With the festive season now in full swing, November’s SoKawaii box felt like an early Christmas Present! November’s theme was “Childhood Memories” and centered around some iconic franchises that popped up during my own childhood, from Pokémon to Kirby and Hamtaro. So let’s get the usual bit of information out of the way shall we.
For those of you that are just jumping into this article, this is now my 7th consecutive month that I have gotten this box. SoKawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (Japanese for cute). They create monthly boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 6 to 8 cute & useful items exclusive in Japan, pack them up in this very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently appearing in Japanese arcades. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/
So November is centered around “Childhood Memories” and for me Pokémon was a huge part of mine. Even today I tend to keep up to date on the latest Pokémon news, although I have fallen far behind on playing the games. Whereas Hamtaro I only knew from reading girls magazines growing up and seeing it plastered on tote bags and notebooks. I didn’t even know it was a Japanese character. In this box, we also have products from Rilakkuma, Sanrio and Sumikko Gurashi, that we get in the form of plushies, stationary and a cute key lock.
The largest item we receive this month is a macaron shaped plush pillow from Sumikko Gurashi, that you could get in 3 different designs. Sumikko Gurashi is a set of characters created by San – X, the same company behind Rillakkuma. The characters involved in Sumikko Gurashi are an interesting bunch, that include an anxious cat, a polar bear that dislikes the cold, a penguin that has an identity crisis, a leftover pork fillet (Tonkatsu) that has its own consciousness and a dinosaur that pretends to be a lizard. As to what the other two pillow designs were, I’m not sure but it looks like I got Neko the anxious cat. It’s super soft but not all that well padded, great for throwing around for decor but perhaps not the best in terms of comfort.
From the same San – X company, we actually get quite a useful Rilakkuma key lock. Perfect for those of you that are still in school and have lockers, it can also be used to lock those diaries you which to keep quiet about and maybe even your gym locker. It’s certainly very cute, but I’m unsure how sturdy a lock like this could be. Either way, it still makes for a very eye catching keychain.
Sanrio are back again this month, but this time in the form of some stationary. This time we get an eraser in the shape of a lipstick – yes I had to double check that once I got it as I was fully convinced it may have been lip gloss before opening it. This lipstick shaped eraser comes in a few designs that feature some of Sanrios’ famous characters – I for one was very happy to receive Pompompurin. As well as this very useful item to add to my stationery collection, it also comes with it’s own special scent. Mine reminds me of custard or even flan.
Then we have a mascot plush of Hamtaro! The little hamster TV series that was popular back in the early noughties, that followed an adventurous young hamster named Hartaro and his fellow hamster friends the Ham-Hams. This plush is just perfection! The perfect size for a character such as Hamtaro, very well made and is perhaps the first bit of merch I have seen from Hamtaro this side of the World in about 15 years. It’s clear to see that this character is still going strong back in Japan if this new plush is being released. There are also 8 character designs available, so which one will you get in your box? And it looks like I got either Stan or Sandy.
You can never go wrong with including either Kirby or Pokémon in your boxes each month. This time we got this adorable and really good quality coin purse with a cute Pikachu on the front. Aimed more at women who have known up with Pokémon and are still in love with the franchise. The perfect size to keep in your handbag and even comes with an attached clip so you can clip it on to something in your handbag so you know where it is at all times. I will definitely be using this when I go over to Japan and play in the arcades.
Our last two items are Kirby related, with yet another piece of stationary included in this box with a small notepad. It fits in the palm of your hand and looks incredibly cute when you pair it with last months’ Kirby themed pen. The notepad has colored pages with two different Kirby designs used throughout. It will certainly make note taking even more enjoyable on a daily basis, and is available in two designs.
And lastly we have this charming Kirby themed dessert spoon, which is only available exclusively in Japan and now my cutlery drawer! It also seems wrong to use it, for one – it is quite a big spoon! Perfect if you plan on eating a tub of ice cream in just a matter of a few spoonfuls, but it also looks like a piece of art that should only be admired and not touched. I’m torn as to either figure out how to display it or simply give in and go grab a tub of mint choc-chip out of the freezer. Why not leave your suggestions below, as I would love to hear your ideas. This spoon is available in four designs, so which one did you get in your box?
That was certainly an interesting box and it included some great nostalgic characters like Hamtaro. However seeing as the theme was “Childhood Memories”, I don’t really understand why they included Sumikko Gurashi as they only came out around 2012, whereas Rillakumma first appeared in 2003. It makes me wonder what the general age bracket is of the customers that buy the SoKawaii boxes? I myself am 28 and I would think that this was more aimed at women in their early to mid twenties. Either way, I won’t be stopping this subscription anytime soon!
And there you have it folks, that was Novembers’ So Kawaii box. What has been your favourite item included and have you signed up yet for your very own box? If not, here are all the details you need to know.
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Now if you liked everything you saw in this review of November’s crate, rest assured that the items are different every month. Each box has 6 to 8 items included and a few of them will be revealed online through the SoKawaii social media as the weeks go by. December’s box theme is “Magical Christmas”, which will feature goods from Pokémon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Sanrio, with a few of the products included already announced across their social media. December’s box will be bigger than usual, due to the Cardcaptor Item that has already been announced! I absolutely can not wait to receive my box in the next few weeks.
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