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Friday, September 4, 2015

The relationship of China and Japan, plus Star Wars and Japan.

The relationship of China and Japan, plus SF themes in anime.

Japan’s relationship with China is a long and varied one. Long before Japan became smitten with the desire to industrialize and be like "Britain-senpai" (complete with an overseas empire), it was in the cultural orbit of China. From the 5th through the 9th centuries A.D., virtually all of Japan’s culture, from kanji writing to architecture to Buddhism, flowed either directly from China or filtered through the Korean Peninsula. Japanese have a deep cultural respect for China's past, and my wife will occasionally say things like, "Don't make fun of China, they have 5000 years of history!" They were the ones who gave Japan its name (日本 nihon), which means "origin of the sun" since Japan is where the sun comes from when viewed from China, and today Japan is benefiting greatly from unceasing waves of Chinese tourists who come to buy high quality goods. But there's friction in the air, too. Yesterday China celebrated its "defeat" of Japan 70 years ago with a huge "Soviet-esque" military parade, though since I know how much Japan's neighbors care about the accuracy of history textbooks, I might point out that the parades should have been held in Taiwan, as it was the Kuomintang and not the Communist Party that was in power when Japan was defeated. The parade was really a show of military strength aimed at Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, who are all affected by China's new policy of insisting that the South China Sea it its sole territory rather than international waters shared by all surrounding nations. 

Looking back over my life, there have been two main influences: Star Wars and Japan, which is kind of funny since both are sides of the same coin. Many of the concepts found in modern sci-fi were inspired by Japan, for example the warlike Klingons and the apes from Planet of the Apes, both of whom were created by writers who fought the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII then used their experiences to create fearsome fictional warrior societies. George Lucas has also been known to mine Japan for ideas. The Jedi are stylized samurai who wield the Force instead of the life energy known as ki (also written chi), and their name comes from 時代劇 jidai-geki, the period dramas that Lucas was a fan of. Vader was also inspired by Japan, getting his helmet and famous "Darth" prefix from feudal lord Date Masamune. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll be happy to hear that J-List posted a ton of only-available-from-Japan products today, from official Star Wars pens and notebooks to awesome character clips and more. Browse them all now, and preorder early as most items cannot be reordered!

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. The sale ends at the end of Monday, California time. Let's shopping at J-List!

Today's New & Restocked Items

    New Anime Magazines incl Comic Alive Oct 2015

    New Anime Magazines incl. Comic Alive Oct 2015

    Here's another outstanding issue of Comic Alive, a super thick magazine with over 1000 pages of manga goodness for you, including some of our favorite comics, including Non Non Biyori, Henneko, Absolute Duo, Classroom Crisis, Hidan no Aria and Girls und Panzer. You also get...a free Non Non Biyori figure!VIEW PRODUCTS

  • Dengeki Gs Comic Oct 2015

    Dengeki G's Comic Oct 2015

    The latest volume of Dengeki G's Comic is here, with popular works like Charlotte, Plastic Memories, Beat Blades Haruka, and RO-KYU-BU. Free stuff too!view products
  • Great Sailor Moon Products In Stock Today

    Great Sailor Moon Products In Stock Today

    The popular Sailor Moon Transform Compacts are back!, and we have them in stock. Browse our great lineup of Sailor Moon items in stock, too.view products
  • STAR WARS Action Figure Pens from Japan

    STAR WARS Action Figure Pens from Japan

    Today is the official start of Star Wars merchandise, and J-List has a ton of limited stuff from Japan, incl. the "Action Pens" from SunStar. Preorder now!view products
  • Other Awesome New Star Wars Products

    Other Awesome New Star Wars Products!

    We've got a ton of other Star Wars items too, including these Figure Clips, notebooks, official pen cases and more. All Japan limited items!view products
  • 2016 Anime Calendars are Up for Order

    2016 Anime Calendars are Up for Order!

    More great news today: the 2016 anime calendars finally dropped, and we've got them all up on the site now. Browse Totoro, Ghibli, Sword Art Online and more.view products
  • 2016 Anime Calendar -- Miku Hatsune

    2016 Anime Calendar -- Miku Hatsune

    Miku Hatsune is the coolest virtual idol ever, with her entrancing Vocaloid voice, she is a siren of the modern age. Order her calendar during our sale!view products
  • 2016 Anime Calendar -- SHIROBAKO

    2016 Anime Calendar -- SHIROBAKO

    There are calendars for dozens of anime shows on the site, including a great offering for Shirobako fans. We'll be getting one of these for J-List's office.view products
  • 2016 Anime Calendar -- Dragon Ball Super

    2016 Anime Calendar -- Dragon Ball Super

    Another calendar you should preorder is the upcoming Dragon Ball Super, which will be sure to make 2016 a great year for you. view products
  • AKB48 Style School Girl Uniform Otokonoko

    AKB48 Style School Girl Uniform (Otokonoko)

    Here's your chance to join Japan's most popular idol group, with a new "tartan check" style school uniform in 4L "otokonoko" size.view products
  • Anime Cosplay Glasses Other Cosplay Products

    Anime Cosplay Glasses, Other Cosplay Products

    Get into a style that is perfectly your own, with these great anime cosplay glasses restocked today. Click to browse our selection.view products
  • Get your Nerd-on with T-Shirts from J-List

    Get your Nerd-on with T-Shirts from J-List

    J-List has a line of anime, kanji and other T-shirts, which are printed by our hardworking staff in San Diego (not mass produced on Corusant). Browse now!view products
  • Sailor Brassiere and Shorts Otokonoko 3L

    Sailor Brassiere and Shorts ~ Otokonoko 3L

    If you're a fan of Sailor Moon, we've posted a brand new cosplay underwear product for otokonoko. Make your order during our big sale!view products
  • Monogatari Series Second Season Glasses

    Monogatari Series Second Season Glasses

    We've been posting some fun Bakemonogatari / Monogatari Series official items, like glasses, coffee cups and more. Browse them all now.view products
  • Kawaii Rilakkuma Products incl Toothbrush Set

    Kawaii Rilakkuma Products incl. Toothbrush Set

    Keep your teeth clean in the cutest possible way with this cute new Rilakkuma character toothbrush set. Also see the contact lens case, "Bath Bomb" and more.view products
  • Official Touhou Plush Toys In Stock Now

    Official Touhou Plush Toys In Stock Now

    If you're a Touhou fan, you have to look at these high quality Touhou plush toys, which are officially licensed by Shanghai Alice and ZUN.view products
  • Awesome All-Ages Import PC Games Too

    Awesome All-Ages Import PC Games, Too

    A great update of PG and ecchi game titles from Japan for you. Learn Japanese while you fall in love! What could be better!view products
  • Nihongo FUN and EASY Japanese for Beginners

    Nihongo FUN and EASY ~ Japanese for Beginners

    A good book for beginners, this is a book w/ CD dedicated to nothing but survival Japanese conversations which are fun and easy to learn. Very nice. view products
  • Frito-Lay Royal Doritos Garlic Shrimp Flavor

    Frito-Lay Royal Doritos Garlic Shrimp Flavor

    A big haul of snacks today, including new Garlic Shrimp and Rich Butter flavored Doritos from FritoLay Japan. Yum!view products
  • UHA Love Live Puccho World

    UHA Love Live! Puccho World

    We have lots of anime themed snacks, and today we posted the official Love Live! Puccho chewing candies, which come with a cute figure in the box.view products
  • Lots of Restocked J-Snacks Too

    Lots of Restocked J-Snacks, Too

    Today we restocked our favorite J-snacks like the Popin' Cookin' DIY Sushi Candy, Calbee Honey Butter Potato Chips, Bontan Ame, and more.view products
  • Great Bento Boxes Restocked for Spring

    Great Bento Boxes Restocked for Spring

    Some outstanding bento boxes restocked today, including the Shiny Sakura Shower 2-tier Bento, Men's Dragon Bento and more. You'll love them all!view products
  • Kawaii Bento and Kitchen Accessories

    Kawaii Bento and Kitchen Accessories

    Then enjoy great selection of cute bento and kitchen items, including sandwich cutters, bento shapers, cute ABC food cutters, and more.view products
  • Ochatomo Series Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Cafe

    Ochatomo Series Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Cafe

    The Japanese just love these cute figures called Ochatomo which are made to be able to hang or perch on the top of a standard beverage glass or tea / coffee cup.view products
  • Golden Darkness 17 Figure White Swimsuit ver

    Golden Darkness 1/7 Figure White Swimsuit ver.

    An absolutely stunning figure of To Love-Ru's Golden Darkness in an elegant white bikini that shows off plenty of flawless skin. Nosebleed warnings apply.view products
  • Petit Chara Series Cardcaptor Sakura Box

    Petit Chara! Series Cardcaptor Sakura Box

    Watch out, Card Captor Sakura fans: the cutest set of figures we've ever seen is here, ready for you to order. This is for the full set of figures.view products
  • Order 2016 Calendars During our Early Bird Special

    Order 2016 Calendars During our Early Bird Special

    Remember, we're having a special offer for customers who order 2 or more calendars before Oct 1: you get 20% off the total. So put your order in early!view products
  • Huge Stock of Touhou Keychains T-Shirts More

    Huge Stock of Touhou Keychains, T-Shirts & More

    J-List is an official Touhou shop, and all week we've been posting awesome Touhou goods and official games. Browse during our sale!view products
  • Saki Nagatsuka 17 Figure Bunny Girl ver

    Saki Nagatsuka 1/7 Figure Bunny Girl ver.

    If you're a fan of illustrator "Tinkle" (that's his name, we swear) and the Ro-Kyu-Bu moe girl's basketball anime, then you should see this.view products
  • Caster Figure Casual Wear ver plus Other Figures

    Caster Figure Casual Wear ver, plus Other Figures

    See a bunch of other figures too, including the super sexy Caster Casual Wear from Fate/EXTRA CCC, plus Ranma 1/2, and the D-Dog wolf from Metal Gear Solid.view products
  • Miku Hatsune 18 Figure Greatest Idol Ver

    Miku Hatsune 1/8 Figure Greatest Idol Ver.

    Another wonderful Hatsune Miku figure for fans, with amazing hair that you can't resist touching and an amazing pose you will love to show off in your room.view products