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Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Box Review- July 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

COUPON: Use code MSADD3 to save $3 off your first box.

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. July’s theme is Summer Festival.


Rilakkuma Towel

I’m a huge fan of Rilakkuma so I squealed when pulling it out of the box. This is a long face towel that, while thin, is pretty absorbent. It’s good for use at the beach or the gym when you don’t want to carry around bulky things.



Disney Japan Tsum Tsum “Wink” Blind Box

I love browsing Tsum Tsum plushes when I go out shopping but have never actually bought one. What serendipity! I received Buzz Lightyear. His pill-shaped body is just too cute.


Paper Fan + Character Handkerchief

I’m surprised these two were listed as one item! The design on both feature Hoppe-chan, the chocolate-chip looking gumdrop with eyes, and other Japan Crate characters. Both the fan and handkerchief are beautiful. While I’ll use the fan, I’m not quite sure what to do with the handkerchief since they’re mostly out of fashion with my generation. 🙂




Gudetama Kitchen Clip

Gudetama is adorable in a “so weird it’s cute” way. Maybe it’s because I embrace his no-can-do lazy attitude! This is a magnetic clip that can stick to the fridge. I also suggest using him as a bag clip.




Tenugui are traditional Japanese towels and have a multitude of uses. They are made of thin fabric and feel pretty stiff to the touch but are popular for absorbing sweat or wearing as a mask or head wrap. The design I received (I had to take two photos because it’s so long) is fabulous and I think I’ll use it as wall decoration.



Doki Doki Exclusive Plushie – Kiko and Wawa

Kiko and Wawa are the newest additions to the Doki Doki plushie line. Subscribers get either Kiko or Wawa. I received Wawa, a lemon that looks like a fish. His judgmental expression is hilarious!



Omamori are amulets bought at a Japanese shrine for good luck. This one is made of colorful fabric and has Hoppe-chan and friends on it.

Omamori Frog Lucky Item

This lucky frog charm carries luck and wishes for a safe return home, so you should carry it in the purse or wallet when traveling. It’s super tiny!


Bonus Gachapon: Ice Cream Keychain

This is going directly in my dessert keychain collection! It’s made of hard plastic and I like that it has a ball chain for easy attachment.


Tattoo Stickers

There are 10(!) sheets of temporary tattoos here! Each one has some adorable designs. I think I will give these to my little sister for her to share with friends.


Summer Hair Elastic

I think there are variations, but I received a cute watermelon hairband. The charm is made of sturdy plastic and the elastic has a strong grip.

Monthly Hoppe-Chan

This is the monthly Hoppe-Chan toy. I think the heart shaped sunglasses are adorable!

Verdict: I had so much fun with July’s Doki Doki Crate. Everything was super adorable, especially the Rilakkuma towel and Gudetama clip. I also liked the summer festival theme a lot more than last month’s Harajuku theme. With 12 items total, the cost breakdown is $2.50 per item (technically less since the fan and handkerchief count as one item). I think Doki Doki continues to be an exciting subscription!

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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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Comments (2)

  1. Every time I see this Doki Doki I think the same two things:

    My 10-year old would love
    I wish it was a quarterly subscription; I can’t deal with all that extra stuff in my house every month.

    • Haha I was thinking the same thing! Super cute but that’s a lot of stuff each month! Fun though I’m sure but my husband would have a tizzy, MORE stuff you don’t need?!?! Yeah, not worth it….yet anyway! 😉

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