Saturday, March 25, 2000

Greetings from J-List March 25, 2000

Hello again from Japan, where our new favorite beverage is Calpis & Aloe (really! it's good!).

We took the kids to see Toy Story II on Sunday -- it was great fun. Japanese movies for kids come in subtitled and dubbed versions, for the obvious reason that kids can't read Japanese subtitles yet. My kids, who are bilingual, we wondering why there were only adults in the theater. Movie theaters are one area that's quite unique in Japan. After paying $18 per adult (or $10 per child) to enter the theater, you're shown some converted TV commercials (including the inevitable tobacco CM), before the movie starts. Many movie older theaters have their last showing at 6:00 pm, since Japanese apparently don't go to movies late at night that often. The new theater in Isesaki (which is owned by Sony) is very modern: the last showing is 10 pm.

Speaking of movies, Miyazaki Hayao's masterpiece Princess Mononoke is "coming home" to Japan -- shown in English with Japanese subtitles. Always happy to have one of their own recognized so highly outside of Japan, the trailer for the film was filled with footage of Miyazaki-sensei being cheered by fans in New York City. I'm looking forward to see Disney's adaptation of one of Miyazaki's best films -- especially to Scully as Moro the Wolf. (Incidentally, we do have some really nice Mononoke puzzles, please check them out!)

Tonight's update is a nice one, with lots of cool new items, including:

  • The latest Urecco, which features Ayukawa Ami's "Fresh Nude" and Sakura Nana's "Special Shoot"
  • A host of new photobook items, including Sendo Emi's lovely high school graduation photobook, excellent new photobooks for leg/skirt fetish fans, and more
  • Fresh stock of two of J-List's best-selling items, Kusanagi Jun's "Last Nude Memorial" and Miura Aika's super 1999 photobook
  • For fans of our $5 magazine sale, many excellent "back from the dead" issues of Urecco that were formerly sold out (see magazine page 3)
  • Other excellent back--in-stock magazine and photobook items, including more copies of Photo Album 2, Cho Mach, Wonderful and Okay!!
  • For fans of Japan's anime voice actresses or seiyu, we've added Voice Animage to our "reserve subscriptions" page -- get it every month!
  • On the high-end bondage photobooks page, more copies of Sokubaku Press and more
  • More of our cool Urecco back issues, for only $5 (see Magazine page 3)
  • More copies of the popular funny Japanese shirt, Seiryoku Zetsurin ("matchless sexual power")
  • For our loyal JPOP fans, a dozen new JPOP CD singles for you
  • Finally, a great new update to our Japanese snacks page, including some uniquely Japanese items, including Milky Candy, Coffee Culture Candy, the classical Japanese delicious "Kuro-Ame, and Kaori's childhood favorite, Strawberry Milk Candy -- give them a try!

Remember, J-List offers convenient 6- or 12-month subscriptions to some of our best-selling magazines, including Urecco, Bejean, Gal's Dee, Gokuh, Video Boy, Best Video, and Dela Beppin. Why not get a subscription and have the latest issues sent to you before they're posted to the site, and get free issues, to boot?

Friday, March 24, 2000

Greetings from J-List March 24, 2000

Greetings from Japan, on this lovely Friday.

The latest hair fashion in Japan is a soft blonde that's very pleasing to the eye, far better than the outrageous yellows that Japanese girls have chosen in the past. Walking around Shibuya or Shinjuku, I see many girls who have colored their hair this soft, realistic blonde "chapatsu" color, and I like it. It looks perhaps best on Mochida Kaori, the lead singer of Every Little Thing (not to be confused with Mochida Kaoru, the AV actress with the 100+ cm bust. See a picture of Kaori-chan and her hair style at http://www4.big.or.jp/~tatooine/Pictures/ELT/eltphoto/kaori239.jpg.

Kaori's father is having a good week. Like many middle-aged Japanese men, golf is his primary love in life, and he made a hole-in-one while playing golf last weekend. Because he pays into a "hole-in-one fund" for golf enthusiasts, this entitles him to a whopping $5000. He's supposed to spend the money on a "congratulations party, but Kaori said he's going to find a way around that by using some judicious loopholes. In a land where it's difficult to show passion for your hobbies, golf is the king. (Kaori recently dropped her Strawberry iMac, breaking it internally, and she's setting her sights on some of her father's money to fix her lovely computer.)

This weekend's update is a nice one, with quite a few new items going onto the site, including:

Many new magazines, including one shots" and previous sold magazines -- see them on magazine page 2 and 3

  • For fans of older Japanese adult magazines, we've got some sets of Orange Tsushin, in packs of 5 magazines, featuring many older and out of print actresses, like Misato Mari, Yuki Hitomi, and Matsuzaka Kimiko -- see page 2 for these
  • For fans of J-List's unique erotic manga, we've got several new items on the hentai manga page
  • For anyone who loves the unique themes in yaoi comics, we've posted new issues to that page, too
  • We've got more photobooks, including new issues of Ozawa Madoka's Fairy on the Rough SKetch and Horiuchi Nana's Tickle
    o For gouka-bon fans, we've got a a bunch of new S&M, bondage and other unique books, including books featuring older women and various fetish offerings
  • For Pokemon fans, we've got the new Gummi Pikachu series in -- see the Japanese snacks page
  • Because we love cool Japanese puzzles, damn it, we've added more really cool items -- including idol puzzles of Hirosue Ryoko and new anime puzzles of Matsumoto Leiji's excellent Queen Emeraldas and Rayearth.

Remember that J-List features a large selection of great Japanese DVD AV titles without country lockout codes, so you can view them in any country, on any DVD player. Playing times are long and super features like multi-angle are supported on many discs. Also, several of our DVDs come subtitled in English, Chinese and even Korean. Check out the DVD page now.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Greetings from J-List March 22, 2000

Hello again from Japan, where our new favorite beverage is Calpis & Aloe (really! it's good!).

We took the kids to see Toy Story II on Sunday -- it was great fun. Japanese movies for kids come in subtitled and dubbed versions, for the obvious reason that kids can't read Japanese subtitles yet. My kids, who are bilingual, we wondering why there were only adults in the theater. Movie theaters are one area that's quite unique in Japan. After paying $18 per adult (or $10 per child) to enter the theater, you're shown some converted TV commercials (including the inevitable tobacco CM), before the movie starts. Many movie older theaters have their last showing at 6:00 pm, since Japanese apparently don't go to movies late at night that often. The new theater in Isesaki (which is owned by Sony) is very modern: the last showing is 10 pm.

Speaking of movies, Miyazaki Hayao's masterpiece Princess Mononoke is "coming home" to Japan -- shown in English with Japanese subtitles. Always happy to have one of their own recognized so highly outside of Japan, the trailer for the film was filled with footage of Miyazaki-sensei being cheered by fans in New York City. I'm looking forward to see Disney's adaptation of one of Miyazaki's best films. (Incidentally, we do have some really nice Mononoke puzzles, please check them out!)

Tonight's update is a nice one, with lots of cool new items, including:

  • The latest Urecco, which features Ayukawa Ami's "Fresh Nude" and Sakura Nana's "Special Shoot"
  • A host of new photobook items, including Sendo Emi's lovely high school graduation photobook, excellent new photobooks for leg/skirt fetish fans, and more
  • Fresh stock of two of J-List's best-selling items, Kusanagi Jun's "Last Nude Memorial" and Miura Aika's super 1999 photobook
  • Other excellent back--in-stock magazine and photobook items, including more copies of Photo Album 2, Cho Mach, Wonderful and Okay!!
  • For fans of Japan's anime voice actresses or seiyu, we've added Voice Animage to our "reserve subscriptions" page -- get it every month!

On the high-end bondage photobooks page, more copies of Sokubaku Press and more

Finally, a great new update to our Japanese snacks page, including some uniquely Japanese items, including Milky Candy, Coffee Culture Candy, the classical Japanese delicious "Kuro-Ame, and Kaori's childhood favorite, Strawberry Milk Candy

Remember, J-List offers convenient 6- or 12-month subscriptions to some of our best-selling magazines, including Urecco, Bejean, Gal's Dee, Gokuh, Video Boy, Best Video, and Dela Beppin. Why not get a subscription and have the latest issues sent to you before they're posted to the site, and get free issues, to boot?

Monday, March 20, 2000

Greetings from J-List March 20, 2000

Greetings from Japan, where a hamburger with a bun is a hamburger, but hamburger meat alone is a "hamburg." Consequently, a hot dog with bun is a "frankfurter" but a dog by itself (say, on a stick) is just a "frankfurt."

Japanese make some strange adaptations to English words. Just as Spanish and French can sound exotic to Americans, the Japanese love to pepper their daily lives with words from English. One word they like is "my" -- it's used in words like "my-car" (mai-kaa) (a privately owned car), my-home (mai-ho-mu) (a word that denotes owning your own house). Banks will advertise special rates for a "my-car loan." Someone who does things his own way, at his own pace, is called "going my way" (goingu mai uee) while a person who is vague and unspecific is an "about" person (abauto na hito). New words are coined to reflect changing times, too -- such as "barrier free, a word that describes living without barriers such as steep stairs that make it hard for elderly people to get along. Just in time" is another phrase that was born in Japan.

Today is the first day of Spring, and a holiday here in Japan. Winter didn't go without a fight, though -- today was one of the windiest I can remember. Japan is

We've got a great lineup of items for you tonight, including:

  • First, fresh stock of the excellent Taiwanese lovely Vivian Hsu nude photobooks, Venus and Angel, on the photobooks pages
  • Also on the photobook pages, great new photobooks including "The Nama-ashi" (bare-let fetish) and Costume & Lingerie (for the ultimate underwear-fan)
  • Even more stock of formerly sold-out photobooks, including a few copies of Impressive by Fubuki Akira, and Ozawa Madoka's lovely Fairy on the Rough Sketch
  • For fans the lovely idol group Morning Musume, we've got their newest #1 music video, Koi no Dance Site, as well as the wonderful high-quality Morning Musume collectible trading cards (see the idol or card pages)
  • Also for idol fans, we've got three lovely new idol videos -- Kojima Kanako, Anzai Hiroko and the delicious Sunouchi Mihoko
  • For our adult video customers, there are two excellent new videos on page 1 of the video catalog, including "The Girl Sentenced to have Semen on her Face"
  • The hot new Gal's Dee, featuring the dynamite Kusanagi Jun (95 cm bust, G cup), is on Magazine page 1
  • Lower prices on tons of manga, dojinshi and magazines (well, maybe not tons, but at least 100 kg of them)

Remember that J-List regularly puts lower priced and close out magazines, photobooks and other items on higher-numbered pages (magazine page 3, photobook page 2, etc.), so please check regularly for some great bargains. As part of tonight's update, we've gone through and lowered the prices of two dozen magazines, manga and dojinshi, too, so please check out the nice items.

That's all for tonight. See you on the web!