Hi All, I'm fairly new here but would like to share some tips on how to register for Yahoo Japan Auctions (YJA) if you're Japanese illiterate (like me). There's tonnes of proxy buying sites discussed elsewhere but the benefits of having your own YJA login include: Suggested items; YJA is great at tracking your searches and browsing habits and suggesting products that it thinks you will like that you may have otherwise never found. Suggested items are a great way to pick up on new search terms you might not have known about before; such as 開発 任天堂 which is good for Nintendo developer items. Convenient search following and item watching, with instant notification. First, I'd suggest using Chrome browser. Right clicking on a web page in Chrome that's written in Japanese will show an option 'Translate to English' - this comes in really handy. So lets go to Yahoo Japan Auctions [GALLERY=media, 2517]Slide01 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] In Chrome browser you can right click on a webpage and translate to English [GALLERY=media, 2518]Slide02 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] Click 'Newly acquired' under the login link to go to the registration page [GALLERY=media, 2519]Slide03 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] Again, right click and translate to English. Clicking on a field will expand it so you can see what to enter. Enter your email address and it will automatically suggest a Yahoo Japan ID for you. For postcode I just choose Tokyo which is 100-0001. Birthday must be entered like 1980/01/01 format (YYYY/MM/DD). [GALLERY=media, 2520]Slide04 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] Next is the hard part. Open the wiki page for Hiragana (a Japanese alphabet). The captcha style security code here uses this language and you will need to copy and paste from the 5x10 grid characters as shown in the wiki window. Don't worry if you make a mistake, just try again. Also there is a timer, so hurry! It's generally not that hard to picture match the somewhat obscured characters in the security field but if you find it too hard, just refresh that field with the 'Display another image' button. [GALLERY=media, 2521]Slide05 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] Finally you'll receive an activation email and code number to enter on the next page. [GALLERY=media, 2522]Slide06 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] And now you're automatically logged in. Click on the search box and enter a search term. Some examples include: 開発機 development kit 開発用 for development 開発機材 development equipment 任天堂 Nintendo 開発 任天堂 development Nintendo ネットやろうぜ net yaroze (please suggest more in replies below) [GALLERY=media, 2523]Slide07 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] You can follow a search and be notified when new items appear matching that criteria by clicking the 'Register new arrival...' button. On the next window it takes you to, uncheck 'Apps' and it will then allow 'Notify immediately' via email. [GALLERY=media, 2524]Slide08 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] When you find an item you like, hit the yellow star to watch it. [GALLERY=media, 2525]Slide09 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] Watched items will notify you 15 minutes before the auction end to bid. Unlike eBay, Yahoo Japan Auctions hinders snipe bidding by extending the auction finish time if a bid is made within 5 minutes of the scheduled end time. [GALLERY=media, 2526]Slide10 by Shane Battye posted Mar 1, 2018 at 11:41 PM[/GALLERY] However, I would not recommend making actual purchases this way as the process of completing a transaction and potentially communicating with a seller is best left to a proxy service. If you find an item you like just copy and paste it's listing title into the search of your proxy service and bid that way. You don't need to spend much time on YJA to find some incredible listings and the more time you spend searching for things you like while logged in, the better it gets at suggesting items you might be interested in - many of which may have entirely Japanese titles that you would never have searched for or found simply because they were buried within the other 'Nintendo 64' listings.