If you must know something about me, I love Japanese culture, particularly anything that I deemed is cute or in Japanese, かわいい, (literal translation: cute).
And another fact about me? I’m a huge sucker for cute packages ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰. So, when I discovered Japan Crate’s Doki Doki Box online, I knew I wanted to try and get a subscription box.
Japan Crate is an online subscription service company based in San Francisco. They send their subscribers a box of either Japanese candies, snacks, makeup products or items for their audience to experience the cultural side of Japan.
How it works, is that you select the box you’re most interested in, fill out the forms and then wait until your crate arrives for you to enjoy your package.
Depending on what you want to get, there are different subscription crates to choose from. Since I wanted to get cute or ‘kawaii’ items I chose the Doki Doki crate. However, the other crates are:
♥ Kira Kira Crate = Experience Japan through beauty products.
♥ Original Japan Crate = Experience the excitement of Japan through candy & snacks.
♥ Umai Crate = Experience the flavors of Japan through noodles.
Since I got the Doki Doki crate, my package came with items that were considered cute. As the website states, it describes the crate as, “Your monthly care package of kawaii.” I had expectations that this crate would be filled with the color of pink and red since it’s the month of February.
The very first thing you see when you open the box is a little booklet. Inside, there is a page dedicated to the items that are packed. It states what item is what and a little description of it.
From the package, I got 7 items in total. They were an assortment of things, from key chains, to chocolates, etc. Even with a glance over, most of the items didn’t seem to match a Valentine’s theme, which I found very odd. Perhaps, I was expecting too much? ¯\_〳 •̀ o •́ 〵_/¯ In fact, I’m not too sure what theme was about…
◊ Mango & Beri Plush
To be honest, when I looked at the plush, I didn’t know what kind of animal it was supposed to be. Initially, I thought it was baby wrapped around a blue blanket, and was questioning how this plush was related to Valentine’s day. It wasn’t until I read the tag that it came with, did I realize it was a lovebird.
The tag that it came with states “Mango and Beri are a pair of lovebirds that adore each other. They are tea enthusiasts and like to try a new tea house every week. Mango’s favourite tea is peppermint Green Tea and Beri’s favorite is Earl Grey.”
That being said, I’m not too sure if I got Mango or Beri, but, looking at the color scheme I would probably guess that this was is Beri. I thought the lovebird concept was a cute and subtle approach for Valentine’s day, however, I don’t necessarily, think the plush is cute itself, you might even say it’s not my cup of tea… (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
◊ – Chocolate Pen
I like chocolate and I like stationary, so this was a cute combination gift. I understood that chocolate fits well with Valentine’s Day so this was a nice addition. The only thing that disappointed me about the pen was that it didn’t smell like chocolates へ‿(ツ)‿ㄏ
◊ – Meji’s Fruity Strawberry Chocolate
The next item was even better because it was real chocolate! I received a box of Meji’s strawberry chocolate which tasted good. Then again, I love anything pink and strawberry, so this was a good treat.
The chocolate was sweet, but not too much. Plus the coating of the chocolate shell over strawberry chocolate, kind of reminded me of Kinder Surprise….unfortunately, there were no bonus toys inside.
◊ – Valentine’s Day Hoppe Chan Key Chain
“Hoppe Chan” is Doki Doki’s very own mascot. That being said, I’m not too sure what Hoppe Chan is supposed to be. I tried looking up information about the mascot, but I didn’t find anything informative.
If I had to guess, I believe Hoppe Chan is some sort of rain drop or a dollop of whip cream…, but despite not knowing what she is, I do like the fact that she is decorated with the theme of the box.
◊ – Cherry Hair Clip
These are so cute 🍒. Would I ever wear them? Probably not, but that’s because I have such horrible hair that it wouldn’t look good. I do like the fact that they did try to include a hair accessory in the crate, however, I don’t understand how it integrates with the whole Valentine’s day theme.
◊ – Totoro Chop Sticks
These ended up being my favorite item from the entire box. I love Totoro and anything from Studio Ghibli. I find Totoro (who is a rabbit, by the way), so adorable / (⁎˃ᆺ˂)＼. I did however, wonder why a pair of chopsticks ended up in the Valentine’s theme box.
◊ – Sanrio Character Fluffy Socks
They weren’t kidding when they said the socks were fluffy. Just feeling it, reminds of those soft plush you get from Build-A-Bear. The character you see here is called Gudetama, the lazy egg or the egg lacking spunk.
Would I recommend this crate to anyone who is interested?
To be honest, no. The price of crate was $30 USD, if you convert that into Canadian dollars, it’s approximately $40. To me, the value of the items inside don’t seem to be valued $40 in total, in fact, if I had to guesstimate, the crate seems to be only have $15 worth of items inside.
If you do like cute things and Japanese culture, I think there are other ways to experience it.
Doki Doki Crate Rating:
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