I didn’t realized my CD was a Korean import until it arrived. Not that it matters as long as it’s not bootleg. The obi strip says “PONYCANYON KOREA.” The tracks are exactly the same. Inside there’s a sticker of the front cover art. iTunes Japan also has Kiki’s OST except it’s missing the last two tracks.
They were ordered from Amazon Japan and shipped by Tenso. There’s a mix of new and used CDs.
My package held in U.S. Customs finally arrives. It appears untouched. The packing slip was still sealed in its pouch. Looks like my package just sat there for 3 days without being inspected.
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 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 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)
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.
I purchased these CDs from Amazon Japan. I saved money by buying most of them used.
Artist: Geinoh Yamashirogumi
℗ 1987 Victor Entertainment
© 1993 Demon Records Ltd, Brentford, Middx.
Manufactured in England
CD cover artwork: scanned@600dpi, resized 1024×1024
Photos include artwork from CD and booklet
I tried my best to remove the creases between the pages with Photoshop. They’re still there but have a smoother appearance.