Kaoru Akimoto: Cologne

I fell in love with Dress Down after hearing it sampled by Yung Bae. Amazon Japan didn’t have any copies (new or used) until recently. A merchant wanted $125 dollars for a used copy in “acceptable” condition. I purchased it despite the list of problems with the CD artwork and disc itself. Fortunately, the seller exaggerated it’s condition. The artwork is in good condition and the disc is ever so slightly worn.

The seller shipped it free to my Tenso address then Tenso shipped it stateside by EMS. Usually, the mailman has me sign for EMS packages but not this time. I also created an account at my.usps.com and was able to track my package with the EMS tracking number.

Shohjo-tai: Super Vario

This CD arrived from Amazon Japan.  It’s condition was listed as “acceptable” although it was in surprisingly good shape.  No tears on the artwork.  This was a rental and the obi was taped to the cover.  There’s a sticker on the artwork that I’m afraid to remove because it might damage the artwork.  The CD itself is in excellent condition–it’s hard to believe this was a rental.

I bought this CD for “Kimi no Hitomi ni Koishiteru” (Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You).  It’s Shohjo-tai’s 1986 rendition of the Frankie Valli song.  There’s also a 1987 version of this song on their P-CAN album which sounds more 80s dance.

Japan Post EMS delivery fast except…

I’ve had packages arrive the same day they left Japan. Amazing! However, US Customs can delay it 45 days. I’ve read online your package sits in a warehouse on pallets without even being inspected.

US Customs snagged my latest package. I’ll update this if they really screw me.  It’s been been there for 3 days now.

USPS Tracking
USPS Tracking

Latest CDs from Japan

My Tenso package arrived today.

Latest CDs from Japan

Fourteen music CDs from Japan

Last month Tenso shipped 14 CDs (including 3 double CDs) for $113. Not bad considering it would have cost $280 shipped separately. The box was heavy and stuffed with air pillow packing. Several bundles of CD were bubble wrapped inside.

Tenso box from Japan (12x8x7.5")
Tenso box from Japan (12x8x7.5″)

Tenso shipping box opened
Tenso shipping box opened

Tenso box packing
Tenso box packing

bubble wrapped CDs in box
bubble wrapped CDs in box

More CDs from Japan via Tenso shipping

EMS package from Tenso
EMS package from Tenso

Three CDs arrived the other day in an Express Mail Service (EMS) pouch.  I have to sign for EMS mail when it arrives.  I bought all of them from Amazon Japan.  All were listed as “Good-Used” but in much better condition than expected.  NaNa Mizuki’s Trickster included a retail plastic cover.  Trickster came in a Super Jewel Box which I’ve never seen before.  It had rounded corners and opens by pressing instead of prying. The cover artwork is enclosed on all sides preventing it from falling out.

Tsuyoshi’s All ABOUT LOVE has varying styles of R&B.  “tell me” is more a club mix.  Kono Mama Zutto is a ballad which uses the Stylistics’ You Are Everything as a background melody. “Magic” is an another ballad with an older R&B sound and very pleasing on the ears.

There’s several tracks on Trigun’s OST which I like but PHILOSOPHY in a Tea Cup is my favorite.  I like its soft jazzy sound.

Tenso package contents
Tenso package contents
NaNa Mizuki: Trickster
NaNa Mizuki: Trickster
TSUYOSHI: ALL ABOUT LOVE
TSUYOSHI: ALL ABOUT LOVE
trigun the first donuts

Tenso’s 14 day policy

You will have 14 days within the package’s arrival at Tenso.com to take advantage of the consolidation service. Make sure that you apply within 14 days as you will not be able to do so after.

Tenso sent me a notice saying I only had 2 days left to consolidate one of my packages.  What does that mean?  That means they’ll ship this CD by itself which costs about $20 by Express Mail Service (EMS).  I was planning on buy-as-you-go from Amazon Japan.  I still have 2 CDs that haven’t arrived at Tenso so I won’t be able to include them in the shipment.  I’ll have to plan next time.  I don’t want to get stuck paying $20 shipping just for one CD.

Consolidated my packages

So I was forced to consolidate the 3 packages I have at Tenso now to avoid shipping one CD by itself.  It came out to $35 or $12 dollars per CD.  That’s still better than paying $60 dollars shipping them separately.

More CDs from Japan via Tenso

My package from Tenso arrived last week. My CDs arrived in a recycled Amazon Japan box. It was smaller than expected considering Tenso sent me a much larger box with the same amount of CDs last time. They charged me about a $1.50 more than last time but I think it has to do the way they counted the mini CDs. Maybe it was the weight of the Fist of the North Star OST since it was a double CD. I’m not sure. Anyways, shipping was about $57.00 or $8.00 per CD.

Packaging

Tenso did a nice job on the packaging. The CDs were bundled then bubble wrapped. All the CDs arrived in very good condition as described by the sellers. The empty space inside the box was filled neatly with air pillows and industrial tissue paper. Tenso included the Amazon invoices from the original packages. Outside of the box was a sealed transparent pouch for the EMS (Express Mail Service) label, invoices, and customs form (Customs Form CN 23). If the Tenso site ever asks you a package value it’s for the customs form.

Fist of the North Star OST

This is actually a Pachislot OST. I wanted the the OP “Ai wo Torimodose!!” and this CD has it for $8.00. It has all the full version OPs and EDs for Fist of the North Star. It also comes with a DVD containing footage from the Pachislot game. The picture I took shows a defect in the case. It’s cardboard bonded to a plastic film making it glossy. Well, that film is wrinkled on the front. I used Photoshop to take out the defect for my iTunes cover.

The case was shrink wrapped. Once I opened the case the plastic CD holders fell out. The glue used to bond them to the case did not stick. The CD and DVD were new. Both played fine. I didn’t count the case against the seller when leaving feedback. He might have mentioned it in the description. Bottom line: I bought it cheap.

Urusei Yatsura TV Best Theme Songs

I shouldn’t have put off buying this CD till now. The songs are actually pretty good and full versions. All of them made it to my play list except “Hoshizora Cycling.” Steffanie sings great. Her songs could fit in today’s music. I had a tough time tracking her down. Her real name is Steffanie Borges. Of course, I’ve seen Urusei Yatsura. That’s the case with most of the anime music I buy. As a bonus, I have DVD volume 50 which has all the OPs and EDs.

Tenso: pop-up alert package value undefined

If a Japanese merchant fails to include the value of your package, Tenso cannot complete the necessary information for your Express Mail Service (EMS) package or the U.S. Customs form. Tenso also needs this information if you request insurance. Tenso will alert you with a pop-up to enter the package’s value.

Tenso: package value undefined
Tenso: package value undefined

Click the package number and enter the package’s value. This might be difficult if you have more than one package missing values. In that case, check the merchant’s name, tracking number or date shipped.

Tenso: Edit package value
Tenso: Edit package value