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Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« on: January 29, 2011, 08:53:40 pm »
Every so often, we get a question like where can such-and-such be found, or why aren't there any bookstores in my area, and all that. Knowing it'd be useful for myself, and thinking it could be useful for others, I wanted to compile all this information in a single thread so that it doesn't get lost. I apologize if this assumption is false. I realize the information is buried in multiple places across the site, but I feel the need to get a full thread for them.

I understand maybe this is asking a bit, but if this could be stickied for ease of finding, I would appreciate it.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all stores will be assumed to carry Japanese goods, if not both. If you guys have any recommendations, feel free to post them up. However, remember that some people have their sights set on a particular region's version (Japanese/Asian).

Please indicate if a store you mention sells Asian edition merchandise exclusively, and not the Japanese versions. Some stores do not tell you, leaving you to find out when you open the box.

Most these places have an online site. Use the internet and you'll probably be able to find directions to physical locations, or their online shop.

(*) Retailers marked with a star have been personally tried and found reliable by at least one person on this forum (price notwithstanding). Keep in mind, this is word of mouth, and your mileage may vary.

Contents

1. Domestic Chapter - For buying stuff from Japan, outside of Japan. Online or brick and mortar.
2. Japan Chapter - For buying stuff from Japan, in Japan, whether online or physically.
3. Electricity Chapter - How to make your console work at home.
4. Notes - For everything else.

Domestic Chapter

Online import retailers (will ship internationally)
www.amiami.com (*) - Based in Japan, ships internationally.
www.play-asia.com (*) - Most everything gaming related, not really for doujin stuff.
www.yesasia.com
www.cdjapan.co.jp (*)
www.paletweb.com (*) - Doujin stuff (especially doujin games, and everything Touhou), a few vintage games
www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Certain items only (CDs, manga, light novels), and only if stocked in an official Amazon warehouse. Compulsory 2/3-day FedEx international shipping, requires signature.
ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/ (*) - Mandarake's Online Store. Mostly doujinshi.
honto.jp - Japanese site, manga and general books.
www.bk1.jp (*)
www.hmv.co.jp (*) - EMS only, Lawson apparently uses it for their promos (like first run bonus goods).
www.hlj.com (*)
www.1999.co.jp
www.hobbymoe.com (*)
www.kinokuniya.com (*) - Still must be searched using Japanese.
White Canvas (store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/wcan/) (*) - Doujin stuff. Japanese site, will ship internationally. Click for ordering procedures.
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books, but not all items can be sent overseas.
Diverse Direct (https://diverse.direct/) - Doujin music.

Physical locations abroad (not in Japan): arranged by location
Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA (Chicago area)
Sanseido Books (*) - In the Mitsuwa Marketplace, will take phone orders.

New York, New York, USA
Book-Off - Around the corner of 6th Ave. and 45th St.
Kinokuniya
Image Anime - 242 W 30th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue

American West Coast and Hawaii, USA
Book-Offs in various locations, among others.
Kinokuniya in seven locations on the coast.
Southern California - Most Book-Offs in strip malls have imports, most in indoor malls do not.
Hawaii - The Book-Off in Shirokiya (at Ala Moana Mall) has imports, the one at Pearlridge Mall does not.

Southeast Asia
Many Kinokuniyas (check http://www.kinokuniya.co.jp/english/contents/network04.html), though be warned not all of them carry Japanese stuff. In particular, I think the Bangkok Store (6th floor, Isetan) is the only one that does.

Australia
Sydney: Kinokuniya
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

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Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 08:53:50 pm »
Japan Chapter

Ordering stuff from a Japanese website that does not ship internationally: You can do this, but it requires, if not a friend or family member, a deputy/proxy service, or a mail forwarding service. A deputy service (as I understand it), may attempt to communicate on your behalf to get you the item you want. A mail forwarding service leaves that up to you. Either way, both involve mailing a package to the service, which will then mail it to you. Also, I've only heard of this once (and it was through a friend), but some online retailers will specifically check the shipping address on your order to see if you're using a forwarding service, and refuse to stuff there. I only know one (Melon Books), but there could be more.

Importing electronic devices: Countries around the world use different types of electricity, varying in voltage, frequency, and plug type. Plugging an electronic device, like a $500 Limited Edition XBox 360, into a wall socket that supplies a different voltage than that device was intended for MAY DESTROY THE DEVICE. You will sometimes need transformers or converters to change whatever power comes from your wall to work with the device you buy. See the Electricity Chapter for information about how to make consoles and such work in your country.

Deputy services
Celga - Had a few bad runs in a row with these guys.
Goody Japan (*)

Mail Forwarding services
JShoppers (*) - 5% discount EMS

Stores found everywhere in Japan (some have online stores): arranged by major item
Anime Fandom (Mainstream): Gamers, Animate
Anime Fandom (Used): Mandarake
Card Games: Hobby Station
Doujin: Lashinbang, D-Stage, White Canvas, Messe-Sanno, Toranoana, Melon Books, Akibaoo
Figures: Liberty, Kotobukiya, Sofmap, Mandarake
Games (New): Sofmap, Gamers, Mag-Mani
Games (Used): Trader, Sofmap
Games (Retro, Vintage): Super Potato
Manga/Magazines (New/Used): Book-Off, K-Books, Super Potato, Mag-Mani, Comic Zin

Japan-only online retailers (will not ship outside of Japan, not listed above, use with deputy services)
http://www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Some items can't be shipped outside of Japan.
http://www.suruga-ya.jp (*) - Bunches of used games, and others.
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books, but some items can't be shipped overseas. Don't know if they specifically check for forwarding services, but you can try.

Japan-only online retailers that have refused to send items to forwarding services (you may need a friend for these, or use a forwarding service they don't know about)
Melon Books - Admittedly, it's been a few years since the last try, so they may have changed. I doubt it, though.

Physical locations within Japan (for when you take your fateful journey): arranged by location
Narita, Chiba Prefecture
Narita Airport International Gates - A Sanseido Books is at the North Gates (Gates in the upper 80's and 90's, I think).

Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture
Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街) - Watch out for maids.
Nakano Broadway (中野ブロードウェイ) - Practically owned by Mandarake.

Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Den Den Town (でんでんタウン)/Nipponbashi (日本橋) - Bounded on all sides by a Yoshinoya.

Kobe, Hyougo Prefecture
San Center Plaza, West Building (サンセンタープラザ西館) - There is an Animate on the 3rd floor. 5 minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station (三ノ宮駅).

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Oosu Shopping Arcade (大須電気街) - Compared to Akihabara, from what I hear. Between Osu-Kannon Station (大須観音駅) and Kami-Maezu Station (上前津駅), if going by Nagoya Subway.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2015, 12:43:19 pm by Cael K. »
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 08:53:59 pm »
Electricity Chapter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_power_around_the_world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets

Power transformer ratings and power draw for console systems
Sony PS3, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50/60 Hz, though official released specs are for 100V @ 50/60 Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 60-200W / 250-380W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Sony PS4, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50/60 Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 140-160W / 250W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Microsoft XBox360, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-127V @ 47-63Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: 135-210W / 135-254W, depending on production run(*1).
Plug: Type A.

Sony PSP, Asian
Voltage/Frequency: 100-240V @ 50-60Hz.
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Plug: Type A.

Sony Vita, Japan
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Notes: The PCH-2000 series Vitas charge through micro USB, so all you need is a male USB to male micro USB cable and a USB wall charger that accepts the voltage and frequency of the country you are in. The ratings of the bundled chargers for previous versions is unknown.

Nintendo DS, Japan
Voltage/Frequency: 100-120V @ 50-60Hz
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Plug: Type A.

New Nintendo 3DS, Japan
Typical/Maximum Power Draw: Unknown, but probably not much (under 50W).
Notes: The New Nintendo DS charges through a non-standard connector, and you will need a special cable (a male USB to New Nintendo 3DS connector) to charge it. You can still charge it with a USB wall charger that accepts the voltage and frequency of the country you are in, by connecting the male USB end of the cable to it.

(*1) Typical wattage information is taken from the internet and is for North American hardware, presumably similar to all other versions. Maximum wattage is taken straight from the manuals as the maximum possible wattage the device may ask of the transformer without killing it, though in practice most consoles may never draw near this amount. Older production runs typically draw more power. As this is power draw, you can draw less wattage than your converter is rated for and it will still be fine. Err on the side of caution, though.

There are four things you have to consider when purchasing a console system from abroad: voltage, frequency, wattage (only if you decide you need a power converter), and plug. Above are the ratings for consoles systems we know about, and what sort of electricity it expects.

Voltage, generally, only spans two ranges: 100-120V, and 220-240V. Everyone knows this, it's how much juice your current is giving you.
Frequency is generally only 50 Hz or 60 Hz. Think of electricity as a wave: this is pretty much how much the wave oscillates (in repetitions per second). All the consoles I've seen can handle both frequencies. Even still, electric devices rated for only one of these will usually still run with the other, they'll just run faster or slower.
Wattage is the power draw of your console. Certain converters you can buy are only rated up to certain wattages, and heavy-duty consoles like the PS3 and XBox360 might kill a wimpy converter. Converters rated for 300W or above are recommended for these. I think portable systems might be fine with a 50W converter.
The plug is the actual physical connection to the wall socket you're going to use. Obviously, even if the wall power won't blow up your console, you still gotta be able to fit the plug into the wall!

The wikipedia article contains a very detailed list of voltages and frequencies used around the world, as well as the power outlet plugs. The Mains Power article will tell you the electricity that is coming from your wall for your country. The Plugs and Sockets article will tell you the formal name for the type of plug your wall expects. So, what happens if your console has differing voltage?

What you need is a power converter. There are many names for these things, but generally they take in power of one kind and convert it into a different kind, which is what you need.
Input into the converter, as in what power your converter wants from the wall, must be of the kind given from your wall. Though I imagine most of these would accept voltages and frequencies of any major kind since they're made to be international, it's always good to make sure.
Output from the converter, as in the part that you plug your console into, must be of the same type as your console expects (see the ratings above). This is obvious if you think about it: if your console expects a signal from 100-120V, then your converter has to give it a signal anywhere from 100-120V.
Watch your wattage. If your console draws more power than your converter can handle, you can expect a dead converter, and from that point on, all bets are off.
Keep in mind the plugs. Since this is what you plug into the wall, make sure you can plug the converter into the type of socket in your wall, and make sure you can plug your console into the converter.
If your console comes with a power transformer, you may be able to substitute a transformer for your local region's version of the console rather than your imported version. Be sure to check the ratings - the input to the transformer should be the type your wall provides, and the output of the transformer should be the type that your imported console expects. If you compare both transformers, the output on each should be the same (only input is listed above).

A text schematic of the process would look like this. (<- indicates what's on the right plugs into what's on the left).
Wall <- Power Converter <- Console-Bundled Transformer (if present) <- Console

And to illustrate the power being given, if you were using a Japanese XBox 360 in Thailand...
(Wall) -> 220V @ 50Hz -> (Power Converter) -> 100V @ 50 Hz -> (Console-Bundled Transformer) -> XBox 360

Technically, any transformer bundled with a console further transforms voltage to what the console itself likes, but for the most part, this is a transparent step. Once you convert voltage to the kind the console transformer likes, plug your console into the transformer and it will handle the rest.

If your voltage and frequency are the same for your region, all you may need is a plug adapter, which just changes the physical connection without changing the electricity. These are cheap.

If voltage, frequency, and plug type all match up for your region, well, you don't have to do anything.
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 08:54:07 pm »
Notes

You can do a search online for conventions around your area. Dealers gather there, and you can get stuff, though be forewarned prices can be steep.

Taking stuff back with you from Japan: The international weight limit for taking stuff out of Japan to most countries is 23 Kg (about 50.5 lbs.). Fees apply for overweight baggage, and they're more ridiculous if you check (not carry) more than two bags. Make sure your luggage abides by international size and weight standards. Be forewarned you must also transport your bags to the airport: usually by walking. Carrying your weight in stuff through train stations and streets will slow you down, and may be a grueling matter. Try as much as you can to not to get in other peoples' way.
For carry-on bags, most lines care about the size of your baggage (there are international standards for this, and an easy size checker at airports), but they do not care how heavy your bags are to a reasonable limit. If it's obvious you're laboring under the weight of your bags, or if somehow you have an oversized bag with you at the gate, they may pull you aside and ask you to make arrangements with it.
Remember that for everything you buy in Japan, you must somehow transport it back with you. If you find your bags too full, you may have no option but to ship stuff back or buy another suitcase, both which will cost quite a bit.
Also, for American citizens, you are legally bound to declare all items bought abroad and their value. If you bring back more than $800, customs has the proper authority to charge you a duty. Most of the time, however, they don't care unless it's obvious you're taking things back to sell them. One of my friends declared $2000 of merchandise, but didn't get charged. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the particular customs officer inspecting you, and some may be more lenient than others. They may also request to inspect your baggage, in which case any receipts you have kept may be discovered.
There are also certain items that will be confiscated on your return if declared or found... but generally, if anything you bring back isn't CERO Z, you're good. For the amount of space on the declaration forms you have, though, many items can be grouped as one (all the manga and magazines you collect could be declared as books, for example).

Shipping methods: There have been reports that in certain countries, EMS packages tend to get inspected by customs, the contents revealed, and a duty charged (which is based on the value of the item plus some processing fee). EMS in general is equally as fast as SAL, though I think it comes with insurance whereas SAL does not. However, SAL is cheaper. Maybe customs tend to think EMS packages, with their insurance, are used by people who don't want to risk losing an expensive purchase.
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011, 09:03:12 pm »
Finally, a request on my side.

There was a shopping arcade near Sannomiya in Kobe, but I can't remember anything about it other than what it looks like. There were a few anime-related stores there, I'd appreciate details if anyone has them.

Also, in Fukuoka, I thought there was a place next to Hakata Station (maybe Tenjin Station) that had at least a Cospa, but I think maybe more. Again, if anyone knows of this place, do tell.
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

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Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 03:54:39 am »
Mandarake ship internationally, almost entirely doujinshi though.

http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2011, 02:14:16 pm »
www.cdjapan.com

It's not true. Cdjapan.co.jp it's true.

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I recommend The Japanese Bookstore Website that can do international shipping.
www.bk1.jp
www.hmv.co.jp - EMS only
www.hlj.com
www.hobbymoe.com

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2011, 04:02:56 pm »
Thanks guys. I'll assume you guys've used them. And sorry for the mislink, that was off the top of my head. ^^;

Anyone else have any experiences with shopping for stuff, please tell!
« Last Edit: January 30, 2011, 04:13:50 pm by Cael K. »
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How to get stuff from Japan without causing things to explode in a shower of sparks and misery: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

Memories of Melon Pan: http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/
Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
Rockin' Girl, Volume 1 (Chapters 1-5) - http://www.mediafire.com/?z00ffkvg5ocg11e

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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2011, 04:37:04 pm »
I imported both Master Special Winter and Spring from cdjapan. Pretty reliable, and much more reliable from playasia at that: they deliver the goods right to my doorstep.

That's saying something, because I live in a dorm: they actually knocked my room's door, while playasia's system requires me to go fetch the item at the post office myself (I imported Best of 765 + 876 = !! and Okami Greatest Hits edition from it, and they f*cked my Best of 765: the case cracked while inside the box)

Although that might be because playasia offers free shipping within Indonesia (and the bastards at the post office could be simply too lazy to work right). Free things cost more I guess

Both of them ship items pretty quickly: ETA 2 weeks after purchase, ranging from 9 days to 13 days. And yes, playasia's item ship at the same speed as cdjapan's. Remember, this is for Indonesia region
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2011, 06:27:58 pm »
Electricity part:

If you want to use a step up/ down converter, get one that handles at least 300 watt or get a power brick for the same model as the one you have. A used power brick shouldn't be too expensive seeing as how many people sell of their useless stuff as spare parts after a RROD.


Taking stuff back:
Don't bring loli ero doujinshi's with you :|


Shipping:
EMS is fast, but from my experience it tends to get intercepted by customs a lot(95% of the time in my case) and you're pretty much guaranteed to pay for bureaucratical nonsense (20% of the value +20 in my country).
SAL takes almost the same time as an EMS parcel that got intercepted and it's cheaper and I've never had to pay for customs nonsense.
Remember: consumers choose EMS because they think it's fast, customs think you chose EMS because they think the thing you're getting is expensive.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 06:57:35 am »
Domestic Chapter
I believe Picup was the one who first told me about this place called Kinokuniya.

 Its a bookstore that sells tons of Japanese books from manga to light novels and other Japanese literature in English and Japanese. There are two where I live in Bay Area one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose. For other locations check it out here.

They may have an online service but I haven't tried it yet.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2011, 05:06:38 pm »
Domestic Chapter
I believe Picup was the one who first told me about this place called Kinokuniya.

 Its a bookstore that sells tons of Japanese books from manga to light novels and other Japanese literature in English and Japanese. There are two where I live in Bay Area one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose. For other locations check it out here.

They may have an online service but I haven't tried it yet.

Well, they also "improved" the price quite a bit, but I guess that's imported stuff for you
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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2011, 02:58:31 am »
Alright, I finally got the part I dreaded writing (the electricity part) up. I think this makes it the fourth time I've posted the information up, and hopefully we can just redirect further inquiries to that post. With Im@s 2 a week away, we might expect this to happen soon.

All information up to this post has been incorporated into the first four. Guide is now up to date. As always, any more opinions are appreciated, especially if you have ratings for consoles not listed.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2011, 03:12:25 am by Cael K. »
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Translations: http://www.mediafire.com/?hzc4b0jy7pwll

Currently translating (text only):
S(mile)ING! (English version, singable) - http://d.hatena.ne.jp/caelk/20140911/1410422445
Neue Green, Volume 3 - Will start sometime. ^_^;;
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2011, 03:01:38 am »
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Re: Buying stuff from Japan and having it work right
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2011, 04:24:13 pm »
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Japan to Door: Have had poor experience. They quickly got back to me about some problems I had signing up, but once I tried to get in contact with them about something I had shipped to them to forward to me, they have not been available at all. So thus far, the one thing I have sent to them has not been shipped to me, nor have they replied to any of my messages asking about it's status.
UPDATE: They finally found my package, apparently I didn't follow their instructions quite right, so it took them a while to find my package. On the other hand, it turns out they do charge a handling fee, as well as Japan Domestic Tax, so to ship the exact same item, I'd have to pay them almost twice as much as Jshoppers. It'd be less expensive to just have Amazon ship directly than to use Japan to Door. So Japan to Door does work, but they're really expensive, and their pay system sucks. I recommend to use only as a last resort.

Jshoppers: Very good experience so far. I've only sent one thing to them so far, but they are as advertised, forwarding my stuff quickly, and actually providing the discount on EMS.

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Japanese PS3 (official information from Japanese manuals)
Voltage: 100V
Frequency: 50/60Hz
Power Draw: ~230 or ~250W for the slim and ~280W for all others but the very first model PS3, which uses ~380W.

What I have read online however is that if you open up the case for the PS3 (both the regular and the slim), you can see that the internal transformer can take voltages between 100-240V at 50/60Hz. I found photos for that at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scribbl/sets/72157594379931058/ and http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation-3-Slim/1121/2. However, the only officially supported voltage for the Japanese PS3 is 100V, so use a different voltage without a step-down transformer AT YOUR OWN RISK. That said, I have not had any problems with using a Japanese slim PS3 without using a step-down transformer in the United States, which uses 120V at 60Hz power.

Xbox 360 (official information from Japanese manuals)
Voltage: 100V
Power Draw: 254W maximum for original 360

There's a lot less information in the manuals here about this, but basically, the rule here is to look at the power brick that comes with your Xbox 360. It seems pretty consistent to find the Japanese AC adapters with the range of 100-127V at 47-63Hz. It is also possible to use a your region's AC adapter for the Xbox 360, but you have to keep in mind the wattage your system needs. Based on a Microsoft Support article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/907635/ja, the power adapters that come with the original 360 came in 3 varieties, 203W, 175W, and 150W, while the Xbox 360 S comes with a 135W adapter. The connectors are designed to prevent plugging in an adapter that will not provide enough power to the 360. This means that if your 360 was designed for the 175W adapter, you can use the 203W adapter without a problem, but the 150W adapter will not plug into your console.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2011, 06:52:29 am by Amakase »
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