Hello again from your friends in Japan!
There are certain changes that happen to Americans who live in Japan for a long time. For one, you get quite comfortable with the metric system, and start annoying your friends and family back home by referring to everything in centimeters and kilometers. My shoe size is 26.5 cm, but I’ve long forgotten what it is in inches, just as I’ve forgotten how much I weigh in pounds. But the Japanese don’t use the metric system for everything. When talking about the sizes of rooms in Japan, you never use square meters, but instead refer to the number of tatami mats the room contains (or would contain, if it were a tatami room). Tatami mats are standard-sized rectangular mats made of straw, that are supposed to be the correct space for one adult to sleep. A 6-jo room (“jo” is the Chinese pronunciation for the “tatami” character) is an average sized; poor college students have to live in a 4-jo-han (or a small apartment that’s just 4 1/2 tatami mats in size). When you buy land, you measure it in “tsubo,” an area of measurement that’s conveniently equal to two tatami mats. Thus if you have 20 “tsubo” of land you can picture it as 40 tatami mats in size. When you’ve been in Japan as long as I have, it becomes quite easy to do.
Today is my father-in-law’s birthday, and birthdays mean one thing in our house: an excuse to get a big plate of sushi. As you can expect, sushi is pretty popular here in Japan, although in land-locked Gunma Prefecture, right in the middle of the main Japanese island of Honshu, we’re as far from fresh fish as one can be in. Still, there are many sushi restaurants, including expensive restaurants where a sushi master chef cuts the fish for you (you have to have a license to prepare sushi in Japan), and the always-popular “mawari-zushi” restaurants (“revolving sushi,” i.e. conveyor belt sushi). Some of the conveyor belt sushi places are quite good, but with the deflationary spiral Japan is in now, restaurants are competing on price, not taste. Personally, I’d rather pay a little more for good sushi than settle for “cheap” sushi. But the best sushi in all of Japan (at least in my experience) is a place called Edokko, in Narita City (near the airport), a fabulous place with “neta” (the fish part of the sushi) so big and fresh it falls off the rice. If you ever have a layover in Narita and want to have some good sushi, find any taxi driver and say “Edokko sushi?” and he’ll take you there.
We solved a bug with the site which made some customers trying to view adult products via the “three day link” submit button get put into “PG” mode. The problem happened with IE 6 for Windows. The fix should take care of things, but if you have problems viewing J-List products (adult or otherwise), email us right away.
When we first started J-List six years ago, there was one product we knew we wanted to sell, but we’ve never been able to find a supplier. They’re a special kind of shoes for kids (age 1-4) that are really good because they’re equipped with “squeakers” in the bottoms, so that the kids make cute little squeaking noises when they walk. The noise is fun for the kids, so they love to wear the shoes. They’re great for parents because you can always know where your kids are, without even looking up, which makes your children safer. When our kids were small and wore their “kiki shoes” (as they’re called here) in the U.S., we constantly got comments about what a good idea the shoes were. We’ve got some of these cool shoes for kids for you to try. If there’s sufficient interest we’ll try to carry more of these shoes in the future.
We’ve got tons, and we means tons, of calendars in stock for you, with eight new boxes delivered in the past two days. We’ve posted these to the site so you can see what we’ve got in stock for you. Also, because it can be hard to tell what the pictures inside the calendars are like, we’ve opened a few dozen and have added some pictures of inside the calendars for you. Already, several calendars are starting to sell out, and since these are an extremely seasonal item, we won’t be able to get more. So please look at our calendar stock — thanks!
For the pre-weekend update we’ve got an extra special selection of items for you, including:
- We’ve got more pretty idol photobooks for you, including the beautiful hardcover photobook of Eiko Koike, one of our favorite swimsuit idols, a cute photobook of Riho Makise (the spokeswoman for the Japanese post office) and more
- For Domo-kun fans, we’ve got a super item, a plush Domo-kun that has a blanket folded up inside (stock is limited though)
- Also, a darn cool item: a Totoro “kigurumi” suit, which allows your child to completely become Totoro!
- We temporarily ran out of stock of the Sampo DVE612, one of our most popular region free DVD players. We got some more stock in, so if you’re looking for a reliable DVD player that will play all DVD regions (for just $109), we recommend it
- Fans of the lovely swimsuit idol Yuka will enjoy fresh stock of the Yuka Special DVD, great for fans of this lovely girl
- For fans of Race Queen Fumika Suzuki, we’ve restocked several of her photobooks
- For Hello Kitty fans, some cool items, including unique Hello Kitty lip gloss (the cases are so cute), Hello Kitty gift items, more Hello Kitty chopsticks, a great toothbrush for little ones, and other Sanrio items that aren’t available outside of Japan
- We’ve got a new and very stylish plush Totoro to go with our other Totoro items that we have in stock
- We love the high-quality anime statues available in Japan, and we’ve got a super cute “sexy statue” of Ayaka Urusugawa from To Heart
- We have some nice items for you and your kids, including Japanese origami paper, and some beautiful Japanese “washi” paper for crafts
- For Japanese snack fans, look for a major restocking of items, including Green Tea Pretzels, the tasty Banana Choco, wacky Japanese gum, and more
- Finally, see a funny wood sign in Japanese (“I’m taking a bath now”), a cute character strap featuring Panda Kopanda, a nice item for Ojamajo Doremi fans, a way to seal your milk so it won’t spill, more wacky maps of Japan and more!
For our adult customers, we’ve got many new 18+ products. The new items include:
- For fans of our adult magazines from Japan, we’ve got some nice stock of amateur and leg fetish magazine items for you
- For fans of harder core themes, check out Ana Ana, a very nice hardcore amateur item
- DVD Soft Catalog is a nice item that gives you a full color magazine and two Video CDs (playable in a computer or most DVD players) of JAV sample items that’s always good
- We love Japan’s erotic photobooks, and we’ve got some great ones for you, including nude hardcover books by Ai Mita and Natsuki Abe, and for fans of bondage themes, there’s a great photobook starring Shinobu Kasagi
- For leg fetish fans, we’ve gotten in fresh stock of Panst Best, an excellent panty stock and mini-skirt fetish photobook
- We’ve added fresh stock of the “Girl’s High School Uniform 2000,” a massive photobook presenting beautiful photographs of Japan’s most famous school uniforms
- For hentai manga fans, we’ve got several new items for you, including new hitozoma anal, dick girl and other items, from some of Japan’s top manga studios
- For our adult DVD fans, we’ve got another great selection of items for you, starting with Ai Kurosawa’s “Re-Mix” DVD, with 180 minutes of her best performances (region free)
- Another great 180 minute DVD, enjoy three hours of Momo Hoshino’s best erotic works from Kuki (region free)
- We’re big fans of the Japanese genre of “deep kissing,” and now there’s a new Super Bishoujo Kiss, featuring six beautiful AV idols who experience tender lesbian kissing for the first time (region free)
- For fans of Akira Watase, a “virtual rape play” offering from Soft on Demand (region free)
- The lovely Kaori Shimizu is an erotic Bunny Girl who will fulfill all your sexual wishes, in a new offering from Dogma (region free)
- We love the sassy, bold style of Wanz Factory, and now there’s a new “Hip and Vagina” DVD with the lovely Nao Oikawa — and it looks great (region 2)
- We’ve added a new DVD category for bukkake fans — now you can browse bukkake titles directly if you like. We’ve restocked many popular bukkake items including some of our best-selling items. Please see the great items we’ve got for you.
Remember that J-List carries virtually every English translated love-sim game available out of our San Diego office. We carry all titles by Peach Princess, G-Collections, Hobibox Europe, and JAST USA. See the Henai and Bishoujo Games category for all of these products. If you ever need help or recommendations, please email us and we’ll be happy to help.