More CDs in the mail and Tenso

Mio (MIQ) Perfect Best arrived from Yesasia.com.  I love her deep silky voice and her songs.  She’s been around since the 80’s.  Having the OP to Aura Battler Dunbine was reason enough for this CD.

MIO (MIQ) The Perfect Best
MIO (MIQ) The Perfect Best

I purchased The Vision of Escaflowne~lovers only for Mystic Eyes.  I had forgotten how gorgeous the soundtrack was.  I had trouble finding the artist information.  Actually, it was there on the CD but I couldn’t read it in Japanese.  I found a site called ocrgrid.com that can read Japanese from scans.  It did a fair job which helped me find the artists.  It also helps if you search the CD title in Japanese on Google.  Some Japanese sites will list track information.  Just copy and paste the page to Google Translate. Did you know Ikue Ohtani on track 16 is the voice of Pikachu?

I also purchased the CD single version of YOU GET TO BURNING. It’s probably one of the best OPs of all time.

VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE~lovers only
VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE~lovers only
YOU GET TO BURNING
YOU GET TO BURNING

My First Consolidated Tenso Package

I wasn’t expecting an Amazon package but they cleverly repackaged an Amazon box with my CDs.  My CDs arrived in good condition.  I was surprised in the excellent condition of my CDs.  A rating of “Used – Good” on Amazon Japan is closer to “Used – Like New.”

Tenso package: Unopened
Tenso package: Unopened
Tenso packed: Opened
Tenso package: Opened
Chance Triangle Session -Diva-
Chance Triangle Session -Diva-
Kaitou Saint Tail BEST OF THE BEST
Kaitou Saint Tail BEST OF BEST
Kirameki Project Maxi Single
Kirameki Project Maxi Single
Be My Angle
Atsuko Enomoto: Be My Angle

Tenso: Package consolidation

I decided to consolidate four separate packages into one to see if it was cheaper. I have four CDs from Amazon Japan at Tenso right now. Individually, shipping would cost ¥ 1,690 yen ($21.00 dollars). However, the cost per CD is only ¥ 818 yen ($10.00 dollars) if I ship them together. After requesting my CD packages to be consolidated Tenso gave me a shipping estimate of ¥ 3,270 yen ($41.00 dollars). They will notify me of the actual cost once it is done.

Shipping Cost Per CD (Yen)
Shipped Separately Shipped Together
CD #1 ¥ 1,690 ¥ 818.50
CD #2 ¥ 1,690 ¥ 818.50
CD #3 ¥ 1,690 ¥ 818.50
CD #4 ¥ 1,690 ¥ 818.50
Total ¥ 6,760 ¥ 3,270

How to consolidate your Tenso Packages

Log in to Tenso and click the consolidation button (see below). You’ll be presented with a page of items available for consolidation. Click the checkboxes of each item you want consolidated then submit the form.  Tenso will warn you this process cannot be undone.

Tenso package consolidation button

Entering your Tenso address on Amazon Japan

It helps if you’re navigating the site in English.  Click アカウントサービス (account) on the upper right corner of Amazon Japan’s page.  Under Account Settings, click Manage Your Address Book.  Click Add Japanese Address.  Your Tenso address will look like this:

John Smith
120-0023
Tokyo-to 足立区 千住曙町42-4-3階
TS555555
TENSO

Fill in the fields as shown below.  Make sure and use your own TS number.

Adding address (English form)
Adding address (English form)
Adding address (Japanese form)
Adding address (Japanese form)

More CDs arrive in the mail

Ai Yori Aoshi Soundtrack 1
Ai Yori Aoshi Soundtrack 1

A couple of CDs arrived a few days ago.  One is the soundtrack to Ai Yori Aoshi (Bluer Than Indigo).  It’s one of the first anime I’ve seen.  I love the OP and ED.  I’m sure you would recognize “Promise” from the ADV trailer.  The other CD is “Indigo suite Best Indigo Music.”  The Indigo did several EDs to Ai Yori Aoshi.  I notice there are two different covers.  One version has a photo while the one I bought has an illustration on the cover.  I was listening to “UNDER THE BLUE SKY” which sounded familiar so I looked it up on ANN.  Turns out this is the ED to Someday’s Dreamers.

The Indigo: Indigo suite Best Indigo Music
The Indigo: Indigo suite Best Indigo Music

Today Chobits 002 arrived.  I’m listening to it now.  Chii sings Let Me Be With You!  🙂  More dialogs on 002 this time with Hideki and Chii.  K-taro Takanami did a good job with the soundtracks and the character song collection.

CHOBITS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 002
CHOBITS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 002

iTunes: Tagging your songs for creative playlists

Say you want to make a playlist out of all your j-pop CDs but not all of them have the j-pop genre.  Right-click on an album or a track and select Get Info.  In the comments box add your tag “jpop.”  I would use letters and numbers only with no spaces.  If you would like to add a another tag for anime soundtrack add “animesoundtrack.”  You don’t need commas between your tags just leave a space, “jpop animesoundtrack.”

Edit Info box

Simple Playlist

Now you can create a playlist from your tags.  On the toolbar select File then select New Smart Playlist. On the first drop down box select Comments.  On the next drop down box select “contains” then type your tag in the box.  If you would like to add multiple tags, click the + button then repeat the previous step as needed (make sure to change the “all” button to “any”).

Simple tagged smart playlist

Best of Playlist

To make a “best of” playlist you’ll have to rate tracks first then make a smart playlist.  On the toolbar select File then select New Smart Playlist.  On the first drop down box select Rating.  iTunes will automatically make this 5 stars.  Next, click the ellipsis button to add your tags.  On the next drop down box select Comments.  On the following drop down box select “contains” then type your tag in the box.  If you would like to add multiple tags, click the + button then repeat the previous step as needed. Make sure to change the “all” button above your tags to “any.”  Compare your options with my example below.

"Best of" tagged playlist

Obtaining and redeeming Japan iTunes cards

Japanese iTunes cardsYes, you can buy them and use them for purchases on the Japan iTunes Store.  I’ve been buying mine from JBOX since last year.  Someone on the AN forum suggested JBOX after I told them I was dying to get a song on iTunes but was presented with “This Apple ID is only valid for purchases in the US iTunes Store” notice.  The iTunes page on JBOX will show you how to set up your account to redeem an iTunes card.

I recommend purchasing the ¥3,000 yen card since it costs about 8 dollars less than buying two ¥1,500 yen cards.  JBOX also gives you the option of having your card’s redemption code e-mailed to you–a real time saver.  These cards aren’t cheap so I recommend searching for your music through U.S. iTunes or Amazon first.  I’ve found some great deals on Amazon.  I buy used CDs from Amazon all the time.

Tenso package, Pilot Candidate OST, and Fruits Basket OST arrive

My Tenso package arrived 2 days after it was shipped from Japan.  It came in what looks like a paper bag/Fed Ex package.  The Amazon package was unopened inside.  So far I’m happy with Tenso and plan to use them for more purchases.

EMS Package
EMS Package from Tenso

Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE was the CD that arrived by Tenso.  It’s one of my favorite songs.  It’s the ED to Happy Lesson where the chibified characters dance around.  Candidate For Goddess Sound Track arrived too.  It came used in very good condtion.  The front cover doubles as I booklet with information about the anime.  Too bad it was cancelled.  I loved the music and the show.  Fruit’s Basket OST arrived yesterday as well.

Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE
Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE
Fruits Basket CD
Fruits Basket CD
Pilot Candidate CD
Pilot Candidate CD

USPS can track your packages from Japan

I just found out.  Tenso had sent me a EMS tracking number along with a link to the JP Post to track it.  Well, following your package through JP Post dead ends once it leaves Japan.  USPS can track your package too using the same tracking number.  USPS can even track your package in Japan.  Just enter your EMS tracking number on USPS’s Track & Confirm page.

USPS Tracking
USPS Tracking Japanese package

Gmail translates from Japanese to English

They just added this feature recently.  Gmail automatically detects what language the email was sent in and is preset to translate into English.  It’s handy for me since I can’t read Japanese.  Normally, I would guess what it was or copy and paste it into Google Translate.

Before using translate feature

Gmail: Japanese email

After

Gmail: Translated email

 

Tenso received my Amazon Japan order

May 1, 2012

Amazon notified me they shipped my order.

May 2, 2012

Tenso notified me they received my Amazon CD. My shipment will cost $20 U.S. I was surprised it was so much. That’s the same shipping fee Amazon Japan charges for Express Mail Service. From the testimonials, I’ve heard shipping was $5 dollars. Later that day I logged on to their site and paid for my shipping.

Tenso site: Package arrival
Tenso site: Package arrival

May 3, 2012

Tenso ships my order. They gave me a tracking number along with link to track it. I couldn’t get the link to work so I navigated the JP Post office site. This is the link to enter your tracking number: Individual International Mail Search by Item Number.  As of now my package is still at the Tokyo post office. Tenso has a shipping calculator at the bottom of their page.  I’ll keep posting Tenso follow ups.

JP post office tracking
JP post office tracking