Well to be honest I dont buy a lot (
*I am from Europe (Slovakia), so this post might be useful mostly for European fangirls
So here are the sites I used for ordering and I trust :)
So my very first order was from this site http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/ . I think you might hear about it. This site is very very good and lot of people trust it. It have mainly (or only) new/ never used goods.
Firstly you have to create account in it and then it is really easy to shop and also place order :) (you have there also explanation how to order and also about shipping etc. ) You can choose from various shipping methods which is most suitable for you. The shipping has different price and time of delivery. They will contact you about order via your mail, so dont worry :) (and you can also contact them)
My experience with CD JAPAN
My order from this site Toma Ikuta Photobook- Endless fight.
I choosed SAL shipping, which is the cheapest ( yeah poor fangirl here XD ) but the slowest and it does NOT have tracking!!! About the price... book was 1300yen (10 euro) and shipping was 700yen (5 euro) .
Here is package of the book. It really was safely packed :)
And here is the photobook :3
This book was gift for my 17th birthday. It was my 1st Toma stuff and 1st thing from Japan so I was hyper like Nakatsu when it came (you did not want see me during opening package XD)
I have to admit I did not really know which pics will be inside and I think that made me buy it lol XD
I must say I regret nothing XD. Book has pics mainly from Toma's stage plays (which is super duper mega for me), then some pics from dramas promotion (Maou, Majo saiban, VOICE) and some YAMAPI pics and cutes series of chibi Toma and Toma as a student :)
hereee are some (i know very bad quality ) precious Tomacchi photos :3
my cutieeee and it has many chibi pics :3
And my next and latest order was from this site http://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/
This internet shop is mainly used by "otakus" and anime figures collector, but also we fangirls can find some idol goods there haha. Well this shop has mainly secondhand products so the products are much more cheaper than in Cd japan. You have description of "damage" about each product (in many cases it is just "only opened" or some little scratch at cover, nothing serious" The more damaged is product the lowest is price )
You have to create again an account. Shopping and ordering is similar than as in Cd japan or as in any other internet shops. Again you can choose from shipping methods and you will got mail about your order. ( I heard there was some cases where people have to wait long until they write them back, but they always write at the end. It is just language barrier.)
My experience with MANDARAKE
I dont know Mandarake very well, because I just used it once and I bough CD (not mags, or penlights or t-shirts...) To be honest I was quite worried if the "secondhand product" will work. But after I asked my nice arashian friends who use Mandarake, they reassurd me it will and it is trustworthy shop.They said everything what they ordered was fine.
I have to admit that I find the shop more "confusing" than Cd japan. Like you have same products but from various sellers (Mandarake is one big shop which consists of some small ones shops hehe ) and it has different prices and also informations can be a little bit different. So you have to find product you want, to check if it has good quality+ find the best price :P so you have to be more skilled in online shopping I would say.
This time I had dilemma which one cd I will buy ( I wanted LOVE or FUKKATSU LOVE cd ) but finally I realised Arashi PV with Ikuta in it... this wont repeat
Everything went smooth and my CD was delivered safe and undamaged :)
Both CD and DVD works perfectly, mini photobook is without damage. Again I am satisfied and I learned I should never been worried about japanese services :3 they are the best haha
DVD with ( that amazing Tomarashian heaven ) PV and making of PV
CD (consists FUKKATSU LOVE, Affection, Affection karaokere ver.)
aaand the mini photobook ( just look at that kawaii Sho-chaaan :3 )
Kyaa I am still so excited and happyyy!! This is my very first CD and ARSHI CD!!! And I am so damn pleased I choosed FUKKATSU LOVE!
This whole Toma-was-allowed-to-be-with-Arashi in PV thing make soo excited, overjoyed, and be on 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000
This is for me as an Tomarashian legendary moment I will cherish it :3
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On this day i want introduce you Toma’s dearest people !! Yes friends and family are very very important for him… He loves his parents. Once he said:
” I am really gratefull to my parents. Even we were not very rich, they always try to give me and my bro everything!!! They raised our properly and we become good adults thanks to them….”
Toma respect and love people around him…
He said he really treasure every friendship. He had the best memories with his high school friends..
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends…Jane Austin
I know he has a lot of non celebrity friends as well… but lets talk about his celebrity friends XD
Toma is very lovable person so he has a lot of friends.. but as he said he has about 3 best friends…—--Yamapi, Jun Matsumoto and Shun Oguri
( I must admit i missed a lot of from TomaPi and aslo some Junma moments XD but Shunma i know the best hahaha )
I think no one can forget about TOMAPI… they were so close… They have opposite personalities but they matched perfectly together XD XD ( They even went to same high school and Matsumoto Jun too…)
I remember when Toma said he and Yamapi argued a lot in the past… Toma is perfectionalist and Yamapi is so carefree. Toma was pissed of his careless attitude XD Etc: They arguead about shoes for their concert ( lol Toma wanted to change shoes but Yamapi said it is troublesome so just 1 pair is enough)
Well a lot of people really shipped them and ship them XD XD
I read a some stories and watched TV show where Toma talked about Yamapi XD
Their relationship was so cloooose that MC asked Toma if he and Yamapi dating XD
Then also question for Yamapi was what is Toma waekness… Yamapi said: I am Toma waekness XD
THIS MEME IS MY WORK!!!!!!!!! (sorry I know it is lame XD)
Lol I dont think I am alone whi think they even had same hairstyle!!! XD XD ( Yamapi in BUZZER BEAT and Toma in MAJO SAIBAN)
( I am sure all Toma's fans know about this Toma's necklace :) )
And there is also that legendary mysterious necklace which Yamapi gave to Toma… I know Toma really treasures it… He wore it on magazines covers and on TV shows too… ( But he stopped to waer it few years ago... I wander what happend T__T )
( WELL… this can be again just my personal opinion but it looks like they are kinda not so close as before.I know they are adult men and also very busy… XD XD XD Well i think hey are still good friends :3 )
Then we have another long friendship with Matsumotoooooooooo JUN XD XD ( almost 19 years)
For me as fan of Arashi i really like this relationship… I like how Toma call him Matsujun XD XD as he was a memeber of Arashi XD Jun is the the most close to Toma from all Arashi members….
Toma and Jun has a a lot of in common… He and Jun go drink very often… (We can see them with Shun Oguri too XD XD)
Well i remember story where Toma said that MJ invited him to his new apartman XD. Jun showed him even his bedroom where Toma find something interesting XD ( LOOL i dont want imagine why they ended in bedroom XD XD MJ is yabaii hahaha). Sooo Toma spotted funny little lamp next to the bed. The lamp was like legs of female tango dancer… XD and the Top of lamp looked like dress.. (Toma was LOOL so hard in that TV show.. sorry i forgot name)
Then another funny story is about how Toma liked Jun perfume ( LOOOL Toma really love good smell haha… even sawger like Toma want J´s choice XD ) Toma asked him where he bought it XD. Next time they met MJ was angry on Toma that he bought same perfume XD And since that day MJ stopped to use that perfume XD XD
Well i can not help but i MUST mention TomArashi XD
I know all from Arashi like Toma and he likes them… He is just like 6th unofficial member…Is it only me or he calls each member another way?? For example: Ohno-san ( but he try to call him Ohno-kun lol) – he respect him the most, Matsujun and Sho-kun- very close relationship ( DRINKING BUDDIES LOL) Aiba-chan- close friends too ( friends for 19 yrs) haha AND then Nino- well jut NINO XD ( ??) hmm well this 2 are absolute opposite characters but still friends...
Kyaaa.... ARASHI are finally togetger ( lool ok I am just joking XD XD, dont kill me!!!)
I love how atmosphere change when he is guest in their show… He is like revived… He seem more hyper and happier when he is with them XD And they look at him as their younger bro… I love it!!!I love this brotherhood XD XD Haha and the most funny is how he always defeat them in VSA (Vs Arashi XD)
I know this feeling is for both sides bittersweet… I feel they also know and feel awkward about past… But Toma and Arashi are best as they are.. I am happy he is not in Arashi so he can concentrate in his acting career!!! But also Arashi are the best as they are :) :)
And last the legendary duo— ShunXToma or SanoX Nakatsu OR Tat-chanXIkuo ( I cant decide which duo i love the most lol XD)
I remember how Toma said they get to know each other… They were in some radio show… That time they did know each other well ( it was before Hana Kimi XD) Toma said: „I thought this man was sooooo annyoing XD XD but It takes me some time to like him as friend haha“
They really become so close during Hana KImi… Well after 12 ( and maybe more ) times kissing you really change your attitude towards someone lol. Shun enjoyed it. He said Toma lips were so soft.. XD ( kyaa envious of Shun :P) — Homo ja naii!!!! XD XD XD
Well their friendship is really nice and close. Shun invited Toma to his wedding in Hawaii. And after his daughter was born he let unlce Toma to take care after her :3 :3 ( kyaa how a lucky baby ) Toma also often hang out with Shun and his wife during dinner…
Well I really enjoyed OUROBOROS!!! ( T_____T ) Shun and Toma... their brotherhood relationship was the best!!! Every episode was amazing ( Ok I will let this to future article about OUROBOROS XD ) I love how they portrayed bsolutely different roles as in Hana Kimi!!! Both this dramas are my dearest!!!
Toma is also close to Shunsuke Kazama, Jin Akanishi or Masaki Okada
Well and I forgot to mention someone really important!!!! Toma little brother RYUUSEI!!!! This two really have good and nice relationship. You can feel true brother love from them ( kyaa their are so cute together, Ryuusei is so shy and respects his big Aniki… And Toma is so casual and try to calm down his lil bro XD kyaa so sweet) :3 Even they are busy still can find time to meet!! They are very very close… They even was in Osozoki no himawari and then in some TV shows!!! ( God bless director of Osozoki…. XD)
I cant forget one TV show where Toma was guest… His bro Ryuusei told that when they were little they took bath together… Toma said to Ryuusei he will shower his hair. So Ryuusei closed his eyes XD And then… Toma peed on him ( OK when i was watching this i was really shocked and amused in same time XD XD XD Poor Ryuusei) hahaha
Well everybody loves Toma, he is such perfect son, brother, friend, actor… PERSON!!!! ( he is my inspiration :3) I am so happy he is surrounded by awesome people who loves him :3
I wish one day he find real love and have nice family… He will be awesome hubby and daddy *3*
As he said: “ I dont wanna rush to marriage. To be able to be good husband and father i need to be good actor. My career is the most important for me now!!!”