For this article, we asked Marc, one of our first subscriber, to review our Peko Peko Box and to talk more about why he likes Japan so much.
Can you briefly introduce yourself? Any social media we can visit to know more about you?
Hello, my name is Marc and I am passionate about travel and history. I like to discover new cultures and to learn more about them.
Have you ever been to Japan? If yes, what was the highlight of your trip? If not, where would you like to visit?
Yes, two one-month trips in 2015 and 2017. The third trip was more or less planned for 2021 and will be postponed to 2022. I have so much to say about my trips to Japan, especially as the culture is so different with ours while still quite close on so many aspects.
An example of what I hadn’t expected: stumbling across three monks walking around the neighborhood where I was staying in Kyoto. I could hear them reciting sutras in the street and when I approached they called me out. From this meeting remains a memorable photo in which I am surrounded by two monks from Shokoku-ji. I also met a really nice Japanese couple in the countryside. I believe that meeting with locals is what makes a trip unique and memorable. I would like to visit Kyushu and Shikoku during my next trip to Japan.
What do you like the most about Japan?
I am a child of the 80s, I discovered Japanese culture through anime and manga. They also led me to take an interest in elements of my own culture (adaptations of European novels, European mythology, etc.) as well as to open up to Far Eastern culture. As a history enthusiast, Japan attracted me by its complexity. Japan has developed some unique characteristics through its history.
As a traveler, what a change of scenery! Like many, I am intrigued by the country’s successful past-modern mix. And if you love nature there are some great hikes to do too.
How did you first hear about Peko Peko?
With the pandemic, I escaped by following Instagram accounts about Japan, especially those of expatriates. And the algorithm did its job and showed me the Peko Peko account. So I waited a few months before the project came to fruition and became one of the first subscribers of the box.
What do you like the most about our boxes?
I had been looking for a Japan box to subscribe to for years. However, until then I had only found boxes on two major themes: anime / video games and snack / food.
These boxes are probably nice too but they didn’t suit me. So I waited patiently. And one day came Peko Peko Box! In these boxes, I found several things that interested me and none that displeased me!
At the beginning, I would have answered that what I appreciate the most are the more traditional items. Today, I would say that it is the connection with Japanese artisans, the fact that I can help them a little by getting the boxes.
Which item has been your favorite so far?
It is very difficult to answer, there is always such a nice selection in each box. If I have to choose one, I will choose the New Year box because the booklet had really improved. This is also what I like about the Peko Peko Box team, this desire to improve the concept by listening to their subscribers.
What future theme would you like us to do?
There are so many places that I would like to see in the boxes. I will choose Kanazawa because this city is twinned with mine. It is still pretty close from Tokyo while not yet a must-see tourist spot. I was able to visit it in 2017 and I think that this region (Ishikawa) and in particular this city deserves a little more visibility. Outside the cities, a box on the theme of Shintoism could allow people to discover this unique religion.