Hello again from Japan. We got our first taste of really cold weather, so we knew it was time to break out the kerosene space heater (called a “stove” in Japanese). These stoves are smelly, especially when they’re first turned on or off, but in a way, the musty smell of burning kerosene lets you know that the season is changing, in kind of a warm way (the word that describes how you feel when you reminisce about something in the past is “natsukashii”).
This week there was a very special episode of “Nipponjin yo! Koko ha hen!” (People of Japan! This is Strange!), the show that puts 50 Japanese-bilingual foreigners in a room and lets them bat around issues about racism, sexual harassment and life in Japan. This episode featured three of Japan’s famous AV actresses — Wakana Sena, Honjoh Sayuri and Komuro Yuri — fielding questions about the content and attitudes of the Japanese adult industry. It was great to see three of my favorite talking about why they got into the AV industry, and also interesting to hear what the foreigners in the room had to say. Since I figured J-List readers would be interested in this show too, I’ve posted a full report, complete with Quicktime excerpts, on my personal homepage (http://www.myjapan.net). (Please report any problems with the QT movies.)
Tonight’s update is a good one. We’ve got lots of great new items, including a beautiful photobook of Wakana Sena, new issues of several popular adult magazines including Gal’s Shower and Milky Dolls. There are 25+ new JPOP CD albums and singles posted on the JPOP page (remember, we’ve still got that JPOP sale!), all new items that have never been on the list before (including Moritaka, TRF, Puffy and more). The new DVD & Video CD Soft Catalog is posted, too. Finally, there are some more beautiful adult manga posted to the adult manga page (page 2), including a fabulously drawn and highly erotic work
Announcing — the J-List Funny Japanese T-Shirt Page. Everyone knows how Japanese love to “get creative” with the English language on T-shirts. Since Japanese on T-shirts is fashionable all around Asia now, we’ve decided to get a little creative with Japanese ourselves. There are four different shirts on the page currently, each with a zany, nonsensical kanji slogan or vocabulary word. The shirts are 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T’s (the only shirts we’d buy, so we figure the same is true for you), and the feel and look is great, and available now.
There are new faces at J-List! And in the great J-List tradition, we’ve got wacky pictures of all of us posted on the “About J-List” page. Meet Tomo, our new full-time employee, along with the cute and lovely helpers Yoko and Shizu, who will lovingly wrap your orders with care.
Kaori thanks everyone who wrote to her with comments on the mixing of mayonnaise and soy sauce. She got over 100 replies (!), and apologizes for not being able to answer everyone in person. But she’s printed them out as proof for her friend that mayonnaise and soy sauce is not strange at all.