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NIPPON EXPLORER

Fair box of Japanese regions

About the project

THE CONCEPT

YOU decide where we go! And for once, you will REALLY enjoy it.

"Treat yourself by doing some good"

Many crowdfunded projects aim to do movies or pictures of the Japanese countryside and its craftsmen. These projects are great and please keep supporting them!

But we have another vision: when you have the choice, do you prefer buying the industrial product at the supermarket, or the little farmer's authentic one? The answer seems obvious. So, indulge yourself! But do it while supporting those who work hard to provide genuine quality products Indulge yourself by doing some good. By giving you access to these undiscovered products, you will finally be able to choose to support the little, local farmers and craftsmen. On the other hand, next time you will come to Japan, will you really trave hundreds of miles/kilometers, just to visit that one craftsman you saw in a documentary? As appealing as it sounds, chances are you won't Because you won't have time and money to do or you would simply rather go in some other region with better activities and touristic spots, for instance. But if you support this project you will enable us to create a box dedicated to each region we will visit for you, thus bring them a long-term support.


Agroforestry farmer picking apples in Nagano

The idea: create boxes of Japanese regional products to directly support the farmers and craftsmen But to do this, we need to travel through Japan, meet these people, these living treasures who produce gorgeous and/or delicious things for you to enjoy. And for this, we will rent a camper van at Japan Campers, a company specialized in van and camping car rental for strangers

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Pictures of our one-week-test in July [left: Izu // right: Nikko]

How will we "really" enjoy the trip ?

Of course, you will have nice pictures from our travel. Why wouldn't you ?
But in this project, you will be able to taste, litterally, the journey, thanks to our "box". 
This box makes you discover the kind of rare products that are difficult to find even when you are in Japan.
And most of all, this box allows you to support directly the farmers and craftsmen of Japanese regions. On the short and on the long term.

All this sounds nice, but what will the box contain? At each step of the journey, we will present you some local products. And depending on your reactions and comments, we will compose the box step by step! It will be "tailor-made" for our supporters and sold exclusively during this campaign. It wil contain a variety of products from the regions you will visit through us, and only local products we can't find anywhere else.

For more details, have a glance at the "Counterparts" section below!

How will we "decide" where you go?

Through the surveys on the private social network accounts. Because we have already decided of a few places we want to go to, but you decide of all the rest: 

TOMORROW WE SHOULD HEAD TO TOTTORI, THE JAPANESE SEA AND ITS POTTERS OR GUNMA, ITS MOUNTAINS AND ITS WEAVERS ? CNEXT STEP MATCHA FARM OR WASABI FARM ? WASABI MATCHA
Examples of surveys that will take place several times a week during the trip

A "Win-Win-Win" project !
With your support, we will be able to create something meaningful, socially and economically speaking, that helps Japanese farmers and craftsmen keep their savoir-faire going, by indulging yourselves with these treasures. 

What are the funds for?

COUNTERPARTS


HANAMI
Each contributor will have access to the private social network accounts of our project, to take part in our journey.Live videos, stories, great addresses and “window shopping” directly from Japanese countryside. All this in preview: some of the contents will be made public after the trip.
And most importantly, you will be able to vote at each step of our trip and decide where we go next!

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UMAMI
In addition to the previous counterparts
, you will be able to choose a picture Virginie will have taken during the trip, and we will send it to you as a postcard. Even more: you will get samples of some products discovered together during the trip. Keep in mind that YOU decide of everything!

THE BOXES :
The boxes proposed during this campaign are exclusively made for the contributors.
You will not be able to buy them after the trip!

Later, you will be able to buy the boxes dedicated to each region of Japan, that we will create after this journey.
You will find them on www.nipponshopper.com
The box you will receive as a contributor will be composed of products selected in accordance with your reactions and comments during the trip, and mixing several regions visited during our travel.

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SHO - 松
A box with 7 authentic products from several regions.
Keep in mind that the content will be adapted to your taste and preferences,
thus to your reactions to our posts and polls during the trip !

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CHIKU - 竹
A BIG box with 15 authentic products from several regions.
Keep in mind that the content will be adapted to your taste and preferences,
thus to your reactions to our posts and polls during the trip !

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BAI - 梅
A HUGE box with 23 authentic products from several regions.
Keep in mind that the content will be adapted to your taste and preferences, 
thus to your reactions to our posts and polls during the trip !

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OMOTENASHI
In addition to the SHÔ 松 , CHIKU 竹 , and BAI 梅 boxes, we will conceive, organize your next trip to Japan. We will be your personal concierge, and create a tailor-made journey you will never forget ! So much cheaper than a travel agency, but with the same services. And if you want us to, we can keep you company and guide you for 48h when you come to Japan !
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ED THE ADVENTURE BEGINS 100% LET'S GO FOR MONTH!
150% E EXTEND THE ADVENTURE BY 2 WEEKS

A MAP WITH HUNDREDS OF 200% GREAT SPOTS TO DISCOVER

ONE ADDITIONAL PRODUCT IN 250% EVERY BOX !

WE EXTEND THE ADVENTURE 300% AGAIN BY 2 WEEKS !

DETAILED BUDGET

This project is an investment to develop our activity while supporting the real, local economy of Japanese regions. So first of all, food and personal expenses are not included in the budget. Why would they ?
And second of all, we didn't want to "ask people for money" to fund a project, and give a few "gifts" worth 10% of the contribution. We wanted the project to fund itself. So why a crowdfunding ?

The first 1500€ step will allow us to get around 750€ for a month of travel that will cost approximately 3000€ (without the food and other things).
Our goal is to validate the concept, to know if people like it, and to prove the project is worth working on it. But actually, we would need to travel at least 3 months for the project to be complete !

In details :

Camper van : 80€/day, so 560€/week
Gas : 10l / 100km : >100€/week
Boxes : 50% of the budget is used to buy the products that will compose your box,
which is at a normal "retail price", though it is a box only available during the campaign.

Ulule 8% Gas 7% Van 35% Counterparts 50%

About the project owner

Virginie

Virginie is 29 years and 22 months young. Yes, I'd rather stay alive so write it this way. She is a semi-pro photographer and does judo She loves to capture scenes of Japanese daily life. Her passion for Japan comes essentially from the language, the traditional culture and of course... The food! After a few trips to Japan, she decided to quit the huge e-commerce company she worked at, to move to the country of the Rising Sun. Why? To focus on www.nipponshopper.com: a persona shopping service she created for foreigners looking for rare Japanese products. Why? Because Japan rules, that's why. Today, her adventure is taken to the next level, with this journey around the country!

Yoshito

Uncanny Japanese and Hungarian hybrid, born and grown in Paris. 29yo. After 7 years studying engineering, threw my promising career away to start my own projects to show the "real Japan" to non-Japanese people, mostly in Europe. Today, advise prefectures, associations, and companies in promoting Japan and co-founded a trave agency specialized in Japan "off the beaten tracks" Yes, I founded it during the pandemic. Bravo me. I've been living in and wandering around Japan for 3years now. have a real passion for agroecology, and managed to convince Virginie to go meet the little farmers who produce their own seeds off the grid, almost in autarky. So, if you want non- hybrid reproductible seeds of Japanese variety, feel free to tel us: we can include it to the counterparts!

In one word: the perfect duo to hunt Japanese treasures for you!

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