Packages by surface mail have arrived here since I sent them from Japan on August 17th. It took about 50 days. They were mostly books and temple supplies I bought in Japan. I felt these were like surprise gifts from the past.. because I forgot what I packed exactly. I was very glad to confirm...oh I had this book, that book, magazines and so on.
These are for O-Bon for next year! This means I have already started preparation of O-Bon next year. I cannot tell you right now but Toro Nagashi next year will be something different.
Before sending, I made it sure to cover books by plastic bags because it might get wet while being on the boat. I knew they were just fine and I thought surface mail was a good deal.
As you may know, there are four ways to send packages from the Post Office in Japan to here in Hawaii.
1. EMS (Express Mail Service) 2-3 days.
This is the fastest and expensive, but it takes only a few days.
5 Kgs 8,200 yen 10 kgs 14,000 yen 20 kgs 25,000 yen
2. Air Mail 3- 6 days
5 Kgs 10,150 yen 10 Kgs 17,650 yen 20 Kgs 27,150yen
3. SAL (Surface Air Lifted) 2-3 weeks
5 Kgs 7,300 yen 10 Kgs 12,550 yen 20 Kgs 19,550 yen
4. Surface Mail 2 months
5 Kgs 4,000 yen 10 Kgs 6,750 yen 20 Kgs 10,250 yen