I had five music CDs imported from Japan using Tenso shipping. I ordered them through Amazon Japan and had them shipped to Tenso. Once all of them arrived at Tenso, I “consolidated” my shipment into one package. Tenso literally opens up all your packages and puts the contents into one package which saves you money. My shipping cost was 3,570 yen ($45). Shipping them separately by Japanese Express Mail would have cost 8,450 yen ($106). Tenso shipped my package on May 23 and it arrived at my door 2 days later.
Gungrave O.S.T “righthead”
I also ordered the Gungrave OST from Amazon U.S. used. Gungrave’s OP has striking visuals and a haunting melody. The CD’s artwork is eye-catching. Notice the stains on the jewel case. It washed off but this was sold on Amazon as “Used – Very Good.”
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.
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.
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.”
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)
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.
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:
Tokyo-to 足立区 千住曙町４２－４－３階
Fill in the fields as shown below. Make sure and use your own TS number.
I’ve been frustrated that certain Amazon Japan orders won’t ship to the U.S. (i.e. used CDs through 3rd parties). I found a service called Tenso.com that gives you a Japanese mailing address and ships your items to the U.S. I just placed my first Amazon Japan order using my new Tenso address. I’m not sure if I entered my Tenso address correctly at Amazon. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I had high hopes of receiving Kirameki Project: Theme Songs for a good price ($21.99). Amazon sent me a notice my order was cancelled due to lack of availability. I can’t get it cheaply now. I can’t even buy it from Amazon Japan because it’s OOP. I made a tough choice a ordered the soundtrack instead ($36.25). Those songs are TV size which I’m bummed about.
What sucks about Amazon Japan is you can’t purchase from 3rd parties. I’ve tried and I get a notice saying they can’t ship it out of Japan. Also, you can’t by Japanese iTunes cards or MP3s from their site.