*this post is sponsored by Kokoro Care Packages*

Kokoro Care Packages is a subscription box service offering hand-crafted packages filled with authentic Japanese foods delivered straight from Japan to your door. Although there are various Japanese subscription boxes on the market, Kokoro Care Packages stands out through their high-quality selection of foods that emphasize local farmers and producers. If you’re missing Japan right now and unsure when you’ll be able to travel there, Kokoro Care Packages is a great way to stay connected to the country!

our package arrived recently, slightly beat up due to stricter handling by customs agents, but it had been beautifully packaged and all the contents were in perfect shape

last month was a Kyoto-themed box and we received a variety of foods from Kyoto that not only tickled our taste buds but also our curiosity. Some we were familiar with but there were also some wonderful new discoveries

each box comes with a lovely brochure that explains each item and also gives recipes and tips on how to enjoy them

Kokoro Care Packages was founded by two female entrepreneurs who work closely with local farmers and producers to provide high quality foods. Simply translated, kokoro means “heart” in Japanese, yet it also embodies the words “spirit,” “soul” and “emotion.”

Like we said, what differentiates Kokoro Care Packages from other subscription boxes is their curated selections. What surprised us the most is that our box was filled with foods we would have picked up ourselves if we encountered them on a visit to Kyoto and left us feeling like we had just visited Japan’s ancient capital.

For beginners we might recommend the one-time Japanese Cooking Essentials. But for those a bit more steeped and looking for surprises, the Subscription Care Packages are a delightful way to stay connected to Japan. And if you order by Sept 30, 2020 you’ll receive their upcoming Yuzu-themed box!

Below are a few ways we enjoyed the foods from our Kyoto box:

Yatsuhashi are a traditional wagashi but they go bad very quickly. These Yatsuhashi cookies pack all the flavor without all the moisture, which allows them to survive the long trip overseas. They go great with coffee!

For breakfast one morning we made Heshiko-chazuke, a local, nourishing dish consisting of green tea poured over rice and enjoyed with heshiko, a small slab of mackerel.

For lunch we made curry udon, topped with a sprinkle of Kyoto-style shichimi pepper. This is such a comforting dish and one we make often but this curry soup and shichimi from Kyoto was packed with delicate yet balanced flavors we don’t usually get.

*this post is sponsored by Kokoro Care Packages but the content reflects the opinions of Spoon & Tamago and has not been subject to review or edit by the sponsor*