The Japanese often abbreviate words to make them easier to work with, such as English terms that are clumsy to use in Japanese. For example, the English word "digital camera" is often shortened to "digi-kame." There are many of these shortened words: Ame-komi (American comics), geesen (game center), pure-sute (Playstation), pasacon (personal computer), and so on. Names of famous people also get reduced to short nicknames, ala J.Lo -- handsome Japanese actor/singer Kimura Takuya is universally known as Kimu-Taku, and Brad Pitt is referred to as "Bura-Pii." The Japanese also come up with some "English" (quote unquote) abbreviations. A TV commercial is known as a CM, and when you're driving along the freeway you can stop at a PA (parking area) to take a rest. Before doing something, you should consider the TPO -- this Japanese word is short for "time, place, occasion." Several English abbreviations which sound strange to my American ear are actually British terms, possibly archaic, like OB/OG ("old boy/girl," i.e. an alumnus of a university), NG ("no good," the opposite of OK), and WC ("water closet").
A woman was hurt Tuesday in a pachinko parlor when 808,000 pachinko balls fell through the ceiling on top of her. The balls had been inside a device that delivers them to the machines on the floor, but the weight caused the pipes to break, spilling the balls into the floor below. Pachinko -- a form of gambling in which you have to make metal balls fall into little holes, which causes more balls to come out, so that you hopefully end up with more balls than you started out with -- is an extremely popular pasttime here in Japan, especially here in Gunma Prefecture. Whenever I go to the public bath, it seems all the middle-aged men in the sauna can talk about is which pachinko parlor gives the most balls this week. Whenever I see a new building being put up, I pray that it'll be something useful, and not another pachinko parlor. All too often, however, I find myself disappointed.
The J-List staff works very hard to find unique and amazing products from Japan for you every week. We're especially big fans of Shirow Masamune, and we stock dozens of his cool products. We're happy to report that the long-awaited Galgrease poster books are finally in stock, and we've got them all for you!
For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. They include:
- For anyone interested in Otomo Katsuhiro's movie Steamboy, we've got full sets of a great mini figure series by Megahouse
- Next, by Re-Ment, enjoy a very special new series: the Asian Sundries Shop, featuring beautiful products from all over Asia, just like you'd find in a small Japanese shop
- We've got a new pair of photobooks by the elegant team of Mika and Kyoko Kano, two gorgeous models who appear often on Japanese TV
- Also, look for fresh stock of other photobooks, including Yuko Ogura's Apple & Peach and more
- We have a cute new toy in the Devilots (Devil Robots) series: extra large PVC figures that are great for displaying
- Hello Kitty fans, we've got a special item: a Hello Kitty watch set, with stylish and fun watches in different colors (full sets available)
- Fans of the Big G, we've got a treat: the newest film, Godzilla vs Mothra vs Mecha Godzilla (region 2)
- We love Totoro products, and have some cool Totoro stamps in stock for you today -- very cute and fun to use
- For fans of our Japanese snacks, enjoy tasty potato snacks, tasty senbei (rice crackers), and yummy ginger snacks
- Also, enjoy some great hard candy, including cola candy, blueberry, as well as fresh stock of sugarless Black Black caffeine gum
- For fans of traditional Japanese items, we've got gorgeous "tenugui" (traditional Japanese hand towel), with many great images on them
- Next, we have fresh stock of fude pens, pens that let you write as if you were writing with a Chinese calligraphy brush
- We have some great chopsticks too, which feature full adult length, easy grip patches at the bottoms, and chopsticks holders for you
- Do you travel? We have a stylish Japanese travel pouch, great for holding passport, money, or just about anything
- Protect your camera, iPod or other possessions with an all-purpose soft case, also in stock
- The live-action Sailor Moon show is proving very popular with fans - we've restocked several volumes including the first one
- We've restocked the dynamite illustration book Cannabis Works, by Toshiyuki Tanaka, a fantastic treat for art book collectors
- Star Wars fans, we've restocked the rare Japan-only Lego Star Wars toys -- very cool
- Finally, more Japanese "minty fresh" eyedrops, delicious Pocari Sweat drink mix, fresh stock of American food miniatures, and more!
For our 18+ customers, we've got many new products. The new items include:
- For fans of Japan's dynamite magazines, we have the new issue of Gal's Dee, featuring girls with "D" cup and larger
- Next, a very special item: a "Best of Best" deluxe photobook of Cream's most lovely girls
- Enjoy a full color magazine with included DVD next, the new issue of DVD Wonderland, featuring a massive 4 hour DVD
- Photobook fans, enjoy the incredibly sexy photos of Momo Nakamura
- Then, the incredibly flexible Miki Komori, the sexy girl who can stretch like an Olympic athlete, thrills with a new photobook
- We have some dynamite manga for you too, including the excellent CLOOP by Maki Shinonome, a great comic about a naughty secretary, and more
- Also: a truly amazing Tenjho Tenge manga that comes with a limited figure -- a very special item for collectors!
- Restocked manga include the popular Colors, one of the most amazing hermaphrodite manga works we've ever carried
- We've got a great volley of H doujinshi too, including many all-new books for doujinshi fans
- For yaoi manga collectors, we've got the excellent two-volume set of Pathos, a really cool yaoi comic series by Mika Sadahiro
- J-List sells many rare toys for grown-ups too -- look for fresh stock of several popular items, including Onacup "E-Jan," the Mandorian Dot, Marshmallow, and the cool inflatable Japanese AV idols
- For our DVD customers, enjoy some great new offerings, starting with a disc featuring the top names of JAV idols from the 1980s and early 90 -- 4 hours! (region free)
- Then in time for the Olympics, SOD brings us a new Zenra sports DVD featuring gorgeous girls in the buff doing volleyball, fencing, soccer, judo and other enjoyable indoor sports (region free)
- Also from Soft on Demand, a new "study" series work in which one male is observed and poked by 100 Japanese girls (region free)
- From U&K, a new "Queer" series production featuring the most amazing female performers you'll ever see including Shuri Himesaki -- wow! (region free)
- Ruri Anno stars in a new DVD from Wanz Factory next, featuring 2 hours of constant, non-stop action (region 2)
- Finally, look for a large restocking of popular DVDs, including Marina Matsushima's popular titles, the Contrary Soap Heaven starring Aoi Sora, Akira Watase's great works, Gymnastic Girls and Gold Bird.
Interested in learning Japanese? Remember that J-List loves Japan and always wants to promote the study of Japanese all over the world. To that end, we carry cool things like the famous Canon Wordtank electronic dictionaries, kanji practice notebooks, kanji study cards and the spiffy Zebra Check Set, a system that helps you memorize anything and test your memory. Also, be sure to see Peter's general overview of the Japanese language and his advice for students or would-be students, at http://www.peterpayne.net/