The second anniversary of the September 11 tragedy was marked in Japan as well as around the world. The Japanese have a great respect for America and the city of New York, and it was the highest point of pride for a Japanese company or bank to have its offices in the famous World Trade Center buildings. Japanese trained for years, hoping for the chance to be assigned to such a prestigeous post. There were 31 Japanese firms in the two buildings, including some of the most famous banks and trading companies such as Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Fuji Bank. Although it was a terrible tragedy for many, happily all but 24 of the estimated 500 Japanese nationals who had been working in the buildings were able to escape safely.
"You've been in Japan too long when NHK warnings about landslides and other natural disasters make you feel reassured that someone is benevolently watching over you." NHK, short for "Nippon Housou Kyokai" or the Japan Broadcasting Association, is the government-run broadcasting network in Japan, roughly equivalent to the BBC in Britain. Creating a wide variety of programming, from samurai dramas that teach Japanese classical history, to educational programs for kids, to some well-known anime shows like Cardcaptor Sakura and Nadia of the Mysterious Sea. Sumo wrestling, the national sport of Japan, is covered on TV and radio by NHK, and they show many TV shows from overseas (like Ally McBiel and Sesame Street). But NHK is most famous for news, and the calm, droning voices of the newscasters provide a warm security blanket that covers all Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. As with the BBC, the Japanese spoken by NHK's newscasters is considered the absolute base for standard Japanese.
Magazine Sale! J-List carries many adult magazines from Japan like Urecco, Gal's Dee and many more. We've been doing some spring cleaning around here and have uncovered several dozen magazines which were thought long sold out -- but which are available once again. The best news is that most of these rare items are available at great prices, most at $5. To see these magazines, which often feature girls who have retired and won't be available again, see magazine pages 2 & 3, or view all J-List products and keep scrolling down. But do it fast -- most of these bargain-priced magazines will go fast!
For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:
- First, for those curious about Japan's famous interactive anime games, we've got a great item for you: Phantom of Inferno, a beautiful interactive game with great art, music and story, which you play on any standard DVD player, or DVD software on your computer -- fully translated into English
- For Domo-kun fans, we've got a special item: a deluxe set of plush keychains that include all the fun and bizarre characters of the Domo-kun universe
- For Gundam fans, a cool set of dioramas recreating famous scenes from the history of the Gundam universe -- with full sets available (no need to buy duplicates)
- Also very cool, we have the just-released Alien Kubrick toy line from Medicom Toy, which includes incredibly detailed replicas of characters from Ridley Scott's classic film -- the detail of the Alien and Nostromo spacesuit are especially cool, and we have full sets in stock
- We love to carry wacky things from Japan, and parody condoms are part of that fun -- find Pokemon and Superman joke condoms on our site today
- JPOP fans won't want to miss the limited edition photobook box set for fans of Maki Gotoh, the former Morning Musume who put the group on top of Japan's charts -- it's a really special item for Gomaki fans!
- Harumi Nemoto is an incredibly popular swimsuit model in Japan, a model of a new kind of Japanese woman who is self assured in her beauty and sexiness -- see her newest photobook in stock for you
- For fans of Hello Kitty goods sold only in Japan, we've got some cool new items, including a leather coin purse and a plush Kitty tissue cover
- Also, if you've wanted to get some of the super-cute Usacolle toys, featuring the super cute Usako Friends characters, we have really cool magnets in stock for you -- for now at least
- Then for fans of delicious Japanese snacks, enjoy unique Japanese potato chips, tomato-flavored stick snacks, wakame soup, hashed potato treats and more
- For Macross fans, a real treat: a limited edition recreation of the orange training mech from the Macross 1984 movie, complete with full transformability and replica figures of Hikaru and Minmei in the cockpit
- Then, for fans of traditional Japanese images, we have some beautiful hand-created stickers featuring Lucky Cat, cherry blossoms and other images, a really unique item from Japan
- Keep cold drinks cold with a handy 500 ml PET bottle holder from Japan
- We've restocked the popular Harry Potter bento boxes from Japan, a great way to mix your Japanese and British culture
- For fans of wacky Japanese erasers, which are very popular here, we've got more Japanese traditional sweets erasers in stock, with full sets included
- Also, we've got fresh stock of the miniature "ekiben," or train station bento lunches, including full sets of this great item from Japan
- We've also restocked most flavors of gum from Japan, including Black Black caffeine gum, delicious Ume (Japanese plum) gum, Dakara ("Pocari Sweat" gum) and more
- For fans of Shirow Masamune, we've added stock of the great bilingual Ghost in the Shell manga, which features a totally new translation from the original English release
- Also, for Japan Hot Wheels fans, see fresh stock of the K.I.T.T. and Airwolf vehicles
- For fans of Blythe, the beautiful doll series from Takara, we have fresh stock of several popular items
- Finally, we've got a great 2004 schedule book that is of great use to any Japanophile, more delicious Mill Make, a milk drink enjoyed by all Japanese children for decades, more useful chopsticks for adults, and other great items!
For our adult customers, we've got many new 18+ products. They include:
- For fans of beautiful, busty Japanese ladies, we've got the new Gal's Dee in stock for you -- and it's a lovely one, with all of Japan's top busty idols as well as sexy Tokyo amateurs
- For photobook lovers, we've got some nice items, including Maria Takagi's super sexy nude photobook, erotic and beautiful to behold
- Also, fresh stock of some popular photobooks, including ones by Bunko Kanazawa, Nao Oikawa, Aoi Sora and more, as well as more high school uniform mini photobook
- Then enjoy fresh stock of some great magazines like Deka Melon and One-X, just for you
- For our hentai manga customers, we have some excellent new works for you, including Gekka Saeki's "Sexy and Charming Wife's Apron," the erotic "Delusion Mania Girls" by MD Comics and more
- We've also got a great big restocking of classic hentai manga for you, including Sinful Days 1 & 2, After S, the Chobits hentai anthology, and great works from Fujio Okamoto
- Also, a rare treat for fans of Youhei Kozou's Punky Knights manga art -- a special edition erotic CG collection sold only through J-List, which features *uncensored* artwork by the famous artist
- Also, for yaoi fans, a great issue of Gush Mania, featuring compilations of erotic yaoi stories from 13 artists, with 320 pages of content for you
- We've also restocked several issues of AG, the magazines of "art, sex and CG culture" which presents great Japanese manga translated into English
- For fans of hentai animation, we've got a cool treat for you: two bargain-priced hentai anime featuring classic animated erotica by semi-pro and amateur animators in Japan -- great fun for hentai fans, 100+ mins each (region free)
- Then enjoy Japan's fetish for beautiful girls from Eastern Europe, in Hame Hame Prague, Czech Girls, featuring drop-dead beautiful girls from the Czech Republic, performing Japanese-style adult video (region free)
- Then from Soft on Demand, the lovely Ai Kurosawa, who is an indies performer now, shows you some of her best sex and soapland erotica, including her first lesbian experience (region free)
- Then see the dynamite Mai Haruna as she fulfills your erotic anime cosplay fantasies, with parodies of Cutey Honey, Urusei Yatsura, and The Matrix Reloaded -- it's cool (region free)
- For fans of the sultry, sexy Ran Asakawa, enjoy her super-erotic new release "Continuation of Merciless Sexual Language" (region 2)
- Finally, see freshly restocked DVD titles, including Leg Fetish Best Selection (both volumes), Dream Woman with Asuka Sawaguchi ("gorgeous actress and semen shower"), Miyuki Kasuga's popular The Idol release, and Sakura Sena's top-quality Sexy Boing! DVD -- also, see many reduced priced DVDs on the site as well!
Remember that J-List makes dozens of magazines available through our "reserve subscription" system. Basically, we'll pre-reserve the current issue of each month's magazine for you and have it in the mail to you by the time it's in bookstores here in Japan -- a few days earlier, since we get our stock earlier than most bookstores. Some magazines we recommend including Gothic & Lolita and FRUiTS (for those who want to keep their finger on the leading edge of Japanese fashion), Megami Magazine (a great anime magazine filled with posters and free stuff), and Figure King (superb toy magazine -- follow the hottest action figure trends from Japan). See the magazine subscription pages or search for "subscription" from any J-List page.
The top 5 lists have been updated so you can browse the most popular manga, toy, magazine, photobook and other items on J-List over the past week.
J-List customers tell us that the #1 way they hear about J-List is through word-of-mouth. We're very glad to hear this, and we're always happy to accept referrals! If you've got a friend who might be interested in our unique brand of Japanese pop culture, why not tell them about J-List, or ask them to sign up to our J-List updates? Thanks!