Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept Visa, Visa debit and Master card through our payment provider Worldpay. American Express and other payment options are offered through our partner PayPal, depending on the availability for the country where you reside. Please check PayPal's guidance for more information. We also accept wire transfer to our Japanese or German bank accounts.
Q: Is the shipping cost the same to anywhere in the world?
A: Yes, the shipping cost is a global flat rate. We send our products by EMS (Express Mail Service by the Japanese post office). In very rare cases, however, it may not be possible to deliver to certain countries by EMS. In this case we will send by regular air mail and we might ask you to pay the price difference if it is more expensive.
Q: Where will my purchase be sent from?
A: All of our products are sent from Japan, where our business and shop is located.
Q: When will the ordered item be shipped? How long does the shipment take?
A: We usually ship the item within 1-3 working days after the payment is received. The parcel will then be in transit for 2-4 working days, so altogether please calculate about 7 working days. Also please keep in mind that it may take some additional day(s) at customs (which unfortunately we cannot know or influence) and there might be some delay in case of holidays or due to a sudden shortness in stock.
After your item is shipped off, we immediately send you the EMS tracking number by email so you can keep track of your parcel's location at any time of day from Tokyo to wherever you live. It is trackable, safe and insured, so there's no need to worry. However, please track your parcel yourself and make sure you know when it arrives. We will keep you informed if there are any major delays and are always there for you by email or phone. It is in our interest to satisfy our customers.
Q: Is it possible to get the product delivered on a certain day of a certain month?
A: We understand your wish for situations like birthdays, Christmas and so on, and will try our very best to get it there in time. Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee the delivery date because there are too many external factors that we cannot control (e.g. busy times for delivery services, such as Christmas). Please place your order early enough when you want to have the item before a specific date.
Q: Is it possible to fix the time of delivery (e.g. a.m. or p.m.)?
A: Within Japan it is possible but for overseas unfortunately we cannot specify from our side. Please contact your local post office with your EMS tracking number (after you have received it) and consult with them whether this is possible to arrange.
Q: Can the shipping address be changed?
A: This will become complicated, so please carefully fill out the registration for the shipping address at the start of the transaction. Once the item has been shipped, there's no way to change it from our side.
Q: I placed an order, but received no confirmation mail. Did the order work?
A: You should receive an order confirmation mail. If you did not, please first check your spam mail. If you still cannot find it at all, please contact us either by email or phone and we will check if everything was processed correctly. If there is a problem, we will solve it.
Q: The item hasn't arrived yet. I am concerned that something happened with my parcel.
A: Please always keep track of your parcel with the EMS tracking number that we send you. If you are still in doubt, please contact your local post office with your EMS tracking number. If your local post office cannot deliver the item to you because you are not at the address specified when they deliver, then after being kept at your local post office for a certain time (this varies from country to country), the parcel will be returned to us. In this case we will have to ask you for the shipping cost for a second shipping. To avoid this happening, please be sure to pick up the parcel at your local post office in case it could not be delivered to you by the delivery services.
Q: My parcel was returned to the sender. Can I get it resent?
A: Yes, it is possible to resend your parcel if your local post office sends it back to us. Please understand that you are responsible for tracking the parcel using the information we send you in the shipping confirmation email. In case the parcel is returned to us after the parcel's retention period expired at your local post office, we have to charge you again for shipping to resend your parcel.
Q: Can an electrical item be used in my country?
A: We are sending to too many different countries to be able to answer this exactly. You know best about the electrical standards in your country. Please read the product description carefully, including, if applicable, where we write about voltage. Battery-powered items are a safe bet. For other products you might need a transformer or adapter. For the USA, we find it is usually no problem because voltage and plugs are the same or similar to Japan's.
Q: Are the instructions/manual in English?
A: Some items have English instructions, but some do not. Please check the product description. Most items are pretty straightforward to use even without manual, but a few may require Japanese language ability. Our staff are also happy to help with questions about how to use an item.
Q: How does your product pre-order system work?
A: Our pre-order system is a non-binding information system. This means that you will be added to our list of potential buyers for that product, but no payment will be processed by placing a pre-order. Once the item becomes available you will be informed by email with a link to purchase it, and you can still make your decision at that stage as to whether you ultimately want to purchase the item or not.
Q: Do you have a store or distributor in my country?
A: No. Our products are available only in Japan. That is the uniqueness of our shop, giving you the chance to get your hands on a product that is hard to get.
Q: Can you declare the amount on the invoice lower so that I can save tax when importing?
A: Unfortunately we cannot lower the amount or declare items as gifts. Since we are a company we need to truthfully declare our turnover and therefore cannot send a fake invoice. Also, it will not help if we do not include the invoice, because in that case your customs will define the value by their own research and it might be much higher than it would have actually been. Thank you for your understanding.
Q: How can I contact you by email?
A: Please either use our contact form or email us directly to the email address provided in the order confirmation. In either case please make sure that you use the same email as you registered in the shop or for your order. Please also include your order number if your inquiry concerns a current or past order.
Q: I found the same product available at a cheaper price in a different shop. Can you offer me the same price?
A: We guarantee that we will try our best. Please send us the link of the website where you found an item cheaper and we will see if we can make you the same or a better offer.
Q: How can I return a product or replace a defective product?
A: Please first look at our terms and conditions to understand for which case you qualify. Then please contact us and include your registered email address and order number. Please describe exactly the reason for returning the product or what is defective, and include as much information as possible. Also please be sure to inform us about the condition of the item (unopened in original and undamaged package, damaged package, used item etc.).
Q: Do you ship to my country?
A: Yes, we ship worldwide.
Q: Do you have a brick-and-mortar store in Japan or somewhere?
A: Sorry, we specialize in online sales only.
Q: When are sold-out products available again?
A: We're sorry, but we can't say if or when certain products are available again. Please check back regularly or subscribe to our newsletter.