Buying Shichida’s Books

I decided to buy Shichida’s books to learn more about his methodology and research. After all, how can I critique his work fairly if I don’t read his original work right? For all you know, the Singapore Shichida is not following his true ideas (I have yet to find out if Shichida Japan actually does any quality control on Shichida Singapore).

His books can be bought from Japan from this website. There are 2 books available for purchase (each book cost 1800yen, approximately S$23) so I decided to write to the company to find out more about how to purchase these books.

Within an hour of sending in the online form to buy the books, I received an email reply –

Thank you for your inquiry. We are glad to know your interest in our books.
Please find attached order form. Now, those two books are available.
For book order, you need to fill in quantities and shipping method and send
it back to us first. Then, please let us know your credit card information
via phone call.
The shipping costs for each shipping method for Singapore are as follows
(in case you order one copy each of the two books):
EMS: 1,240 JPY (4 days)
Air: 1,300 JPY (5 days)
SAL: 970 JPY (2 weeks)
Surface: 1,180 JPY (2-3 months)
 Shipping Type Features

-Express Mail Service
(EMS) Top priority among international mails is placed on this service!
Posts will be delivered for approximately 2-4 days to addressee all over
the world.
Details of Express Mail Service(EMS)-Airmail   Fees are relatively high since posts will be sent by air.
Delivery will be made approximately 3 – 6 days.

-Economy Air
(SAL)This is a service where international mail is handled as surface mail
in both Japan and the destination country and as airmail between the two
countries. The service is faster than surface mail while the cost is lower
than airmail.
For details, please refer to Economy Air (SAL)
It takes approximately 6 to 13 days for mail to arrive at the destination.
In some cases, it may take longer due to the handling system of the
destination country.

-Surface Mail
Sent by surface. While delivery takes 1 to 3 months, the rates are
reasonable.

Please note that each shipping cost in the above is approximate figure
because the weight can be changed in some circumstances depending on
humidity, etc. Therefore we will let you know accurate shipping cost after
you confirm the order by informing us your credit card information, and then
we settle accounts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

Best Regards,
Shichida Educational Institute

Ok, that was easy enough to understand. Express Mail service is even cheaper and faster than Air Mail? I’ll go for that then. I sent the order form back to them via email and picked up the phone and called their office (phone number provided somewhere on the order form).

Someone speaking in Japanese answered the phone – I replied in English, and she instantly spoke perfect American accented English in response. Wow, fantastic, I thought. Anyway, I gave them my credit card details for payment (the eventual total cost worked up to be about S$70 inclusive of delivery charges, with the credit card company exchange rate), and they wrote back a few minutes later to tell me that they had successfully charged my card and the books are on the way! Yay!

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