Japanese people do love to bathe, and bathing is a big part of Japanese culture. In Japanese homes, the actual bathroom is a bath and a separate tiled area outside the bath, with a drain for water to escape. You always wash your body thoroughly before getting into the bath, and never use soap or shampoo inside the bath itself, as the water will be reused by other family members, and saved for several days. All baths here have heaters to allow you to re-heat the old water, and ours has a one-touch computer that will fill the bath to the pre-set temperature and level. If you're a parent, you always take your kids in the bath with you and wash them. This warm concept of mother or father taking a bath with their children is known as "skinship" to the Japanese. Japanese are great fans of public baths (sento) and hot springs (onsen), too. Since the water at these public baths is "everyone's water," everyone must wash thoroughly before getting into the baths. Taking baths at a public facility like this obviously means getting naked in front of dozens of strangers, which can be troubling to Westerners; but Japanese do it from birth, and no one really thinks anything of it. Men and women bathing together (called "kon'yoku" or "mixed bathing") is famous all over the world, but it's actually very rare, although "family baths" that a family can reserve ahead of time are growing in popularity. For more information on the culture of bathing in Japan, we humbly recommend Peach Princess's excellent love-sim game Tokimeki Check in!, which is based in a traditional Japanese hot springs inn.
With all that's different between Japan and the West, you can bet that there are some toilet-related differences, too. When Japanese women use a public toilet, they're very nervous about others hearing the sound of their tinkling, so some Japanese public restrooms have machines to make white noise that drowns out the sound. My daughter went into one of these restrooms and was too afraid of the sound to do what she had gone in there to do. Similarly, Japanese women don't want others smelling the toilet after they've used it, so they often carry portable cans of air freshener to spray the area and make it fresh and clear. Conveniently, we happen to have gotten some of these in stock for you today...
J-List loves to bring you things you never knew existed, including the bizarre late-night TV shows that are being released on DVD with English subtitles. One of our favorite series is OH! Mikey, a "mannequin drama" about an American family that has moved to Japan. It's hilarious, as it's all acted out with fashion mannequins. For more information on OH! Mikey, see the unofficial homepage of the Fuccon family at http://www.fuccon.com/
We're happy to see many people preordering the upcoming Kango Shicyzuzo 2, the sequel to the popular game of sexy goings-on at a Catholic school for nurses. It will ship in June, so preorder now for free shipping when it comes in stock. We're happy to announce another great bishoujo game for preorders, a very bold SF-anime game entitled Gun Shield Warrior SAKIGAKE. A great game that combines the best SF anime themes with an super bishoujo story, you must command the battleship SAKIGAKE and the advanced mechs known as "Justice" to defeat the invading enemy from space, the Seekers. It's divided into 11 chapters, complete with "next episode" trailers and more, with both actual mecha combat and great bishoujo love scenes. Preorder it now for free shipping when it ships (US/Canada only; international orders receive half price on shipping).
For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:
- First, for Japanese snack lovers, we've got some great additions, including tea candies, tasty green tea chocolate cakes, fresh miso soup with wakame in it, from stock of my favorite brand of ochazuke, and more
- We carry delicious gum from Japan, too, and have a new flavor for you, delicious pineapple gum from Bourbon
- Also, look for fresh stock of one of the most popular items in J-List history, Lotte's Black Black spicy caffeine gum
- We've got a great die-cast toy bus with rubber tires and doors that open, featuring the McDonald's characters
- We love carrying Japanese swimsuit idol photobooks, and have great new offerings today, with Yuko Ogura's sweet new photobook and a hardcover release from Hiroko Anzai
- For Kitty fans, a really cute item: a Rubick's Cube puzzle that you can display anywhere, as well as various cute Kitty items for your kitchen
- Also, we've got some really cute "Usako and friends" character goods, complete with funny English. "Being seen makes us happy, and dressing up is fun!"
- Also for fans of the very cute, two new plush Japanese treats from the Nyanko Restaurant series, featuring food with cute plush cats baked right in -- wow!
- For Totoro lovers, we've got fresh stock of the Laputa robot and Totoro "gift in the rain" music boxes, popular items for collectors
- We've restocked several popular "shokugan" (food + toy) items, value-priced toys that feature ramune candy inside -- see fresh stock of the Japanese dessert and train station bento full sets, in stock
- We carry chopsticks from Japan, including adult-sized ones that have rough patches at the ends, to make it easier to grip your food
- For Hamtaro fans, a cute train pass case, which you can use to hold cards, money and other things
- The plush pet that feature soft chamois bottoms, perfect for wiping your computer monitor when it's dirty, have been restocked -- look for fresh stock of all the cute plush dogs and cats in the Groomy series from Elecom
- We've got some interesting and innovative covers for keys, which make it easy to see which key goes with which door -- some of the designs the Japanese have come up with a really out there though
- At Japanese stores, they have a little raffle machine that spits out a colored ball, and you get a prize based on the color of the ball -- we've got the raffle machines in stock, for anyone who wants to use them at a local event
- For DVD fans, we've got fresh stock of the popular Japanese film Versus, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
- For Chobits lovers, various Chobits related items including fresh stock of the excellent bilingual manga for those who want to read both the English and the Japanese
- Finally, find super stylish coin purses in different colors, a great way to shave your eyebrows into the shape you want them to be, items with funny English on them, portable toilet freshener, and more!
For our adult customers, we've got many new 18+ products. They include:
- For fans of Japan's delightful AV stars, we've got a new issue of Karami, the magazine that's really a photobook, this time dedicated to the beautiful and erotic Hitomi Hayasaka
- If you love Japan's unique Race Queens, enjoy the erotic sex of Hikari Kisugi and many others as they perform great sex for you
- We love Japan's erotic photobooks, and have some great new ones for you, including a superb new Mai Hagiwara nude photobook that features some of the best-ever shots of this lovely girl -- comes in a protective box, too
- Also, Shino Isshiki's super erotic offering and a sweet and erotic photobook featuring Megumi Osawa
- Jun Matsuda is a lovely swimsuit idol who has been popular over the years -- see her new seminude photobook release featuring her most erotic photos yet
- For fans of erotic manga from Japan, we've got another great update for you, with several new books including a fabulous collection of erotic short stories by Musashimaru and Hinako Yui's erotic "Charm Juice," along with many restocked books -- don't forget our manga sale, too!
- Also, we've got fresh stock of the excellent collection of "shunga" (erotic ukiyoe illustrations), the first hentai manga of Japan
- For yaoi collectors, find a great new erotic yaoi comic by BBC comics, as well as a few restocked volumes of past yaoi comics
- We've gotten in a major restocking of the G-Taste erotic art books, beautiful books of erotic color illustrations by Hiroki Yagami
- For DVD lovers, we've got another great volley of titles for you, starting with the lovely 3-hour "No Cut!!" release of Yuri Kamome, which includes her debut into the world of JAV (region free)
- Japan's ninjas are famous all over the world -- now see erotic female ninjas having erotic sex in a new release from Fearest (region free)
- Two sisters experience lesbian sex and the joy of bukkake in a new release from SOD's Martian Devil label (region free)
- Then from IEnergy, explore a world of breast fetishism, with sex scenes featuring Japan's famous AV idols filmed so that their breasts are always in frame (region free)
- From Moodyz, a new CFNM ("clothed female, nude male") DVD featuring girls who love to see penises -- great for fans of the Japanese fetish known as "penis study" (region 2)
- Yinling's dynamite Russian film "VOPREKI" is a real treat to see -- we've got fresh stock of this popular item (region 2)
- Also from Moodyz, a great re-release of a popular Madoka Ozawa indies DVD featuring the "real sex" of the incredibly popular AV star (region 2)
- Finally, see some great newly restocked DVDs, including Ran Asakawa's Onanie Paranoia, Kurumi Morishita and Sayaka Hijiri in black funeral kimonos, fresh stock of Anna Ohura's "I love H" DVD, and more excellent sex by Akira Watase.
J-List carries the excellent high-end computer mice by Elecom, designed by Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost in the Shell, and Katoki Hajime, the mechanical designer for the Gundam universe. Both of these beautiful mice are extremely well made, and feel great in your hand. They're compatible with English-language Mac and PC computers right out of the box, and come in colors that will complement your computer and revolutionize your computing experience -- I love my silver Katoki mouse, which matches my Powerbook perfectly.
Want to see Japan, but can't afford the plane ticket? Visit our good friends at SushiCam.com, who document many aspects of life in Japan with vivid pictures. It's a great way to see Japan without leaving your computer. Tell them we sent you!