Hello again from your friends in Japan, J-List!
The Japanese approach to family structure is very different than in the U.S. In Japan, a family has a "jikka" or "real house," where their parents live. At certain times during the year, mainly New Years' Day and Obon, a holiday that's kind of a cross between Thanksgiving and Halloween, people return to their jikka to be with family. Usually the oldest son is the one who stays with his parents, taking over the family business if there is one. My wife is an only child, so there was a lot of expectation for her to remain in her house, despite the fact that she wanted to live in America. When I married her, it was expected that we would live in the house and "see to things" (including taking care of my wife's parents as they grow older).
My mother and nephew stayed with us for a week, and it was interesting hearing some of their observations about Japan. My nephew, a typical 12-year-old Pokemon-loving teenager, was interested in many things, too, from the way they play Auld Lang Sine in stores when it's time to close (so you know to hurry up and leave) to stoplights that are horizontally oriented instead of vertically, as they are in the States. My mother, who is really into strict bedtimes for children, was aghast to see my kids staying up til 10 pm most nights. It's a different paradigm -- in Japan, kids don't really have bedtimes, but go to sleep when they are sleepy. It's aided by the fact that Japan's day is about 2 hours later than the U.S. -- school starts at 9 am, not at 7 am, as it did for me, and people usually from 10 to 6, not from 9 to 5. So it all works out.
For this evening's update, we've got some extra-special items in store for you, including:
First, we've got several excellent new magazines, including the excellent new Penthouse Japan and Penthouse Special, not one but two issues of Iketeru Peach-Ass Girl, and another of those cool magazines that show embarrassing photos of Japanese idols
For photobook fans, we've got some excellent items, including the new Tennyo, featuring the lovely Yoshinaga Mika as photographed by Miyazawa Masaaki, and the incredibly erotic Strawberry Diary 2, by the famous Aida Garo
We've got fresh stock of several sold-out photobooks, including the very cool "From the bathroom with love," the sultry Honjoh Sayuri's "Bedrooms" and Ikeno Hitomi's sizzling S&M photobook
For fans of amateur Japanese girls, check out Gal's Special, featuring all-amateur content in a great all-color format
For hentai manga lovers, we've got some excellent new postings, along with fresh stock of several extremely popular manga offerings that had been sold out and backordered for a long time -- check out out always well-stocked manga pages now
If you like erotic doujinshi, we've got two cool ones for you, both based on Love Hina, the popular new anime
Yaoi fans should check out the two "boy's love anthology" items we've posted for you, each featuring a great collection of yaoi artwork and themes
For erotic DVD and doujinshi fans alike, we've got a cool item: Street Fucker, a 120 minute DVD filled with all parody Street Fighter live-action costume play sex, starring the very pretty Shirakawa Narumi as Chun Li, Sakura and the STII characters
For AV fans, we've got two great videos for you -- the charming Tomosaki Rin in "I'll Give You Help Onanie" (female-assisted masturbation) and Fujisaki Ayaka in a fantastic breast-fetish video "A-Class Busty Criminal"
The extremely popular G-Taste series continues in the latest G-Taste DVD, the Kannazuki Mai Edition
One of the most requested anime items on J-List has been the Love Hina anime series, and we're happy to announce that you can order the Love Hina DVDs on our Anime DVD page. This is a wonderful anime based on one of the most popular manga in years, and we think it's really cool
For fans of the popular game Kanon, we've got the official Kanon Trading Card Game version 2.0 in stock
Speaking of Kanon, check out the Kanon Personal Phone Strap on the anime & toys page, before it's gone, along with several other cool things for fans of Ultraman and Yamato
We have two excellent flavors of Lotte's Xylitol chewing gum on the Japanese gum page. Xylitol is a new product from Finland that promotes tooth health, and this is a great-tasting gum from Japan that incorporates it. In Blueberry Yogurt and Orange Soda flavor!
We've got a nutty item for you on our Japanese stickers & signs page -- Super Buddha! We guarantee that if you put this on your car, you'll be unique
Finally, our always-fun Wacky Things from Japan pages have been updated weather real Japanese subway map; a "stick-free" rice scoop with holder, great for anyone who eats Japanese-style rice; a cooling "relax mask" that reduces puffiness around your eyes; a deluxe keychain that makes losing your keys very difficult; and the only stainless steel drinking cup you'll ever need.
Over the years, we've carried many interesting products, including Japan's unique bishoujo (aka hentai) games in English. One of the first companies to translate these games into English was Otaku Publishing of the UK, and when they stopped selling the games, we bought the last of their stock. That stock is nearly gone now -- Return to Paradise Heights is down to the last 25 copies or so. So if you haven't played this classic game and want to, get it fast!