Friday, April 26, 2002

Greetings from J-List April 26, 2002

Hello again from Japan!

In Japan, the oldest son in a family has certain responsibilities to their household and parents, and as a general rule, will stay at home even after finishing school, taking over the family business (if there is one) and taking care of his parents as they get older. When a son in this situation gets married, the woman he marries has to agree to live in his house with his parents, which is called "yome o morau" (to receive a bride) -- she then is listed on her husband's family register and is completely a part of hew new family, and when she dies she is buried in her husband's family's grave.

If there is a son and a daughter, the responsibility to take over the household usually falls on the son, even if the daughter is older than the son. If there is no son, or if the son is unable to take over the household, the daughter must take care of her parents, and must find a husband willing to come and live in her family's house -- called a "muko" or "son who comes from another house to live." In cases where a man comes and lives in his wife's family's house, he generally takes his wife's last name. Because my wife is an only child, she was in a similar situation -- she really wanted to live in America, but had to return to Japan because of her parents. I married her and live in her home, however I didn't legally take her last name but kept my own. This makes me a "Masuo" (named after the husband of Sazae in the long-running anime Sazae-san).

A J-List customer from Germany has sent us the correct versions of some of the non-English words the Japanese use in their daily lives, and the original words they come from. Here's a list:

randoseru <- raenzel = bag (German)
arubaito <- arbeit = work (German)
anke-to <- enquete = inquiry (French)
karute <- karte = medical records (German)
karuta <- carta = letter (Portuguese)
pan <- pan = bread (Portuguese)

J-List has close relationships with several doujinshi artists, including Blue Eyes creator Tohru Nishimaki. J-List makes available the very nice "Daki-Makura" or large-size hugging pillows (the largest is as big as Kaori-chan), items which are unavailable to fans outside Japan. We've posted several new versions of the giant pillows for you to browse, and lowered the prices, too. Also, you can now have these giant character pillows shipped by either seamail or EMS. Finally, full-size poster versions of Mr. Nishimaki's lovely characters are now available, too.

For the pre-weekend update, we've got a great lineup of cool items for you, including:

  • First, we've got some excellent new magazines for you, including both new Japanese Penthouse issues, loaded with beautiful models from Japan (and Taiwan, and Russia)
  • Everyone likes our discount magazine pages, so we've got some newly reduced magazines, starting at just $5, as well as some nice older issues of Japanese magazines (on magazine page 2)
  • We've also got some fantastic soft- and hardcover magazines for you, including Yuko Oguro's wonderful new photobook and the lusty nude photobook of Megumi Osawa
  • Yasu has worked hard to restock many of the photobook items that have proved very popular, including Fumika Suzuki's excellent "JAM"
  • Mini-Suka Deluxe ("Mini-skirt deluxe") has long proved one of the most popular items in J-List history, and we've got a new issue of the wonderful leg fetish photobook for you
  • For manga fans, check out the excellent new items we've posted for you, including the dynamite "Fruit Body" by Tomu Tamio
  • Also, an excellent restock of our hentai manga pages, with fresh stock of many excellent volumes we'd sold out of (region free)
  • J-List carries many interesting Japanese adult toys, including the "Pink Rotor" (tiny pink egg-shaped vibrators you may have seen in Japanese AV). We've got several new variations of this popular item on the page for you now
  • For DVD fans, we've got another volley of the popular discount-priced SOD Memorial Series, with four erotic productions by director Tohjiro (region free)
  • Also from Soft on Demand, a fun DVD production in which three girls tease and punish men and make them feel small (region free)
  • In "Eighteen Paradise," Yellow Box explores the sexuality of ten girls who are eighteen years old, standing at the threshold of youth and sexual experience -- and it's a *4 hour* DVD (region free)
  • The Shake It! series continues, with more excellent tekoki (handjob fetish) from Japan (region free)
  • Audaz has a great new Super Violent Shoot offering out, featuring interesting themes of group sex in Japanese erotica (region 2)
  • For fans of M's Video Group and their fine brand of erotica, enjoy The Countdown Sperm featuring a real Japanese newscaster and incredibly detailed video editing
  • For fans of the lovely Yinling of Joytoy, the incredible photobook featuring Taiwanese Race Queen Yinling, we've got a special treat: the complete DVD edition of this extremely erotic and highly aesthetically penetrating world (region 2)
  • Also, another treat for fans of Yinling, a super idol DVD in the Myriam ("Miho, Yinling, Ran") series, capturing the charm of this wonderful lady
  • We have many nice new anime toy items, including a super Anpan Man (Bean Paste Bread Man) toy set, Hello Kitty stuffed characters in Japanese style and a really nice Lupin strap
  • Also: fresh stock of dozens of cool toy items, including the Japan-only Hot Wheels (including the Lupin vehicle set), new Tomica mini-cars, a great way to play with Totoro in the bath, and a big restocking of the Love Hina "SkyLuv Project" figures
  • For fans of the new Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away, we've got some cool "complete figures" in stock
  • Something that I personally love and recommend to everyone, we've got a giant (and I mean GIANT!) Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro in stock, measuring a full 32 inches long!
  • For fans of Japan's lovely swimsuit idols, check out Idol DVD & More page for newly posted items
  • We've got fresh stock of several of the Cardcaptor Sakura Bilingual Comics published by Kodansha -- Japanese manga with both Japanese and English printed on the page!
  • Fans of our Japanese snack and food pages, see several new items, including Tropicana Orange soft candy, buttered corn flavored caramels, the ever-cool "Choco Samurai" candies, and another favorite of mine, Himo Q, a 1.2 meter long string of gummi that is delicious
  • For fans of authentic Japanese "loose socks," the cute baggy socks that Japanese high school girls wear, we've got fresh stock of both the 80 cm and 120 cm versions
  • Finally, look for new Japanese hot springs powder for your bath, more fun Hello Kitty items from Japan, Ultraman monster figures, vocabulary study cards to help you learn Japanese, and more!

J-List pioneered the field of "Wacky Japanese T-shirts" four years ago, and our signature T-shirts are still a J-List original. We're sure you've noticed that we're running low on stock of most of our shirts. We'll be getting new stock of our shirts soon, and we thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Greetings from J-List April 24, 2002

Hello again from all of us at J-List!

The big event has finally come -- my son has started his first day at Japanese elementary school. School in Japan is a very complex thing, really a very structured machine designed to create happy, productive Japanese citizens who get along with each other, something important in a country in which half the population of the U.S. is crammed into an area smaller than California. Also, Japan's education system aims to eliminate differences between the kids so they can all be on the same level, another important aspect to life in this country where 80% of people describe themselves as being middle class. The wearing of school uniforms, which is done in Junior High and High School, also aims to remove distincations between rich and poor in public schools.

To build "chowa" (harmony) into the kids, the Japanese educational system makes sure that everyone does things the same way -- the kids wear the same yellow hats, carry standard backpacks (red or black, and although other colors are available, the only colors I saw were red and black). The focus on conformity can freak out Westerners, who can't understand why people would strive to be so similar to each other. I had a British friend who left Japan to return to England, mainly because he was not comfortable having his kids become the same as all the other kids (like baby ducks following their mother, he said). In the end, all these rules and having exactly one way to do things aims to make a strong feeling of being part of a group, something that's very important to the Japanese. Since we take frequent trips to the U.S. with the kids, we're hopeful that we'll be able to get in lots of individuality-building while we're home, to counter the Japanese school system.

The school Kazuki is going to is Misato Elementary School, and this is the school that Kazuki's mother went to 30 years ago...and also the school that his grandmother went to! That is so far outside the experience of my American mind I can't describe it. I've moved many times during my youth, living in on the East Coast, in New Zealand for a year, finally ending up in San Diego, and the idea of going to the same school as my mother, much less my grandmother boggles the mind.

Anyway, if you'd like to see pictures of my son in his new school, the URL is (click on "Pictures from Japan" and choose the "first day of School" link).

It's the middle of the week -- only a few more days to go to get to the weekend again. We've got a bunch of great new items for J-List, including:

  • First, we've got some nice new amateur and kogal magazines in for you, including a new magazine, Yes!! with great love hotel shots
  • The older and premium issues of Japanese magazines we posted last time sold out so fast, we've posted some more
  • Look for some great new photobooks, including new hardcover and softcover photobooks capturing some extremely beautiful Japanese women, both nude and swimsuit
  • We've got new manga for you, of course, with new works posted by Wataru Watanabe, Rinu Monota and more, as well as a great restocked items, including some of our most popular recent manga works
  • For yaoi fans, we've got both new and restocked manga for you, so check them out, too
  • For fans of Japan's excellent bishoujo games, we've got some nice art books, including the art book for the dynamite game by Elf, Ashta no Yukinojo
  • We have some very rare doujin-soft CD-ROMs with great images on them, along with some interesting experiments in "digital manga" that you can play on your computer (we're selling them cheap)
  • For our DVD fans, we've got another volley of low-price DVDs, with nice erotic releases by Soft on Demand, all full-length and just $10 each! (region free)
  • Also by Soft on Demand, the elegant and very erotic Sally Yoshino performs as the ultimate female teacher in "My Only Pet is Female Teacher" (region free)
  • The very lovely Mirai Hoshizaki (one of my faves) stars in the dynamite Super Angle of Manko, in which 90% of the footage is shot from between her legs (region 2)
  • The fresh and lovely Kirari Koizumi appears in a great 3-for-1 presentation, featuring 180 minutes (3 hours) of excellent adult video (region 2)
  • For bukakke lovers, be sure and check out the new M's Video Group release, directed by Yama Dachin
  • For fans of Japan's incredibly lovely Race Queens, we've got a very special 180 minute DVD featuring all the very best of Japan's sexy RQ's, including Yinling (a J-List favorite)
  • For those who want to learn more about Japanese film, Tomo has posted some more Japanese films on DVD that feature English subtitles, so you can enjoy the movie and understand the stories -- also, see the new links to online reviews we've posted for these items
  • New and back-in-stock snack items including delicious nori flavored crackers, Vitimin C In Candy, Tomato Pretz, caffinated coffee candy, and new Pork and Small Fish Japanese fried rice mixes
  • For gum fans, a big restocking of Black Black by Lotte, as well as several other popular flavors of Japanese gum
  • For fans of Japan's swimsuit and JPOP idols, be sure and see our Idol Photobooks, DVDs and more pages for some great new items, including the brand-new Morning Musume photobooks!
  • For collectors of beautiful Totoro items, see not one but two new music boxes in stock, as well as Totoro magnets and cute little mascots from the new Miyazaki movie Spirited Away
  • We've got a lots of cool Hello Kitty items, including Hello Kitty oil removing sheets, Hello Kitty chewing candy (it looks like a stick of gum, but it's really a long piece of sweet taffy-like candy
  • We kept running out of socks glue, the funny glue that you use to hold up your loose socks, so we've gotten a few dozen in
  • We love the fun "sushi lights" (realistic-looking pieces of sushi with lights inside), so we've restocked all of these
  • Finally, see a funky rice scoop that won't stick to rice, a traditional Japanese "one flower" flowerpot, Japanese bento separators, the ultimate tofu storage box you'll ever need, and fun new bento related items!

J-List carries lots of interesting items from Japan, including the very nice resin anime statues only available in Japan, such as the very nice (and very large) Belldandy cold cast figures. Check these very nice items out on the Anime Figures page.

That's all for now -- thanks for being a part of J-List, and we'll see you on the web!