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The First Box

Daruma and lucky cat erasers sitting on top of a washi tape stack

I started this project to see what would happen, testing it out with just 10 boxes. I didn't even have a logo, and I wasn't sure what I was doing with the theme except that it would be a bit festive and a bit of an 'introduction to Japan'. I had too many ideas and I think I just 'splatted' them all into one! The only thing that was absolutely clear to me at this point, was that these were products that I had hand-picked because I used most of them often, or because I liked the way they looked, and I wanted to share this with people who would enjoy using/having them as much as me.

Here's what was included:

  • Mount Fuji sticky notes — the requisite Japanese symbol

  • Frixion erasable pens — any stationery lover’s staple

  • Festive washi tape — super-gentle Japanese masking tape. Great because it doesn't leave a mark. I love this stuff and use it for decorating furniture, sticking photos on my wall, and I also use it to wrap Xmas presents and other gifts

  • Planner stickers — For your new planners and diaries

  • Paper clips — a mix of Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, The classic symbol of Spring in Japan: the celebrated blooming of the cherry blossom tree

  • Lucky gold pencil — these are usually given to school kids to say good luck for their exams, but I just love the luxurious-ness of all the gold!

  • Dotliner with a gold star pattern — decorate your notebooks, diaries, and calendars

  • Kanahei Notebook — Kanahei is a popular character in Asia used as a sticker on the LINE messaging app. Cuter than my usual taste, but I loved the little message on it, and thought it was perfect for this first box

  • Daruma or Lucky Cat Eraser — I love these! Daruma represents perseverance and good luck. He has only one eye; you usually draw in the other once your goal has been accomplished

Mount Fuji sticky notes and santa stickers
Mount Fuji sticky notes. The santa stickers were a gift and not included in all boxes. Photo credit: All Things Stationery

Kanahei notebook and mount fuji and sakura blossom themed paperclips
Kanahei notebook. The cover says, "we are connected". A nice message for this first box. Photo credit: All Things Stationery

gold pencil
Lucky gold pencils were included in the very first Bungu Box. Photo credit: All Things Stationery

Deco rush and Frixion erasable pen
A selection of Japanese stationery from the very first Bungu Box. Photo credit: All Things Stationery

Disasters (or at least that's what I thought at the time) 

I didn't have a logo so I attempted to 'brand' the letter (included in each box that lists, as above, what's in it). For whatever reason my printer didn't pick it up properly so I went over the text with a black pen, it was quite horrible and squiggly. To make matters worse I thought it would be 'cool' to fold up the letters origami style, some into hearts, and others envelope style. Well, it turned out that with all the folding, the letters were so creased that they looked pretty awful when opened, so they were quite difficult to read. What on earth was I thinking?!


  1. Simple is definitely best

  2. Don't fake a logo in the interim

  3. Fold your letters like a normal person

Thank you to all the very first subscribers for getting me through this first box! 

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