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Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to read,

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Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to read,

Postby dudesweet » Wed 12.19.2007 11:53 pm

Hey guys,
My name is Dave, and I'm actually a college student from South Africa. Am on my summer vacation and am in the States. Been having a really good time, but am in something of a small town in Texas, so exposure to Japanese language etc is sverely limited.
Since I got here I've been thinking about how useful some Japanese novels would be to take back home, since its impossible to get any in South Africa. So I thought of asking here.
Wanted to know if anyone has any good old novels that they have read, and would be willing to move along to a nihongo-hungry student, or know of any places I could get some for a reasonable price- kind of on a shoestring budget right now, hehe.
I'm willing to pay for shipping etc for any books, and am very keen to start reading.

Tanomu ne,


Ps - Ruby text (furigana) is totally ok with me! :)
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RE: Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to r

Postby richvh » Thu 12.20.2007 7:31 am

My ゆきの物語 and Aozora Bunko, if you don't mind online reading.

For new books, there's Sasuga Books, a US-based online Japanese bookstore. Book-off, a chain of Japanese used book stores, has a few stores in the states, but I think only on the east and west coasts, not in Texas. I don't know if they do mail-order business.
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Postby hungryhotei » Thu 12.20.2007 9:06 am

YesAsia is where I buy my Japanese books. They have free shipping for most items.
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Postby AJBryant » Thu 12.20.2007 12:56 pm

There's also the most easy solution -- Amazon.co.jp. They deliver EVERYWHERE.

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RE: Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to r

Postby richvh » Thu 12.20.2007 1:15 pm

The shipping is steep from Amazon.co.jp, though, since they only ship airmail nowadays to foreign customers... 2700 yen per order plus 300 yen per item to the US is pretty steep on small orders.
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Postby Chris Hart » Thu 12.20.2007 2:13 pm

richvh wrote:
The shipping is steep from Amazon.co.jp, though, since they only ship airmail nowadays to foreign customers... 2700 yen per order plus 300 yen per item to the US is pretty steep on small orders.

Exactly why I didn't suggest them. Last time I ordered from them, I made sure there was about 10000円 in items to begin to make the shipping reasonable.

I know Mitsuwa Marketplace in Chicago does mail order, but I have no idea on their pricing or shipping rates.
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RE: Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to r

Postby dudesweet » Thu 12.20.2007 10:46 pm

thanks for all the suggerstions minna!
Amazon.co.jp like you guys said is just too expensive i.t.o shipping - have a looka t what it would cost to Africa as well! Pretty crazy isnt it?
Well now all that really remains is to try figure out which books would be the best to take back home with me, hehe!
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RE: Poor Lonely South African Student Needing something to r

Postby Jumpman » Tue 12.25.2007 8:38 pm

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