Welcome to the Something Japanese Frequently Asked Questions page (FAQ for short). This page contains all the questions you should need to know about our site, products and how to order. If you want to know more about our Reward Points please visit REWARD POINTS FAQ. Details on Pre-ordering items can be found here PRE-ORDER INFORMATION.
What is Something Japanese all about?
Something Japanese operates online and at events all around the UK, we sell Japanese snacks, Figures and even traditional Japanese products. We’re dedicated to bring you only the very best products from Japan.
How does SomethingJapanese.com get its amazing products?
By a combination of traveling to Japan ourselves and purchasing products directly from local vendors and getting manufacturers from Japan to deliver goods to us in the UK.
Are the ingredients and allergy information on your snacks listed in Japanese or in English?
English ingredients and allergy information stickers have been added to all of our snacks so there’s no need to worry. If you still have any concerns for whatever reason please feel free to contact us at any time.
Do you only have an online shop?
As well as SomethingJapanese.com, our online shop, we also attend a range of Comic Expos and events throughout the year. Take a look at our Events page for more information.
I live outside of the United Kingdom, can I still order from SomethingJapanese.com?
Of course you can! Something Japanese appreciates that we may have products you just can’t find anywhere else so that’s why we offer worldwide postage. Just make sure you select the right shipping options in your cart, if you have any issues or further questions please feel free to contact us.
Do you offer bulk/ wholesale orders to business customers?
Yes we do, please see our Wholesale & Bulk Order FAQ if orders are over £800 GBP or if you’re a company looking for more information about our products.
What are your Shipping options?
UK – 1st & 2nd Class Mail: This option is for customers in the United Kingdom only, after we dispatch your order you will usually receive it within 1 – 2 working days. (a lot quicker then purchasing from international vendors). Orders may be upgraded to special/ tracked delivery (with no extra charge) if the worth of the items are quite high.
Europe – Air Mail: Air Mail is great for smaller/single items, or if you want to receive your order as soon as possible, this usually takes 3 working days after dispatch.
Worldwide – Air Mail: Air Mail is great for smaller/single items, or if you want to receive your order as soon as possible, this usually takes 5 working days after dispatch.
How quickly do you dispatch my order?
We usually process and dispatch your order within 48 hours. Pre-order items and AmaiBox subscriptions are dispatched on a set day of the month.
What currency are prices on SomethingJapanese.com
All of our products are listed in Great British Pounds (GBP) as a default, but you can change the default currency by simply clicking either the Euros (EUR) or United States Dollars (USD) buttons on the top right of any page.
What form of payment do you accept?
We use PayPal because it’s the safest and most reliable form of payment on the Internet. Our customers also like PayPal because you don’t even need a PayPal account to pay for you order you can pay directly with your card.
Do you ship to a PO Box Address?
Yes we can ship to PO Box Addresses.
Do you send anything else to my address other than my order?
No, we do not send any pamphlets, leaflets or any other kind of advertising to your door. You will only receive your order.
Will you share my email address with any third parties?
No, your information is very secure with us and we will never share anything to third parties. We may send you Something Japanese updates, promotion material and news via email which you can opt out of at any time.
Are there any taxes or extra charges?
There are no sales, vat or any other taxes and extra charges added to your order.
Can I Refund my order?
Unfortunately we cannot refund orders for food products, this is due to possible tampering of the food which means we cannot resell that product.
Can I cancel a Pre-order?
It is possible to cancel your Pre-order item up until 50 days before it’s ETA release date. You cannot cancel your Pre-order within these 50 days so please consider this before placing your order.
If you would like to cancel your Pre-order please just contact us and tell us your full name, Order ID and which item you would like to cancel. We will then process a full refund to you.
I’ve ordered an AmaiBox why has it not been dispatched immediately?
The AmaiBox is a monthly subscription service and is dispatched on a schedule every month (usually between the 15th – 20th), if you’ve placed your order before the 10th of that month your AmaiBox is being prepared to be send to you. If you have ordered after the 10th of that month it may be sent the following month. if there is an unforeseen delay in dispatching your AmaiBox you will be contacted immediately, this is extremely rare though.
I’m half way through my AmaiBox subscription, can i refund my order?
If you have ordered the AmaiBox mini or GIGA for either 3 months or 6 months your order cannot be refunded after your first AmaiBox has been dispatched. This is due to the discount saving you’re getting from ordering a multiple month AmaiBox plan, once your first AmaiBox has been dispatched you are obligated to complete your entire subscription.
Our goal is to make every AmaiBox as good or even better then previous boxes so you never need to worry you’re not getting the absolute best snacks Japan has to offer.
I don’t live in the UK will I need to pay import tax for my order?
Your AmaiBox will be dispatched from the UK, if you are ordering from outside the EU you might incur import tax, we will always accurately fill out custom information for foreign orders. So if you’re charged import tax on an AmaiBox or any order from SomethingJapanese.com we will not be responsible for it.
My order is a surprise gift for a friend, can you deliver it to them but email me?
Special delivery instructions need to be given to us when you make your order. There is a ‘notes’ section during payment of your order; that is where you should add any instructions. Alternatively, if you forget to do this please contact us asap.
I’ve got specific dietary requirements, can you assure me my AmaiBox will be suitable for me?
If you have any dietary requirements (example: Vegetarian) or allergy concerns (example: Nut Allergy) this needs to be given to us when you make your order. There is a ‘notes’ section during the payment process of your order; that is where you should add any instructions. Alternatively, if you forget to do this please contact us ASAP.
I’m new to the AmaiBox, do I get the same snacks every month or does it change?
The contents of each months AmaiBox will be different. We want you to try as many different Japanese snacks as possible and to get the most variety out of your subscription. Please let us know if you particularly liked an item and we will try including it in future AmaiBox’s.
I’ve moved, can I change my delivery address?
If for whatever reason you need to change your address mid subscription all you need to do is contact us. Just give us your order number, name and your old address as well as your new address. We will send a confirmation email back to you once your address has been changed, if you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 days please message us again.