First of all, a note about the "R" products on the J-List site. We've been asked by our credit card processing company to censor the 18+ graphics on the J-List site, and we've complied, so if you view these products, you'll see yellow graphics over the pictures. We apologize for this inconvenience and will have the situation remedied as quickly as we can. If you would you like us to send you the original pictures so you can check the products out, please email us with a list of products you're interested in. (Please provide your age.) J-List is blessed to have the greatest customers in the world, and we thank you in advance for your understanding!
It's time for more "wasei eigo" (lit. "made in Japan English") words, which the Japanese use in their daily lives but which may sound a little odd to you or me. Often, words are reduced to simpler meanings, which are easier to remember: a convertible is an "open car," and baby cribs or strollers are called "baby beds" and "baby cars" respectively. A car's steering wheel is called the "handle" and a woman's one-piece dress is referred to as a "one-piece." The word "my" is used a lot -- the dream of buying/building a house is summed by the word "my home," and when a person is headstong he's said to be "going my way" or "my pace" (they use "my" even if they're talking about someone in the third person). When a swimsuit idol appears on late-night Japanese TV, they always display her "three size" (her three sizes, e.g. her body dimensions) on the screen. Sometimes English words get redefined -- a "mansion" in Japanese refers to a condominium, and if you go to Narita Airport you can catch the famous "limousine bus" (a nicely furnished bus) into Tokyo.
There are many ways to learn Japanese: through study at universities, language schools in or outside of Japan, or self study. I learned Japanese in a formal study program at SDSU, and I tend to recommend that method to others since it "worked for me." If you are trying to learn the difficult Japanese language, I recommend you find hobbies related to Japan, to reinforce your studies and help make it fun to learn more. I did this in several ways, reading manga in Japanese (Touch, Maison Ikkoku, Fist of the North Star), translating songs for friends, and going to Japanese karaoke bars (you can use the words on the screen for kanji practice). Singing karaoke was an especially good idea since it allowed me to make friends with Japanese people, who were amazed that any foreigner would get up and sing Funk Fujiyama (a song by Kome Kome Club that parodies the Japanese words that foreigners use like samurai, sushi and geisha).
My Japanese wife and I work hard to raise our children so that they'll be bilingual in both English and Japanese. We only buy DVDs from the U.S., so if the kids want to watch something in our DVD collection, they have to watch it in English. Getting them to actually speak English at home can be difficult though, since the kids know that I understand Japanese. Pretending not to understand and asking them to repeat what they just said in English doesn't work very well, so we try to come up with other ways to tackle English together. Sometimes we play "American family" and speak only English. My kids need extra practice making some of the sounds native English speakers make, such as voiced and unvoiced "th" (as in "this" and "thing" -- these sounds are known as fricatives, in case anyone ever asks you). So we have a game: if they can pronounce the "th" in "Throw me!" properly, I will throw them onto the bed (a favorite game).
For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:
- First, for fans of Metal Gear Solid, we've got a gorgeous artbook featuring the illustrations of Yoji Shinkawa, for the popular game
- Also, we have a great complete visual guide for the new Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex game for Playstation, with tons of screenshots and information from the game
- Fans of Sanrio, we've got a great Japan-only item for you: Hello Kitty and Merry Melody stickers that turn any window into beautiful stained glass
- Also, a really fun item for any Kitty fans: a Hello Kitty doctor set, with stethescope, injection needle and other fun things to play doctor with
- We love bringing you traditional items from Japan, and this time we've got more traditional Japanese music, including shamisen, koto and more
- Also, we've got various new Japanese Girl Nagomi items for you, including a cool savings bank and an elegant notebooks, illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi
- For fans of our unique Japanese tatami sandals and geta shoes, we've got several new varieties of stylish traditional items for you
- Collectors of unique anime toys, we have a great figure of Takako Kinoshita from Welcome to Pia Carrot 3, a really nice figure from Kotobukiya
- Also, a super cute item for Sailor Moon fans, a cute doll figure of Sailor Luna
- And for fans of Japan's candy toys, we've got a really special item: a replica of a house from the Showa era, 1925-1989, showing what life was like in the postwar era
- We have some great snacks for you today, including delicious "Cheese & Cod" chips, some tasty treats made with ika (if you don't know what this is, don't ask), and tasty charcoal roasted coffee candy
- Also, a favorite of mine, the original flavor of Pretz, Roast flavor, lightly sweetened pretzel sticks that are just delicious to munch on
- Godzilla lovers, we've got a nifty soft vinyl toy for your computer desk, based on the Godzilla 2003 version
- Do you smoke? If so, practice good smoking manners, what one Japanese tobacco company calls Smokin' Clean, by carrying a portable ashtray with you, to hold ashes and cigarette butts
- We have some great Domo-kun products for you, including the Domo-kun A5 notebook, Domo-kun phone strap and the most popular Domo item ever, the popular deluxe plush toy
- Finally, look for a whole bunch of restocked snack food items, including Sake Ame, delicious Amino acid tablets, more Sailor Moon gummi, Pocari Sweat drink mix, and the (really) last Pocky we'll be getting in before summer's heat arrives. Enjoy the new items!
For our 18+ customers, we've got many new products. The new items include:
- For fans of Japanese magazines, we've got the great new issues of Video Boy and Best Video, two excellent magazines filled with gorgeous JAV stars for you
- Then check out the new One-X DVD, a full color magazine with 120 minutes of great video for you (region free)
- For photobook fans, we've got the excellent photobook of Kaori Kawai, a super elegant model from Japan
- Then enjoy the delightful hardcover photobook of Nao Eguchi, featuring bold and fascinating glossy photographs
- Next, we've got a cool photobook featuring 100% real "hitozuma" (married women) from Tokyo
- For fans of "M" themes, enjoy the new issue of Ma'am, featuring gorgeous women aged 24-36
- If you love Japan's H manga, we've got some new comics in stock for you, including a great work by Mamoru Hayakawa, a dreamy comic from Fujimi Comics, and a great work called Delicious Sisters
- We also have some great restocked manga items, including Aggressive Women, Married Woman as Mitsue, and other popular restocked titles
- For DVD collectors, we've got some great items for you, including a super 8 hour box set featuring the best of the Max-A company, celebrating their 5th anniversary (region free)
- Next, we have a great Blue File offering with 3 hours of Sakurako Tokiwa's best performance for you (region free)
- From V&R Planning, an interesting offering starting The Helicopter Man, who really has a unique style to match his name (region free)
- From SOD, see the best of the Max series, featuring the best wet performances ever in the company's history (region free)
- From SOD's Princess label, Mai Sakashita becomes a High Class Soap Lady for you (region free)
- Then from Moodyz, enjoy another great DVD with toy item, featuring Yui Haruka assisting your pleasure (region 2)
- Finally, for fans of Quentin Tarintino's Kill Bill vol. 1, we've got fresh stock of the best-selling Japanese-release DVD, which features several scenes cut out of the U.S. release (region 2) -- get it while we've still got it in stock!
Remember that J-List's special sale on dating-sim games is coming to an end soon, so it's a great time for you to pick up all the games you've been holding out on. Shipping is just $1 for each game (US/Can), or $3.50 for international customers, but it ends soon.