Hello, and Happy Friday from Japan, from your expat friends at J-List!
American companies must always strive to bring unique products that meet the tastes of other countries, and in Japan, companies like McDonald’s and Burger King strive to do this. McDonald’s is currently running a special on their new Salmon Muniel Deluxe sandwich, which is accompanied by a new limited edition pie, Pear and Cranberry, which are both quite good. Burger King has copied McDonald’s popular Teriyaki Burger with a Teriyaki Burger of its own, which is definitely a taste improvement, but they really missed their target with this month’s special, the Mexican Ravioli Burger, a fried large ravioli with spicy Mexican sauce inside on a bun.
Driving in Japan can be different from what you might be used to. First, while many people prefer to drive with their lights on during the day in the U.S. for extra safety, is never done here, and if you leave your lights on while you drive, it causes other drivers to stop you and tell you that your lights are on. While honking a horn at another driver can cause road rage in the U.S., here a short “beep” is the universal way of saying thanks and good-bye as you pull away. Most drivers turn off their car’s headlights at intersections (leaving the parking lights on), as a courtesy to drivers who might be blinded by their lights on the other side of the intersection. In Tokyo, where drivers drive with consideration for others (unlike Gunma, where we live), a two-second flashing of the hazard lights is the correct way to say “thank you” when another driver gives you the right of way. And no matter how much I try not to
We like to have extra-special updates on Friday if we can, and today is no exception: we’ve got a bunch of great items.
- First, several new magazines on the magazines pages, including Subijin, for fans of busty amateur girls, and PC Dash, a nifty magazine + idol CD ROM
- For photobook fans, we’ve got a dynamite item: the often-requested “Flowers” hardcover photobook featuring Aoi Minori and Horiuchi Nana
- Also for photobook fans, many new and back-in-stock items on the photobooks page, including Sakura Makoto’s “Cherish” photobook and limited stock of Yoshino Minami’ angelic “Spring” photobook
- If you love Japan’s very special let fetish books, check out the excellent items on the let photobook page, including fresh stock of “Cosplay Top Mode” and “Legs of Rich Girl 3”
- We’ve got fresh stock of the incredibly popular Crystal Card nude collectible cards (maybe because Ohura Anna is included in this set?)
- For manga fans, there are many cool items posted to the manga pages, including fresh stock of many of our most popular books, and more
- There are new items on the dojinshi page, including some very popular and much-requested dojinshi
- For fans of the popular Japanese genre known as “tekoki” (females giving hand jobs to men), another great item: Hayashi Yumika’s very erotic “Do you want a hand job? 4” from the excellent Soft on Demand folks, including many interesting ways for an AV idol to jack off a man
- Also for AV fans, two very special and rare items: Ikegami Misa’s lovely “Twinkling Apple” erotic performance, and the busty Sawaguchi Miki’s “Huge Breast Aventure”
- We have two excellent and value-priced erotic DVDs zoned for “ALL” countries, including a double feature with Sakura Nana and Misaki Mao, on the DVD pages
- We’ve got an update to our fast-growing bishojo/hentai DVD page, with a DVD from the popular Dokyusei 2 anime
- For our anime fans, we’ve got several cool items, including more stock of the sold-out Gundam Mark II from Zeta Gundam (AEUG version) and a fantastic anime phone strap for Lupin III lovers
- We have fresh stock of two surprisingly popular items on our snacks pages — Kuro-Ame Black Candy and Japanese sake candy — as well as two cool new items (the classic Sakuma Drop hard candies as seen in Grave of the Fireflies, and Lotte’s puzzling “Crunky”)
- Our patented Wacky Things from Japan page has been updated again, with fresh stock of several nice items, including Hiragana and Katakana study notebooks and other funny Japanese notebooks with strange English on them, that nifty “relax pillow, and more Japanese onsen (hot springs) powder for your bath
- Finally, new items for the Wacky Things from Japan page include Megane Cleaner, a super way to clean the lenses of your glasses or sunglasses, and another version of our popular anti-germ masks from Japan!
Thanks to everyone who passed on advise on how to view region-2 DVDs. We’ve updated the top of the Region-2 DVD page with links to a nice code-free player for $299 that has many other extra features, along with various links to information on ways of getting around the region lockouts with your PC’s DVD-ROM drive. We’ve also got a link to a useful program that lets you reset your region code if you’re using a Mac.