a lot of single paper-based items (coaster, print, postcard) which seemed a bit like filler, so I’m interested to see what other kinds of things are included in the coming months. 

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but you have until the 21st to receive the January box.

Coupon – Use code 10MAIL to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $26.49 ($19.99 + $6.50 shipping to Pittsburgh) for this box, you’re paying approximately $3.78 per item (not including the letterpress card or Shiba Inu stickers).

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What do you think of The Zakka Kit for November?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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  1. I have a thick Life brand notebook and I’m addicted! The smoothest paper ever!!! I always look forward to reviews, I’m addicted to stationery (much to my husband’s misery) lol. But, yeah this one is a sub box I definitely have on my list!

    • So glad I’m not alone!

  2. The Japanese don’t see a “man in the moon” when they look at it. They see a rabbit pounding rice into mochi. Mochi is formed into several shapes including those round balls that are stacked into pyramids as depicted in the stickers. Since there’s usually a super-moon in the Autumn, and the Autumnal Equinox is a national holiday, it’s celebrated with moon-viewing activities. The rabbit and the moon-shaped mochi are depicted in those celebrations. Does that help explain why those are Autumn stickers?

    • Thank you for this amazing explanation! That is such a lovely story: a rabbit pounding rice into mochi! I had no idea! These stickers make so much more sense now!

  3. I would love to sub, but its just too pricey for the items that you receive.

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