Hello again from your friends at J-List!
Well, our sojourn to the U.S. is at an end, and tomorrow we get on a plane back to Japan. As always, it’s been incredibly fun coming home, spending time in the house here, and doing lots of shopping for things that an expat needs in Japan. The kids loved Trick-or-Treating, and we followed this American tradition up with a trip to Disneyland California Adventure, the brand-new amusement park on Disneyland, which we liked very much. Now that it’s time to go home, the kids want to stay, but of course school and all their friends are waiting for them back home.
Whenever you go somewhere, you’re required by unspoken Japanese tradition to bring back “omiyage” or souvenirs for those who didn’t get to go. This little custom goes a long way to keeping the Japanese economy alive, as anyone who goes anywhere must bring loads of stuff back with them. Of the seven massively packed suitcases and boxes we’re lugging home, much of what we’re carrying is omiyage for our various friends and family, including beef jerky and Disneyland trinkets for the J-List staff, Ichiro T-shirts for jiichan (grandfather) who is a big baseball fan, Halloween treats for the students in our kids’ classes, and so on. Well, we don’t mind — we figure we’re doing our part for the American economy.
Have you ever been to a Recycle Shop? This is a Japanese word meaning a shop where you can find used TVs, vacuum cleaners, and other goods, and with the Japanese economy continuing its poor performance, these shops have become quite popular. The word “recycle” means to reuse natural resources in English, but it also means to get use out of things again. Actually, the Japanese word for recycle, saisei (literally “live again”), also means “play back” on VCRs, since the video is truly living again as it plays off the tape.
The top 5 list has been updated, belatedly. You can see what manga, DVD and other items other J-List customers are most interested in by clicking the links on the J-List front page.
For today’s update, Tomo and Yasu have come up with tons of excellent new products for you, including:
- First, we’ve got some excellent new magazines for fans of Japanese adult magazines
- We’ve also got fresh stock of some nice new $5 and discounted magazines as well, on magazine page 3
- For fans of magazines with discs inside, we’ve got the very nice DVD Video Cinema, a 2 hour DVD of bondage and SM with a color magazine
- Also for fans of bondage themes, we’ve got fresh stock of the dynamite Hitomi Ikeno photobook “Tied-Up Angel”
- For those who love Japan’s famous AV idols, check out the very erotic “Love Diary” featuring silky
- For leg fetish fans, be sure and see the limited stock of Panst Best, for fans of “panty stockings”
- We’ve got some new hardcover photobooks, including Akari’s alluring “Himitsu,” Kaori Shimizu’s erotic nude photobook and more
- For hentai manga fans, be sure and check out the excellent additions we’ve posted, including new kemono works, manga with many forbidden themes including incest, and many more works
- Also: fresh stock of the popular Electric Fighting Daughters series, which offer erotic parody of popular game girls from games like Street Fighter II and more
- We’ve got more cool doujinshi, which we think you’ll like — although please note that we have only 1 copy of each
- Also for doujinshi collectors: a restocking of Nostalgia, the very special English-language doujinshi that features totally uncensored parody of Dirty Pair
- If you are a fan of yaoi manga, see the yaoi page for some newly posted unique Japanese homosexual comics
- If you love DVD, we’ve got some excellent items for you, including the new Study of Penis by Innocent Girls, the Sperm Angel series vol. 2, a super 4-hour “remix” DVD with Kago Airi (recommended for fans of Morning Musume), and more
- For adult video fans, see some excellent “Would you like Hand Job?” videos now posted, and more
- For anime fans, we’ve got some cool new items, including a deluxe die-cast metal toy of the VF-19A from Macross Plus, more Japanese professional wrestling, and some cool figures from Tokimeki Memorial
- The new trailer for Star Wars episode II is up on Quicktime.com, and to celebrate (well, not really, but the timing is good), we’ve got fresh stock of the Super-Deformed Star Wars figures
- We’ve got some new calendars posted, all in-stock, so check out those, too
- For little fans of stuff from Japan, we’ve got some play Japanese money, too — that’s just plain cool
- J-List carries various cool notebooks and study items, including notebooks with funny English on them (a long favorite of ours) — see fresh stock of our unique Japanese flashcards and Japanese report paper as well as the Japanese ultimate correction pen
- New and restocked items on our “wacky things from Japan” category include fresh stock of our famous penguin wiener maker (which makes cute little penguins for your bento lunchbox), a handy Japanese outdoor plate and plasticware set, a special brush to clean your foot, fresh stock of Picky’s Bear authentic Japanese bento boxes, and more!
J-List carries many useful things, but one of the most rare are our revolving magazine subscriptions. Each month, you can reserve your copy of some unique Japanese magazines, including anime magazines (Newtype, the poster-filled Megami Magazine, Animage), toy magazines like Hobby Japan, JPOP/J-Rock magazines including Uta-Bon, which features sheet music of popular JPOP tunes for musicians, the excellent Bomber, featuring lovely swimsuit idols, and more. See the magazine subscription pages for more information on what we have available.