A lot of blogs are selling box subscriptions. The reviews tend to come in waves, I remember a month where you couldn’t read anything that wasn’t touting Blue Apron as The Greatest Thing Ever or Stitch Fix. HA. No thanks.
I did recently see online something called “Japan Crate.” Bold Font Disclaimer: I paid for this with my money because I was like, “oh that sounds like fun…” I decided to try it out because unfortunately Mitsuwa is nowhere near DC. (There is one small Japanese store in DC over by Howard University, but it pales in comparison.)
The box showed up late so I was f–king pissed off that they’d charged me and the box hadn’t shown up. “OH GREAT IT’S A SCAM!”–me. Because you never know, ok, you never know. In fact, I cancelled the subscription before I got the box because I was so enraged and like “this is not worth $25 a month!” It finally showed up on Monday. The woman at the front desk of my building was all “It sounds broken whatever it is” and my rage built.
To set the mood, I got back to my apartment and put on some old classic late ’90s J-Pop and of course, Anime theme songs.
I popped open the box and was immediately dazzled. It was a cornucopia of candy and snacks that had me instantly going “ooooo”. It came with an instructional booklet that tells you want the stuff is because you will note there is nothing in here that is in English. Time to bust out my old Japanese textbook and brush up on my katakana. I was really excited, though. I haven’t eaten everything yet, but so far there’s a nice variety, nice substance, and wow those chips with the powdered sugar were amazing. Oishii desu yo, guys.
Thing I keep mind when assessing overall value: Japanese shit is expensive. Even if I had an easily accessible, large Japanese specialty store, odds are this would still be expensive. Back in the late ’90s a CD from Japan was $30-$35. This is why I cried when my Judy and Mary Pop Life album cracked from being played so much. You kids don’t know how good you have it today. All we had was dubbed Sailor Moon only available occasionally on premium cable channels your mom wouldn’t pay for and I’ll never forget when Japanese copyright laws meant no more subtitles on Fuji TV!
I went back and uncancelled my subscription. I’m keeping it on a month to month basis and eating the rest of my candy this weekend while I re-watch Rorouni Kenshin and singing along to L’Arc~en~Ciel.
Box subscriptions: yes, no? Any favorites or ones you thought were a total rip off?