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pgbeader
« on: November 05, 2007 02:56:35 PM »

I hope Im posting this in the right right place! Maybe it would be better off in the trinkets and jewellery section?

Sorry if this question has been asked before but im looking for an online japanese bead shop with a website in English. I do lots of beadwork from japanese books and i find it hard to fing the supplies so i thought id be better off looking for a japanese shop. I know plently of shops in japanese language but im looking for one with an english language website because it would make it a million times easier!!! Smiley

Any help appreciated!! Grin
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iggieb3t
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007 09:01:48 PM »

Hi !
I am afraid  Undecided it will be very hard (maybe impossible  Huh) for you to find an online bead store here in Japan that is in English.

I am assuming you live in Japan - may I ask where ? and do you have a craft store in your locality ? If so - maybe you can ask them to order the items you need for you - for a small charge. Most online bead shops charge about 800 yen for shipping unless your order exceeds a certain amount which can be from 5000 to 10,000 yen which can be a LOT.

Another option is to find a Japanese friend who can help you out with your purchase online. I think this is your best bet.

Most online bead shops require pre-payment of your order before they ship out. Pre-payment can be done in many ways -
1. Bank transfer (ginkou furikomi Huh- bank to bank or post office to bank plus transfer charges depending on the amount being transferred and the bank or post-office; or via the convenience store.
2. credit card
3. Cash on delivery (daikin hikikae Huh?) - you pay opun delivery to the delivery guy (usually a surcharge of 300 yen or more)

You can check this site http://www.suzuranart.com/top.html for a list of bead shops (click on Beads shops in the Japanese version of the page). You need a Japanese speaking friend for this. The list is classified according to area/prefecture - and the shops with web sites are also listed.

I hope this helps (i.e. only if you live in Japan)
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2008 06:49:49 AM »

Hi,

I think there is probably no Japanese bead store with a proper English website.
I'm a beader myself, living in Japan, and have been ordering online a lot, never finding an English site.
I may have a suggestion though. On major sites like Beads Factory or Kiwa, you could try and send them an email, asking if they'd take your order. This would work best if you know the references (for example : color and shape numbers for delica beads or color name for swarovski) of the items you need of course, but it might be worth a try. Most shops will really try to help, I think.
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