If I place the order, what deposit would you require and how would you take payment? I assume the balance of the price would be payable on delivery of the items?
The advance payment is 50% of the custom items (tub and platform). The balance will be the left 50% + cost of packaging, transport fee.
The payments can be done with a international bank transfer to our bank in Japan or by credit card thru Paypal.
In case of the bank transfer there will be a 6500 JPY bank fee per transaction. In case of Paypal a 4% fee on the total of each payment.
the balance payment is done before the shipping. Once the tub is completed, we will send the pictures for your verification and approval.
If you are satisfied and we can proceed with the packaging, at that point we will need the balance payment before shipping.
We just have a limited margin on this product and we cannot afford to take any risk on the payment of the tub.
This is the photo of the tub we shipped to Vancouver being installed.
For me being used to cramped japanese residences with small rooms and “virtual” gardens it is always a nice surprise to see the generosity of space of an american home…
Also it is always a fresh surprise for me to see the same tub that I saw last month in the hands of our carpenter Wada-san while he was drinking tea… The tub is now in a completely different reality, surrounded by smiling westerner`s faces…
There is maybe a positive side to globalization, where people living 10000 miles away from Japan can put in our homes a real Japanese bathtub, made by hand by an experienced (and sometimes a little grumpy) japanese craftsman!
Here are the specs:
Model/material: japanese knotless hinoki wood bathtub with both short sides slanted
Sizes: L1470mm x W700mm x H590mm (526mm deep)
Option: Additional depth 40mm (486mm →526mm)
Accessories: Pocket onsen set (hinoki wood balls and aroma oil)
Hinoki wood cover 720x460x21thick (3pcs) with joists below Hygrometer
Here below are some comments I received to my newsletter introducing Anke`s book last saturday:
I received a book from Anke, a german architect who is building a new house and is planning to install one of our ofuros.
I like to think to my clients as a community of friends. We all share the passion for the japanese aesthetics, the profound naturality, the addictive simplicity of the japanese traditional culture.
But this present from Anke is just more than normal book, more than you would expect to receive from a stranger to which you are linked just by a common interest for japanese hot springs and bathing rituals.
The book is very powerful. It is the diary of a solo trip she made to japan on her 70th birthday.
There are some artistic b/w snapshots and the commenting prose (in german and english) is dry, minimal and conveys vivid images.
“Yohaku no bi” is not only very poetic and energizing, it contains a mine of information for the seekers of the authentic japan.
She picks and describe some fine ryokans and onsens out of the paths of the normal japan tourist and many of them were the set of the novels of famous XXth century japanese writers who shared the same spaces, the same experiences and projected them in their works.
Of course they are well known places but her selection, her descriptions and the fact Anke entangles her travel experiences with the stories of black and white fiction protagonists gives the reader the thrill of an elegant time-trip.
I also would like climb Mt. Haguro, listening to the sound of my steps and savoring in my mind the verses of Matsuo Basho from his 1689 travel diary: “oku no hosomichi” (the narrow road to the interior)
But I would be selfish to keep this little treasure for myself.
Of course you are welcome to follow Anke`s path and enjoy her recommended aesthetic meditation spots.
This is why I decided to share with you this book.
If you are interested please send me an E-mail and I will forward it to Anke (I do not want to publish it here as it may become the target of spam). It’s printed at book on demands, so she can order more books, even one by one. Price is 17.00€ + 4,00€ postage.
When I did the book, I didn’t think of selling it or that somebody I don’t know might be interested. I did it because I really liked to do it and thought it might be a nice Christmas present for friends and acquaintances and people who are interested in Japan.
That price is definitely better in case of ocean freight. But, I wonder how difficult that importer security form is? What is the process and potential pitfalls if any?
Since 2009 the US customs require the importer (the customer) to fill in an “Importer security file”. This is applicable only to ocean freight (so shipments by air do not require it.)
The importer security for is quite bureaucratic and time consuming.
You have to submit before the shipment leaves the port of origin otherwise there is the risk (theoretical) that your shipment may be destroyed and you may be billed for the disposal of it…
But there is no pitfall, and the staff from our forwarder will help you.
Please find more information here:
Here are the specs:
Model/material: japanese Knotless sawara wood round bathtub
Sizes: dia 1270 mm (50″) x H630mm (int. dim.) – 740 mm high
Options: Additional cost of over flow drain (remove flexible hose)
Accessories: Sawara wood covers with handles
Set C accessories (ladle with handle, large bucket, and stool)