When a person goes to live in a foreign country, it's natural that he encounter some words and concepts that are strange to him, and I was certainly no exception. One of my first huh? moments upon arriving in Japan being taken to a snack, which is a small drinking establishment where you can get drinks poured for you by a pretty woman, belt out a few tunes at the karaoke machine, and get something to eat, which is where the snack part comes in, I guess. I learned something about Japan during my first visit to one of these places: there's a lot more trust here than there is back home. Behind the bar at any snack you can see dozens of bottles of whisky with people's names written on them. This is called "bottle keep," where a customer will buy a bottle for his own personal use and drop by any time to drink from it, and it struck me as amazing that he need not fear that anyone would steal from his $100 bottle. There are other examples of trust in Japan's society. For example, there are umbrellas at our local post office with a sign that says, "If anyone needs an umbrella, please use one of these and bring it back later." Anyone can borrow $20 from a police box for train fare home if they lose their wallet, which should be repaid at the police box nearest your house. They'll take down your information, but since you probably have no ID (having lost your wallet) in such a situation, it's essentially done via the honor system. Finally, if you're making a large purchase of lumber from Cainz Home, the local home center, they'll be happy to loan you one of their small trucks to get it home, free of charge -- even to a gaijin like me. I don't know about you, but I find that being in a society where the trustworthiness of people is assumed naturally is just wonderful, and I'm always careful to make sure I don't betray trust that anyone puts in me.
New Year's Day is known as oshogatsu, written with the characters for "correct" and "moon," no doubt a holdover from the days when Japan followed the Chinese lunar calendar. It's the favorite day of kids throughout the country because of otoshidama, cash gifts that they receive from their relatives. The amount each child gets depends on the age of the child and of the relationship involved -- kids get more from grandparents than from an uncle they rarely see, for example. My kids both made out like bandits this year, getting around $200 each, although my son got slightly more since he's older, and the oldest son in our household, which carries special status. There are two benefits from this New Year's money gift tradition that I can see. First, knowing that relatives will be handing out envelopes of cash makes kids complain a lot less than visiting family, and this brings everyone together just a little bit. Also, parents use this custom to teach the value of saving money, and the idea of a child blowing all his New Year's money the next day at the toy store is almost unheard of. My son is especially good at saving, and has managed to get more than $1000 in the bank from hoarding his New Year's money over the years. I don't think I ever had that much in a bank account before the age of 25.
Back during my days as a teacher, one of my more advanced students turned to me and said, "Peter, do you have a tish?" I wasn't sure what a "tish" was, but he made a nose-blowing gesture and I realized he was asking me for a tissue. Because Japanese is a syllable-based language in which you can express, say, the sounds ra, ri, ru, re and ro but not an "r" by itself, pronouncing English words properly can be a challenge. In addition to words like "flat" having three syllables instead of one, due to being forced through the strange filter of the katakana pronunciation system, many words end up with vowel sounds on the end, such as job (JO-bu), big (BI-gu) or end (EN-doh). My student was aware of this fact -- kind of like-ah how Mario-ah speaks-ah -- and tried to truncate any vowels at the ends of English words to make them sound more natural, which is where "tish" came from.
J-List is coming out swinging in the new year, ready to bring you thousands of great new products from Japan. From exciting toys and anime figures to fun J-Snacks to unique traditional or just plain "wacky" things you never thought you'd come across, J-List promises to make 2008 a great year for everyone with a fascination for Japan. Let us know what we can do for you this year!
Here are today's "really cool products" that I've picked out for you, out of the 30+ new items we've added to the J-List and JBOX.com sites today. Note that some products may be "not safe for work" but that all links will allow you to redirect yourself either to the J-List or JBOX.com websites. To see all the J-List products, check out J-List or the JBOX.com updated products link.
Lucky Star DX Box ~ Konata Izumi. Here's a wonderful limited edition box of good stuff for Lucky Star fans, containing a 32 page special artbook, CD-ROM with all kinds of fun items, a notebook, and a PVC figure of Konata, one of the most unique characters to come along in years. (She's probably more of an otaku than you or me.) Rei Ayanami x Shunya Yamashita Figure *Preorder*. Oo, our favorite Shunya Yamashita figure is in stock now -- yes! This is a "re-imagining" of one of anime's most enigmatic characters, and the quality is just amazing. Issued by Yamato. Potelong Non Fried Snack -- Wasabi Flavor. We've got some fun new Japanese snacks today, starting with Lotte Pie no Mi Strawberry pies, delicious Orange Cocoa Aero chocolates, and for fans of spicy food, Potelong non-fried potato snacks in wasabi flavor -- yum! Nendoroid Toys: Kotona Elegance, Haruhi Suzumiya. See restocked Nendoroid figures on the site, including Haruhi Suzumiya and Kotona from Zoids. Both figures can be posed in many unique positions. Kitahara World Toy Collection vol.1 Basic Set of 10. Teruhisa Kitahara is a famous collector of classic toys, and this is a line of recreations of his favorite tin toys from the 1940s and 50s which you can own. Great for displaying! Egg Oct 2007. Keep your finger on the pulse of young hipsters in Tokyo with Egg, the fashion magazine of "kogals" or the super fashionable girls of Shibuya and Harajuku. One of J-List's most popular fashion magazines. Figumate Complete Guide w/ Figure. For fans of the Figumate "super deformed" toy line, we've gotten in a cool book that shows you every toy ever released in the series, from Haruhi to Mecha Musume to Negima. Comes with a cool figure inside the box. Natural Hemp Tapestry & Flower Vase with Gift Box. Her are two cool item, beautiful tapestries featuring image of Japan that you can hang on any way. Made of natural hemp and cotton, there's a glower vase built into the fabric that you can put a single beautiful flower into. Comes in a great gift box. Learn Hiragana and Katakana. Make bathtime your study time with this great chart that lets you learn hiragana and katakana (the two elementary writing systems of Japanese) in the bath, thanks to its special coating. Can be used anywhere, too, in case you prefer showering to taking a bath. Also, see our cool Hiragana Learning Tape, also back in stock. Tanbo ~ Rice Field -- Beautiful Japanese Sights. Here's a special item: a photobook of something you don't get to see normally, beautiful Japanese rice fields, the basis of culture in Asia for five thousands years. This great photobook also features farm houses that are hundreds of years old. My Neighbor Totoro Pass Case. The Japanese ride a lot of trains, and so there are some pretty nice cases for the train passes that so many students carry with them. This is a gorgeous Totoro train pass case that can also be used to carry any credit-sized standard cards for quick access any time. Perfect Bishojo ~ DVD Kanzen Bishojo. Here's an amazing magazine filled with "S-class" (meaning "special," the highest possible ranking) Japanese AV queens, including Nana Natsume, Tsugumi Nagasawa, Noa, Ann Namba and of course the gorgeous Hotaru Akane. Comes with a 240 minute DVD, too. Karami 29 -- Shou Nishino. Shou looks positively edible in her long pleated skirt and newly pressed white shirt with long black socks. AN entirely photomagazine dedicated to this special model. More and More -- Rin Aoki. Also dig this awesome issue of More and More dedicated to Rin Aoki and her amazing "oppai." Comes with a DVD so you can enjoy her in two formats at once. New Manga Volumes for You. Today's first "ero" manga of 2008 include Under the Rose, a dynamite manga by Yoh Amamiya and XO Comics featuring amazing fantasy art and more, and a superb new release from Tomoe Tenbu that features the funny English phrase "all women teachers are crack!" Manaka Kamaki Cast Off Figure ~ ToHeart2. For fans of "cast off" figures, which let you remove clothes and change the way your figures are displayed, we've gotten in this awesome Manaka from the ToHeart2 OVA. Change from school version to bikini mode (or less). In stock now! Whole Body Oil Esthetic -- Yuma Asami. Yuma-chan has made quite a name for herself over the past year, winning many fans and rising in the ranks of the JAV world. Enjoy this slippery, wet and wonderful new release from Alice Japan. We love Yuma Asami! Zenra Gymnastics ~ All Nude Shintaisou. Then, an real former gymnast has decided to take the plunge and become an AV actress, allowing you to enjoy her amazing "zenra" rhythmic gymnastics.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Learning about trust in a drinking establishment in Japan, why Japanese kids love New Year's Day, and what is a "tish"?
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Happy New Year from J-List, observations on culture and gaijin, a dearth of new adults in Japan, and Japan as "supplier heaven"
Akemashite omedetou to all J-List readers! We had a nice, quiet New Year's Day, relaxing in the morning and watching Ratatouille with the kids, since 2008 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac. After that we did what we do just about every year, going to our local Shinto shrine to pray for good luck in the new year. When we were done we wandered around the grounds, buying new omamori good luck charms for all family members and browsing the stalls that sold everything from chocolate covered bananas to takoyaki (batter balls with bits of octopus meat inside, yum). As is often the case, I found myself the only foreigner standing in a long line of thousands of people, which takes a little getting used to: the knowledge that everyone around me is pretending not to bend their ear to listen to what this American who is speaking Japanese is saying while kids stare at me like I've just arrived in Admiral Perry's Black Ships, can be disconcerting. 3% of the population of our small city is made up of foreigners, mostly from countries like Brazil, Peru and Iran, yet as usual I couldn't find a single non-Japanese on the grounds of the Shrine, preparing to partake in this fun bit of Japanese culture. I don't believe the lack of other gaijin at the shrine has to do with differing ideas on religion, as the traditional first prayer of the New Year is cultural, not religious. Instead, I think it has to do with the foreign population not wanting to accept the Japanese culture that's all around them, and the xenophobic Japanese being perfectly happy to go along with this arrangement. This is something that local governments in Japan should try to change: there should be a lot more cultural mingling between foreigners who live in Japan and their Japanese hosts, with ideas traded both ways. Well, that's my own little wish for 2008.
In Japan, a person is legally considered to be an adult at the age of twenty, and in January towns across the country hold ceremonies celebrating the coming of age of their young people, who gather at the local Culture Hall to pose for pictures in their smart-looking new suits and colorful kimonos before enduring boring speeches from the mayor and city councilmen. This year brings a reminder of Japan's population problems, however, with official numbers published by the government setting the number of new seijin (legal adults, individuals born in 1987) this January at just 1.35 million, a 1.08% drop from last year. Notably, the number of new adults this year is even lower than the last Hinoeuma year, 1966, when millions of Japanese couples avoided having children due to a widely-held superstition that girls born in the fifth cycle of the Year of the Horse will be too strong-willed to find happiness or husbands, which yielded just 1.36 million new adults when they came of age in 1986. Many other countries have issues with declining birth rates, but in Japan, an island nation with only a small amount of immigration, the problems are magnified.
I've written before about Japan being a "supplier heaven," for companies that manufacture products and provide services. In general, sellers of products benefit from stricter pricing models and are able to capture a greater percent of the final purchase price than in any other country. Products like beer or cigarettes sold at the rural liquor store my wife's parents run yield less a mere 5% profit for them, and many other products, from books to CDs to makeup, are generally sold with a fixed pricing structures that would be unthinkable in the U.S. today. One of the first shocks a foreigner coming to live in Japan gets is "key money" that must be paid before moving into an apartment, totalling six times one month's rent, which covers things like a deposit, a fee to the agent who found the apartment for you, and "thanks money" paid to the owner for graciously allowing you to live there. Another unique practice in Japan is hotels that charge per-person, requiring you to pay, say, $150 for one person to stay or $300 for two. Surprisingly, it's been the arrival of large American companies like the major Hollywood studios or Western hotel chains to the Japanese market that's brought about the most change in recent years, as they import more customer-friendly business and pricing models and force less efficient Japanese companies to follow or get left behind.
The New Year's holidays continue in Japan, so I've gone through again and picked up a selection of really cool items I'd like to show you -- browse these cool items now. Note that some products may be "not safe for work" but that all links will allow you to redirect yourself either to the J-List or JBOX.com websites. To see all the J-List products, check out J-List or the JBOX.com updated products link.
Katakana Keyboards. There's something about a computer keyboard with the Japanese katakana font on the keys -- it just looks so cool. In addition to the popular katakana USB keyboards from Elecom, we have T-shirts for guys & girls with great Japanese keyboard designs. Metal Gear Solid, Nintendo Toys. We've got lots of cool items from Japan for gamers, from the Metal Gear Solid toy line from Kubrick (the ones who started the whole "super deformed" figure boom), our excellent Link plush, and more. Dengeki G's Magazine Subscription. "Moé" (mo-EH), which I sometimes write without the accent over the 'e' due to how the character displays in some formats, could be translated as the warm fuzzy feeling you get when contemplating your favorite super-cute anime or game character. Enjoy plenty of this excellent culture with a subscription to Dengeki G's, Dengeki Hime, Megami Magazine or our other awesome magazine offerings. Tetsudou Musume ~ Train Girls -- Full Set of 6. There are many types of otaku in Japan, including anime fans, karaoke lovers and aficionados of trains. This is a great series combining cute bishoujo characters with train uniforms. Totoro Fluffy Blankets. If you didn't get a soft and fluffy Totoro blanket for Christmas, we recommend you consider picking up one before this year's stock is depleted. These are so soft and warm they will be a treasure in your family as they are in ours. You Know You've Been In Japan Too Long.... I've long been the editor of the official "YBIJTLW" list, aka You've Been in Japan Too Long When..., and now someone's made a book of it. 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese. J-List loves to find useful tools to help our customers learn Japanese more effectively. Here's a popular book that gives a lot of useful advice. Japanese School Uniforms, Bookbag. At J-List, we like to think we're good at bringing you things that you don't expect to find. Two such items that might fit that bill are the popular high school uniforms for girls or guys, custom made to any size by the famous Matsukameya of Nagoya, and this great high school briefcase-style bookbag, used by high school students through the country. GETA ~ Okaku Black. This is just about our most popular traditional Japanese shoe item, traditional wooden geta sandals with a black velvet strap. The sound these make as you walk is enough to transport you back to Tokyo in the Meiji era... Japanese Lucky Charm. Bring yourself good luck in 2008 with our line of authentic Japanese omamori, Shinto luck charms that are carried by almost every Japanese person. Hello Kitty, Totoro Bento Boxes. You probably know that J-List carries many different types of bento boxes from Japan. Two of our most popular types are the Totoro line from Studio Ghibli and our cute Hello Kitty bento box sets. COPIC Art Supplies. J-List is proud to announce that we're carrying drawing / writing supplies from COPIC, one of the most famous companies in Japan, in addition to our popular line of other Japanese pens of every size, shape and color. Rei Ayanami x Shunya Yamashita Figure *Preorder*. We love Shunya Yamashita, and seeing his take on Rei from Evangelion is just too much for me. This figure can be preordered, and it could be argued, should be preordered, since our stock is likely to be shorted on this. Gekkan "Monthly" Series. The Gekkan or "Monthly" series is a great line of photomagazines, with each issue dedicated to a single beautiful model. The girls are so gorgeous, they can keep their clothes on and nothing is lost. A wonderful item for serious fans of Japanese photography. BOMB reserve subscription. One of our most popular magazine subscriptions is BOMB, a cute magazine dedicated to the most beautiful Japanese models, from red-hot stars like Yuko Ogura and Aya Ueto to the newest and cutest girls. This magazine has been published for more than three decades. Pretty Soldier Wars A.D. 2048. A lot of people ask about PC dating-sim games that have more traditional game play, and we recommend Pretty Soldier Wars, a great tactical RPG in which you control beautiful female soldiers who fight evil tentacle monsters, with more traditional dating-sim stories in between game levels. Only $24.95! Beastie Girls. Artist Sameda Koban brings to us a highly recommended "H" comic that's got a special bonus: 48 pages of drop-dead gorgeous color inside. Can't recommend this item enough. Comic AG Super Manga Anthology vol. 70. Comic AG is the amazing anthology magazine that brings you 80 pages of top quality "H" manga for just $4.99 per issue. See the outstanding new issue on the site now. Ikki Tousen, Other Cast Off Figures. Ikki Tousen (aka Dragon Destiny) is the hugely popular anime and manga that essentially is a retelling of a famous Chinese historical tale using high school girls in Tokyo, with lots of martial arts and the highest percentage of "fan service" in any anime show. Shirow Masamune's Jashin Hunter. If you're a fan of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, you really should consider picking up the Jashin Hunter novels (vol 1 & 2), illustrated by the master "H" artist. Zenra Bootcamp, Other Fun Concepts. From an "ero" version of Billy's Bootcamp (aerobics popularized by Billy Blanks) to the bizarre but incredibly popular Zenra Ballet series, there's no end to the innovation the Japanese are able to bring to the subject of AV.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Back in Japan and getting ready for New Year's, my respect for hard work, and a great way to get money in 2008!
Hello again from J-List. Once again we've made the hop from San Diego to Japan, traveling the 5443 miles (8759 km) from our American home to our Japanese one. The flight was fine, although bumpier than normal due to the extra turbulence in the skies in winter.
We've returned just in time for our favorite time of year, oshogatsu, or the New Year's Day holidays. Unlike the happy, boisterous fun that is New Year's in the U.S. and elsewhere, Jan. 1 is a very solemn day in Japan. Today is New Year's Eve, and everyone is rushing around doing everything they need to get done before the holidays, like finishing up their o-soji ("big cleaning") so they can face the new year with a clean house, and readying various decorations for the home. It's customary to eat Japanese soba (buckwheat) noodles on the last day of the year, which supposedly helps everyone enjoy long lives, and December 31st is the busiest day for restaurants that serve noodles. But the most important activity that takes place on New Year's Eve is watching Kohaku, the Red and White Song Battle, an annual live show put that's been put on by NHK every year since 1951 in which female singers (the red team) battle male singers (the white team) to see which side can put on the most extravagant performances. The Kohaku show is "the" music event of the year, comparable to the Academy Awards in the U.S., and virtually every top star will be there, from Leah Dizon to Gackt to the singers in Hello! Project and enka greats Saburo Kitajima and Sayuri Ishikawa. After the Kohaku show ends at 11:45 pm, NHK broadcasts Yuku Toshi, Kuru Toshi (Year Going, Year Coming) showing solemn images of people making their way to beautiful Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques to do hatsu-mode (ha-tsu MOH-day), the first prayer for good luck and happiness of the New Year, overlaid with the sound of a bell that chimes 108 times. Then, the TV display flashes "0:00," letting you know the New Year has silently arrived.
Japan is nothing if not the land of the "boom," and you never know what will become popular next. Right now, thousands of cell phone users are displaying an image of the enigmatic Yoshihiro Miwa as their screen wallpaper, which is rumored to increase a person's luck with regards to money, what with yellow being the feng shui color for wealth and all. A survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing who went to Tokyo to become a famous cabaret singer, Miwa was very close to writer Yukio Mishima, the guy who tried to bring about a pro-Emperor coup by the military then committed seppuku when the soldiers laughed at him. Author of 20 books and an accomplished stage performer and director, Miwa-san may be most famous internationally as the voices of the wolf goddess Moro and the Witch of the Waste in Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle. If you're curious to see if this Japanese superstition is correct, try setting your cell phone's wallpaper to this picture and see if you get more money in 2008!
One thing I really like about the Japanese is the tradition of kinben (KEEN-ben), or diligence and hard work, as an ideal for people to aspire to, essentially the local version of the Protestant Work Ethic. By and large, this diligence is usually measured in terms of time rather than raw effort, and doing an hour or two of overtime each day is probably the norm for most Japanese companies, allowing employees show their hard work to their colleagues in a unit that everyone can easily recognize, time. The highest expression of kinben is the tetsuya, the all-nighter, working so hard that you work all night long to finish your important project. If an employee in Japan works all night on a project, he will probably gain a lot of respect from his boss and coworkers (the term also applies to studying all night for a test). Recently I asked my wife what the "worst" job in Japan was considered to be, the one parents tell their kids they'll end up doing if they don't study hard (when I was a boy it was "ditch digger" but it may have changed since then). She told me that Japanese don't usually speak ill of a profession like that, since someone has to do it after all, and in fact, many of the jobs some might consider to be "bad" such as road construction or the guys that empty the BOT-ton toilets in older homes that don't have pluming yet, are actually good in a way, since they pay much higher due to the fact that few people are willing to do them.
J-List would like to wish everyone a safe, warm and wonderful New Year's holiday tomorrow. Within the month of December, you wish someone a Happy New Year by saying yoi o-toshi o (YO-ee oh-TOH-shi oh), which literally means "[have a] good year." After January 1st arrives, you switch to akemashite omedeto (ah-keh-MASH-tay oh-meh-deh-TOH), literally "congratulations on opening the New Year." It's polite to use this second greeting the first time you see a Japanese person after the new year arrives. Well, until next time, yoi o-toshi o, everyone!
Since we're giving the J-List crew some much-deserved time off, I'm presenting a few of my Most Favorite Things today, some items I think are especially cool to show you. You can view all J-List products updated in the last three days by clicking this link.
Cool Traditional Japanese Shoes. J-List carries a huge selection of traditional items, and some of our favorites are the setta (sandals) and geta (traditional wooden shoes) from Japan. See our selection now. See Our Most Popular Traditional Items. J-List now has constantly updated category listings which show you the most popular items in a category. Our best-selling traditional items include our awesome Lucky Cat Tea Cups, an incredibly popular series. Click to see the 50 best-selling traditional items! Black Goth Style Cat Bento Box Set. Japan's culture of visually-pleasing boxed lunches (bento) is popular all over the world, and J-List offers a huge selection of bento boxes for you to browse. I love our new Goth-Loli Cat style bento box series. Top-Selling Study Items. J-List genuinely wants to promote study of the Japanese language and interest in all aspects of Japan. See the top 50 study related items, including "bilingual books" with Japanese and English printed side-by-side. Hello Kitty Computer Speakers, USB Mouse, More. We love to bring you kawaii products from Japan, including hard-to-find items like Kitty-chan speakers for your iPod or computer, the Hello Kitty mouse, Hello Kitty vibrating shoulder massager, mayonnaise cups, and so on. Japanese T-shirt "Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend". It turns out that more than a few men in the world are interested in the idea of dating girls from Japan, and this wacky T-shirt might just be the conversation starter you need to make it happen. The exact translation is "Now accepting applications for a Japanese girlfriend." iTunes Japan Music Card, Elecom Items. J-List carries the popular pre-paid iTunes Japan Music Cards that let you buy Japanese music and play it on PC or Mac with iTunes or any iPod. It even works with the online iTunes store and iPhone / iPod Touch. We also carry dozens of great items from Japan's electronics maker Elecom, with lower prices on the Mogmo Kun flash drive cases. 2008 Calendars. Of course, J-List still has a good selection of 2008 calendars printed for the domestic market here, a great way to add a little slice of Japan to 2008. Browse are anime, JPOP, sexy idol, men's and other calendars now! Preorder Anime Figures. J-List recently began offering anime figures and other toys via preorder, allowing you to make sure you get that ultra-cool Fraulein Revoltech or Bible Black figure before they all sell out. Orders are often shorted by our distributors, and in cases like these we give priority to customers who have preordered figures. Studio Ghibli Plush Toys. J-List has carried plush toys and other items for fans of Hayao Miyzaki since we started our humble little company back in 1996, and we love the joy we've brought to many fans by these great items. Manufactured by Sun Arrow, a toy maker with a hundred years of history. Top-Selling J-Snacks. Click here to see the most popular 50 snack items on J-List right now. My own favorites include the Melty Kit Kat (with melted center), Tomato Pretz, and Rose Flavored Gum. Cast Off Figures. We just love the recent trend in Japan of "cast off" anime figures, with clothes you can remove either partially or completely. This is Fiitan, the super-cute mascot of an otaku blog in Japan, which can be displayed in several configurations. So sexy! Karami Photomagazine Series. We're big fans of beautiful photography from Japan, and you can't get any better than the Karami series, a great collection of photo-magazines with each issue dedicated to a single beautiful model, like Yua Aida, Mitsu Amai, Hitomi Hayasaka, and many more. No ads, either, making for a totally satisfying visual experience. Great "H" Manga from Japan. Of course J-List has always been a great place to get Japan's best "ero" manga, and we've got hundreds of volumes in stock right now. Click here to see the top 50 manga items that J-List customers have chosen over the past 7 days. Futanari Products. One of the most visually enticing trends in Japan is futanari, which means "the two becoming one," and is a nice way of saying "chicks with..." From amazing doujinshi and CG by Behind Moon to great manga releases to innovative AV DVD productions, J-List has many items for futa lovers. Artbooks. We also carry dozens of top artbooks from top illustrators, including artists like Tony Taka, Tetsuya Ishida, Happou Bijin, Katsuya Terada and many more. Also see the School Days artbooks! Japanese Condoms, More. From unique Japanese parody condoms to our Hello Kitty massager products to bizarre items like Treasure Taste World Magic Hole and all-natural lotion products, J-List offers amazing novelty products for couples. Huge Selection of DVDs from Japan. J-List has hundreds of Japan AV (hint: it doesn't mean audio visual) DVDs featuring Japan's top pro and indy studios, like Soft on Demand, Alice Japan, Moodyz and TMA. Click here to see the top 50 DVD products on the site right now.