Latest CDs from Japan

They were ordered from Amazon Japan and shipped by Tenso. There’s a mix of new and used CDs.

CDs from Japan held in U.S. Customs

USPS Track & Confirm
USPS Track & Confirm

My CDs from Japan should have arrived 3 days ago. Instead, they’re sitting in U.S. Customs. I haven’t had this happen before. I called Customs at (877) 227-5511 today. They said my package can be held for 45 days. She said since it was CDs there shouldn’t be a problem. I asked what happens if I haven’t received them after 45 days. She said contact the U.S. Postal Service.

I searched the Internet and one Customs person said, “shipments just sit at the cargo location without being examined or inspected, especially air shipments.” So Customs people get off your lazy asses and do your job. Get off the Internet! Get off facebook! Stop reading this blog and clear my package!

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.