Friday, April 25, 2003

Greetings from J-List April 25, 2003

Greetings from Japan, where it's not polite to stick your chopsticks straight up in your rice (only dead people do this).

No matter how long I live in Japan, there are some foods from the States I just can't live without. The Japanese may make great electronics and anime, but the super-sweet air-whipped stuff that passes for peanut butter here just doesn't satisfy me -- so I always bring pack some Skippy or Peter Pan from the States whenever I go home. The Japanese have a great tradition of eating pickled vegetables called tsukemono, but there's no replacing the good old Vlassic dills from the States. When Japanese go to live in the U.S. they pine for food from home, too, like ramen, white rice and natto (the famous fermented soybeans from Japan). Likewise, there are some foods that just don't translate across borders. In Japan, beans are supposed to be sweet (like azuki beans), and are used in desserts, so Japanese usually don't like the non-sweet beans found in Mexican food when they eat it for the first time. Judging from the reactions to the Cheerios I bought from the Foreign Buyer's Club (, Japanese don't like that famous American staple, and almost all Japanese seem to hate the taste of root beer, which tastes like medicine to them. Japanese foods that gaijiin usually can't handle include the above mentioned natto and tart pickled plums (ume-boshi).

The "name suffixes" (such as -san) used in Japanese are a well-known part of the Japanese language, and the various nuances attached to them are quite interesting. "-san" is the "basic" name suffix that everyone has probably heard of, and it indicates formality, like adding Mr. or Mrs. to a name in English. Used with the last name usually (e.g. Fujita-san), it's also used with the first name (Tomo-san) to show some politeness while also showing familiarity. Two other common name suffixes, "-chan" and "-kun," are used when talking to girls and boys (e.g. Kazuki-kun and Rina-chan), and both indicate closeness. Younger people never use
"-chan" or "-kun' to an older person, as it would be rude. "-sama" is a name suffix used when talking to extremely high-ranking individuals, but it isn't used today at all, outside of anime and certain formal settings
-- resist the urge to use it in front of Japanese, you'll embarrass yourself. Other name suffixes include "sensei" (used for doctors or teachers), "senshi" (literally "warrior," it's used for athletes, e.g. Matsui-senshi), and even the English word "announcer," although it's shortened to "ana" (so NHK's popular television personality Junko Kubo becomes Kubo-ana).

If you ever visit Japan, it's good manners to bring a gift, called "omiyage" (oh-mee-YAH-gay), to Japanese you will be visiting. Some items, like beef jerky or macadamia nuts from Hawaii, are so famous that they're almost cliched. Some other items you might want to consider include vitamins (they're very expensive in Japan) or a carton of cigarettes from your home country (find out if the intended recipient smokes first, of course). Something that represents where you live would be good, too -- if coming from France or California wine country, bring them a bottle of wine, for example. And with the popularity of Starbucks in Japan these days, one of our favorite gifts for Japanese friends are the large 10 lb bags of coffee. You can't go wrong with that.

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:

  • First, for fans of Star Wars, a great new Tomy diorama series featuring five scenes from the classic movies that will surely be loved by all fans -- and because J-List loves you, we've got full sets in stock, ready for you to buy them
  • Speaking of Star Wars, we're glad to see how popular the Kubricks were -- the full sets sold out in just a few hours. A few more of the full sets will probably be coming in, so order them from our site so you'll be in the queue
  • The Kubrick "The Dog" toys from Medicom Toy proved to be extremely popular, and several of the figures sold out right away -- although this is a very difficult to find item in Japan, we were able to get another case, but it will probably be the last available, get your Kubrick Dogs soon
  • Bento (Japanese boxed lunch) is part of Japanese culture, and we've got a great new series of "ekiben," incredibly detailed miniature bento boxes from famous train stations all over Japan -- check them out!
  • For fans of real bento boxes you can take your lunch in, we've restocked several popular items, including the very popular Kyoto Bento Set
  • For fans of the famous Nintendo Zelda games, we've got a super Zelda Box containing a data book, a great soundtrack and figure series -- a fantastic item for collectors
  • For fans of Shirow Masamune, enjoy his bilingual "full color works" which bring you some of his most amazing art over several years of his career -- we've also gotten in fresh stock of Jashin Hunter!
  • J-List carries dozens of "reserve subscription" magazines from Japan for people interested in anime, manga, fashion, hobby, and more. We've added a great new monthly manga for fans, Dengeki Comic Gao -- each issue is loaded with over 450 pages of fantastic art and extras
  • For fans of Japan's pretty swimsuit idols, check out the new mini photobook of Sayaka Isoyama, one of the most charming idols around today
  • For fans of DVDs from around the world, we've gotten in stock of the Lasonic DVB-8092 transportable DVD player, which will go anywhere and play anything you throw at it -- now in stock in San Diego
  • For fans of Japanese snacks and food, enjoy delicious exploding Ramune candy, Japanese soup that's eaten with sushi, boil in bag curry, and tasty Japanese desserts you can make at home
  • Also, many items restocked, including Mill Make coffee powder for your milk, cold green tea drink mix, delicious soy sauce and butter flavored popcorn, tasty Hi-Chew soft candy, and great miso soup from Japan
  • For Hello Kitty fans, some cute items, including a great lunch box made for storing onigiri (triangle shaped rice balls), a cute Hello Kitty Vespa scooter, and more
  • From Tomy, die-cast toys based on vehicles at Tokyo Disneyland, and fresh stock of the Toyota Prius die-cast cars
  • If you're a fan of hamsters from Japan, we've got some Hamster Club wet tissues for you to carry around with you, which are very handy to have (especially if you've got kids)
  • For people wanting to bring a little Japan into their homes, we've got a cool lace "noren" curtain that's popular here
  • Finally, look for chopsticks and freshly restocked bento items, more funny Japanese signs that are wacky, Japanese "thanks" envelopes for giving money gifts, and more!

For our adult customers, we've got many new 18+ products. They include:

  • For fans of Japan's lovely adult magazines, we've got some great items, including the special 17th anniversary issue of Dela Beppin, filled with fantastic girls for you
  • Then enjoy hardcore sex in love hotels by very cute amateur girls in the new Hy Kiss, and lovely kogals in Ururu
  • For fans of Japanese photobooks we've got some great items including a double-size photobook for the delightful and sexy Fumika Suzuki that is the coolest thing we've ever seen!
  • Also: a great photobook for fans of tight-fitting silk stockings that are oh so sexy -- features four famous models in all their low-angle loveliness
  • Look for restocked photobooks as well, including Aoi Minori huge hit, Beyond the Blue Sky
  • For manga collectors, we've got another selection of excellent comics for you, including the beautiful erotic comic The Yellow Hearts (vol. 2), a manga of "girl hunting" by Toen Comics, and more
  • Also for fans of yaoi comics, another excellent Muscle Man book compiling great erotic manga with macho themes from many artists
  • Also: we've posted a nice update of popular erotic manga including Explosive Nurse, Mogitate Fruit Body and the dynamite Equation of the Immoral by Azuki Kurenai
  • And for G-Taste lovers, we've restocked several different volumes of Hiroki Yagami's erotic art book series
  • For DVD collectors, enjoy a great volley of new titles, starting with a No Cut!! release from Tank, featuring 3 hours of lovely sex with Hiyori Shiraishi (region free)
  • Million asks the question, what if the lovely Hitomi Hayasaka were your private sexual pet in a great 150 minute DVD release (region free)
  • From Soft on Demand, the lovely Kyoko Mizusaki is a "molestor woman" (funny English from the cover) who will assist your masturbation with her lovely body (region free)
  • Then, from SOD's Chujitudoh (which means "Hall of Sincerity") label, another popular Mydol bukkake themed DVD featuring the sweet, smiling Ami Hinata (region free)
  • For fans of Moody'z Black Semen in LA, which pits a pretty Japanese idol against a roomful of big black men from the U.S., there's a great new release, starring lovely Japanese adult video idol Dewi (region 2)
  • Then enjoy a re-issue of Madoka Ozawa's first-ever indies release, a super item for her fans (region 2)
  • Finally, we've restocked several great new DVDs such as Lesbian Heaven 4 Hours Special, Izumi Hasegawa's No Cut!! release, Sayaka Tsutsumi's beautiful Dream Woman and more -- check them all out, and don't forget our buy-4-get-15% off discount!

The J-Mate site has been updated with new interviews for people who are interested in browsing the interesting articles there. The J-Mate site has been totally revamped with new graphics and we hope you like the new look. As usual, we'd love to have you write up reviews of DVDs, manga, dating-sim games or anything else for the site! The URL is

Remember that summer is coming, and for many people, summer means anime conventions. And what better way to enjoy an anime convention this summer than in an authentic Japanese high school uniform from Matsukameya of Nagoya (or if you're male and not into wearing female sailor uniforms, get one for your significant other). J-List is the exclusive worldwide reseller of these high-quality uniforms, and we're extremely proud to bring such a unique item to our customers. Since each uniform is custom made to the size requirements of each customer, anyone can wear one, and larger sizes are also available. Why not get some authentic Japanese loose socks with your school uniform? We've got them in stock, too.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Greetings from J-List April 23, 2003

Hello from Japan, the home of embarrassing car names like Mazda Bongo Friendee and Toyota ED.

It's said in Japan that the U.S. is a "horizontal society" and Japan is a "vertical society," supposedly due to the fact that life in the U.S. is merit-based (people get ahead in life through hard work) whereas progression up the social ladder in Japan is supposedly based on age and seniority. It's certainly true that relationships here are very up-down, with a clear idea that the older you are (or the longer you've been in a certain organization), the more "erai" (high-level) you are. This concept is all around you when you're in Japan, you can't get away from it -- it's even built into the language. When a younger person speaks to an older person, even if he's just one year older, he must use "keigo," or polite Japanese, which effectively organizes everyone in the room according to level in a way that is impossible to express in English. To not use the "right" language for your level (say, speaking informally to your boss) is disconcerting to others, especially in business or school settings, and makes you sound cheeky. The whole system of vertical relationships may sound odd, but it actually makes interaction work more smoothly, because everyone knows what to expect from everyone else -- it's almost like TCP/IP for humans.

One interesting concept in Japan is that of senpai and kouhai, which could be translated into English as senior or junior or upperclassman/underclassman. Basically, higher-level individuals (either because of age or seniority in that group) in a school or organization are senpai, and those who entered the school or organization after are kouhai. Senpai have various responsibilities to their kouhai, to teach and guide them, and pick up the tab in restaurants -- in return, the kouhai shows respect to the senpai and elevates his status. Senpai/kouhai works for gaijin, too: when I got to Japan, my foreign friends showed me the ropes, making it easier for me to get used living here. Later, I returned the favor when I met other gaijin who had newly arrived in Japan. One reason we like to promote the Japanese love-sim games that we sell is that they allow you to enter a very unique Japanese story complete with concepts like senpai/kouhai, Japanese name suffixes (-san, -chan), and more, all accurately translated into English with no changing of cultural elements or writing down of the story for English-speaking fans. One game that's especially full of these themes is the upcoming X-Change 2 (which ships very soon).

One thing I can say about Japan: I really love the food here. It would be quite difficult to live here for eleven years if I didn't. Just as Japan has taken elements from various other countries as it modernized itself over the past century, the Japanese palette has been influenced by many parts of the world. Some of the most common Japanese dishes, such as ramen and one of my favorite foods of all time, gyoza ("pot stickers"), are really from China. If the Japanese have a single staple food, it has to be "curry rice," a mild, thick curry based on British versions of Indian curries. Spaghetti from Italy is eaten regularly, of course, and yakiniku (Korean Barbecue) is another popular food. The Japanese also imported many dishes from Europe (since the Japanese secretly wish they were a part of that continent, that's why Europe and Japan have the same DVD region code), including doria, gratin, and hamburg steak (which we'd call Salisbury steak in the U.S.). Other foods, such as udon, sushi and sashimi, are completely "made in Japan."

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:

  • First, we've got a very cool item for Star Wars fans -- the superb Star Wars Kubrick toys that just released by Medicom Toy. We've got the first series, the Bounty Hunters, all of which are extremely detailed and very, very cool. Full and partial sets available!
  • For customers interested in a great region-free DVD player that won't take up a lot of room, we've added the Lasonic DVB-8092 to our site, a great player that will fill all your DVD viewing needs
  • Also, we've restocked the popular and full-featured Cyberhome DVD CH-500 that has proved to be a very popular and reliable unit
  • For fans of Totoro and Studio Ghibli toys, we've got some super cute Mei "kigirumi" plush toys by Sun Arrow, as well as fresh stock of several large and small plush items
  • For fans of Japanese snacks, we've got some nice items for you, including cute PostPet strawberry snacks, tasty dried ika on a stick (don't ask what ika is if you don't already know), and delicious fresh miso soup with wakame (seaweed) in it
  • Also, new flavors of healthy Japanese teas that lower blood pressure and are good for dieting
  • For fans of parody goods, another fun toilet paper item, with fun pictures in which you must find the differences
  • We love cute things from Japan, and have some cute erasers for you which let you play cake shop or hamburger stand -- so cool and unique
  • We love to find cute Hello Kitty and other Sanrio products that you can't find outside of Japan -- we've got some cute Kitty prism stickers and really nice printed paper bags that are so cute to look at
  • For customers who want to eat with traditional Japanese bowls, we've got another large bowl and tray set in stock for you
  • For Japan Hot Wheels fans, we've got a great vehicle from Thunderbirds -- very cool
  • Also fun, we've got a set of Pepsi Choro-Q toys that are fun to play with and collect
  • Look for fresh stock of notebooks with funny English on them, a J-List best-seller
  • For fans of Japanese bullet trains, we've restocked the very popular full sets of Star Train, featuring six excellent replicas of famous trains from Japan
  • Finally, look for more wacky Japanese signs for your personal space, ukiyoe chopsticks, cute Hello Kitty bottles to hold any liquid, fresh stock of cute "Pop Animal" items for your kitchen, sushi makers, and more!

For our adult customers, we've got many new 18+ products. They include:

  • For fans of Japanese adult magazines, we've got some nice ones in stock for you, starting with the new issues of Video Boy and Best Video, two great general adult video magazines that let you see all the popular actresses in Japan at once
  • Then for fans of amateurs in love hotels, we've got the very nice SP Evolution, featuring lovely authentic Japanese girls with their boy friends in private places
  • Also, up and coming AV stars perform real hardcore for the camera in a new magazine, Project H -- very nice
  • Enjoy the excellent hardcover photobooks we've got for you, including the pure and lovely photographs of Sayaka Numajiri, age 18
  • Also, we've got the sweet first nude of cutie Arimi Mizusaki, a "nude idol who sells dreams of Spring" according to the cover
  • Harumi Nemoto is one of the top swimsuit idols (also known as "gravure idols," from the French word for "engraving"), and she really shines in her latest sexy hardcover photobook
  • For manga fans, we've got more great hardcore hentai comics, including a great parody on Sailor Moon and sentai shows (Saint Sex) and a man for those who are curious about how women are curious about sex in Japan (My Sweet Plum) -- freshly restocked manga, too
  • Also, a rare treat: a small book of very erotic "shunga" (spring-drawing) showing sex from the Edo Period in Japan, a great example of the very first hentai manga of Japan
  • For fans of amateur comic art, we've got some great hentai doujinshi in stock for you, including some cool and rare Dragonball items
  • We've got a great new brand of cute Japanese condoms, for all who are interested in the thinner, closer-fitting Japanese condoms -- and the box is really cute
  • Also, we've gotten a new version of the vibrating "Rabbit Rotor" that's one of the most popular adult toy products we sell
  • For DVD collectors, we've got more top-quality Japanese adult DVDs for you, starting with a super bukkake offering from the super cute Monbu Ran by Million (region free)
  • Then enjoy a whopping 4 hours of lesbian sex with a new DVD from Yellow Box (region free)
  • For fans of "penis study" fetish, we've got a new DVD in which naive and innocent girls study the male phallus for the first time -- it's great to watch their shy reactions (region free)
  • See the first anal sex of Kokoro Amano in a new work from Soft on Demand -- great for fans of anal themes (region free)
  • From the bold Indies maker Waap Entertainment, a sexual desire novel on DVD media about two women who discover a bizarre penis one day, and how it changes them (region 2)
  • Then, enjoy a very satisfying large breast bukkake DVD, with the beautiful breasts of 10 stars and lots of bukkake action (region 2)
  • Finally, look for fresh stock of various other items including the extremely popular Testicles Kick of Amateur Girls and more!

Remember that at J-List, we carry the whole line of unique Japanese chewing gum from companies like Lotte and Glico. Some of our most popular items are Lotte's "Black Black" (Japan's unique black gum, it will keep you awake!), delicious Sweetie (grapefruit) gum, and don't forget honeydew melon flavored gum. Check out all these items on our Japanese snack and gum pages!

Are you a Mac user trying to learn Japanese? We found a pretty cool freeware game that combines reading with Space Invaders. Check it out here (OS 8 or above supported, works in Classic mode in OS X)ÅF

Monday, April 21, 2003

Greetings from J-List April 21, 2003

Greetings from Japan, where tako salad always contains fresh octopus ("tako" being the Japanese word for octopus).

Japan is a strongly democratic country, and I've always been impressed with how much a part of life in Japan voting and elections are, especially with older Japanese. Japan uses a parliamentary system that was based on England's, which can be a little confusing to my American mind at times. There are many small and medium sizes political parties in Japan, including the Japan Socialist Party and Japan Communist Party (both favor abolition of the consumption tax), Koumeito (the political party formed by members of the Soka Gakkai religion), the Japan Freedom Party, and so on. But for almost the entire history of postwar Japan, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has strong support in rural prefectures, has had almost complete run of the country, losing power only once in the mid 1990's. An annoying aspect of elections here is that candidates are allowed to drive around in trucks with big loudspeakers on them, thanking everyone within earshot for their support and promising to work hard for their constituents. We're in "election mode" in Japan right now, and I can hear the candidates from outside my window even as I type. It's really quite annoying.

A major challenge for men learning Japanese is to avoid picking up the nuances of women's Japanese, but since we're often learning from female teachers or girlfriends or wives, a lot of the input we receive is from females. There are many specific phrases that make up "female" Japanese, such as tag particles on the ends of sentences ("ne" or "kashira" on the ends of sentences, both of which mean "Isn't it?" or "Don't you?"), or using first-person pronouns that only females use. To balance myself out while learning Japanese back at college, I read lots of Fist of the North Star manga, which pushed me in the other direction, making me talk like a ridiculous parody of a macho man. When learning a language, there's no substitute for having native speaking friends of both sexes who can provide feedback to you. One great resource for me at SDSU was the Japan-America Friendship Club, a group where Japanese learning English and all students interested in Japanese could mingle and make friends. I wonder if it's still around?

In Japan, there are many concepts that are very difficult for Westerners to grasp. One measurement of beauty here is related to the number of creases in a person's eyelid when their eyes are open -- one crease ("hitoe" hee-TOE-eh), two creases ("futae" fu-TAH-eh) or three ("mie" MEE-eh). (As always, there's no silent 'e' in Japanese, or magic 'e' as they call it here, and you pronounce all syllables.) Single-creasers have slender, traditionally Asian eyes, while those with more creases have larger eyes that look European to the Japanese. Getting plastic surgery to change the appearance of your eyes is quite popular among TV personalities like Seiko Matsuda. I have to admit, I'd never considered that people had different numbers of creases in their eyelids until coming here -- it was a totally alien concept to me, and I still can't tell how many creases a person's eyes have, even today. Another measure of beauty in Japan, having a "high nose" is an important feature for anyone who wants to enter modeling. I never really thought of noses as anything other than "big" or "small" before coming here, but apparently there is more to a person's nose than meets the eye.

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:

  • First, for fans of Shirow Masamune, the wildly popular manga artist and creator of Ghost in the Shell (the inspiration for The Matrix)
  • We love Japanese swimsuit idols, and have some nice items for you, including Anna Sakaki's cute "million mook"
  • Also, enjoy the hardcover photobook Miki Munemasa, capturing the loveliness of the slender Japanese Race Queen
  • J-List carries many Japanese films on DVD that aren't available outside of Japan -- but which come with full English subtitles so you can enjoy them. We've got a great new film called Dolls, directed by Takeshi Kitano and starring Miho Kanno, Kyoka Fukada and more (region 2)
  • For Hello Kitty fans, enjoy a really cool coin purse that will hold all your money -- it's made of the same fabric silk kimonos are made from, and features Hello Kitty sewn into the fabric
  • For bento lovers, we've got two fabulous new items, Hello Kitty and Hamtaro bento boxes for you to enjoy your lunch with
  • Enjoy more Japanese Tonkatsu sauce, a very popular item -- this time we've gotten stock of the cute Hello Kitty sauce in handy packets
  • Also, a really stylish all-purpose money holder made of sturdy canvas, a popular accessory among Japanese girls
  • We love the plush and other toys from Hayao Miyazaki's films, and carry many varieties at J-List -- see fresh stock of the Totoro and Chu Totoro and the Mei and Sho Totoro keychains
  • For fans and collectors of Blythe, the very stylish doll and figure series from Takara, we've restocked several sold-out Pucchi Blythe items
  • For Japanese snack lovers, we've got some nice items for you, including soy sauce flavored popcorn (simply delicious), Japanese senbei crackers with tasty "sauce" flavoring, and delicious Japanese blueberry pudding
  • For anime fans, we've gotten in stock of a superb series of soft vinyl figures from Love Hina, usable as keychains or else display them on the included stands
  • Also a very cool item, we've got limited stock of the deluxe Medicom Tron toys, sold only in the Japanese market -- these are large-sized toys that comes with figures and various accessories, that are really something special
  • Our "Emergency Exit" sign T-shirt is a big hit, with its wacky Japanese design -- we've gotten in some actual plastic emergency exit signs now too, for you to decorate your personal area with
  • The Japanese are a very meticulously people, very good at designing small things with excellent precision -- we've got a line of 0.4 mm gel-ink ballpoint pens in stock that are very enjoyable to write with
  • We love to encourage people to learn Japanese, and we've gotten in fresh stock of some of the handy mini dictionaries we stock including the four-character word dictionaries
  • Finally, look for accessories popular with kogals in Tokyo, cute erasers based on Japanese products for hamster fans, more cool maps from Japan, tasty "mill make" that Japanese elementary school kids all love, and more funny English notebooks!

For our adult customers, we've got many new 18+ products. They include:

  • For fans of great Japanese adult magazines, we've got some nice ones for you, including a special issue of Actress loaded with lovely shots of our favorite Taiwanese sexy idol Yinling
  • Also, really nice amateur sex in love hotels and a giant poster of Harumi Nemoto for you, and a new twist on a popular Japanese fetish, married women
  • Enjoy the lovely Karami photo magazine featuring Kaito Nakatani and Miyuki Hourai in a beautiful girl on girl erotic photoshoot
  • We've restocked several photobook items, including hardcover photobooks by Yuko Ogura and the popular high school uniform pictorial series
  • For manga fans, we've got another great volley of high-quality comics including vol. 2 of the best manga from Zero Shiki and the erotic dick girl manga "Girls' Secret"
  • We've done a major restock of hentai manga too, with fresh stock of such popular comics as Trickster and the Manual of Maid Training
  • Also, we've got a great complete set of a two-volume yaoi story by Youka Nitta, great for fans and collectors
  • In sumo wrestling, there are 48 ways to defeat an opponent -- and in sex, there are 48 different positions the Japanese know of for having sex. Enjoy illustrations of all 48 of these unique positions in two unique Japanese joke items we've got for you
  • For DVD collectors, we've got some great discs in stock for you, starting with a superb Hitomi Hayasaka offering with no less than 150 minutes of her bukkake and hardcore (region free)
  • Then enjoy the sexy loveliness of Nami Maita in another bargain priced Blue File DVD, featuring 3 full hours of AV for you to enjoy (region free)
  • For fans of bukkake and more, we've got a new Gokkun Bazooka fetish DVD from Soft on Demand, featuring the unashamed sex of Rina Takase (region free)
  • Then, in a new concept from Soft on Demand, the extremely erotic manga of Naoki Honda set to motion with quality voice acting and many innovative camera effects -- check out the great work in stock now (region free)
  • For fans of high-end lesbian lovemaking from japan, enjoy the new Le-zu-bian release from Queer/U&K, starring Ryo Fujihara and Kyoka (region free)
  • Then, from Moodyz, enjoy the newest "Clothed Female Naked Male" series release, this time featuring lewd women who want to study and tease men's penises at the workplace (region 2)
  • Finally, look for several restocked items, especially some of the popular lesbian kissing DVDs!

Remember that almost all of the DVDs that J-List carries are zoned for "all" regions, meaning that you can view them on any DVD player as-is. The exceptions to these are anime DVDs issued in Japan (such as the Studio Ghibli DVDs of Spirited Away), Japanese films released in Japan, and most "indies" adult DVD titles by companies like Moodyz, Wanz Factory and Audaz. To view all the great DVDs J-List sells, we humbly suggest the feature-packed region free DVD players we stock, but if you're mainly interested in non-indies adult DVDs that we stock, then you can play them with no problems on your current equipment.

The J-Mate site has been updated with a totally look and new content. We think it's pretty cool, and hope you will stop by for a look. You can read tons of interviews with famous Japanese actresses like Cocolo, Sayaka Tsutsumi and Bunko Kanazawa, which allows you to really come to know these girls and how/why they ended up doing Japanese AV. Do you like Japanese dating-sim games? If so, stop by and see the reviews of these and many other products J-List sells. The URL is