Today marks exactly one year since The Book of the Hakutaku was funded! I'm happy to report that your books will be delivered before too much longer!
Currently the books are split into two chunks: the ones that are going straight to backers, and the ones that have to be signed by me before shipping out (that's why the signed books were more expensive than the unsigned ones).
Right now two palettes of books are in the port of Nagoya waiting to clear customs before they can be delivered to my house. I am expecting them any day now, I just have to wait to hear from the freight forwarders. This part is the reason there was a delay last month; Japanese import laws are much more strict than American ones are, and this time around since I am in Japan I faced a few additional hurdles. However, those hurdles are cleared now! I'll have some photos of the massive pile of book cartons to share with you when they finally arrive!
After they arrive, it's just a matter of signing the books, sorting all of the rewards and add-ons (clothes, bookmarks, postcards, prints, etc.), packing them up, labeling the boxes, and then forwarding them on to the fulfillment center. That sounds a lot easier than it is, but I will be enlisting family to help me with the sorting to make it a bit more manageable.
I'm using a fulfillment center for the first time this year. In past Kickstarters, I did all the mailing myself, and it was extremely difficult and hard work. In addition to the monumental task of loading and unloading over a thousand packages to the post office, there's the problem of writing all of the customs labels. That was by far the most difficult and taxing (mentally and physically) part of the previous Kickstarter, so I am very glad to use a fulfillment center this time around. They are currently expecting to mail your packages in the last week of November/first week of December, which means (fingers crossed) you should all have your books and rewards before Christmas!
Thank you all for the comments and the understanding during the delay we had in early October due to the Japanese import regulations. I appreciate how positive and supportive you have all been.
I'll post another update soon when I have the books to show you. Thanks for backing my project and making this one year journey with me!