Japan is overjoyed over the safe return of the three Japanese who were taken hostage in Iraq. Ever since the crisis began, Japanese television has been showing images of the hostages non-stop, along with the experts giving opinions and emotional pleas by the parents of the three to pull the SDF out of the country. At a press conference, one of the former hostages did a very Japanese thing: she apologized to everyone for causing such an inconvenience. And quite an inconvenience it was: the crisis sent shock waves through the entire country and caused a minor financial panic. Now that it's over, many voices are critical of the three for going to Iraq in the first place. The world is a dangerous place, they say, and Japanese who are "heiwa boke" (lit. "stupid from too much peace") and think that the rest of the world is a happy, safe place like Japan should just stay home. While we're happy that the three have been freed, there are still two Japanese journalists who are being held by militants.
It's starting to get hot in Japan already, and that means the start of the "air-con wars" -- the male employees at J-List setting the air conditioner where it belongs, at just above freezing, and the females in the office come along behind them to set it higher. Japan's summer is hot, humid and very long, so it's common for Japanese homes and businesses to be outfitted with heavy-duty air conditioners that can really pump out cold air. The trouble is that everyone has a different opinion about what the temperature should be.
Japanese is an interesting language grammatically. In Japanese, you have various "particles" which you use to mark words in a sentence -- a subject particle, an object particle, particles for various prepositions, and so on. Related to this are the many Japanese "counters" you use to count different things. There are hundreds of these counters, each used with different kinds of objects. To count thin, flat objects like cards or sheets of paper, you use "mai" (e.g. ichi mai, ni mai, san mai). To count long, cylindrical objects like an umbrella, you use "hon" (ippon, ni hon). There are special counters for birds (wa), small animals like dogs (hiki), larger animals like cows (tou), people (nin) and so on. It's quite fun to try to learn them all.
Remember that the new JLIST and JBOX websites feature a handy "tree browsing" feature which lets you quickly view all the products in any category and click on the products that you want to see. It's great for people who want to browse the 2500+ products J-List has quickly, and it's also excellent for slower connections, too.
For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:
- First, for Shirow Masamune fans, we've got the new Roman Album (art book/movie data) of the new Ghost in the Shell Innocence movie -- it's really gorgeous
- Domo-kun lovers, we've got good news for you: a great big update of Domo-kun items, including over a dozen newly restocked items for you -- check out our massive selection
- For cute idol fans, we have the new photobook offering of Mitsuho Ohtani, a truly elegant Japanese beauty
- For fans of "candy toys," the small but meticulously detailed toys from Japan that usually come with candy inside, we have an excellent and unique series: the World of Lassen, featuring five beautifully sculpted sea creatures from Lassen's paintings (full sets available)
- For fans of the eternally cute penguin Pingu, we've got a very high quality plush toy line in stock for you
- Next up, a very cool Hot Wheels Japan toy set featuring the popular Power Rangers (sentai) characters from Abaranger (Dino Thunder in the U.S.)
- Also for candy toy fans, we've got a great restocking of the popular Ultraman vs. Monster series, which comes with a hero and monster for you to battle -- full sets are in stock
- Interested in eerily beautiful traditional Japanese music? We've got three new selections of folk music from Japan's past for you
- Love Pocky? We've got a great new flavor, Chocolat Orange, with a delicious half-bitter taste of chocolate and delicious orange
- Also newly added to our snack page, find scallops & soy sauce flavored rice crackers (yowza!), two new varieties of the soft candy Hi-Chew, and more
- Hello Kitty collectors, we've got more Sanrio items that are only sold in Japan -- we have a cute talking Kitty Shinkansen (bullet train) and a really fun cup with curly straw for your little ones
- Fans of the ultra-cool Paper StitchLock, a staple-less stapler that stitches sheets of paper together, we've got four new colors of the most compact unit yet
- For fans of really cute stationary from Japan, we have more Panda Z items, the super cute panda robot who defends the Earth against evil, we have more cute Panda Z goods for you
- Looking for a really unique portable case to hold your phone, digital camera or other item? We have a nifty "minus ion" item from Dr. Ion, as well as fresh stock of the popular "minus ion shiatsu pen"
- We love parody items from Japan -- look for fresh stock of the injection needle ballpoint pens, which look very real!
- Want to store business cards for later reference? We have a very convenient case that lets you store up to 72 cards
- Students of Japanese, we've restocked the handy Wordtank IDC-310, a fantastic electronic dictionary with many super features for gaijin learning the language
- Want to make sushi? We've got sushi makers in stock for you, a very wacky item from Japan
- Finally, we have more wacky Japanese signs, Hello Kitty soy sauce holders, cute hamster "rocket pencils" that are fun to play with, and more!
For our 18+ customers, we've got many new products. The new items include:
- For fans of Japanese 18+ magazines, enjoy the new Deca Melon, featuring superbly sexy Race Queens being really naughty
- Then there's Do-Up, a great magazine featuring Tokyo girls and kogals in love hotels
- Then for photobook fans, enjoy the beautiful hardcover offering of Alice Mizusaki, a cute little button from Japan
- Also, we have the breathtakingly innovative and beautiful photobook of Toshimi Millionaire, a super item for collectors
- Then we've got a super sexy photobook capturing Japan's most well-known swimsuit idols in a great all-bikini photobook that will blow your mind
- We've restocked many photobook items too, including the best-selling Kaoru Private Collection, Moe Yoshizawa's More II, Yuko Ogura's Hitorigoto, Miki Komori's flexible photobook and more
- For H manga collectors, we have some great new works for you, including a new offering by Masaki Kamitou, the mind-blowing Fallen Make-up, a manga dedicated to "panst" themes and much more
- Restocked manga volumes include Melty, Bad Slammers 1 & 2, The Den and many other popular works that had sold out
- For DVD collectors, we've got an extra-cool lineup of titles for you, starting with the debut performance of Aya Koizumi, the luscious 19 year old starlet billed as a "Vitamin Idol" (whatever that is) (region free)
- For fans of anime cosplay, we've got a great 4-hour collection of the best-ever cosplay of Big Morkal, with 7 stars performing in many famous anime outfits (region free)
- Next up, a former Ms. Kyoto beauty queen debuts as a JAV idol in a very wet and interesting new release from SOD's Deep's label
- From Soft on Demand, a new "reverse nampa" DVD in which three eager gals take on guys in the Magic Mirror Boxcar (region free)
- Then, from Waap Entertainment, the elegant and lovely Yuria is ready to assist your every pleasure, a great new release (region 2)
- Also, from Moodyz, we have more CFNM action, featuring women who are fully clothed toying with men on camera (region 2)
- Yulia Nova fans, we've added stock of the popular Yulia videos vol 4-9, for fans of this most amazing woman -- be sure to preorder her upcoming DVDs, too!
- Finally, we've restocked many great DVDs for you, including Moscow and Swedish Girls, the Animation & Marchen series, Japanese naughty pro wrestling, and more!
The JMATE.com website has been updated yet again, this time with a new English interview with the lovely Ryoko Mitake, one of Japan's most elegant and stylish JAV idols. The URL is http://www.jmate.com/
Remember that J-List's famous Japanese T-shirts, with bizarre messages like "Beware of Perverts" and "It is Forbidden to Commit Seppuku," are in stock and available for immediate shipping from our San Diego warehouse. All shirts are printed in the U.S. and all are full American sizes. If you're unsure what size you are, note that you can easily check the sizes of our shirts in inches or centimeters -- just look for the "shirt size" link below each shirt. This is great for our customers outside the U.S. who may not be sure what their size is in U.S. sizes. If you buy 3 or more of these cool shirts, you get an automatic 10% off through the shopping cart, too.