[UNBOXING] Japan Crate – February 2016

i’m a huge fan of Japanese candies. there, i said it. i love Pocky, and gummies and those koala cookies that are filled with chocolate. know what i also love? MOTHER FRICKIN’ GREEN TEA KIT-KATS and you know what? Japan Crate snuck them into this month’s stash. there was only three of them, so i had to draaaaaaaaag it out before i was able to get more. [Rinny hooked me up because they’re cheap as hell in Asian markets in NYC.]

but anyway, i was originally on the waiting list for the “Mini” crate [$12/mo, free shipping], but Japan Crate sent out an email at the end of January to get $10 off the “Original” crate [$25/mo, free shipping] so i figured….what the heck! let’s try it out and just switch to the cheaper “Mini” crate later. so i got the “Original” crate for $15 with free shipping.

the “Original” crate gives you 8-10 items and a guaranteed DIY kit. however, for the February crate all crate sizes got the DIY kit.

without further ado, here’s what we got in photographic glory!




this resealable tube of potato chips is a lot like American Pringles, but with a tasty Japanese flavor: Seaweed & Salt.

these tasted like straight up plain Pringles like the booklet said. nothing really to write home about if you’ve ever had original Pringles before: salty thin potato chips.

Nestle Kit-Kat (Green Tea)

Japan is known for their wacky Kit-Kat flavors [Sake is coming out soon, and Rum Raisin????] and Green Tea is no exception. however, THESE ARE AMAZING AND THEY’RE LITERALLY LIKE CRACK.

Petit Pastel Ice Cream Cookies & Chocolate

adorable mini ice cream cone and assorted fun shaped chocolates with a crunchy wafer center. the box includes two packages so you can split them with a friend!

i actually really liked these! they reminded me of regular chocolate Kit-Kats and plan to hunt down more.

Super Lemon

Push your tongue to the limit with an entire bag of invidually wrapped super sour lemon hard candies. The first layer is a tart lemon powder, then there’s a mild, sweet hard shell and finally a third layer of intense lemon flavor in the center.

i honestly wish they didn’t throw in an entire bag because i tried one, and the rest went straight into the trash can. i do not do well with sour candies [but will try them for science.] and these were no exception. holy hell, no thank you.

Heart LTD. Oekaki Choco DIY

Create your own Valentine’s Day Design or follow one of the included shape templates. Get creative and see what you can make!

being this is entirely in Japanese, they gave you the translated instructions in the booklet included in your crate. i passed on making this as it seemed too involved.

Toppu Trio Stick Gum

6 individually wrapped chewing gums that are perfect for carrying on the go. Try three different flavors: Cola, Cider and Grape.

had to pass on these as well, i have a very finicky jaw that hates the overtly repeated chewing that gum causes

Twinbow Drink Gummy

Each of these sugar-coated, sour gummies features two different flavors: Red – Cola, Blue – Ramune, Green – Lime and Yellow – Lemon. Pair them together for an intense flavor adventure!

these just tasted like Sour Patch Kids, nother really exciting or different about them.

Coris Grape & Soda Kajirittyo

A refreshing soda flavored taffy wrapped in a layer of chewy grape taffy. the stick has similar consistency to gum, but dissolves overtime.

i think the soda-flavored taffy saved this for me. i’m not a fan of anything grape aside from grape jelly and this didn’t taste grape-y at all! i was expecting to bite into this and then toss it right out.

 Nericcho Soft Cider Cones

A bonus item for all crates! Mix the included powder with water to create a creamy concoction, then use the spoon to fill your wafer cones. Instant mini ice cream cones! Enjoy cider or strawberry flavor.

i’ll let the two following Instagram photos sum this one up for me…


as with any subscription box you’re bound to get something that you don’t like. February’s Original Japan Crate did have some disappointing things but also had some awesome things [GREEN TEA KITKATS!!!!!!!!] so i’m definitely going to give it another go for March, but with a smaller box.


What time is it?

it is 4:55pm on Saturday when i’m typing this, but won’t actually go live until 12am EST on Sunday.

Quick. What’s the first green thing you see?

Spotify icon on taskbar

Do you like those Sudoku puzzles?

i can never figure them out, i absolutely despise things involving numbers though so…that probably explains a lot

Do you own a plaid shirt?

sure do!

What’s your favorite kind of pie?


Have you read a book today?

yep! knocked out another chapter in my re-read of Winston Graham’s Demelza, the second book in the Poldark series

Do you like going to museums?

absolutely. stuff like that fascinates me. #science/historynerd

Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? Or your nation’s capital?

i don’t think so? i know i’ve been to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell, though

Have you ever been to the state of Washington?


Do you like apple juice?


How cold is it outside?

it’s almost 60F right now [Saturday]

Have you ever taken a course in Chemistry?

yep, blew stuff up too. it was rad!

Do you like to draw?

i’m not very good at it, but i’ll doodle from time to time

What do you put on your french fries?

salt! i put the ketchup on the side

Do you like everything to match?

i am the least matching person ever

Do you like mustard?

only on certain things [pretzels, for one.]

Would you ever work at a movie theater?

in a perfect world where i am able-bodied to do so? perhaps as a ticket-taker, maybe. definitely not clean-up crew. that just sounds….scary

Do you have a phone charger in your car?

i don’t own a car

Have you ever slept through an alarm?

who hasn’t?

Do you like pineapple on pizza?

haven’t tried it together yet, but love both things separately

Do you like to hold hands?

with certain people, otherwise don’t touch me

Do you want a tattoo?

several, in fact

When is the last time you ordered from a catalog?

beginning of February, when i bought some chocolate to support the Oldest Nephew’s fundraiser for school. they arrived on Friday. man, i’m going to get ridiculously fat!

Do you know anyone who has a collection of old records?

vinyl records? Fathership does. unfortunately the turntable is so old, there’s no real way to get it hooked up to the entertainment system. Fathership’s not about to upgrade it though. “it’s not broken!” he says

What’s the name of the gas station you last stopped at?

Wawa. there’s a BP down at the end of my road, but the attendants there are really….creepy for lack of a batter word

What was the first song you heard today?

Lola Montez by Volbeat

Have you ever gotten a magazine subscription as a gift?

yes, Mothership got me Equus [a horse magazine] when i was younger

What was the last video you watched on YouTube?

Markiplier introducing his monthly Charity Livestream

you should go donate. make a difference in the lives of those [like me!] who battle depression and bipolar disorder

Have you ever sacrificed something for someone you love?

yes, and it was the most stupidest decision i’ve ever made to date. live and learn, i guess

Have you ever had your picture in the newspaper?