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Monday, August 31, 2015

Do Japanese hate hugs? And other random observations.

Observations on the Japanese people and media

I've always done my best to observe the Japanese people during my time here, so I can pass those observations on to all of you. Japanese people aren't generally fans of spicy food, and whenever my wife goes to South Korea she knows to bring me back proper spicy kimchee (Korean pickled cabbage) since the varieties sold in Japan aren't hot enough for me. When Japanese drink, their faces often turn bright red after only a drink or two, due to a problem many have metabolizing alcohol called Asian Flush Syndrome. Japanese almost never show affection in front of others, and the idea of hugging a family member is quite rare in daily life here...though my American daughter apparently never learned this rule, and in elementary school would eagerly hug her mother at school events despite my wife's embarrassment.

Younger Japanese also sometimes lack what we might consider an acceptable level of knowledge of their own history, a fact that rubs Japan's neighbors the wrong way sometimes. As part of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a TV news program asked young people to name the second country that was allied with Japan after Germany, but the responders didn't know the correct answer, some saying "Great Britain" and even "the United States." In their defense, Italy was kind of unimportant in the wider conflict as seen from the Pacific, and they changed sides in 1943, but still, you'd hope that anyone who had completed their country's compulsory education system would have a basic working knowledge of their own recent history.

Another issue is the nature of the program, which naturally wanted interesting answers to make the show fun to watch. 98% of respondents could have correctly replied "Italy" but they presumably wouldn't have made it on the show, which cherry-picked which responses we got to see, something called ヤラセ yarase or faked news. This, along with the tendency to self-censor certain subjects (a demonstration against the government's handling of the recovery in Fukushima, for example) have made many Japanese mistrustful of the mass-komi, as the news media is called in Japanese (from "mass communications"), which is cynically referred to as mass-gomi ("mass garbage"). Interestingly, translations of news articles from Yahoo News or MSNBC sometimes provide the only mainstream reporting Japanese can get on some topics, like when Google accidentally published maps that showed the regions where Japan's "untouchables" lived back in the Edo Period, which is still a delicate subject today.

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

    New Anime Magazines Incl Megami

    New Anime Magazines Incl. Megami!

    It's time for a brand-new issue of the wonderful Megami Magazine; the definitive bishoujo moe poster magazine! Enjoy 20 beautiful pinups of your favorite girls from anime like Charlotte, Non Non Biyori Repeat, Prisma Illya Zwei Herz, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Sore ga Seiyu, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, Classroom Crisis, Girls and Panzer, Gakkou Gurashi, and more.VIEW PRODUCTS

  • Megami Magazine ULTRA DELUXE

    Megami Magazine ULTRA DELUXE

    Megami strikes again with the new Megami Ultra Deluxe, a magazine packed from cover to cover with full-page artwork of your favorite moe characters.view products
  • Dengeki Gs Magazine Oct 2015

    Dengeki G's Magazine Oct 2015

    Pick up the latest issue of Dengeki G's Comic for over 500 pages of the best manga based on light novels and bishoujo games plus free omake stuff!view products
  • Hobby Japan Oct 2015

    Hobby Japan Oct 2015

    Hobby Japan is your figure and model monthly bible, dedicating half of it's content to amazing Gundam figures, alongside with other sections on Macross, etc.view products
  • How to Draw Manga Books and More Restocked

    How to Draw Manga Books and More Restocked

    Our customers love the "How to Draw Manga" books we post, and today we have awesome restocked books and more to offer you. They make great gifts!view products
  • Artbooks Restocked incl I Love Girls Lingerie

    Artbooks Restocked incl. I Love Girls' Lingerie

    Do you know your lingerie? Okay, what's a baby doll? How about a seamless bra? This is a great book that documents all the various types of sexy underwearview products
  • Big Update of Cardcaptor Sakura Products

    Big Update of Cardcaptor Sakura Products

    Make notes while enjoying the characters from Cardcaptor Sakura, with the notebooks we got in stock today. See fresh stock of other CCS products too!view products
  • 2016 Totoro Calendar -- Ocarina Fuku Yoru

    2016 Totoro Calendar -- Ocarina Fuku Yoru

    The 2016 3D Totoro calendar is available for preorder now at J-List. decorated with all you favorite characters from My Neighbor Totoro.view products
  • 2016 Kikis Delivery Service Calendar Too

    2016 Kiki's Delivery Service Calendar, Too

    Also: we're happy to report that the 2016 3D Kiki's Delivery Service Calendar is also available for preorder. They make great displays when the year is done.view products
  • New Anime Calendars Posted Kantoku Coffee Kizoku

    New Anime Calendars Posted: Kantoku, Coffee Kizoku

    Remember that this year's lineup of moe and anime artist calendars are extra awesome. We got the 2016 Kantoku calendar ready for preorder!view products
  • Sukiya Japanese Rooms -- 2016 Calendar

    Sukiya ~ Japanese Rooms -- 2016 Calendar

    J-List loves offering amazing calendars to our customers around the world, and this is a nice one, a collection of authentic Japanese rooms.view products
  • Durarara Figures and More In Stock

    Durarara Figures and More In Stock

    Check out these new figures we just got in stock, like the kawaii Celty Nendoroid, Umi Sonoda from Love Live, Danboo action figure, Miku Hatsune, and more.view products
  • MOE Maid Cosplay 4L

    MOE Maid Cosplay (4L)

    Then, the classic maid costume has become a famous image of Akihabara, and J-List now has some authentic maid costumes for you, which come with everything you need!view products
  • Shimapan Renewal ver Brown

    Shimapan Renewal ver. ~ Brown

    A popular trend in Japanese anime (and fetish for me) these days are shimapan or striped panties.view products
  • Japanese Eye Patch Other Products Posted

    Japanese Eye Patch, Other Products Posted

    Several popular cosplay items are restocked, including our Japanese Eye Patch, Japanese folding fans, and over knee socks. Click to see them now.view products
  • New Region Free Anime Games for PS4 Vita

    New Region Free Anime Games for PS4, Vita

    We've got a brand new JRPG for the PS4 for fans of retro gaming. Enjoy tons of questing, lots of playable characters, and old school gameplay!view products
  • New amiibo Animal Crossing Cards and more

    New amiibo, Animal Crossing Cards and more!

    See fresh stock of brand new Amiibo figures, including Pikmin and Olimar pus brand new Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards. Browse our great selection today!view products
  • Touhou Project Keychains More

    Touhou Project Keychains + More

    Touhou fans, we have some great products for you. Click to see cute keychains of your favorite characters, plus official manga, and more!view products
  • New Anime Songs on the iTunes Japan store

    New Anime Songs on the iTunes Japan store

    Lots of great anime songs on iTunes Japan, incl. the official Gakkou Gurashi character songs, plus the hot new single by Supercell.view products
  • DIY Microwave Eraser Japanese Pens Posted

    DIY Microwave Eraser, Japanese Pens Posted

    Japanese pens are the best in the world and we've restocked several high quality pens today, plus see the wacky Let's Make Erasers with Microwave kits.view products
  • Kracie Puchitto Fruit Soft Candy -- Melon Flavor

    Kracie Puchitto Fruit Soft Candy -- Melon Flavor

    A fun and delicious treat from Japan's wacky confectionery company, Kracie. Each melon shaped candy has many individual parts you can pick and eat.view products
  • J-List Limited Summer Snack Set

    J-List Limited Summer Snack Set

    Summer is ending soon and these summer snacks will also go away. If you haven't tried them yet, now is your chance to do so with our end of summer snack set.view products
  • Koikeya Mandarin Orange Flavor Potato Chips

    Koikeya Mandarin Orange Flavor Potato Chips

    An absolutely fantastic bag of potato chips by Koikeya await you in delicious mikan (mandarin orange) flavor. You've got to try this!view products
  • Ukon Hangover Drink Other Drinks from Japan

    Ukon Hangover Drink, Other Drinks from Japan

    J-List stocks awesome drinks from Japan, including the Power of Ukon, a Chinese herb that promises to help you avoid hangovers. Order now!view products
  • Poop Candy Green Tea Oreos More Restocked

    Poop Candy, Green Tea Oreos + More Restocked

    When life gives you poop, make poop shaped candy from Japan! Or something like that. Anyway, we have fun stuff back in stock today.view products
  • STAR WARS Thermal Bento Box Set w Bag Chopsticks

    STAR WARS Thermal Bento Box Set w/ Bag, Chopsticks

    Keep your bento warm and fresh with the power of the Force, grab the all new Star Wars thermal bento set, complete with everything you need.view products
  • Mamas Assist Twin Cutter

    Mama's Assist Twin Cutter

    If you love kawaii bento and kitchen accessories from Japan, then check out our wide selection of bento and kitchen items that are not only cute but also useful.view products
  • Himouto Umaru-chan Mug Group SD ver

    Himouto! Umaru-chan Mug: Group SD ver.

    Whether you're on the job early or late, or need that extra pick me up for a late night study session, this high-quality ceramic mug will be by your side!view products
  • Umaru-chan - Book-style Smartphone Case

    Umaru-chan - Book-style Smartphone Case

    Then -- wow! A smartphone case featuring everyone's favorite lazy imouto, Umaru-chan! It'll fit most standard phones, including the iPhone 6.view products
  • Gundam Backpack Ground Type MSG 08th MS Team

    Gundam Backpack Ground Type ~ MSG 08th MS Team

    Wow! This is a nice Gundam bag featuring the RX-79 [G] Gundam Ground Type's backpack, that you can also use for cosplaying. Preorder now.view products
  • Labrys Parfom Figure Other Preorder Figures

    Labrys Parfom Figure, Other Preorder Figures

    Fans of the popular game Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena will love this new figure featuring Aigis' older sister, Labrys. Awesome!view products

New and Restocked NSFW / 18+ Products

  • Awesome New Ecchi Magazine DVDs Posted

    Awesome New Ecchi Magazine + DVDs Posted

    We love carrying 18+ magazines from Japan for you, since the women are so beautiful. Click to see today's new naughty offerings with DVDs.view products
  • Super Pose Book Nude Variety vol 5 - JULIA

    Super Pose Book Nude Variety vol. 5 - JULIA

    Another new book has been added to the Super Pose Book series, this time with popular AV idol JULIA as your model. Super hot and useful too!view products
  • New and Restocked Ecchi Photobooks

    New and Restocked Ecchi Photobooks

    Then see our gorgeous glossy photobooks including a the wonderful Otome Frappuccino starring Mana Sakura and Minami Kojima, plus Haruka Fukuhara and more!view products
  • Dengeki Moeoh Oct 2015

    Dengeki Moeoh Oct 2015

    Dengeki Moeoh is Japan's premiere original content bishoujo magazine -- each issue jam-packed with the cutest girls you've ever seen in lovely fanservice situations!view products
  • Twintail Girls Collection Futatsu Musubi

    Twintail Girls Collection ~ Futatsu Musubi

    We love twintail girls, who are so beautiful with ponytails on either side of their head. Here's a great erotic manga featuring all the twin-tails girls you could ever want.view products
  • Gorgeous Ero Manga Restocked Today

    Gorgeous Ero Manga Restocked Today

    Then see gorgeous restocked ero manga, including Idol Lover, Tsuyu Mamire, Hitokoishi Tsuma, Reciprocal Love After Sex, Young Wife Rinse Your Back and more.view products
  • Sexy Anime Figures Posted For You

    Sexy Anime Figures Posted For You

    And we have more sexy anime figures for you to browse, including this nose bleed inducing Queen's Blade figure with soft oppai and configurable clothes.view products
  • Sei Yariman Gakuen Saint Slut Academy

    Sei Yariman Gakuen ~ Saint Slut Academy

    Here's a great new onahole from Japan for our stressed-out customers: the sweet pussy of a "bitch JK" who goes to Saint Slut Academy. Oh, Japan!view products
  • Hitori-warai Banka Smoking Countdown

    Hitori-warai Banka ~ Smoking Countdown

    Based loosely on Touhou, this is a popular large-sized onahole that simulates the body of a supernatural ghost by providing the softest experience possible.view products
  • The Popular Succubus Lewd Mouth is Back

    The Popular Succubus Lewd Mouth is Back

    Who among us hasn't wondered what it was like to be fellated by a beautiful succubus. Thankfully, Tamatoys and Japan got us covered.view products
  • Popular Hestia Oppai Toys for Playtime

    Popular Hestia Oppai Toys for Playtime

    If you love Hestia-chan and want to bring your relationship with her to the next level, see the new Hestia Oppai Toy we've restocked today.view products
  • Doubles Mother and Daughter Hole

    Doubles ~ Mother and Daughter Hole

    Wow, an amazing stress toy for taking the edge off after a hard day at work. Features two amazing holes in one -- simply amazing!view products
  • My First Dildo Other Toys for Girls Restocked

    My First Dildo, Other Toys for Girls Restocked

    We love to carry fun and unique ecchi toys from japan, like our line of My First Dildo toys for females who want to spend some quality alone time.view products
  • Love Idol Brassiere and Shorts Otokonoko 3L

    Love Idol! Brassiere and Shorts ~ Otokonoko 3L

    Our customers love our lineup of cosplay and other products for otokonoko fans, and we've restocked that Love Live bra and panty set and more.view products
  • Lightning Warrior Raidy III Now Shipping

    Lightning Warrior Raidy III Now Shipping!

    The sequel to one of the most popular games ever brought out in English is here, with all the things you love in the series. Buy it during our $10 coupon sale!view products
  • Temptation 12 popular Blu-ray based H-game

    Temptation 1+2 (popular Blu-ray based H-game)

    You do not need to setup anything to enjoy this great new 2 in 1 eroge, unlike their PC counterparts, all you need is a Blu-ray player and you're all set.view products
  • New Face Debut -- Natsu Kimino Blu-ray

    New Face Debut -- Natsu Kimino (Blu-ray)

    Enjoy the debut of this hot young Japanese girl gifted with a soft and large L Cup bust size with this excellent Blu-ray offering by the Maxing label.view products
  • CFNM Clothed Female vs Naked Male play

    CFNM (Clothed Female vs Naked Male play)

    A bizarre form of penis study, this CFNM production showcases the actions and reactions of 21 Japanese amateurs who are curious about the penis.view products
  • 25 Short-Cut Girls 2 Discs 8 Hours

    25 Short-Cut Girls 2 Discs & 8 Hours

    To you who love cute Japanese girls with short hair, comes this amazing 2 disc set filled with nothing but the greatest AV performers with short-cut hair.view products
  • Stopping Just Before Lesbian Chikan 2

    Stopping Just Before Lesbian Chikan 2

    Natural High presents a super long hot chikan lesbian production featuring three lesbian couples doing stuff we all want to see.view products
  • Finally More Restocked DVD and Blu-Ray Titles

    Finally, More Restocked DVD and Blu-Ray Titles

    Finally, a healthy helping of popular DVD and Blu-ray titles restocked, including fun "Zenra" (all nude) works including Zenra Joshikousei School, Paipan Russian JK Backdoor, Hitomi Tanaka's best works, Girl x Girl works starring real Tokyo girls, Aimi Yoshikawa Super Collection 12 Hours, Futanari Shoujo and Would You Like to Live with Shunka Ayami?VIEW PRODUCTS