Hello again. The famous December "Kara-kaze" is blowing outside my window as I type this. I hope I won't get too chilled during the walk home tonight...
Daniel Keys is in Japan right now, and was interviewed for a Japanese news show on NHK last night. In the interview he discussed the recent tragedy in Japan, and his take on the Japanese view of education here. He compared Japanese young people who are expected to fill their minds with knowledge in order to move forward in life to his character Charlie Gordon, during his great rise in intelligence during the middle of Flowers for Angernon (my all-time favorite book, by the way). They try to squeeze in information and knowledge so they can pass a certain test and perform academically, but all the while they're moving farther from what's really important, family and the happiness that comes from having a strong family base.
Tonight we've got some great new items for you. First of all, the new issue of the best-selling Urecco is posted, and it's a lovely one, with many lovely "Fresh Nude" features by Misaki Ryoka, Minori Aoi, and many more. "Bed Rooms, the beautiful photobook of Honjoh Sayuri (who was one of the three girls who appeared on the talk show with gaijin from around the world), is in stock on the photobooks page, along with other new photobook items. There is yet another update to the Cards & Puzzles page -- a beautiful new illustration by Yoshitaka Amano, and for esoteric anime fans, a super rare Gatchaman puzzle (known as Battle of the Planets and G-Force in the U.S.). For fans of J-List's new Reserve Subscription" service, allowing you to subscribe to many Japanese magazines as they come out in Japan, we've got a G-Type, a nice new hentai magazine that features a CD ROM of cool demos with each issue. For fans of Pokemon
Remember that J-List has great wacky Japanese T-shirts, with bizarre slogans in Japanese. Imagine walking across campus with your "Super Hentai" shirt on, or your esoteric "Kisho Tenketsu" (which is a four-character compound word that describes the four parts of a classical Japanese essay) shirt. Amaze and impress your Japanese friends! See these items on the Funny Japanese T-Shirts page at J-List.