I have to say at $500 is a sweet point for me to order one even thru amazon jp & tenso solution.Hmm...
If anyone does go this route, I'd like feedback on how smooth the process was!
I just stepped up and bought the EOS-M3 and EVF for 58,160 Yen (roughly $615 Canadian) plus the Tenso shipping service which will be roughly 50 USD.
If you go this route you need to submit information to Tenso to validate your identity. I just got the following email from them:
"This is Tenso.com
Thank you for submitting documentation as proof of your identity.
We have checked the documents you submitted and are happy to inform you that we have verified your application! You can now login to your My Page and complete payment for the international shipping and handling of any packages you may have at our warehouse.
Japanese law requires that we forward your first package to your verified address. After this first forwarded package arrives, you will be able to change the shipping address if you wish, to your work, school, or another address."
Looks like shipping it to my office will not work (as I usually do) this time around though