What a day we've had. A freak electrical storm rained lightning and thunder on us, all while the sun was shining. The rain eventually caught up, and doused the J-List office with bizarre hail and fat "plum sized" raindrops (as the Japanese say). The lightening caused multiple power outages, stopping all work and temporarily corrupting our database. For a finale, lightning struck either the J-List office's lightning rod or else very nearby -- and took with it both our cable radio hookup (which allows us to hear radio stations in New York and Los Angeles if we choose to), as well as our prized possession, our large 4-hp air conditioner. Without our lovely aircon, all we can do is open the windows and sweat. We'll get it fixed as soon as we can.
There's another fun game Japanese kids play, called Fruits Basket. It's called Fruits Basket, rather than Fruit Basket, because for phonetic reasons, it's easier for Japanese to put the "s" sound on some English words when they use them in Japanese. (Words like suit and suitcase get used in Japanese as "suits" and "suitscase, regardless of plural/singular, for the same reason.) To play, make a circle of chairs, one for each person, minus one chair. One person is it, and stands in the center. When I was teaching English to kids and high school students, we'd take the grammatical rule or function we were working on for the day, then base the game on that. For example, if we were working on yes/no questions, the person who was it" would ask a question to the group -- "Do you like sushi?" for example -- and students who answered "yes" would have to jump up and change seats, avoiding the seat next to them of course. If all the seats were taken, they would be "it" and would have to ask a question to the rest of the class.
Just in time for the weekend, we've got some excellent new items for you on the J-List site, including:
- First, new magazines, including the truly excellent new issue of Pink Gold, one of my favorite new magazines from Japan
- For fans of older issues of magazines, which feature girls who are hard to find or retired now, we've got some classic Urecco issues from 1998, including the super-cool Suzuki Fumika Urecco cover, on the magazine back-issues page
- We always have great photobooks at J-List, and we've got a bunch of new ones, including the excellent "Pheromone" photobook, featuring some of the most popular AV idols in bizarre and erotic photos, as well as the excellent brand-new hardcover erotic photobook by the lovely and popular Hirosue Nao
- For leg fans, there's a totally new concept -- a "see through" fetish photobook, for people who love see-through clothing, panty lines, transparent silk stockings, and more
- Race queen fans, see the additional copies of the "Angel Kiss" photobooks on the photobook pages
- There are new erotic wide manga on the manga pages, including The Pink Purgatory by Peace Comics, and the new issue of Electronic Fighting Daughter's, the excellent parody of game girls manga
- There are a bunch 'o' new videos on the in-stock video pages (new releases), including new performances by Yumeno Maria, Sakurai Fuuka, and one of my favorites, the contemporary Japanese cutie Mitsui Eri
- Also new from SOD, a great new video in which a man is molested by four lovely women, who perform everything from "fella" to "tekoki" on him. If he can keep from coming for 60 minutes, he wins 300, 000 yen. Great for fans of SOD's wacky style.
- Two great long-playing DVD items are in stock -- the excellent Seven Vol. 3 (featuring seven new lovely AV angels) and the new Hall of Cosplay, with 130 minutes of excellent costume play for you -- on the DVD (Gallery) page
- For fans of the lighter side of Japanese pop culture, we've got stock of the popular "Digimon Wars" toy & snack combos, little toy sets that reinact battles in the Digimon universe. See these only-from-Japan items on the anime snacks page (on the snacks master category).
We have more stock of our popular T-Dog 2000 (the Japanese robotic dog toy), the Giant Robo "miracle fiture, the really cool Blair Witch" Kubrick toys, and "Hair Color Change Aki-chan" (see them on the anime toys and fashion doll pages)
- Finally, a new item -- "Shiatsu Flower, a set of small, bumpy PVC massage balls" that allow you to massage tired hands and feet with Japanese shiatsu.
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