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17 4 / 2014

J-List is well loaded with Kill la Kill products, from figures to clothing and much more

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/all/killlakill/wishes (some NSFW) or http://jbox.com/s/all/killlakill/wishes (PG products only)

J-List is well loaded with Kill la Kill products, from figures to clothing and much more

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/all/killlakill/wishes (some NSFW) or http://jbox.com/s/all/killlakill/wishes (PG products only)

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17 4 / 2014

A cup of tea with Rinko-san would be lovely, thanks for asking.

(source: http://jli.st/1pd2k5I)

A cup of tea with Rinko-san would be lovely, thanks for asking.

(source: http://jli.st/1pd2k5I)

17 4 / 2014

If you love interesting socks from Japan, J-List has a great selection. “Socks glue,” too.

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/826/SEA674_over_knee_socks_stockings_gothic

If you love interesting socks from Japan, J-List has a great selection. “Socks glue,” too.

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/826/SEA674_over_knee_socks_stockings_gothic

17 4 / 2014

One thing I like to write about is how the collective image we have of Japan is usually not accurate, distorted due to being viewed through popular culture and the “lens of the Internet.” For example, the image of a Japanese game show in which contestants are dropped into acid if they answer incorrectly doesn’t actually exists here. Instead there are “variety shows” which might come up with funny visual gags to amuse viewers, like wrapping rubber bands around the heads of popular idols to make them look ugly, or giving famous actors and comedians ten seconds to answer a trivia question before the floor drops away, causing them to fall into a (CG enhanced) abyss. These shows often do things like dress AKB48 idols in kigurumi (full-body costumes that include a mask or head covering) and make them walk around Tokyo doing random things, but you never actually see people wearing this in the “real” Japan, right? That’s what I thought, until the other day when I was surprised to see three men near my house, wearing Pikachu costumes holding signs and balloons. They were hired by a home builder who had erected some new houses in the area, and they were trying to get families to stop by and see the homes.

One thing I like to write about is how the collective image we have of Japan is usually not accurate, distorted due to being viewed through popular culture and the “lens of the Internet.” For example, the image of a Japanese game show in which contestants are dropped into acid if they answer incorrectly doesn’t actually exists here. Instead there are “variety shows” which might come up with funny visual gags to amuse viewers, like wrapping rubber bands around the heads of popular idols to make them look ugly, or giving famous actors and comedians ten seconds to answer a trivia question before the floor drops away, causing them to fall into a (CG enhanced) abyss. These shows often do things like dress AKB48 idols in kigurumi (full-body costumes that include a mask or head covering) and make them walk around Tokyo doing random things, but you never actually see people wearing this in the “real” Japan, right? That’s what I thought, until the other day when I was surprised to see three men near my house, wearing Pikachu costumes holding signs and balloons. They were hired by a home builder who had erected some new houses in the area, and they were trying to get families to stop by and see the homes.

17 4 / 2014

Now you can do the Pocky Game with your computer.

(source: http://moe.vg/1pd1tlN)

Now you can do the Pocky Game with your computer.

(source: http://moe.vg/1pd1tlN)

17 4 / 2014

We love anime conventions, and one show we’ll be at is the upcoming Anime Conji, a fun all-anime convention held April 18-20 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Since our San Diego office is local, the staff will be on hand with lots of fun T-shirts, eroge and visual novels, and (very nearly) the last 20 copies of the Steins;Gate Limited Edition. We’ll be at booth 32, hope to see you there!

We love anime conventions, and one show we’ll be at is the upcoming Anime Conji, a fun all-anime convention held April 18-20 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Since our San Diego office is local, the staff will be on hand with lots of fun T-shirts, eroge and visual novels, and (very nearly) the last 20 copies of the Steins;Gate Limited Edition. We’ll be at booth 32, hope to see you there!

17 4 / 2014

We always stock lots of fun plush toys from Japan, from Sailor Moon to Animal Crossing. 

CLICK TO SEE: http://jbox.com/s/all/plush/new

We always stock lots of fun plush toys from Japan, from Sailor Moon to Animal Crossing. 

CLICK TO SEE: http://jbox.com/s/all/plush/new

16 4 / 2014

Happy dog is happy.

Happy dog is happy.

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16 4 / 2014

We stock great manga from Japan, incl. ecchi as well as all-ages. Browse today’s ranking!

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/all/allmanga/sales (some NSFW) or http://jbox.com/s/all/allmanga/sales (PG products only)

We stock great manga from Japan, incl. ecchi as well as all-ages. Browse today’s ranking!

CLICK TO SEE: http://jlist.com/s/all/allmanga/sales (some NSFW) or http://jbox.com/s/all/allmanga/sales (PG products only)

16 4 / 2014

Why I’d love a glass of Shimakaze, thanks for asking.

(source: http://moe.vg/1eIVWPl)

Why I’d love a glass of Shimakaze, thanks for asking.

(source: http://moe.vg/1eIVWPl)