Kawaii Box August 2014 Review

Kawaii Box Review

Kawaii Box is the cutest monthly subscription service. As a subscriber you will receive a box filled with 10-12 hand-picked kawaii items from Japan and Korea every month. The August box took 2 weeks to arrive to me in the Netherlands from Singapore. Good news for European kawaii fans: you don’t have to worry about customs duties because the price is under $20 (*^▽^*).

The box was actually smaller than I had expected at about 25cm. It comes with a Kawaii Box sticker on the front and mine even had a cute cartoon girl drawn on it. I love those small personal touches. Upon opening you get greeted by a thank you card with a hand written message on the back, mine said: ‘Enjoy Summer with your new Kawaii Box’. So let’s see what’s inside…

Kawaii Box Review - Blippo Store

The August box comes with 11 cheerful items! Two of them aren’t pictured here, you can find those at the end of this post.

Kawaii Box Review - Plush Watermelon

Minty helped me to present some of the items. If a watermelon doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does. This soft watermelon shaped purse looks very well made, it can hold your money and even a couple of cards. Or you can place some make-up in it and attach it to your bag. It’s one of the items that stood out to me.

Kawaii Box Review - Macaron

Another lovely item is this macaron charm, at about 3,5 cm it’s quite large and heavy. The 3 little rhinestones in the cream give a nice touch to it. Definitely a keeper.

Kawaii Box Review - Stationery

I’m very fond of cute stationery, even though I don’t use all of it. I like to keep a little stash of notepaper and letter-paper and just look at it from time to time. This month’s box holds 3 stationery items: Rilakkuma sticky notes, cat letter paper and a pencil & eraser set.
The Aloha Rilakkuma sticky notes from San-X arrived in a plastic package, with 20 sheets in total. The sweet cat letter paper is from a Chinese brand called Ninge/Ninju. The envelopes say: ‘I’m Happy for you! I will give you only good things’ and of course there are some uplifting Engrish messages on the letter paper as well.

Kawaii Box Review - Pencils

A cute Korean Popcorn Okitoki set with 3 cute pencils, a sharpener and 3 erasers. The illustrations look very nice and the set usually sells for $5.13 at Blippo

Kawaii Box Review - Nail Art

This cupcake ring was a little small and I didn’t dare to adjust too much, so now it’s adorns my little finger (^ω^). The nail art are neon-colored stickers with a golden border, I haven’t tried them yet.

Kawaii Box Review - DIY Candy

Minty wants to present his personal favorite: DIY candy! Oh yes, I will certainly have to try this soon and write a separate post about it. This set is called Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ DIY Oekaki Animal Candy Land Kit. You get to create soda-flavored gummy animals with it, such as a penguin and panda <3

Kawaii Box Review - Kumamon Plush

Look at this, it’s a Kumamon charm plush! Kumamon is a Japanese mascot and he’s slowly gaining popularity worldwide. There’s a zipper at the back, which allows you to store some small items like coins.

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Now on to two items that didn’t measure up to the quality of the other items in my opinion. The giraffe hanger came with a little black smudge on it’s body. I guess this comes from a sticker or paper with printed text.  The panda bear plush had a little glue residue on it’s eyes. Nothing too bad, but I just want to be honest here.

In the end the other items really make up for it and it’s not surprising that you might find items in the box that aren’t exactly your taste. But you can always gift or trade them. I think the total value of the items is a little over $30, so the $18,90 subscription price is well worth it!

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Usually a box will include candy, charms, straps, stationery and jewelry. You can have a look at pictures of the previous boxes if you’d like to see what you can expect.

The price for a Kawaii Box subscription is $18,90 per month through Paypal and shipping is free. There’s also a 3-month gift subscription available if you are looking for a special present. Kawaii Box is a service from Blippo, a shop from Hong Kong that sells affordable cute items.

This post was kindly sponsored by Kawaii Box and the great news is that they will also offer a giveaway on kao-ani.com! So stay tuned if you want to win your own Kawaii Box ( ノ^ω^)ノ゚

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Event in Taiwan

Kao-ani.com has got a new category called ‘Cute Events’! Lately I’ve been blogging about events and exhibitions I’ve visited in the Netherlands. But I thought it might be nice to announce cute events around the world. I hope you’ll enjoy the new category and might discover an event that you can visit yourself (*^▽^*).

Today I’d like to introduce you to Tokyo Crazy Kawaii, which will be held this September in Tapei, Taiwan. It’s a special thank you from Japan for the great support Taiwan offered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii event Taiwan 2014

The event will feature the best in Japanese culture including music, fashion, food, anime, games and character goods. There will also be six culture zones covering popular districts in Tokyo: Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara, Tsukiji, Asakusa and Nippon. They are represented by the cute characters below:

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii event Taiwan 2014

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii event Taiwan 2014

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii main visual of Shibuya by Julie Watai. Julie is the official photographer of this event, but she is also a model and musician. Check out this cute videoclip (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) ♫.

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii event Taiwan 2014

Last year’s Tokyo Crazy Kawaii in Paris was a big success with over 20,000 visitors. Highlights were fashion shows, cosplay contests, game demonstrations and live performances:

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Some of the artists who will perform live in Taiwan are Dempagumi.inc, Haruko Momoi, Moumoon and Usagi.

You can attend Tokyo Crazy Kawaii from September 12th to 14th in the Expo Dome of Taipei Expo Park. Tickets are available at the official website and you can also find more information on the Facebook page.

(source: MTV81.com)

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