You can use Amazon Japan, or the J. equivalent: Rakuten. Both have English websites, though they do tend to give you a J. page before billing.Which prompted the reply I expected:
So, we looked at Amazon and Rakuten, in a vain attempt to buy him something locally, but gave up quickly...To which I answered:
But if you want to hear me go on how lame Japan is at ESL, for its economic status, look at those links in this sentence. Too bad they have not realized twenty years after 'The Bubble' that: those days are never coming back, and nobody will do business on your peculiar terms anymore.
I don't know what it is with Japan's English customer service and marketing... They mean well, but have the wrong people at the front desk, or IT. The fluent staff member who was abroad in school or university is never put there, instead someone who took some English classes within Japan. Little better in twenty years. Why should they have a seamless English website for Amazon or Rakuten? It's only millions of dollars lost when people sign out in frustration. It's not like English is the international default language...
This post is about what has not changed in the eighteen years since I first came:
- The status of women is still the worst in modern nations, apart from Korea (but they do everything like Japan, a few decades later). Not like Japanese women take it anymore, nor will they rebel openly: instead they screw foreigners or nobody at all (see marriage and birth rates). We wouldn't want to accuse Japanese society of passive-aggression, of course.
- Pedestrians still can't walk. How can a whole society not know how to walk?! How do they even get to work doddering around in shoes sized for an older sibling? You're not going to grow into them, at fifty.
- Middle aged men still care more about their cars than their daughter's virtue. I've seen Japanese men go apeshit after cutting me off, when I punched a body panel. Found inside their daughter's wet groin? They'd just leave the room or take video.
- More subway lines in Tokyo; no more room than before. Despite a job shortage. Don't understand this. Are people dressing for work and riding aimlessly?
- Absurd real estate prices have still not collapsed enough from 'The Bubble'. Business centre or not, given the size, shite economy and (lack of) quality, prices should be lower than even a third-tier city like Toronto.
- Domestic hotels cannot get their act together for native or foreign guests, even after half of them have gone bankrupt since 'The Bubble', as it is a better deal to go to Hawaii, Whistler or Guam. Pricing per person? Still?
- Still cannot get a decent breakfast (read British or American), even in a proper hotel.
- Still surprised that non-Japanese can speak it. Even if they have lived here a decade. Even if they speak it as poorly as me. Even though they watch 'pet-Gaijin' on TV every night.
- Still hire from 'elite universities'. Even though all Japanese know nobody studies at university, and the only way to give up life enough to get in is be autistic. Even though no research comes out of Japan unless it is related to sex-bots. Even though the rest of the world is kicking your ass.
- Spend a fortune on the sex trade, but no time on how to date each other. It's not hard to make a Japanese girlfriend happy (a wife on the other hand...).
- Men still look like girls, and yet are homophobic.
I could do this all day.