If you’ve ever lived in Japan, you may know that it’s a very seasonal place. Summer is the season for tanktops and showing your belly button, but it comes to an abrupt halt at the 1st of September, when fall starts (to the Japanese). Stop a Japanese on the street, and he’s apt to start talking about how Japan has four seasons (shiki in Japanese), although there are many more than four — rainy season, which stretches from mid-June to mid-July, cannot be called summer, for example.
There’s a season for buying calendars, too. Starting in October or so, you can find Japanese calendars in bookstores everywhere. It lasts until around the 20th of December, when most of the calendars will have begun to disappear. After the 1st of the year nearly all the calendars are gone. You cannot buy, for love or money, a calendar at any other time of the year save Calendar Season.
This year’s 1988 calendar offerings are excellent, and J-List is offering a large assortment of them for you. There are calendars for fans of JPOP, lots of anime calendars, Japanese baseball calendars, and of course, sexy gravure bathing suit calendars. But perhaps the most welcome news to J-List readers is the inclusion this year of nude calendars for Fubuki Akira, Ozawa Madoka, and many others. Please see the calendars page for more information.
Note that the deadline for ordering calendars is October 25th. The same as last year, there is a chance that the most popular items will start to sell out, so we might not be able to get everything you want. That’s why we’re moving the deadline up, to help ensure that there are no problems.
J-List now has a links page, with links to other anime and related sites. Please check it out the next time you’re surfing around the Internet. One thing that is important to me is the quality of the links on our links page — you won’t see this becoming a bloated list of thousands of sites. Feedback on the links page is appreciated.