YumeTwins – May 2018 Review

YumeTwins

$35/month

Free international shipping!

YumeTwins is a kawaii goods box shipped worldwide from Tokyo! Each box includes 6 to 8 cute licensed items from popular Japanese brands. They include a variety of things, like plushies, stationary, and squishies. They focus on curating a selection of unique and quality goods around a monthly theme.

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There is a physical booklet and a digital zine (accessible on their website). Both include information on the items, contests, community photos, the Yume Prize, and cultural topics. For May 2018 the theme is “Pom-Pom Sunshine.” The box is themed around the Sanrio pudding dog “Pompompurin” and being outdoors in the sunny springtime weather.  I really like the theme since May is usually a good month for picnics. There are six items in the May box.

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Pompompurin Roll Cushion

This is the second Sanrio roll cushion YumeTwins has included. Last month was My Melody, and this month is the cute Pompompurin pup! His design is based off of the yellow and brown Japanese pudding. This dessert-inspired dog is easily one of my favorite Sanrio characters. Next month will be the final Sanrio Roll plush. Maybe Cinnamoroll?

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Kawaii Leisure Sheet

Leisure sheets were kind of new to me when I moved to Japan, but now I can’t go through spring and summer without them! It’s basically a sturdy plastic sheet you put down when you’re on a picnic, at the beach, camping, etc. There are three different designs: Rilakkuma, My Melody, and Sumikko Gurashi. I received the Rilakkuma deisgn, which has the main characters in a “Harvest Festival” motif. I especially love the little bear honeycomb in the corner!

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Japanese Canvas Tote Bag

This small canvas tote is a good size for carrying your new leisure sheet and some snacks to enjoy the springtime weather! It’s a well-made and sturdy bag, with a little pouch inside big enough for a phone or a thin wallet. There are several different traditional Japanese designs, and I got a sumo wrestler pattern. I admit it’s probably the one pattern that isn’t my taste, but that’s just the luck of the draw. It’s still think it’s a quality and on-theme item to include. And hey, it also perfectly fits the Pompompurin plush.

Café Holographic Stickers

Stickers! I’m always happy to see stickers in kawaii boxes, because Japan’s sticker game is strong. These holographic stickers are café themed. There’s different coffee, donut, and pancake designs, as well as two large menu board stickers.  They seem to be made well, which means they should stick around…ha…ha…puns.

Taiyaki Squishy

I was so excited to see a taiyaki item in this month’s box. This fish-shaped waffle dessert is one of my favorite street foods in Japan. There are several different possible colors, and I got a brown chocolate taiyaki. Unfortunately, my squishy smelled terrible. I expect a bit of a plastic smell from squishies, but this was too strong.

Chick Kitchen Spoon

The final item is a chick shaped spoon. It is designed with two “legs” so it’s able to stand up on it’s own, keeping your counters mess-free. It’s a cute and clever design! It looks like it’s meant for scooping rice, due to the texture on the spoon surface. However, I can see it being useful for general sauces, pasta, soups, etc. It’ll match my Onsen Tamago egg cooker from last month!

All in all, I really like the curation of this month’s box. I could do with a break on having a squishy every month, but other than that I think all the items balance utility and cuteness well. My apartment is small, so I appreciate having kawaii things that I can also use in daily life. My favorites were the PomPomPurin Roll Cushion, Kawaii Leisure Sheet, and the Café Holographic Stickers. I appreciate the quality of the tote too—if I had gotten a different pattern, it’d be a favorite as well.

If you’d like to subscribe, you can do so here. It’s $35 per month with free international shipping. Keep an eye on the YumeTwins website and social media for teasers about the next box. I’m excited to see what the final Sanrio plush will be!

 

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Nednettinc

Nednettinc

Sara loves all things cats, snacks, and video games. She lives in Yokohama, Japan with her husband. Sara has her B.S in Women and Gender Studies and currently teaches English. Japanese snack and kawaii boxes are her favorite, along with anything nerdy, cute, and/or edible.
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