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Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Box Review- June 2016


Doki Doki is a new subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii! Items range from plushies, collectible keychains, figures, apparel, miniatures, cooking utensils and more.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)



The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate

The Cost: $30 per month + free US shipping

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The Products: 8-10 licensed, authentic kawaii items

Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here

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Each month comes with a fantastic booklet filled with images and artwork and information. This month’s theme is Harajuku Street Fashion! Expect unique and unusual styles.


Hoppe-Chan Plush

Hoppe-Chan appears in every box and I especially adore this one! She’s soft and squishy and the sequined bow is a nice touch.

Take Omo Plush

Take and Omo are the new additions to the Japan Crate toy line! I am excited to see exclusive toys. Take and Omo are pups who want to be fashion icons of Harajuku. I think I received Take (TAH-keh). The button is a great fashion touch!



The white plush is Hoppe-Chan and the yellow plush is Take.


Eyeball Hair Bow

I’m really creeped out by this eyeball… especially the veins. This is not something I’d consider to be kawaii at all, but hey Japanese fashion is sometimes cute and sometimes bizarre.

Chakkun Hankerchief

This is a funky pink handkerchief with a zipper for a mouth. Again, it’s not something I would consider cute. I’ve also never carried a handkerchief in my life (I live a privileged life of highly accessible paper towels and tissues) and won’t do so in the foreseeable future.


Mayo Puri Zipper Pull and Sticker Sheet

Mayo Puri is a little bottle of Japanese mayonnaise with a face. It has a face!! Apparently this charm is a zipper pull but I’m sure you can also put it on bracelets and whatnot. I also love the accompanying sticker sheet.

Monthly Hoppe-Chan

This month’s Hoppe-Chan charm is adorned with a Decora-style bow. Hoppe-Chan looks like a tasty strawberry-flavored gumdrop.


Hatsune Miku Lanyard

Hatsune Miku is the most popular Vocaloid and this lanyard features her and the rest of the Vocaloid crew. There’s a Hatsune Miku sticker in the plastic cover too.


Harajuku Accessories

Subscribers received a variety of mix-and-match accessories like hair scrunchies and that zipper bracelet. I actually like the zipper bracelet– the zipper is functional and sturdy– and I can see some of my friends wearing this bold fashion statement. Overall, these would be appropriate for my little sister.



Snoopy Qee Blind Box

I wasn’t expecting a Snoopy to come out of Doki Doki Crate but here we are! I received a very strange fake grass-covered Snoopy. His arms and legs are moveable. He’s also scratchy. I like Snoopy but I’m not sure about this green scratchy grass variation.

Verdict: This month was just so-so. I think Doki Doki Crate did a great job with curation and bringing out unique aspects of Harajuku street fashion, but half of it didn’t mesh with my personal taste. I can’t see myself enjoying an eyeball hair bow, for example. However, the large ticket items– the two plushes– were adorable! That redeems the box somewhat for me. I counted 13 items total, so this month is equivalent to paying an average of $2.31 per item. Or, if you value the plushes at $10 each, it’s like paying for two plushes ($20) and getting the rest for $10.

I haven’t been estimating prices for each item since many are exclusive or hard to find in the US. However, let me know in the comments if you prefer I estimate retail values in the future!

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy began her subscription box adventure in 2014 and never looked back. She loves Asian beauty and is constantly in search of skincare holy grails. She hoards lipsticks. Her favorites are beauty, lifestyle, and jewelry subscriptions.

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Comment (1)

  1. I’m still chuckling about your comment about your privileged, tissue laden upbringing ?

    The only thing I’ve found handkerchiefs to be useful for is to mop up a summer sweaty brow. It’s been 110+ in Vegas the last week and that means insta-sweat upon walking outside.

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