Greetings on a rainy Tuesday in Japan!
It looks like the Japanese may finally adopt a system that allows married people to have separate last names, a new change for a country in which virtually all married women take their husband’s names (or in some cases, when the man goes to live in the woman’s house, vice versa). A wife not taking her husband’s name unheard of except among famous singers and actors, although Japanese who marry foreigners may opt to become “bessei fuufu” or a married couple that don’t have the same last name. My wife and I fall into this category: I am universally called Yanai-san my the mothers at my kids preschool. It causes some confusion, as the city we live in often assumes she’s a single mother, and sends social workers around to see if she’s doing okay. When she filled out her update card for her high school reunion, she wrote “Payne-Yanai” as her current name — she didn’t want the people she went to high school with to think she had never gotten married. In Japan, when a woman gets divorced, she nearly always takes her maiden name back.
Part of my Unified Theory of Japan is the concept of “joshiki,” a word which translates to “common sense” or knowledge that everyone has. The Japanese all seem to have a built-in common sense, ideas about the way things work, and they are very much in harmony with it. It is “joshiki” that all kids will go to school to be taught and brought up as happy citizens of the society, and so there is homeschooling in Japan. It is common sense that babies be born in hospitals, and so there is very little in the way of alternate birthing here. This “all powerful common sense” that the Japanese seem to possess is part of the why Japanese society seems, from the outside at least, over-organized in some ways.
Well, Tokimeki Check in! has been shipping for ten days or so now, and our customers are telling us they really love this game (one customer swears he played it for 24 hours straight). We’re glad to hear it, since we think it’s one of the best games ever ported to English. We hope you’ll check out this very excellent “pretty girl” game.
Speaking of bishoujo games, we’re happy to announce that J-List now carries all the popular English-translated bishoujo/hentai games from Himeya Soft. Now you can order their excellent line of classic games from us, and get them quickly from our office in San Diego — no waiting for the games to come from Japan, and no EMS charges. In addition, we’ve got excellent low prices on the games. We’re also happy announce that Adam the Double Factor, the “sequel” (or side-story) to Eva Burst Error, is available for preorder. We’re very happy to have these titles available for you.
We’ve brought back the CD-ROMs & MPEG category. On this page, you can easily browse all bishoujo CD-ROM games, as well as all video CD & magazine combo items and more. You can also see the same items by clicking on the “view all hentai CD-ROMs” under the hentai/bishoujo game category.
We had a few problems with the site over the past 24 hours, which mainly resulted in some images not showing up. Everything should be back to normal by now, sorry about that.
For today’s update, we’ve got some excellent new items, including:
- First, we’ve got some excellent magazines for you, including the brand new Urecco. This issue is a great one, featuring some extremely lovely popular and up-and-coming nude, swimsuit and cosplay models
- For photobook fans, we’ve got the lovely Love Sketch, featuring 14 popular nude idols photographed by the talented Koji Yokoyama, as well as fresh stock of the dynamite “Super Photobook Miruku ” with Mai Hagiwara
- If you like long Japanese legs, we have L-Shock, a cool magazine + dual Video CD combo item, with all kinds of leg, panty and stocking fetish material for your enjoyment
- Doujinshi fans should take note of the update to the doujinshi page we’ve done, featuring a slew of doujinshi from the recent Comiket. These will go fast, so check them out as soon as you can…
- We’ve also got a nice update of some truly excellent erotic manga from some of Japan’s top manga studios
- By request, we’ve got stock of some of the classic issues of the compilation yaoi manga B-Boy Zips, in stock on the yaoi manga page
- If you’re a fan of the lovely Airi Kago, who looks vaguely like the member of the idol band Morning Musume, Ai Kago, we’ve got her first-ever AV debut on the video pages
- A special item for DVD fans who love the lovely Maiyo Yuki, we have her first appearance in an erotic bondage DVD — see it on the bondage photobook and DVD pages
- At J-List, one of the best-selling categories of DVD are the “zamen” videos, sperm fetish and tekoki and bukkake. In an incredible new production, Soft on Demand subjects poor Kurumi Morishita to a total of 130 “gokkun and bukkake” (swallowing and facials) in an incredible “masterpiece of immortal”
- For fans of Japanese snacks, we’ve got some fresh and unique items for you, including Calbee’s popular shrimp-flavored rice crackers, and Pucca, little fish-shaped pretzles with chocolate inside them
- We’ve also got a tasty item that’s great for babies, Hello Kitty milk-flavored senbei (rice crackers), that are good for little teething mouths. Inexplicably, these baby rice crackers are one of Kaori’s favorite foods, even though she’s 26…
- For those who want to learn Japanese, we’ve got a cool kanji or hiragana/katakana practice notebook, on the new “Notebooks, Study Aids” page under “Wacky Things from Japan”
- Finally, other Wacky Things we’ve added today include some excellent Japanese onsen (hot springs) powder for your bath (in peach, mint and aloe), a very nice “akasuri back washer” which removes dead skin cells from your body in the bath, and more!
We’re about to run out of stock on some of our popular bishoujo games. If you want to order Nocturnal Illusion, Runaway City, or Light Up!, the time is now, before the last 5 or so units we’ve got sell out.
J-Mate (http://www.jmate.com) has been updated, with a new interview by the saucy Izumi Morino, as well as reviews of Snow Drop and Viper M1.