Friday, June 13, 2003

Greetings from J-List June 13, 2003

Hello and TGIF from your friends at J-List!

One change that has come about in the past few years in Japan: there is more analysis of business and investing on Japanese TV. While a lot of the news is needlessly negative, there are reports of success stories, companies who are beating poor business conditions through innovation. One man who operates office buildings in Tokyo is doing well because he made long-term investments in superior air-conditioning systems decades ago, which lowers his overall operating costs compared to his competitors. Another company that happens to be located just up the street from us has struck it rich buying dilapidated old Japanese houses, "reforming" (remodeling) them so that they're brand new, and selling them for a tidy profit. (Old houses have no value in Japan, because after all, who would buy a "used" house when you can just knock it down and build a new one? Only land has value here.) In crowded Tokyo, "1 tsubo" businesses that rent the narrow space between two buildings (which is 2 tatami mats, or 1 tsubo, in width) and operate small shops, are also quite popular. Other companies doing well in Japan today include firms streamlining farming of vegetables for "salad in a bag" factories, motorcycle delivery companies that zip your documents around Tokyo in a short time, and American-style temporary staffing services, which didn't really catch on in Japan before the current era of "risutora" (Japanese for "layoff" coming from the English word "restructuring").

Another category of business that got its big break in the current Japanese recession is the "recycle shop," Japanese parlance for a shop that buys stuff that people don't need anymore, cleans it up, and sells it for a profit. Everything from rice cookers to washing machines to skis to books and CDs are bought and sold in Japan's new retail underground, the recycle shops. The most successful of these is BookOff, a chain of used book stores that has 700+ locations in Japan and a few in the U.S. Time's Asian edition called founder Takashi Sakamoto "the most hated man in the Japanese publishing business," because he has found a way around the Japanese laws that forbid selling of books and music CDs at less than list price. While virtually all new books and CDs are sold at full list in Japan, BookOff is able to undercut everyone by selling used merchandise. BookOff is expanding into other areas too, with ToyOff (they sell "almost new" children's toys) and HouseOff (selling goods for your home). A competitor of BookOff has taken the bizarre name of HardOff, supposedly implying that their discounts are bigger than BookOff's.

At J-List, we carry a huge number of great English-translated dating-sim games that allow you to interact and find love with incredibly beautiful anime girls. We also carry CD-ROMs of licensed hentai artwork CG from top Japanese doujinshi artists, including the Borderline series, a collection of beautiful erotic Evangelion artwork (Dream World II), airbrush erotic collections, and more. These low-cost CD-ROMs are great ways for you to get full collections of uncensored CG artwork and support the artists at the same time. One of our favorites is the Creamy Angel series of incredibly detailed bukkake and hermaphrodite parody images, which have been incredibly popular since we first came out with them. Now we're happy to announce that the excellent vol. 3 of Mashitaka's incredible artwork will be released soon. We've posted Creamy Angel 3 on the J-List site for fans who want to preorder this great selection of supreme hentai CG -- you'll love Mashitaka's lovely goddesses!

Also, want to read through the new JAST USA catalog of bishoujo games, with all the great games by Peach Princess and G-Collections and other companies listed with full descriptions? It's available in PDF format here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required): http://www.jastusa.com/Merchant2/JAST_Catalog.pdf

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

  • First, for fans of unique and tasty snacks from Japan, we've got some great new items, including orange cookies, Curl sticks, delicious soup and Hamtaro choco wafers that comes with stickers inside
  • Also, see fresh stock of the delicious chocolate-filled fish-shaped crackers, Pucca
  • We've got new Japanese sandals, this time very stylish "setta" sandals that feature soft leather on top and foam or leather soles -- very cool and very Japanese
  • If you love Hello Kitty, we've got some nice Kitty items for your kitchen and bento, including a set of Kitty chopsticks with case, a fun Kitty cup with mascot, and more
  • Also for your kitchen, a handy small spatula that's great for preparing Japanese food like Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki
  • American kickboxer Bob Sapp the big huggy bear of the Japanese TV commercial and variety show scene -- we've got a cool figure of him for collectors
  • For fans of Tomica, the excellent die-cast metal cars from Tomy, we've got two cool police vehicles that are cute and uniquely Japanese
  • If you love JPOP idols, don't miss Takako Uehara's bold and sexy photobook, shot in beautiful France
  • For fans of the great anime Please! Teacher, we've got a super official fanbook filled with art and data from the series
  • Also, we've got a great trading card series of Maki Gotoh, the super cute pop star and former member of Morning Musume
  • Final Fantasy is extremely popular in Japan right now -- there's a great Final Fantasy Creatures fan book that comes with a beautiful PVC figure
  • The Glico Running Man is a famous trademark of the Glico snack company -- now there's a cool series of Kubrick figures featuring the Glico characters used over the years (but stock is very limited)
  • If you'd like to secure soap, toothpaste and other items to your bathroom wall, try Pittanco, a cute little two-way suction cup pad that really sucks
  • For fans of She, the Ultimate Weapon, we've got fresh stock of the special version of the DVD that comes with a limited edition PVC figure
  • Going abroad and want something to keep documents in? Or just need to compartmentalize a bit more? We've got some candy clear cases from japan in stock for you
  • For fans of loose socks, the cute bulky socks that Japanese high school girls wear, we've got fresh stock of "socks glue" which is glue specially designed to hold your socks up!
  • For fans of the Japan-only Hot Wheels, enjoy new stock of the Delorean from Back to the Future, very cool
  • Also, we've got cool figures from Castle in the Sky Laputa and Kiki's Delivery Service, all very cool indeed
  • For shutterbugs, we've got an inexpensive tripod for a small camera that's great to carry around with you, very handy
  • Finally, look for a great Hello Kitty gift bag, more funny sign plates with Japanese on them, quality Japanese correct pens, healthy Japanese tea, and more!

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

  • For fans of deliciously beautiful AV stars and nude models, enjoy the new issue of Gokuh, featuring many lovely girls for you and Mai Satoh in a full-sized body poster
  • Also, we've got the new issue of Yasashiku Shite ne!! (Be Gentle With Me), featuring real sex of real couples who love each other -- it's really quite fresh and cool
  • Then enjoy a full color magazine and 150 minute DVD full of fun erotic samples and "quickies" for you
  • For photobook fans, enjoy several new gorgeous hardcover books, including former idol Aki Kajiwara's erotic nude photobook, the erotic body and "Declaration of Apron" of Akari Aoki and more
  • Restocked photobooks including two high school uniform encyclopedia photobooks, Yui Ichikawa's great hardcover photobook, Sola Aoi's "Blue," and the wonderful "Hitorigoto" ("Talking to myself") of Yuko Ogura
  • Also, we've got a great all-bondage photobook featuring detailed tying of 28 women -- very nice
  • For collectors of great hentai manga, we've got tons of new items for you in time for the weekend --see a new collection of works by Toh Moriyama (aka Naoki Yamamoto, creator of Dance Til Tomorrow), great stories of forbidden love, and more
  • Also, we've posted another big update of restocked manga items including Immoral Maria, Pussy Box, Married Woman's Lecherous Discipline and the great collection of hentai Chobits doujinshi
  • Speaking of doujinshi, we've restocked the excellent "dick girl" doujinshi and CG of the circle Behind the Moon
  • For yaoi fans, we've got a great new b-Boy Zips compilation manga too, featuring erotic stories from eight artists
  • For DVD lovers, we've got some great items for you, starting with a fabulous "DVD Photo Shot DX" that captures 18 beautiful all-star AV idols on camera for you (region free)
  • Then enjoy a total of 4 hours of the sweet sex of Saori Kamiya's pure and excellent sex, in a great release from Million (region free)
  • Then enjoy the great erotic action of three lovely girls -- Rin Nohara, Asuka and Sora Aoi -- in a great DVD for fans of pretty girls (region free)
  • Kazuhiko Matsumoto, or M's Factory, is the man solely responsible for inventing the concept of "bukkake" -- he teams up with the lovely Ruri Anno in a very special release for bukkake fans, from Dogma (region free)
  • In Japan, there's a fetish for erotic and experienced women (called "chijo," meaning slut or lewd woman) going after male virgins -- see the best of Male Virgin Hunter series from Soft on Demand in a new release (region free)
  • Then enjoy female cat fighting, SOD style, in a new release in the Lesbian Fight series (region free)
  • The cat-like and erotic Ram Nagase (aka Lum Nagase, the spelling I personally prefer), is truly lovely in hew great new release
  • Finally, fresh stock of several popular DVDs, including Queen Bee Honey, Anna Ohura's "Give Me Love," Yinling of Joytoy's erotic feature film, and more!

Remember that J-List carries the super-cute plush pets known in the Groomy series, from Elecom. Not only are these cute plush dogs and cats fun to touch and hold, their soft chamois bottoms are the perfect material for wiping your computer monitor clean. A uniquely Japanese item that will brighten your day! To find them on our site just search for "Groomy."

Also remember that J-List carries many cute items for your kitchen, including bento boxes and accessories, Japanese chopsticks (both basic ones for general use and cute chopsticks), sushi and onigiri molds, wacky Japanese kitchen containers, and more. Please check out the "Kitchen and Bento" section of the Wacky Things from Japan page for all these great items!

The J-Mate website has been updated again, with new reviews of cool products from Japan including the game Sensei 2. Be sure and browse through our products reviews, including lots of bishoujo games and DVDs, with plenty of screenshots for you to check out too. The URL is http://www.jmate.com/

Monday, June 09, 2003

Greetings from J-List June 9, 2003

Hello again from all of us in Japan!

If you're going to travel to Japan, you'd better bring your suitscase, and make sure you wear a clean shirts and a nice suits. My favorite sports is soccer, and my favorite anime show is Fruits Basket. Sound odd? For some inexplicable reason of Japanese phonetics, some English words are imported into Japanese in their plural forms. The word for a suit in Japanese is "suits," even though you may only be talking about one suit, and a can of fruit juice is "fruits juice." Japanese don't mind these words, although the misuse of English grammar tends to give English natives the heebie jeebies at first. Then you get used to the strange words, and the next thing you know, you're accidentally using them in English while talking to your mother on the phone -- how embarrassing. Sometimes the words are used in their plural forms to make them easier for Japanese to pronounce or write, and other times because to keep two words from sounding the same in Japanese. Because "fruit" and "flute" would have the exact same pronunciation when written in katakana, the writing system used for expressing foreign loan words, the musical instrument became "furu-to" and the edible stuff became "furu-tsu."

When you learn a foreign language, especially one that's very different from your native language, you get used to words on one side not matching up perfectly with words on the other side. Take the word "heart," which has several possible translations in Japanese. One is "kokoro," a concept which encompasses the philosophical elements of the heart and mind, including the soul. I watched the Matrix in Japanese the other day, and "kokoro" was the word Morpheus used to describe the "minds still wired to the system." (Incidentally, the Japanese believe the soul is located in your chest, but Westerners would say it's located in your head.) Another word, "shinzou," describes the actual physical organ that pumps blood through your body. Finally, the English word "heart" (haato) is used the way it's often used in English, i.e. to express love and heartbreak, and also to describe the famous heart shape, which has no other name in Japanese. Learning foreign languages is fun because it makes you reflect on how your own language is structured.

We love the cult status our wacky Japanese T-shirts have attained, and we thank you for your kind support. Our "Proud of my Sexual Power" shirt is one of our most popular designs, with its cool dragon shape winding around the Japanese text. When we made the silver versions of these two shirts, we made a mistake with the mixing of the silver paint, with the result being that the silver flecks come off in the washing machine, leaving a solid grey color underneath. Unfortunately we'd printed a bunch of these shirts with the improperly mixed silver paint. The shirts still look great after they've been washed, but since they didn't come out quite as we intended, we decided to sell the shirts at a big discount. If you're interested in getting one of these discounted shirts, please see them on our site.

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

  • First, for fans of the excellent Final Fantasy X-2, we've got the incredibly detailed new soft vinyl figures from Square Enix, and boy are they cool!
  • For fans of our unique Japanese footwear, we've got some great new zori sandals for you, with several great designs of these cool "tatami shoes" including an extra-large deluxe pair with real leather bottoms
  • Japanese erasers with funny shapes are popular in Japan these days, and you can get it on it with the sets of fun Japanese erasers we've got for you -- enjoy both fruit and vegetable and ice cream erasers!
  • For fans of delicious Japanese snacks, enjoy tasty Bon Curry boil in bag curry that you can put on white rice, delicious Fruche gelatin dessert drink mix, and more delicious dried, shredded squid that goes great with beer!
  • Also, we've got a super new ramune candy item, a delicious five-pack of ramune candy in five delicious flavors
  • If you love JPOP idols, we recommend the ultracute new photobook of Aya Matsuura, the new super doll of the Japanese cute idol scene
  • We love to carry Japanese films on DVD, complete with English subtitles for fans living outside of Japan -- see the great new film Phantom Light, starring the stylish and lovely Makiko Esumi (region 2)
  • If you or your little one loves Hello Kitty, why not play "dart balls" with a great Kitty dart board set that comes with Velcro balls for you to throw -- it even keeps score!
  • For Totoro lovers, we've got two absolutely fabulous Totoro watches that will really make others take notice -- both are very high quality and made by Seiko
  • J-List stocks many fun items for your kitchen -- see fresh stock of onigiri makers as well as a fun egg shape ring, Sanrio Shinkansen chopsticks and more
  • Want to clean your ears the way the Japanese do? We've got some great 100% cotton swabs that come with soft hooks at the ends, perfect for gently cleaning the insides of your ears
  • Like cute things with funny English on them? We've got some all-purposes pouches (they make nice pencil cases) with super cute English printed on them
  • Finally, look for other great items like a puzzle photo frame, more all-purpose handy cases for you to store things in, authentic chopsticks from Japan, and more!

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

  • First, for fans of great Japanese adult magazines, we've got the new issues of Penthouse Japan and Penthouse Special, both featuring top Japanese gals like Yuko Ogura, Yinling and more!
  • For fans of hardcore magazines, enjoy the new Shuffle, featuring couples in love hotels doing unspeakable things
  • We also love great Japanese hardcover photobooks -- check out new offerings by super Japanese cutie Eri Sakai and the elegant and sexy Sayaka Tasuta
  • We've also restocked several nice photobook items including Yuko Ogura's popular Rorinco, Eiko Koike's super sexy Candy Girl and more
  • Japanese "dick girls" are a popular theme in erotic culture here, and we've got a new photobook for fans of hermaphroditism or chicks with dicks, known as New Half in Japan
  • For hentai manga fans, our staff has been working hard for you, adding a half dozen or so great hentai books including a superb new work by Bijogi Junction, the erotic sex of Zero no Mono, and more!
  • Also, we've got a huge update of great hentai manga with several books that had been out of stock for a long time -- check them all our now
  • For DVD fans, we've got some great items for you, starting with the great Masterpiece Concentration DVD release of Aki Sawamiya, said to be the "second Aika Miura" because she'll perform any sexual act in front of the cameras (region free)
  • Sola Aoi (aka Sora Aoi, aka Blue Sky) has gained many fans because of her girl next door beauty and sexy body -- see a great new DVD of her best sex just for you (region free)
  • SOD, the company that brought you pretty girls kicking men in the balls, is looking for the next fun fetish to bring you, and this time it's "cat fighting" or the joy of watching two women slap each other silly and fight it out. Enjoy a new concept for fans of pretty girls slapping the shit out of each other! (region free)
  • Enjoy a host of pretty amateur girls who use their highly developed tongues to bring pleasure to men in a new erotic release from Martian Devil and SOD (region free)
  • Enjoy the erotic sex of AV porn star Kay in a great new release from Waap, featuring her excellent fellatio, bukkake and group sex (region 2)
  • Then see the high quality bukkake sex of Momo Hoshino in a great work featuring many men blowing their wads on her face, in her hair, and more -- see it all in the new Dream Shower from Waap (region 2)
  • Lesbian fans love the very erotic lesbian performances of the U&K company, a fantastic indies studio that specializes in all-lesbian indies releases -- you can now enjoy vol. 4, 5 and 6 of their popular titles in region free DVD format!
  • Finally, see many newly restocked DVDs, including several lesbian kissing fetish items, more all-nude sports titles, and more!

Remember that J-List carries virtually every English translated love-sim game available out of our San Diego office. We carry all titles by Peach Princess, G-Collections, Hobibox Europe, and JAST USA. We positively love these unique story-based games which accurately give you a cultural snapshot of an important aspect of Japanese popular culture. The English hentai games we carry are translated faithfully into English with no "writing down" of cultural elements for non-Japanese, and they're also uncensored, too! Browse our great games or email us if you'd like us to give you an honest recommendation. And don't forget that you get 20% off for buying 4 or more games!

Also, remember that J-List is the only place you can get the excellent and authentic high school uniforms from Matsukameya of Nagoya. These are extremely well made girls' uniforms that are famous all over Japan, and they're just beautiful. These authentic Japanese school uniforms aren't cheap, but we know that you'll be totally happy with the unparalleled quality of these products. We humbly suggest that you might want to wear one of these school uniforms as cosplay at this summer's anime conventions -- it will get you noticed!