Hello again. I am back in Japan after a fairly uneventful flight from Los Angeles. I got up at 6 am, bright eyed and bushy-tailed, but now that the evening is wearing on my jet lag is starting to bring me down…
First of all, a most sincere apology for those who got multiple copies of the J-List mailing — which seems to have been everyone on the list. Unlike the mailing list problems we had had in the past, this time it was all my fault — a 100% Peter-related error due to erroneous mouse clicks. I’ll be very careful to make sure the problem isn’t repeated ^_^;;
As I was waiting in line to check in with Varig, I spied one of the most famous Japanese professional wrestlers alive today, Antonio Inoki, who was checking into first class. I went over and humbly asked him for his autograph — humility comes easy in Japanese, it’s built into the language — and he gave it to me. Tomo, who is a huge fan of “pro-wres,” was green with jealousy. Besides being famous for his famous fighting performance and his “cobra twist,” he’s also the Japanese man noted for introducing Tabasco sauce into Japan.
As I was flying back to Japan, thousands of young people in Japan were celebrating Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi). A nationwide ceremony in which everyone who turned 20 that year (they go by the school year you’re in, not the actual calendar year) attends a ceremony at their local City Office, celebrating their newfound adulthood. The men wear sharp suits, and the women rent gorgeous kiminos. It’s a real “shutter chance” (i.e., an opportunity to take lots of photographs). In past years, rebellious young people have caused problems, shouting and being rowdy while the mayor gave his long, drooling speech (which is a big part of any ceremony in Japan), but this year, participants were very well behaved. Since nearly all Japanese have the same friends through elementary and junior high school, but go their separate ways for high school, Coming of Age Day is a chance to catch up with all the kids you went to school with but haven’t seen in years.
Announcing reduced prices on all manga, DVD and video products! J-List is happy to announce that we’re reducing prices on all our erotic manga, DVD and video products, to enable us to bring more of these great items to you from Japan. The average reduction is 10-15% off of all products — this is just our way of saying thanks for making J-List such a success.
For our first update of the week, we’ve got a bunch of excellent new products for you, including:
- First, we’ve got several great magazines for, including the new Urecco (the “Hybrid Skin Magazine”), filled with lovely idols for you to enjoy
- For lovers of bukkake, that uniquely Japanese erotic genre, the new Gal’s Shower is in, and it’s great
- Finally, for lovers of older idols of the 1990’s, we’ve got some very rare issues of Goro and Boyes, two extremely rare magazines that are totally out of print now
- If you’re a fan of Japan’s high-quality photobooks, check out Queen’s Nude Photograph Collection, featuring erotic dominatrix and lingerie photos, as well as stock of other photobook items
- For fans of bondage, we’ve got some nice bondage photobooks as well as fresh stock of the popular bondage magazine + DVD combo items
- For manga lovers, we’ve got a great volley of new hentai comics for you, as well as fresh stock of several sold out books — and all at our new reduced prices
- Also: a restock of one of the most popular titles we’ve carried over the years, the Paradise Lost hentai doujinshi anthology series by Fusion Product
- Also, for doujinshi lovers, we have an extra treat — a bunch of excellent *brand new* doujinshi which we got from the Winter 2001 Comic Market. These great books are really going to go fast, so please check them out soon
- For DVD collectors, we’ve got another great selections of items, starting with the fourth and final Mai Hagiwara erotic DVD (which features no mosaic — it’s a full “hair nude” DVD)
- If you love Soft on Demand’s lesbian offerings, you will enjoy the new Do Lesbian! featuring two lovely actresses who fulfill your “cat girl” fantasies
- From the Bejean series, the very erotic Nanase Nanami, who performs wearing a variety of sexy uniforms and costumes
- Finally, a very special treat for indies DVD collectors, a *4 hour* sampler DVD from Moodyz, great for anyone wanting to see all the products of this super company
- A big close-out on all our long-selling Zenra Sports series, for fans who want to pick up the “all nude sports” videos from Soft on Demand
- Nearly all of our 2002 calendars are gone, but we’ve posted the ones we’ve got left on the normal products pages at a flat price of $5 — it’s way below our cost, but if you’ve got some blank wall space, why not take one off our hands?
- For fans of the idol group Morning Musume, we’ve got fresh stock of the very cutely named “Puriname Petit Cards” featuring all the lovely members
- For our Japanese snack and candy lovers, we’ve got fresh stock of the delicious “roasted coffee candy”
- Also, we’ve got Hello Kitty candies, a traditional Japanese sweets, wasabi flavored furikake, and an interesting traditional Japanese flavoring, Shiso-ume (basil & pickled plum)
- If you’re interested in taking a bath at a Japanese onsen (hot springs), J-List has just the ticket for you, and you can do it in your own bath
- We have a new bento box, and some cute Hamster containers that can hold just about anything for you want, new chopsticks and other traditional items from Japan, and more
- Finally, limited stock of the incredibly beautiful cold cast figure of Belldandy, my Ah My Goddess, an incredibly detailed “completed model” for serious fans.
The Area 450 site (http://www.area450.com) was down for a few days, which made it difficult for some customers interested in region free DVD players like the $109 Sampo DVE-611 to get information on the players. The link is back up now, as is the Sampo Zone (http://www.area450.com/sampozone.htm). The DVE-611 is a very affordable player that can be made region-free (enabling you to watch all the region 2 DVDs that J-List sells) via a hack that entails downloading a file, writing it to a CD-R and “flashing” the player with new firmware. I’ve ordered two of these DVD players for myself. The link to the $109 players is on the Region 2 DVD help page (http://www.jlist.com/dvdhelp.html).