A reader asks:
I’ve heard a lot about Men’s Ex magazine and was wondering if you know where I can buy it in the United States. I live in Ohio, so am not privy to the resources of, say, New York or LA.
Fear not, it is possible to buy Men’s Ex in the United States, even if you don’t live in New York or along the West Coast. I asked the chaps running the Men’s Ex Twitter feed. They did a good deal of searching and suggested US-based readers try the following:
Amazon.co.jp are quick and reliable, but their international rates are quite high. Shipping to the USA costs ¥2,700, plus a ¥300 per item handling fee. That means a single issue of Men’s Ex will cost you around US$45! The shipping rate appears to be fixed, however, so if you plan on buying a number of items at once – several back issues of Men’s Ex and a few Leons, for example – then it might be worthwhile.
Kinokuniya has a number of stores in the US, but seeing as the nearest one to Ohio is New York and their online store is fairly hopeless, you should try emailing them directly at email@example.com. They might be able to post you a copy.
Club Japan provide all kinds of goods and services for homesick Japanese expats. The latest edition of Men’s Ex will set you back about US$27. Unfortunately, the site is in Japanese only, which might make registering an account tricky (Chrome’s Google Translate function will help).
Asahiya Bookstores USA
Asahiya have a number of Japanese bookshops in California. As well as selling single issues of Men’s Ex for US$15.60 (ex. shipping), they also offer six- and twelve-month subscriptions for $88.90 (+US$42 shipping) and US$168.50 (+US$84 shipping) respectively.