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CD lost in Japan

First, I’ve never experienced any problems ordering from Japan until now.  I ordered a new CD from Amazon Japan last month and had it shipped to my Tenso address.  Amazon sent it with a tracking number and it was supposedly delivered to Tenso except Tenso said they never received it.

This made for a frustrating shopping experience.  I knew one of the CDs was missing but I didn’t know which one.  I never found out until I opened up the box.  I thought the missing CD was one sent without tracking but I was wrong.  I felt embarrassed too because I asked the merchant where the CD was and even gave them a bad Amazon rating.

I sent an email to Tenso asking what happened to my CD.  They said they will look for it but I’m not too hopeful.

Collecting Japanese music: The essentials

If you’re serious about collecting Japanese music there’s only two things you need: an Amazon Japan account and your own Japanese address.

Amazon Japan

Amazon Japan is like any other online music store that sells Japanese music (i.e. CDJapan, YesAsia). You can create an account, order new CDs, and have them shipped to your door. Any of the other sites mentioned will do and are better for ordering in English.  Amazon Japan does have an English site although parts of it are still in Japanese.

Why do I need a Japanese address?

Amazon Japan also sells discontinued (out-of-print) CDs through third parties.  Sadly, they will not ship these items to the U.S.  No problem.  Tenso provides Japanese addresses and safely ships items to the U.S. Now you’re able to order rare CDs and save money on used items.

iTunes Japan

iTunes Japan is yet another source for new releases and out-of-print (OOP) music with the advantage of instant downloads.  They may not have everything you need but I’ve seen their selection dramatically grow over the past couple years.  iTunes Japan also requires a Japanese address.  You’ll also need iTunes Japan cards available from JBOX or JAPAN CODES. (set up an iTunes Japan account)

Google Translate

Unless you understand Japanese you’ll have difficulty searching for artists and albums on the Web.  Google Translate works with text and links.  Google Translate is especially useful if you’re buying used CDs.  Merchants list condition, imperfections, damage or missing items.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Zettai Shinka Kakumei Zenya

Latest CDs from Japan

I purchased these CDs from Amazon Japan. I saved money by buying most of them used.

Audio Technica ATH-CKS90

Audio Technica AT-CKS90
Audio Technica AT-CKS90

Nothing wrong with the Audio Technica ATH-CKM50ABK earbuds I have now but would like to have another pair in case they get damaged or lost. They sound great (nice clarity and bass) so I’m sold on the Audio Technica brand. I also like the ergonomic left and right design. They’re the best fitting earbuds I’ve tried so far. I just ordered the Audio Technica ATH-CKS90 from Amazon Japan. The design has been updated since last. I paid $111 for them.