Every languages has its interesting idioms, which are fun and challenging when you're learning them. In English we've got phrases like, it's raining cats and dogs, and in Japanese they have a similar set of interesting phrases and idioms. If you love some food, you "don't have eyes" for it (~ ni me ga nai). If you really want something badly, a hand may come out of your throat (nodo kara te ga deru). If you're trying to hide your true form from someone, your "tail might pop out" (shippo ga deru) -- imagine a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing, trying to keep his tail from giving him away. And if you have a really adorable child or puppy, it wouldn't hurt, even if you put it in your eye (me ni iretemo itaku nai), implying how cute and lovable it is.
Well, we're off to the U.S. on Saturday, finally getting time to take our "summer vacation" in November. It'll be my first Thanksgiving home in eight years, and the kids are really looking forward to going. The kids are lucky that they get to enjoy the best of both Japan and America -- Time Ranger and Masked Rider Kuuga in Japan, big parks and trips to the beach in the winter in the U.S. I've sensed some nervousness on the part of Kazuki, who has forgotten -- or simply put away for later use -- all the English he picked up during his month in San Diego this summer. While we're in the U.S., the competent J-List staff of Kaori, Tomo and Harumi will make sure everything runs with clockwork smoothness.
Just in time for the weekend, we've got some excellent new items for you, including:
- First, we've lowered prices on nearly all our excellent stock of 2001 anime, JPOP, idol and nude calendars, so we can move them out in time for you to get them before the end of 2000. We have an excellent stock of excellent calendars, so please check out the great items!
- We have a host of excellent adult magazines, including the new Gal's Dee, as well as several single issues (see magazine pages 1 and 2)
- For photobook fans, we've got some more really excellent items, including more of the Bishojo Nude Gallery series
- We also have some interesting S&M and fetish photobooks on the gouka-bon page, including some hardcore books featuring some seriously sexy women
- For fans of the very nice MPEG DVD & Video CD Soft Catalog, we've got a new issue from 1998, with some cool AV idols that you can't find easily anymore -- on DVD -> MPEG & CD ROMs
- There are a half-dozen all-new manga posted to the manga pages, including great new offerings by Hit Comics, AV Comics, and DNA -- see the new releases, best-selling and parody manga pages
- If you like the unique art styles and themes of Japan's yaoi (homosexual) comics, see the new items on the yaoi page, including the new B-Boy Zips
- For dojinshi fans, we've got another volley of very nice books for you, so check the dojinshi pages soon if you're interested
- For DVD fans who can view region 2 DVDs on either a code-free player or their computers, we have a very special surprise: the debut of SOD's excellent productions on DVD! See the new tekoki, Fuckin' On and other titles on the DVD (region 2) page
- Also for DVD lovers, we've got fresh stock of our most popular DVD items, including Fubuki Akira's new title, Kano Mizuho/Shiina Mai's "Excellent Double Bomb, Kawashima Azumi's Memories, and more -- and all are 100% region-free
- We've got some new videos in stock, including Hitomi Ryo's excellent Lesbian Triangle" and a new video in the "Slut" series from SOD
- On the Stickers & Signs page, we've got two new version of our popular "Japanese wooden sign" line -- "Baby's Room" and "Secret Room"
- On the Wacky Things page, several new items: a great new foot roller (to gentle massage your feet after a tiring day), cute little Japanese tin cans with figures of rabbits and frogs on them (which Kaori recommends), and a cool new item, Zabu Zabu Ball, a set of three plastic balls which aid your washing machine's function.
The J-list site was down for several hours on Wednesday evening, due to a router problem in our ISP's backbone (sounds like a serious health problem). Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience.