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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The history of "Ecchi," and Yakuza in Japan.

The history of "Ecchi," and Yakuza in Japan.

It's part of the nature of the Japanese people to prefer substituting euphemisms for words that are embarrassing to use directly, and you'll often year terms like 人身事故 jinshin-jiko or "an accident involving physical injury" to refer to train suicides, or そうですね so desu ne, meaning "yes, that's so" for "thanks for your suggestion, we'll pretend to consider it carefully before we discard it." One concept you learn pretty quickly when dealing with Japanese pop culture is that Japanese love substituting the English letter "H" (pronounced ecchi) for anything sexual, which was first popularized in a novel published in 1956. While the letter is assumed to stand for the Japanese word hentai, which means abnormal or deviant (though in English the word has come to describe certain kinds of manga, games and anime from Japan), there are some competing theories. The "H" could stand for the English word husband, which was a slang word for sex among female students in the Meiji period, or it could represent the first katakana in the word エロチック (erotic), which looks like an "H" lying on its side, or it could have come from the 1955 Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch, which was popular in Japan ("itch" and "ecchi" sound very similar in Japanese). One show I'm enjoying a lot this season is the Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist, about a dystopian future in which all sexual expression has been outlawed, and the efforts of an "ero-terrorist" organization to bring it back. While the show is filled with low-brow jokes, it's a surprisingly deep allegory about how repressed modern Japan society can be.

Sometimes when visiting the Akihabara area of Tokyo you run into a surprising sight, giant sumo wrestlers walking around in huge yukata robes, because the sumo stadium in Ryogoku is located nearby. Another colorful type of person you occasionally see in Japan are yakuza, members of Japan's famous organized crime gangs. Meaning "8-9-3" and referring to a losing hand in the traditional Japanese card game hanafuda, the yakuza have almost four hundred years of history dating from the Edo Period. While yakuza gangsters have been seen as defenders of the weak in popular lore, in reality they’re very smart criminals who operate various shady enterprises, from prostitution to illegal high-interest loans to atari-ya, thugs who get into car accidents on purpose so they can extract money from poor victims. Although yakuza are gangsters, they’re usually very polite, and it’s considered good form for a well-connected person to have a few as friends, just in case you ever need them. Currently there are rumors that the largest yakuza group, the Yamaguchi-gumi of Kobe, is undergoing an internal rift, which could cause bloodshed as members compete for turf...though historically the yakuza have always been careful to make sure sure innocents are never caught in the crossfire. (Image credit.)

Announcing the J-List END of SUMMER sale

Summer is ending, and to bid it a proper farewell J-List has decided to have a Labor Day and End of Summer sale! Through the end of September 7, we're having a sitewide sale. Order $125 or more, and get $25 back...or order $60 or more and get $10 back, if you can't find enough cool stuff for the bigger discount. The money will be issued to you as a store credit which can be used at any time on either jlist.com or jbox.com sites, and it will carry over to the new site when we launch later this month. Let's shopping at J-List!

Today's New & Restocked Items

    NyanType Oct 2015

    NyanType Oct 2015

    This is a new issue of the super popular NyanType, a Megami-like magazine full of sexy girl character posters, articles on the latest bishoujo anime series, and more. Enjoy 16 awesome posters (8 double-sided) of the girls from KanColle, Shokugeki no Soma, Date A Live, Charlotte, Non Non Biyori, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Overlord, Shimoneta, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Valkyrie Drive, and more!VIEW PRODUCTS

  • E2 Plus vol 9 Etsu Plus 9

    E2 Plus vol. 9 ~ Etsu Plus 9

    E2, the awesome quarterly magazine that brings the best moe artwork to every issue. This issue features Coffee Kizoku, Aoi Nishimata, and Kantoku.view products
  • All Ages Manga Shonen Ace and More

    All Ages Manga: Shonen Ace and More

    Shonen Ace brings you over 1000 pages of top-quality manga like Strike Witches, Sgt. Keroro, Fate/stay night, Nichijou, and more. You also get free stuff.view products
  • How To Draw Manga -- Moe Character no Kakiwake

    How To Draw Manga -- Moe Character no Kakiwake

    Budding manga-ka (manga artists) will love this new tutorial book focusing on how to draw Moe Characters, with tons of examples. Enjoy!view products
  • Kantoku Doujinshi Artbooks Posted

    Kantoku Doujinshi Artbooks Posted

    We're huge fans of doujinshi and we've got fresh stock of new books straight from Comic Market, including this gorgeous work by our favorite artist, Kantoku.view products
  • Coffee Kizoku Other 2016 Anime Calendars

    Coffee Kizoku, Other 2016 Anime Calendars

    If you're a fan of talented bishoujo artist Coffee Kizoku we've got the 2016 calendar just waiting to be preorder. Lots of moe girls to be seen!view products
  • Gorgeous Traditional Photo Calendars

    Gorgeous Traditional & Photo Calendars

    While anime calendars are the most popular, we go out of our way to offer dozens of other awesome calendar choices. I personally love this 4 season calendar.view products
  • New Star Wars Toys from Japan

    New Star Wars Toys from Japan!

    Star Wars fans in Japan have it good, when it comes to getting a wide assortment of cool and wacky items, like this fun Star Wars "Egg" Toy.view products
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Capsule Goods Full Set

    Sailor Moon Crystal Capsule Goods Full Set

    We love Sailor Moon fans as much as we love Sailor Moon, and have new products for you today, like the Crystal Capsule Goods set of goods.view products
  • Sheryl Nome Cosplay 4L

    Sheryl Nome Cosplay (4L)

    Our cosplay costumes have been really popular, which makes us happy. Today we've posted a Sheryl Nome costume from Macross Frontier. So cute and sexy!view products
  • Shimapan Renewal ver Emerald Green

    Shimapan Renewal ver. ~ Emerald Green

    And for all you lovers of Japanese cosplaying and fashion, we've got fresh stock of shimapan in a variety of colors, even for men (ahem).view products
  • Todays Recommend J-List T-Shirt Sakamoto Nyan

    Today's Recommend J-List T-Shirt ~ Sakamoto Nyan

    J-List loves to make fun and wacky Japanese T-shirts for our customers. One of our favorites is the cute Sakamoto Nyan shirt. Order one now!view products
  • Anime Glasses Other Fun Cosplay Products

    Anime Glasses, Other Fun Cosplay Products

    Our customers love the anime glasses for cosplay we stock, and we got a bunch more in stock today. Which anime character will you be?view products
  • We Love The Cute Sumikko Gurashi

    We Love The Cute Sumikko Gurashi

    One of the cutest characters to come out of Japan in years is Sumikko Gurashi, the weird cat/bear/whatever that are so cute to hold. See restocked items today!view products
  • See todays ranking of Totoro products

    See today's ranking of Totoro products

    Also, we restocked some of our favorite Totoro and Ghibli items today, including plushies, bento boxes, and more. Head over to our Totoro / Ghibli section!view products
  • Official Touhou Games Soundtracks by ZUN

    Official Touhou Games & Soundtracks by ZUN

    See a great restocking of the official Touhou games and game soundtracks. And great news: we're dropping the prices on all of them today!view products
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu Spinoff Game for PS Vita

    Grisaia no Kajitsu Spinoff Game for PS Vita

    Lots of restocked anime games posted including the epic spinoff game of Grisaia no Kajitsu, the latest vocaloid game for the Vita, and more.view products
  • Japanese Flashcards Other Study Supplies

    Japanese Flashcards, Other Study Supplies

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  • New J-Snacks Incl Glico Surumeeza

    New J-Snacks Incl. Glico Surumeeza

    Today's new Japanese snacks include Glico Surumeeza (grilled squid), UHA Milk and Salt Chocolate candy, the Biohazard (Resident Evil) Tablet, and more.view products
  • BIOHAZARD TABLETS yum

    BIOHAZARD TABLETS, yum!

    For those who enjoy the Resident Evil (aka Biohazard in Japan) game series for the Playstation consoles here's a great snack item fans will surely love.view products
  • Kracie Happy Kitchen Hamburger Other Snacks

    Kracie Happy Kitchen Hamburger, Other Snacks

    Finally a big restocking of popular treats from Japan, including Kracie DIY Hamburger Snacks, Super Mario Choco Eggs w/toys inside and more!view products
  • Studio Ghibli and Other Bento Boxes Restocked

    Studio Ghibli and Other Bento Boxes Restocked

    We've also restocked several of our favorite Ghibli bento boxes, plus other great bento boxes from Japan. Click to browse now.view products
  • Cat Rice Molds Other Kitchen Items

    Cat Rice Molds, Other Kitchen Items

    A huge update of our favorite kitchen and bento items, including animal onigiri makers, cat rice molds for making cute rice creations and more.view products
  • Matching Cat Tail Mug Cups

    Matching Cat Tail Mug Cups

    This pair of matching cat tail mug cups feature a couple of love-stricken cats. "Drinking tea with your lover immerses you in a special feeling!"view products
  • Samurai Boba Fett Other Star Wars Figures

    Samurai Boba Fett + Other Star Wars Figures

    Finally, Bandai presents two impressive Star Was action figures for preorder including Boba Fett and the Clone Trooper. Impressive... most impressive.view products
  • Touhou Project Acryl Mobile Stand -- Touhou Kontonfu Reimu

    Touhou Project Acryl Mobile Stand -- Touhou Kontonfu Reimu

    Smartphones are everywhere, and now you can have Reimu help you hold it up for easy viewing while you are at your desk.view products
  • Nendoroid PLUS Rubber Strap Kasen Ibaraki

    Nendoroid PLUS Rubber Strap ~ Kasen Ibaraki

    Remember: J-List is an official Touhou shop now, blessed by Shanghai Alice and ZUN to bring you great products. Browse them all now!view products
  • My Neighbor Totoro Matryoshka

    My Neighbor Totoro Matryoshka

    No one loves Totoro like J-List, and we've got hundreds of awesome Totoro and Ghibli products on the site for you, from calendars to cute toys.view products
  • Gintoki Sakata Figuarts ZERO Figure Gintama

    Gintoki Sakata Figuarts ZERO Figure ~ Gintama

    Looking for Gintama items? Check out these super-detailed figures of Gintoki and Toshiro, each with extra expressions and other optional parts!view products
  • Mega Man Kirby Nendoroid Figures

    Mega Man, Kirby Nendoroid Figures!

    Then see two new cute video game Nendoroids that you can collect and display: Mega Man and Kirby! Lots of fun extra parts and they're so kawaii!view products
  • Nozomi from Love Live Other New Figures

    Nozomi from Love Live, Other New Figures

    Finally, see more preorder anime figures including Love Live, Ranma 1/2, Bikini Warriors, Fate/stay night, and more. Click to browse now.view products

New and Restocked NSFW / 18+ Products

  • New H Magazine Lingerie The Best

    New "H" Magazine: Lingerie The Best

    Enjoy a new issue of the magazine that's all about lingerie - or more accurately, those who wear it and take it off. Free panties included!view products
  • nawanano -- Nananano

    nawanano -- Nananano

    Then, the amazing nude model Nananano brings a breathtaking photobook filled with high quality ropework and artistic photography. Click to view.view products
  • Super Sexy Photobooks How to Draw Books

    Super Sexy Photobooks, 'How to Draw' Books

    Featuring the hottest JAV stars, don't miss out on our great offering of sexy high quality 'How to Draw' books and ero photobooks from Japan!view products
  • Megami Magazine RX vol 5

    Megami Magazine RX vol. 5

    Because 2D anime girls are the hottest, Megami Magazine finally releases a new magazine, that's the all out, fully assumed erotic version of Megami.view products
  • New Manga Volumes In Stock

    New Manga Volumes In Stock

    Excellent new manga volumes are posted to the site today, including Pure Love Ero Girlfriend featuring pure love and ero girls who do everything to please their man.view products
  • New Ero Doujinshi from Comiket 88

    New Ero Doujinshi from Comiket 88

    New doujinshi books in today from the summer Comic Market, including a rare Sailor Moon sendup along with God Eater 2, and more. Click to browse.view products
  • Gorgeous Artbooks from Japan Restocked

    Gorgeous Artbooks from Japan Restocked

    We always have outstanding ecchi artbooks in stock for you, like the popular I Love Girl's Lingeries, Tales of Series artbooks, and Freezing artbook.view products
  • Excellent New Cast-Off Anime Figures

    Excellent New Cast-Off Anime Figures

    Plus, we've got some great "for adult eyes only" preorder figures featuring the delicious girls of Queen's Blade and Bikini Warriors. Nosebleed warnings!view products
  • Sujiman Kupa Virgo

    Sujiman Kupa Virgo

    The Sujiman is a fabulous line of male masturbators from Magic Eyes that have won many fans, and now a new version is here, with even more realism for you.view products
  • Catgirl Goddess Other Anime Onaholes

    Catgirl, Goddess, Other Anime Onaholes

    See more fun personal stress toys, including the catgirl and living with goddess onahole, plus other awesome toys restocked today. Browse now.view products
  • Love Twin Onaholes Restocked

    Love Twin Onaholes Restocked

    We've restocked the phenomenal onaholes based on the bodies of twin sisters. Will you choose Kasumi or Asumi? Click to browse now!view products
  • Fun Anaru Toys for Guys and Girls

    Fun "Anaru" Toys for Guys and Girls

    If you're curious about trying new things, we restocked several ecchi toys for those curious about "anaru" themes, both for guys and girls.view products
  • The Most Advanced Condoms in the World

    The Most Advanced Condoms in the World

    Japanese condoms are the best in the world, made super thin for maximum feeling yet totally safe. We also restocked personal lotion for you today.view products
  • Todays Recommended English Eroge

    Today's Recommended English Eroge

    A great SF game from Lilith filled with gorgeous characters and ecchi art, and naughty tentacles of course. Order the game during our sale!view products
  • Restocked Hentai DVDs and Blu-ray

    Restocked Hentai DVDs and Blu-ray

    Then see restocked "H" anime, including Magical Girl Isuka, Starless, Fault!!, Color of the Sky, Color of the Water, and many more. Click to see.view products
  • Gachinko Zenra Lesbian Battle 2

    Gachinko Zenra Lesbian Battle 2

    You know what's cool? Watching hot girls engaging in a good "catfight," to see which one is strongest and which will be dominated.view products
  • Fuzoku Full Course -- Hitomi Tanaka region 2

    Fuzoku Full Course -- Hitomi Tanaka (region 2)

    The latest HITOMI movie is finally here, a hot 2 hours breast-in-your-face action in which Hitomi is your glamorous soapland lady.view products
  • Fly Zenra Airline 5

    Fly Zenra Airline 5!

    A naughty release from SOD in which sexy stewardesses service their pilots and passengers and make them feel great.view products
  • Finally Fresh Stock of Ero DVDs and Blu-ray

    Finally, Fresh Stock of Ero DVDs and Blu-ray

    Finally, see a healthy update of <>ecchi media in time for the weekend, including Hitomi Tanaka's incredible titles including My Mother Was an Idol and Shoplifting Investigator, plus the delicious works of Aimi Yoshikawa, Kaho Shibuya's voluminous body, Futanarikko Complete Box, Female Director Haruna's Tokyo Girl x Girl, and more!VIEW PRODUCTS