We Review: Japan Crate DOKIDOKI Subscription Box January ’16

Hello Everyone!

How are you enjoying the new year thus far? I must say it’s treating me quite nicely; I officially began my new job and I absolutely love it! I’m a bit more busy since my schedule is Monday – Friday rather than Thursday – Monday, but it’s becoming a bit easier to manage. Anyways, a week ago I finally got my DOKIDOKI Japan Crate Box in the mail and actually opened it today and took pictures!

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DISCLAIMER: I was not asked nor sponsored by Japan Crate to do this review. The subscription was entirely paid for by myself. Thanks for your understanding.

To be honest, I almost passed on this box. I talked myself into it after a co-worker told me about her Japan Crate subscription and how her daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. So I ended up purchasing a subscription and it arrived last Monday. (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶” And I opened it today, so I’m gonna share what I got!

opening

The package is a very pink box with white for lettering and what not. It’s actually quite sturdy in my opinion, it didn’t bend or crease in my mailbox. It’s so charming with little sayings such as 「大好き」and 「かわいいですね。」and cute characters decorating the inside of the box. I may be keeping it for future unknown uses!

guide

Every Japan Crate box comes with a guide that explains the items you received in your package. This month was quite cute, with a pink hair girl with cute character-based items around her. They also have a photo contest and cute little comic featured in it!

rilakkuma

The first item was a packet of Rilakkuma memo pads! I love cute stationary so this was actually well received. I don’t know when I will use it, but I’ll probably bring it to work where it’ll have better usage. (๑ˊ▵ॢˋ̥๑)

domo

Who doesn’t like Domo-Kun? Japan Crate featured some really cute Domo stickers in this month’s crate and I absolutely adore them to bits. I might give a couple to friends who would enjoy them a bit more than me, but the egg one stays with Tay Tay.

alpacasso

Next up was this Baby Alpacasso! Although it’s incredibly adorable, I do have to say that this was a damaged item in my box…

The left eye was actually missing from my Alpaca and although it’s unfortunate, I’ll still use it for decoration with just the right side showing. (.`・﹏・´.) It’s still very cute and fluffy though!

sushi

This is actually one of my favorite items out of the box! They’re sushi socks! I wonder how they’ll look on my feet. They’re so cute but I’m not too sure what type of sushi they’re supposed to be. ┐(´・c_・` ;)┌ As long as they’re warm and comfy, I’m not going to be picky.

pikachu

Yes. That is exactly what it is. Specifically, it’s the Pikachu Hip Pop Parade Plush and I absolutely love it. It is literally just Pikachu’s butt as a keychain and I don’t know when or where I am going to use this blessing but it will be used. ٩( ᐛ )و

hoppe

I have no idea what this thing is…or what it is. Apparently, it’s called “Hoppe-chan” and it’s a blob that popular. I have no idea what to say or what I am going to do this it. It’s got a cute design but I’m absolutely clueless.

sailor moon

I am very familiar with this item! I’ve gotten quite a few in different series and such, but I was still so excited to receive one in this box. I ended up getting the Sailor Moon I was missing which was the face with the wink. It’s so cute and tiny, so you can place it in so many different places without having to worry about it taking up too much space like the huge figures.

hello kitty

I didn’t think that there’d be fashion accessories in this box for some reason, so this incredibly cute and sturdy Hello Kitty wallet kind of surprised me! It’s got two sides and both are quite adorable with pastel backgrounds. Unfortunately, this item was also damaged. The coin pouch zipper doesn’t work correctly and is essentially broken, so I’m not 100% sure if I’d use it… ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

sentimental

This is so cute and rather expected from a Japanese subscription box seeing as how these are quite popular in Japan. I’m not too familiar with Sentimental Circus but this is such a cute elephant and I suppose the fan will be rather useful further on into the year.

Overall, this box was rather cute and a few items I really enjoyed. I was a bit disappointed that two of the items were damaged and some of the items were just kind of bland, but maybe it’ll get better. I renewed my subscription for next month so we shall see how it goes. └(・-・)┘

PicMonkey Collage

I hope you all enjoyed this post! It was rather long…sorry! I wanted to show you everything in the box, I didn’t realize how much was in it until after the fact. I’ll be sure to share the next box with you all and hopefully it’ll be a tad better.

If you received a DOKIDOKI subscription box from Japan Crate, feel free to tell me your experience down in the comment section!

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Please be safe if you’re experiencing a lot of snow!!!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

 

 

 

Happy New Year +2016+

happy new year

(∗❛ัᴗ❛ั∗) HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ 明けましておめでとうございます!(∗❛ัᴗ❛ั∗)

I honestly was not expecting 2016 to sneak up on me like this, but it is here and I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. My family and I didn’t do much for New Year’s Eve; we went out for Indian food at a local restaurant and stuffed ourselves silly. Afterwards, we came right home and took a food coma nap before ringing in 2016.

Today, we kind of slept in before heading to run a 5k right around the corner. Let me just say, I’m exceptionally sore and sleepy after that run. That pretty much sums up the last two days. ୧( ˵ ° ~ ° ˵ )୨ How was your New Year’s?

year review

This last year has had a lot of incredible things happen, but there were a few heartbreaking moments as well. I won’t go into detail what’s happened, but things happen for a reason. Good things are to come. However, despite that, I did want to share a few exciting things that happened in 2015!

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions Concert
Vacation in Luray, Virginia
Hello Kitty Macarons from Sweet Fix DC
Chopping My Hair Off
A New Job
Our Very First Twitch Stream in June
Reached 100+ Followers on the Blog!

You all have been so supportive and loving, I cannot thank you enough for how wonderful 2015 was.

2016 new years resolution

I’m not 100% sure of what to expect of 2016. It’s a bit scary in terms of all of the unknowns, but I know that I will have to move forward regardless and remember to keep my chin up. But I will share my resolutions with you all! Hopefully some of you can relate…because it was incredibly difficult coming up with this list…

#1.) Focus on me a bit more...
I tend to focus on others a lot more than myself and it effects me in both positive and negative ways such as stress. So I want to do a few things for myself and hopefully create a balance so that there is less stress and frustration.

#2.) Speak & write Japanese more…
I want to keep improving my speaking and writing in Japanese even outside of college, so if you have any book or app suggestions, please let me know!

#3.) Run a 10k…
Since I’ve ran a few 5k races, I finally want to train and run a 10k this year!

#4.) Learn different photography tricks…
I want to improve my photography for the blog as well as other aspects. I want to learn how to properly light and focus!

#5.) Be more active on the blog…
It’s been a bit frustrating this year trying to keep up with constant posts this year and that is entirely my fault. A part of me feels busy with work and other things, and another part me has either hit a writer’s block or just lack of inspiration. I want to make Simply Taylor Rae bigger than anything I imagined, but in order for that to happen…I need to put in the effort.

I may come up with more resolutions within the next week or so, but this is all I have for now. へ(´д`へ) I hope you all have the most amazing 2016 ever. May it be prosperous and filled with love and laughter. Don’t ever give up no matter the situation, keep pressing on, and you will find your way. You guys are honestly so wonderful, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

(๑❛ꆚ❛๑) THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL 2015 (๑❛ꆚ❛๑)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae