Saturday, February 12, 2000

Greetings from J-List February 12, 2000

Greetings from Japan, the home of Aloe yogart (one of my favorites).

Well, a chapter has ended in the childhoods of Japanese little boys everywhere: after a run of about 10 months, Go Go Five, the current "five team" show, has ended. The evil demonic Saimer made one final attempt to destroy Tokyo, but the Go Go Five members teamed up with their transforming train/robot mechs Liner Boy, Victory Mars and Max Victory Robo, to save the day. The show is replaced by the new five-team show, Time Ranger.

The genre of the five-team show may have seemed new to American kids when Power Rangers came out, but it's been a staple of Japanese kids since time out of mind. About every year the powers that be (Bandai) roll out a new show to replace the old, to keep toy sales strong. Before Go Go Five were Gingaman and Mega Ranger, and years ago, Go Ranger, Change Man, Car Ranger, and so on. It'd be interesting to see Saban adapt some other Japanese five-team themes in the future.

Starting alongside Time Ranger is a new installment of the venerable Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) series, Kamen Rider Couger. This series is made to appeal to adults as well as well as kids, it's rife with high production values and lots of cool effects. On the other hand, it's by far the most violent show in its class ever to be shown on Japanse TV, and this is causing concerned parents to question why such a show would be put on during the "kids's slot, Sunday morning at 8:00 am.

We've got some really nice new items for you this weekend. First, by customer request, we've been able to carry the very exciting and popular Deep Kiss" video series by Soft On Demand. These videos explore lesbian themes by asking female friends to kiss for the camera, then give their reactions. A related item, Deep Kiss Special, has 19 of Japan's most famous AV idols (including Miura Aika) perform their best "deep kiss" against a glass sheet, with a camera on the other side. The effect is most interesting. See these on in-stock video page 1.

Also, after a long drought, we've been able to get some great new idol items for the Idol & Soft Porn page. After the bankruptcy of one of our distributors were weren't able to get any good idol videos, etc. but we've found a new company that has a lot of great items. For starters, we've got six lovely idol videos of the popular idol/actress Fukada Kyoko and busty idol Yuka on *DVD*, for your viewing pleasure. Look for more quality items on the idol page soon.

Other updated items include:

  • New and back-in-stock photobooks, including Photoshot, Best Shot, Eichi Bauko's "H-B, and more
  • An update of JPOP singles, including some really nice Amuro Namie, Aikawa Nanase, Puffy, and more
  • For anime toys fans, a kise-kae" (changeable clothes) version of Card Captor Sakura, with all accessories, on the anime page
  • More copies of Bikyaku Queen, a lovely pantyhose-fetish photobook

Remember that J-List offers 6- and 12-month subscriptions to the most popular Japanese magazines: Urecco, Bejean, Dela Beppin, Gokuh, Video Boy, Best Video, and Gal's Dee. It's a great way to get each issue as soon as it becomes available, and get free issues, too! See the subscriptions page for more information.

Friday, February 11, 2000

Greetings from J-List February 11, 2000

Hello from Japan and J-List. It's a relatively warm day today, as we get the update out a few hours earlier than usual.

J-List had technical difficulties during parts of Tuesday and Wednesday, which caused temporary problem viewing the J-List site. Also, some orders that were processed by the shopping cart weren't actually processed. If anyone made an order or left email via the secure email link and didn't get a reply from us, please contact us immediately.

Today is a holiday in Japan, National Foundation day, the date of the enthroning of Japan's first emperor according to legend and adopted by the creators of Japan's first constitution in 1880's. The holiday was made illegal by MacArthur after World War II as part of the outlawed "Emperor System, but was reinstated some years ago.

One thing I've noticed in Japan -- few Japanese think deeply about what a given holiday is all about. Contrary to the image Americans had of Japan in the 80's, all Japanese will gladly take a holiday, and generally don't think deeply about the point of the day. November 23rd is Labor Thanksgiving Day, but you never seen any laborors being thanked -- actually, they all seem to go out of their way to work on this day so they can earn extra money. In America, there are holidays to remember veterans who have both fought and died in past wars, but in Japan, there are few similar customs.

We've got some nice items for you today. Partially in commemoration of the holiday (?), we've got four new wacky Japanese T-shirts, including our most bizarre yet, a shirt with the 9th Amendment to the Japanese Constitution, which proclaims that Japan as a nation denounces war as a tool of state policy and promises to work for peace with all the nations of the world. There are three more wacky shirts posted as well -- Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend" "I want to be Japanese" and "Dare to be Stupid." See them on the Japanese T-shirt page.

Other new items include:

  • A super new item, the Cho Very Good!! which features eleven of the most popular Japanese AV gals in lovely sailor costplay
  • New magazines, including the new Nippon Mini-Suka Club
  • A bunch of new erotic dojiinshi, including a great new offering from the fine people at Okachimentaiko, as well as more stock of all Okachimentaiko dojinshi
  • For Hello Kitty fans, two wonderful large-size wall clocks (on the Anime & Toys page)
  • Two great new "reserve subscription" magazines for J-List fans: Comic Coro Coro, an 800+ managa magazine with highly collectible Pokemon and other items inside each month, and the fashion magazine JJ, filled with great information on what's trendy among Japan's lovely young ladies
  • G-Net, a super new dual-Video CD & magazine sampler item
  • For DVD-philes, two great new DVDs contaiing the entire erotic works of the lovely Asakura Mai
  • More!

That's all, see you on the site!

Thursday, February 10, 2000

Greetings from J-List February 10, 2000

Hello from Japan and J-List. It's a relatively warm day today, as we get the update out a few hours earlier than usual.

J-List had technical difficulties during parts of Tuesday and Wednesday, which caused temporary problem viewing the J-List site. Also, some orders that were processed by the shopping cart weren't actually processed. If anyone made an order or left email via the secure email link and didn't get a reply from us, please contact us immediately.

Today is a holiday in Japan, National Foundation day, the date of the enthroning of Japan's first emperor according to legend and adopted by the creators of Japan's first constitution in 1880's. The holiday was made illegal by MacArthur after World War II as part of the outlawed "Emperor System, but was reinstated some years ago.

One thing I've noticed in Japan -- few Japanese think deeply about what a given holiday is all about. Contrary to the image Americans had of Japan in the 80's, all Japanese will gladly take a holiday, and generally don't think deeply about the point of the day. November 23rd is Labor Thanksgiving Day, but you never seen any laborors being thanked -- actually, they all seem to go out of their way to work on this day so they can earn extra money. In America, there are holidays to remember veterans who have both fought and died in past wars, but in Japan, there are few similar customs.

We've got some nice items for you today. Partially in commemoration of the holiday (?), we've got four new wacky Japanese T-shirts, including our most bizarre yet, a shirt with the 9th Amendment to the Japanese Constitution, which proclaims that Japan as a nation denounces war as a tool of state policy and promises to work for peace with all the nations of the world. There are three more wacky shirts posted as well -- Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend" "I want to be Japanese" and "Dare to be Stupid." See them on the Japanese T-shirt page.

Other new items include:

  • A super new item, the Cho Very Good!! which features eleven of the most popular Japanese AV gals in lovely sailor costplay
  • New magazines, including the new Nippon Mini-Suka Club
  • A bunch of new erotic dojiinshi, including a great new offering from the fine people at Okachimentaiko, as well as more stock of all Okachimentaiko dojinshi
  • Two great new "reserve subscription" magazines for J-List fans: Comic Coro Coro, an 800+ managa magazine with highly collectible Pokemon and other items inside each month, and the fashion magazine JJ, filled with great information on what's trendy among Japan's lovely young ladies
  • G-Net, a super new dual-Video CD & magazine sampler item
  • For DVD-philes, two great new DVDs contaiing the entire erotic works of the lovely Asakura Mai
  • More!

Monday, February 07, 2000

Greetings from J-List February 7, 2000

Hello again from Japan, the country that loves to wrap cookies individually.

The case of the poor seven-year-old boy who was murdered in Kyoto has been solved. The murderer, a troubled 21-year-old youth, turned himself in to investigators, only to run away during questioning. He climbed to the top floor of a nearby apartment complex and jumped to his death. The story has been all over the morning wide shows (they seem to love to show camera views peering down from the balcony where the man jumped, to show what his last view would have been). Unfortunately the man left no diary or notes to give a clear indication as to why he did what he did. It's a sad ending to a sad story.

The Japanese government continues its policy of lending money to banks at 0%, in order to keep interest rates ultra-low and promote growth in the economy. It's therefore cheap to borrow money -- if you can find a bank willing to lend it to you -- but the return on savings is the lowest in the world. A standard bank saving accounts account gets you .02% annually -- so if you keep $1000 in a bank for a year you'll get just $2 for your trouble. American-style money market funds have become popular, but they still only offer around 2-2.5% to investors. Meanwhile, E*Trade is pushing online investing strongly here, as Japan continues to change as a result of outside pressure.

We've got some nice items for you today. Updated items on J-List include

  • The new issue of Urecco, which features some of the hottest and most beautiful AV idols and models in Japan today
  • A slew of new adult manga to the hentai manga page, including some very nice S&M and bondage manga (and a new offering by the popular Araki Kyoya)
  • A selection of new special-order videos, including several nice new "costplay" (costume fetish) and bondage videos
  • New JPOP CD singles, for fans of our low-priced JPOP CDs
  • More!

We've gone through and reduced prices on nearly all of our in-stock manga and dojiinshi, to help make room for great new items. There are some cool items there, in stock and ready to go out to you, so please take a look at the reduced items. Thanks!