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Doki Doki by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – January 2019

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichFeb 8, 2019 | 3 comments

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Doki Doki Crate
3.8 overall rating
12 Ratings | 1 Reviews

Doki Doki is a subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii! Items range from plushies, collectibles, household goods, apparel, miniatures and more.

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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.)

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About Doki Doki by Japan Crate

The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate

The Cost: $35.00 per month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $3 off your first box

The Products: 5-7 licensed, authentic kawaii items from companies like Sanrio, San-X, and Disney Tsum Tsum and others.

Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here

Doki Doki by Japan Crate January 2019 “Fresh Start ” Review

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“Fresh Start” is the theme for this month and the booklet speaks to a fresh Lunar New Year for 2019. 

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Inside, they go over all of the included items, as well as giveaway prizes that are sent to winning subscribers chosen at random.

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The back has a cool comic and reminds you to read it right to left.

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Daruma Towel

The booklet explains that "Daruma are dolls that can be found at Japanese Buddhist temples and are said to bring good luck. Their eyes start blank but eventually will be colored in. The first eye is colored in when one has a wish or goal in mind. When that goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.". I've seen these in so many Japanese boxes but didn't realize the goal-setting use for these! I love it! Even though they call this a towel, it strikes me more of a washcloth due to its size. It's almost 8 inches across and made of a thin terrycloth with red trim. This Daruma's eyes are already filled in, so it will maybe motivate me to complete my goals.

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Sumikko Gurashi Pen Tower

As a school/office supply nerd, this item really speaks to me. Sumiko Gurashi is a crew of adorable characters from San-X and quickly captured my heart when they were introduced a couple of years ago. Here, they decorate the desk organizer by making up ice cream sundaes by piling on top of one another on a pink background. This 8-inch high organizer would make a great item for an artist to keep all of their pencils, markers, or pens in order. There's so much room!

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Boar Plush

I can always count on Doki Doki to include a really kawaii plushie and since 2019 is the year of the boar, they've sent this super soft cutie. This little light brown baby has a pink nose and ears with dark brown stripes down its head and back. It sits about 5.5 inches high and about 4 inches wide. I don't know why, but I just got the thought that it's the perfect size to keep in the cupholder of my car. It would probably soothe my road rage immediately.

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Boar Sponge

One thing I always love about Japanese products is how they make boring household items cute and fun. The Lunar New Year is upon us and hence, this adorable sponge. One side is scrubby with a friendly boar and the other side is a yellow sponge for softer dishwashing. This is certainly an item that will make a daily chore a bit more enjoyable.

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Rilakkuma Can Bank

This is super cute and reminds me of my childhood. I always had a locked diary or box for treasures like this. Of course, since this one has a slit in the top it's clearly to collect your change while the lock keeps out any medaling siblings. It's made of thin metal and features Rilakkuma and friends around four sides as well as the bottom and top. Just use the keys to unlock the padlock and open the top to reveal your riches!

Verdict: Doki Doki is always super cute and I have to say I've missed reviewing it after seeing this box. Even though everything is colorful and fun, they do a great job of sending useful items that can easily be used in everyday life. I think the pen tower and sponge are my favorites but the boar plush is super cute as well!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This one is gone, but you have until the 21st to get March as your first!

Coupon – Use coupon code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.00 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $7.00.

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Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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I know they’re supposed to be pen and stationary towers but I use mine for facial supplies — nail file, tweezers, eyebrow scissors etc. they’re so handy! I wish I had extra cash for this box, the items are so cute!

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Ooo! That’s a great tip! Thanks!!

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