Good evening from Japan, where we’ve had our first snowfall of the season! Being from San Diego, I’m a big fan of snow, and can’t see any other reason to have winter. Unfortunately, the Kanto Plain (where Tokyo is, and where we are) is not known for its snow, and already the fluffy, white flakes have started turning to rain.
Fans of the Japanese band Morning Musume are saddened to hear that Ishiguro Aya, one of the prettiest and most interesting members of the 7-member pop band, is leaving, possibly to marry her boyfriend, the drummer from from “visual rock” group Luna Sea. We’re bummed, too — she was one of the cutest.
The newest boom to hit Tokyo this year is called “Stick Board, and it’s basically a lightweight skateboard with a retractable handle that you can use to cruise around town with, darting around pedestrians. Seen in places like Harajuku and Shibuya, where young people gather, they’re very convenient. Unfortunately, when something gets popular in Japan, it gets *really* popular, and stores can’t keep them in stock (so I can’t find one for myself, rats).
We’ve got a really great update for you tonight, with many new items that should be really popular. First, we’ve got in a wonderful two-part chikan” (pervert on a train) CD ROM series, with over 600 megs per disc of interesting train hentai. Then, for fans of J-List’s magazines, we’ve got the ever-popular new issue of Gal’s Shower as well as some other nice new additions to our magazine pages. There are new additions to the S&M photobooks page, including an interesting dominatrix item and a gouka-bon format photobook featuring 58 of your favorite Japanese AV idols (including girls who have retired). On the manga front, there are two excellent new dojinshi anthologies on manga page 2 (but only 5 copies of each), as well as some other excellent adult wide manga. There are several nice new photobook items, including both all-new items as well as more copies of popular items that had sold out (Sawaguchi Rina’s popular photobook “Incentive” for example). There’s a large volley of all-new JPOP singles on the JPOP page, including some very cool recent CDs
We’ve also added more items to our popular Reserve Subscription pages, which allow you to get popular Japanese magazines sent you to automatically every month, when they’re still on the newsstands here. Uta Bon is a wonderful magazine for JPOP fans, which gives you lyrics and sheet music for hundreds of popular songs in Japan, by the hottest bands. And for ladies, we’ve added the most popular “Lady Comic, Labien, an erotic comic read by housewives and married women in Japan. We’re very happy with the response to our magazine service.
That’s all. Enjoy the new update!