Now that you’re here, I have to warn you about something. Both Graham and I are huge enablers. We’re going to show you a lot of great games and trendy things. There’s a good chance you’ll want to make them your own.
Don’t worry – we’ll help support those feelings. Besides helping you determine if importing is a good or bad idea, I’m more than happy to let you in on some of our favorite haunts. I’ve shopped from all of the sites before and recommend them.
AmiAmi is all about the toys and TCGs. It has a huge selection, but the only downside is that things that go out of stock probably won’t restock. There’s even a pre-owned section that includes figures, toys and games, but it’s probably cheaper to search for deals on eBay or Amazon.co.jp instead.
CD Japan is where you go when you want music. It has video game soundtracks, but also all kinds of music from Japan. (I recommend checkout out Gackt, Miyavi, Anna Tsuchiya and Ayumi Hamasaki.) Bookmark it and visit when comparison shopping.
Tokyo Otaku Mode
I love Tokyo Otaku Mode. So much so, that I pre-ordered the Northern Princess KanColle Nendoroid last month because her sisters miss her and I have a problem. (I feel okay about it, though, since the points I earned from buying Christmas gifts there made it $30 instead of $50, and it came with free shipping and a display case.) This site has everything cute you could possibly want from Japan, often has free shipping offers and lets you accrue points off of purchases so your future shopping trips aren’t as expensive. I mean look – Here’s Mallo!
Japan Video Games
I feel like I have to have Japan Video Games here as an honorable mention. It’s been around a long time and is a great place to visit if you want video game toys. Specifically, stuffed animals. It’s the first retailer I saw carrying the Splatoon plushes. (You’re a squid! Or are you a kid?)