What’s it like opening up a box filled with random Japanese snacks and candy every month? Much like this, though probably without nearly as much beard.

I’ve been getting shipments from the Japan Crate snack service on and off since last year, and they keep getting better every time I get them. There were some initial missteps—I shall never let them forget that energy drink canned in Boston from the first shipment—but all in all they’ve produced an ever-changing assortment packed with candy, chocolate, do-it-yourself kits, gum (cries) and the odd beverage.

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So for our newly-reborn video-powered Snacktaku series, I thought it poignant to give them one final look.

I am constantly amazed when boxes with these words written on them arrive at my door. While I am sure there are strict rules against it, if I were a courier “Japanese Candy Delivered Monthly” would be pronounced “leave this one in your trunk.” Japanese candy is precious, like diamonds. It must be, as I’ve worked with Brian Ashcraft and his Kotaku East contingent for years and not a single box has come from them.

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So this is Japan Crate, a service that’s growing and changing every month. Perhaps one day we’ll be able to specify things like “less DIY sets” or “not as much gum because I am still picking that delicious good from my dental work.” That said, I love Japanese gum, dental work be damned, and they did go pretty light on the DIY this round.

That’s what comes in the $30 box, which is what I’m unpacking in the video. They’ve also got the $25 “Really? Can’t afford another $5” box, and a $12 mini pack for people who don’t dream very big.

If you subscribe to Japan Crate in the next couple of days (yeah, my timing sucks) you can still get in on the July crate, which should get there pretty early in the month. It comes highly recommended from a man whose Japanese-living coworkers hate him.

Snacktaku is Kotaku’s take on the wild and wonderful world of eating things, but not eating meals. Eating meals is for those with too much time on their hands.

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