Friday, June 08, 2012

Three Fun Words of Japanese For You

Life is a little more fun when you know some Japanese, whether it's to communicate with nihonjin who can't use English or to catch the attention of cute coeds on campus. One word you can get quite a lot of mileage from is sugoi (sue-GO-ee), which means "amazing" or "incredible" and which can be used just about any time you need to express awesomeness. See a Japanese man who's adept at playing the Super Mario theme on an accordion? Just tell him sugoi! and your meaning will be instantly communicated. Then there's daijobu (die-JOE-boo), which means "okay" or "alright" and is generally one of the first words a person learns after arriving in Japan (well, after biiru o kudasai "please bring me a beer" anyway). Finally, the word naruhodo packs a lot of meaning into those four syllables, essentially expressing "I see" or "that's right" or "what a brilliant suggestion, you have changed my viewpoint 180 degrees."


Konata daijobu!

Driving Really Fast in San Diego

I've been enjoying my time in San Diego, zooming around the freeways as I drive to the J-List San Diego office or run errands in preparation for the upcoming summer anime conventions. Driving in San Diego is especially nice when coming from Japan, a country where most time spent in the car is "city driving" with lots of traffic lights and road congestion, or infrequent trips on freeways that aren't free. (It costs around $18 in tolls to drive from J-List's home prefecture of Gunma into Tokyo, about 100 km/60 miles to the south.) Mrs. J-List is with me, and we've been visiting various places in San Diego that she hadn't seen before. Driving through one part of town, we saw a large Japanese-style traditional building, and my wife said, "Wow, there must be lot of Asian influence in San Diego, if they built a Buddhist temple here." Knowing the interesting sushi restaurants that can be found in the U.S., with amusing (to the Japanese) names like Wa Sushi, Godzilla Sushi and Domo Sushi, I was pretty sure the "Buddhist temple" was something else entirely. And sure enough, it turned out to be a sushi restaurant called Hon Sushi, in case you happen to be in the San Diego area and are hungry for sushi now.


Driving in San Diego is more fun than in Japan.

You Can Live in a Mansion in Japan

Recently an American friend of mine who works as a professor at a Japanese university told me he bought a mansion, and I congratulated him on being so rich that he could afford a large house in Japan. We were kidding around of course: in Japan a "mansion" is what a condominium in a high-rise building is called, for most people the only way they can ever own their own home, since finding a patch of land for sale then building a house on it is an extremely expensive prospect. In additiont to "mansion," there are some other English words that mean slightly different things in Japan, including rouge (what lipstick is called), manicure (nail polish), hip (which always means the buttocks), limousine bus (those comfortable buses they have at airports), cooler (air conditioner), and the bizarre "hormone," which in Japan refers to fried pork intestines, a delicacy of Osaka.


A "mansion" is a classy apartment building. Can you tell whose this is?

Anime Snacks from J-List. Which ones do you love?

J-List loves anime, and we love Japanese snacks, so it's naturally that we'll go out of our way to carry both for you. We have hundreds of fun Japanese snacks seen in anime series, like Sakuma Drops, the official caramels of Totoro and the Cat-Bus, plus fun One Piece snack products. See traditional Hello Kitty candy, wacky Tentacle Grape soda for ecchi types, plus the fast-disappearing UCC Evangelion Coffee + Figures. Click to see today's top ranking of anime snacks and drinks from Japan!

Cool Products Thursday, June 7, 2012

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.
Newtype July 2012
Another great Newtype, the Moving Pictures Magazine, for your source on the hottest anime in Japan today, always packed with great stuff! This issue is an especially good one, filled with info on Hyouka, Muv-Luv Total Eclipse, Nanoha A's, Fate/Zero and AKB00048, and all anime fans should bag the issue before it sells out.
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Comic Alive July 2012
Comic Alive July 2012 Here's another outstanding issue of Comic Alive, a super thick magazine with over 800 pages of manga goodness for you.
Ultra Lovely Girls!  Miyagawa Takeshi Collection 2004 - 2010
Ultra Lovely Girls! Miyagawa Takeshi Collection Figures fans, don't miss this amazing photobook showcasing the best works of sculptor Takeshi Miyagawa.
Natsukashi-Ya  Frog Family in the Rain
Natsukashi-Ya ~ Frog Family in the Rain These three frogs don't mind a little rain since they have a leaf umbrella, in this new item in the Natsukashi-ya series.
Natsukashi-Ya  Neko Machi (Cat City)
Natsukashi-Ya ~ Neko Machi (Cat City) Also, some incredibly adorable traditional scenes with cats, recreated from the Showa Period and great for displaying in your room.
Hello Kitty to Issho! Block Crash V
Hello Kitty to Issho! Block Crash The "pop and cute" moe revival of Hello Kitty comes to the PSVita! Now you can experience your favorite super-popular bishoujo illustrators' renditions of Kitty themes in the palm of your hand.
Miku Hatsune Project DIVA  Extend
Miku Hatsune Project DIVA Games Restocked Then for fans of Hatsune Miku, we've restocked all three of the Project DIVA pantsu simulators, I mean dancing games. In stock right now!
Kanji Test for 2.5 Millions  Premium
Nintendo DS Software to Learn Japanese Great Japanese study software for the DS restocked, including Kanji Test DS 3, Kanji Test for 2.5 Millions, and Dora Gana (Learn Hiragana with Doraemon).
Hetalia Axis Powers  Deutsch fur die Reise Auf ein Prosit in Deutschland!
Learn German with German from Hetalia! This is a 160-page guide to Germany's food, fashion, sights, and language, as narrated by the amazingly cute characters of Hetalia.
Touhou Nekomura Rubber Keychain -- Frandre
We've been on a roll this year, posting really outstanding Touhou keychains, figures and other rare doujin goods that are usually only available to visitors at special fan events. Today see some great new keychains, including Aya, Flandre Scarlet, Marisa and more.
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Maiden Lace Over Knee Socks  Black and White
Kawaii Gothic Cat Girl Maid, Socks Restocked Many nice cosplay products restocked, including our Maiden Lace Over Knee Socks and popular Cat Girl Maid Outfit. Need anything for the summer cons?
Men's Shimapan  Shimabra Dream  Blue 5L
Shimapan, Other Cosplay Items Restocked Next we've restocked some interesting shimapan and sukumizu (school swimsuits) in all sizes, including 5L for "trap" fans because, why not?
Moeru! Akuma Jiten  Demon Encyclopedia
Moeru! Akuma Jiten ~ Demon Encyclopedia Here's a great moe encyclopedia of the most famous akuma (demons, devils) in history and literature, illustrated in cute girl form.
MINI JOY STICK for iPhone or Android
Restocked iPhone & Android Products We stock outstanding products for iPhone and Android phones, including Dr. Ion, Smart Alpha Touch Pen for iPhone + game controller.
iTunes Japan Music Card
New Anime Songs on iTunes Japan Our iTunes Japan prepaid cards are a popular way to score anime music from Japan. Here's a great playlist with all the 2012 spring anime OP/ED songs!
Octopus Keychain (Strap)
Octopus Keychain (Strap) Japanese culture's long history of loving tentacle beasts first started with their love of the octopus. It's the coolest octopus phone strap you'll see today!
Nokoshitai Michi  Nihon no Fuukei II
Nokoshitai Michi ~ Nihon no Fuukei II Nokoshitai Michi, also known as "Scenery of Japan which wants to leave Passage", shows Japan through its winding roads.
Kracie Naru Naru Gummy no Mi  Ramune  Grape Set
Kracie Naru Naru Gummy no Mi Similar to Neru Neru, these treats Naru Naru is a fun DIY candy for making fun fruit balls of yum!
Gift Wrapped Hello Kitty Chitose Ame
Restocked Japanese Snacks, Too Enjoy Organic Onion Chips, Hokkaido Premium Caramels, Lotte Ume Gum, Hello Kitty Traditional "Chitose" Ame, Cloris "Fresh" Ramune and more!
Red Sakura Chirimen Patterned 2 Tier Bento Box  Large Size
Red Sakura Chirimen Patterned 2 Tier Bento Box ~ Large Size Bento boxes are one of J-List's most successful items, and we pride ourselves on bringing high-quality traditionalokay designed bentos from Japan to you.
Blue Rabbit x Moon Bento Box Set  Square 2 tier Bento Box  Chopsticks  Bento Bag
Great Traditional Bento Boxes Restocked Also, some of our most elegant traditional bento boxes are restocked, including the Rabbit x Moon bento (both colors) and more.
Jiji 3-in-One Bento Storage Boxes   Kiki's Delivery Service
Fun Kiki's Delivery Service Bento Restocked See random anime-themed bento boxes too, including Kiki's Delivery Service, One Piece plus cute panda bento boxes.
PANDA-Shaped Kawaii Onigiri Maker
PANDA-Shaped Kawaii Onigiri Maker Let this cute panda help you with your creative bento life, with a panda shaped onigiri rice shaper. Cuteness overload!
Banana Carrying Case for Bento
Always Protect Your Banana Avoid the embarrassment of a bruised and damaged banana by using the popular banana carrying cases for bento, from Japan.
BARAN -- Bento/Sushi Decorative Partition Grass
'Baran' Fake Grass for Bento Give your bento lunches a touch of elegance with "baran" fake grass, now available in various colors. No Japanese bento is complete without it.
Basic Kanji Drill New -- 2nd Grade
Japanese Kanji Study Books Restocked Also, fresh stock of the Japanese kanji drill books used by Japanese children, with several back in stock. Study like the Japanese do!
Katana Letter Opener
Katana Letter Opener One of the most recognizable weapons in Japanese history is that of the katana. You will have so much fun killing your letters.
Japanese Bamboo Ear Pick - Mimikaki
Traditional Japanese Ear Cleaners You haven't lived until you've had your ears cleaned by a Japanese bamboo Mimikaki. See our popular ear cleaners restocked, including kawaii pink cotton swabs.
KAIUN Triple Lucky Cat Strap
Japanese Lucky Cat Keychains, More Enjoy our restocked "Three Lucky Cats" phone strap, such a fun way to bring more luck into your life. Click to see the new items.
Revoltech Branwen  Queen's Blade Rebellion Vanquished Queens 2  **Preorder**
Revoltech Branwen ~ Queen's Blade *Preorder* Here's a super-sexy Revoltech action figure of Branwen, the busty dragon knight from Queen's Blade Rebellion.
Yukiko Amagi 1/10 Figure Beach Queen  Persona 4 **Preorder**
Yukiko Amagi 1/10 Figure Beach Queen ~ Persona 4 *Preorder* From Persona 4 comes this cute and sexy Beach Queen figure of Yukiko Amagi. I love her flowing anime hair and pure white...eyes, yes eyes.
Sena Kashiwazaki 1/8 Figure High Priestess  Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai **Preorder**
Sena Kashiwazaki 1/8 Figure *Preorder* From Megahouse's High Priestess line of bishoujo figures comes this beautiful rendition of Haganai's Sena Kashiwazaki.
Ultimate Madoka 1/8 Figure  Puella Magi Madoka Magica **Preorder**
Ultimate Madoka 1/8 Figure *Preorder* The Goodsmile Company presents a breathtaking figure of Kaname Madoka in her ultimate magical girl form from the last episode of the anime series...
the real mami -- Mami Sakamoto
the real mami ~ Mami Sakamoto Mami Sakamoto is a climbing japanese gravure idol and talent, and this is her first semi-nude photobook. A very uplifting book.
Pure Bitch
Pure Bitch Pure Bitch contains 10 amazing stories about horny girls who find themselves in inescapable situations where the only outcome is sex.
Otonari Kanojo
false These girls just don't know how to give up, with every story about a beautiful girl taking charge and getting her man in bed.
IM PACT PREMIUM 1
IMPACT PREMIUM Deluxe Reversable Onahole The outstanding IMPACT onahole toy series is back, an amazing toy series that can be used inside-out too. Such amazing detail.
Azumi Nyan! Pero Pero Hole  K-On! Azusa Parody Toy
Restocked Onaholes for Hardened Otaku We love to stock fun stress toys featuring your favorite anime characters, and we've gotten some choice K-On! and Haganai onahole toys in stock.
Puru Puru Oppai Finale
Our Most Popular 'Oppai' Toys Restocked See some of our most beloved oppai toys back on the site, including the detailed Mami toys for Madoak Magika fans, plus the Oppai Onahole wow.
TOTSUGEKI MAX
Innovative Vibrators from Japan The Japanese make everything more interesting, and we've restocked several personal massagers that will make everyone smile.
SILK LABO  Secret Romance
SILK LABO ~ Secret Romance The adult video label for women, SILK LABO sends its new release, including 2 hot adult stories in one DVD. Great AV for women!
Fortuna Rhapsody  First Limited Edition
Fortuna Rhapsody ~ First Limited Edition Experience the magical romance of your dreams in this stunning visual novel from Symphony. Such amazing visuals and beautiful characters.
Koihime Musou *Preorder*
Awesome English Eroge to Buy Now Fans of English eroge are killing time waiting for School Days to ship by buying the other killer title we just got in, Koihime Musou, with fully restored voice track!
Faith/Ero HD (Blu-ray Disc)
Faith/Ero HD (Blu-ray Disc) Another great parody adult video of Fate/Stay Night featuring the cosplay sex queen Rei Mizuna and more hot Japanese nymphos.
Miracle K-Cup! Dream Kyonyu from Europe -- Shion
Miracle K-Cup! Dream Kyonyu from Europe Huge breast lovers will love this new release featuring this hot European-Japanese girl, with a big K-Cup body.
AV Debut -- Nozomi Aso
AV Debut ~ Nozomi Aso Cute newcomer Nozomi Aso makes a shocking AV Debut with SOD, on the day of her college graduation ceremony.
School Lesbian 4  Living Together with Teacher
School Lesbian 4 ~ Living Together with Teacher An amazing series by Crystal Eizo, that focuses on lesbian Japanese girls! Featuring Mitsuki An and Mikuru Mio.