Thursday, June 28, 2001

Greetings from J-List June 28, 2001

Hello again from Japan, the home of Pocari Sweat and Calpis!

First, some good news. The pesky "secure email form" that stopped working on Sunday has been fixed. You can now use the secure form located at https://www.jastusa.com/Merchant2/contact.mv? to send us your J-List orders securely.

Before I came to Japan, I had the impression the Japanese people were not very religious. I was surprised to find that this wasn't always the case -- actually, I spent my first Sunday in Japan in mass at the Maebashi Baptist Church, which was a surprising experience. The Mormon Church is very active in Japan, with many missionaries from the U.S. recruiting new members, offering free English lessons to Japanese who want to study English as a way of bringing their message to others. There are even Jehovah's Witnesses here, amazingly enough, and they even have the same "look and feel" of American J.W.'s.

Religiously, Japan is an interesting place with an interesting history. The original religion of Japan is Shinto, an animalistic religion that worships the "spirits" (kami) in natural objects like trees and rocks. Buddhism came in through Korea and was "grafted onto" Shinto, so that the two are often inseparable, and Japanese often don't know if a certain ceremony they're performing is Buddhist or Shinto. True to human nature, there are many, many sects of Buddhism, with differences so minor that I can't tell them apart at all -- Japanese get equally confused when trying to tell what's different about Catholicism and the various Protestant churches. As a rule, Buddhism is a quiet part of Japanese life, and you never encounter "evangelists" trying to spread their style of religion. The exception is the church of Soka Gakkai, an interesting evangelical sect of Buddhism that was founded in 1930. I've happened to know several members of this church, and they've always been very forward about their religion, actively trying to tell others about it and spread the word about their beliefs.

We're finally ready to take the wraps off of J-Mate. J-Mate is a new site we're sponsoring, which will hopefully grow to be a "source for Japanese AV and contemporary hentai culture." In addition to reviews of many cool things from Japan including Japan's unique bishoujo games, we'll offer something we're very pleased with -- translations of interviews with Japan's lovely AV idols. J-Mate can be accessed at http://www.jmate.com/ . Since our reviews are going to be submitted by readers, we'd love it if you'd write up something and allow us to post it.

While we continue to work on the upcoming J-List site renewal, we've got a great update of products you. This evening's update, we've got some great new items for you, including:

  • First, we've got some great magazines for you, including the new Gal's Dee, featuring extremely busty Japanese gals like Uruka Kitamura, Anna Ohura and more
  • Also, we've got a nice rare item -- some classic and premium backissues of popular Japanese magazines. See them at the top of magazine page 2
  • For photobook lovers, we've got a great selection of new items, including all-new hardcover photobooks and the new Tennyo, featuring the lovely Maiko Kazano, the dynamite erotic nude of Mariko Kawano, and many more items
  • If you like Garo Aida, we have his excellent photobook "Love Best Selection" back in stock for you
  • For fans of Japan's hardcore S&M photobooks, we've got several back in stock for you, with bondage, anal and other themes amply covered
  • If you love Japan's erotic manga, we've got a large number of new items for you, including the long-awaited vol. 4 of the Blue Eyes manga series, and many other new and back-in-stock items, from the popular "love and sex" manga artist Yutaka Tanaka to fresh stock of the popular "Erotic Heart Mother," and more
  • We have several nice doujinshi for you too, including some excellent items based on popular shows that should sell out quickly -- check the doujinshi page if you're interested
  • For Japanese adult video fans, we have a great mix of Azumi Kawashima's best erotic performances, along with a super "beautiful valley" video from SOD, featuring some great breast fetish material
  • For DVD lovers, we've got an extremely cool sexy idol DVD for Anna Ohura lovers -- the wonderful region-free DVD features released footage, photos and more
  • If you love Japan's bishoujo games, we've got the "complete data" art book of Brave Soul, the excellent fantasy RPG from Crowd. This title is being translated for future release by Peach Princess
  • Like hopelessly cute things from Japan? We've got some more wacky hand fans for you, with Doraemon and the loveable "Tare Panda" (drooping panda) printed on them -- see the Anime & Toys page
  • Experience the enigma of Japanese "melon soda" on the Japanese snacks page
  • Finally, newly added items on the Wacky Things from Japan pages include a great foot massage board, more funky Japanese notebooks with bizarre English on them, and other items. Check them out!

The newest upcoming "pretty girl" game from Peach Princess is Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber. A great recent release, this title was originally released under Will's Guilty label, and features some great game play and themes. In this game, you're not a guy -- you choose one of five female characters, and play through the game's many paths as one of those characters. The interlinked story is great fun, and we think you'll like this new game. It should ship in about two weeks, but you can preorder it now and get free shipping, while supporting Peach Princess's efforts to bring these great games to you.

Are you burning to find out what happened to Tomomi Kahala, the Japanese singer who went to America to try to get a singing career started? If so, look no further than CM-Watch, where you can see her latest commercial in Quicktime format, in addition to other Japanese TV commercials, including a giant feminine napkin that protects a city. See it all at http://www.cm-watch.com, our gift to you for your support of J-List.

Monday, June 25, 2001

Greetings from J-List June 25, 2001

Well, first of all, we're happy to announce that the J-List site is happily transferred to its new server, in what was a relatively painless DNS transfer. Mail sent to the jlist.com mail addresses only bounced for a few hours, and now the site is working quite well.

Unfortunately the "new" secure order form we posted over the weekend perfectly secure -- but it failed to send orders to us as it was supposed to. Therefore, if you tried to submit an order over the weekend but didn't get a reply from us, by all means, please email us about it and we'll make sure your order is taken care of right away.

The new site is not, of course, the "new and improved J-List" we've been promising you. We're still a little ways away from going live with the site, however we will get the new J-List site, which features full product search and many other very nice features, ready for you very soon. Personally, I can't wait!

The Japanese are great fans of American movies, so much so that Disney is taking great pains to avoid offending movie-goers when Pearl Harbor opens next month. It's always interesting to see how they translate the names of Japanese movies. Sometimes, they are translated more or less as-is -- Star Wars Episode One was just called "Phantom Menace," although these words mean nothing to Japanese fans. Often, titles are truncated grammatically, to make them easier to remember, e.g. You Got Mail. Other times, they just make up a new title they think will sell the movie. Somewhere in Seattle was called "Meguriaetara..." here, which means "When they finally met," and An Officer and a Gentleman became "Ai to seishun no tabidachi" (A journey of love and youth). Close Encounters of the Third Kind became "Encounter with the Unknown." And someone in Lucasfilm's organization must have screwed up, because Return of the Jedi in Japanese is "Jedi no Fukushu," which is Revenge of the Jedi, the film's original title.

Yasu has had an interesting adventure. AV actress Ichigo Milk (Strawberry Milk) came to Gunma Prefecture to sign autographs and shake hands with fans, and he was there with his camera to record it all. Ichigo Milk is a charming AV idol with copper-bronze hair and a sweet, slender body. He got her autograph on behalf of all J-List fans -- see the pictures at http://www.peterpayne.net/Merchant3/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PP&Product_Code=ICHIGO&Category_Code=PC

For our first update on the new server, we're happy to bring you a whole slew of cool new items, including:

  • First of all, we've got several nice magazines for you, including the new issue of Cream (love those cute girls!), as well as some nice single issues of various value-price magazines
  • Since everyone loves our popular $5 magazine items, we've got a bunch posted for you on magazine page 3
  • If you love Japan's very nice photobooks, we've got a nice update for you, including both new photobooks, including Morning Musume look-alike Mami Gotoh, as well as fresh stock of many sold-out hardcover photobooks
  • For fans of "bukkake" and sperm-fetish items from Japan, we've got another killer Live Gal's Shower issue in, which features a full color magazine and two video CDs of bukkake AV footage, 2 hours!
  • Also, fresh copies of the very nice Body Poster Actress 2000, featuring some of the most popular gals at J-List
  • If you love erotic manga, of course we've got you covered, with several great new volumes from Fujimi Comics, Tsukasa and more -- check both manga page 1 and page 2 for the newly updated items
  • Also for doujinshi fans, we've got a great update of cool items for you, including many rare Okachimentaiko and other doujinshi that will probably never be in stock again
  • We have another interesting new amateur series from Soft on Demand's Natural High label, Puchi Outdoors, which feature pretty AV girls who get naked and do shameful things outdoors
  • For DVD collectors, we've got several cool new items for you, including Club Eccentric Ladyland (erotic orgy DVD), Legend of Big Bust All Stars (a great collection of the most famous past busty idols, including rare gals like Shinobu Hosokawa), and for "Kuru-kuru" fans, her super kogal sperm fetish production, Kuru Milk
  • For lovers of Japan's pretty girl (bishoujo) games, we have a very nice art book containing tons of great glossy color artwork and hentai CG from the popular game "Air"
  • We have fresh stock of several flavors of Japanese gum
  • For Hello Kitty fans, a treat -- a delicious "strawberry milk soft candy" on the Japanese snacks page
  • Finally, we've got some cool items on the Japanese signs and stickers page, limited stock of some interesting window stickers based on our popular Japanese T-shirts!

Once again, we thank you for your understanding during this bumpy week. Remember that the order form problems don't affect our processing and shipping in any way. We'll make sure your order goes out to you in a timely banner!