Books & Magazines

Books & Magazines

  • Figure King NO. 220
    A fantastic magazine for collectors of all kinds of toys, figures, this is a new magazine available from J-List each month: Figure King. A really amazing magazine containing hundreds of wonderful anime and toy items in each issue, this is the one item you need to stay on top of hundreds of cool items sold in Japan (many of them available through J-List). Each issue is perfect bound (no staple) and features over 200 pages of pictures and information on the toy and figure world in Japan. ISSUE No. 220 Lots of awesome toys in here, including a special focus on Saint Seiya, plus Kamen Rider, Godzilla, Ultraman, Captain America: Civil War, Alien, and Star Wars.
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    $12.00
  • Shonen Ace July 2016
    Grab a new issue of Shonen Ace, Kadokawa Publishing's flagship magazine packed with all the famous manga you love! Both the young and the young at heart flock to this magazine each month to get their fix of awesome, cutting-edge manga. All stories are written with full furigana kanji readings to help those learning Japanese. Over 1000 pages of pure manga awesomeness in this telephone book-sized magazine, plus news on industry trends and of course omake (free gifts). In this issue: A ton of quality all ages manga for serious fans, including Hyouka, Shinmai Maou no Testament, Tokyo ESP, Tokyo Ravens, Bakemono no Ko, Upotte, Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuutsu and many more. 800+ pages. You also get a huge Roku de nashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Record.
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    $6.85
  • Koukaku no Pandora 08
    From the mind of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, Koukaku no Pandora is a cyberpunk action manga with plenty of moe. Nene is a cute girl who also happens to be a full-body cyborg. On her way to meet her family at an island resort, she winds up fighting terrorists with the help of a mad scientist and her gothic lolita cyborg servant Clarion, whose special abilities are activated when Nene presses a secret button hidden beneath her lacy panties. Features exciting action scenes and cute moe characters. By Excel Saga artist Rikudo Koushi. This is volume 8, with over 150 pages.
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    $8.00
  • Secret Zone - Shihono Ito
    Gravure idol Shihono Ito gives you a pass to her secret zone with her first ever photobook. A sizzling collection of giri pictures (pictures that are on the verge of nude, but never fully reveal), it shows off Shihono's sexiness and teases you with her hands covering her bare breasts or crotch, and extremely close cut swimsuits and underwear. Full-page, full-color photos of her in lingerie, bikini, topless, bottomless, semi-nude, and more (or should we say less?). Perfect for all fetish and bikini idol lovers.
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    $38.50
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Textbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This book is textbook I (Second Edition), starting from no knowledge to knowing hiragana, katakana and the first 145 kanji. Romanization of Japanese is used in the first two lessons to help students unfamiliar with hiragana and katakana, but soon tries to ween the student off romanization. Has Lessons 1 - 12 and follows the structure as written above. Indexes are in the back as well as tables for numbers, counters, hiragana/katakana chart, map of Japan and verb conjugations. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 382 pages, perfect bound. A CD teaching guide in MP3 format (not available in the previous edition) is included and also features updated expressions used in Japan's modern society, easier to follow grammar explanations and new columns on Japanese culture and life .The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $43.00
  • FRUITS July 2016 NO. 226
    Fruits magazine is the premiere street life publication featuring the "Harajuku Free Style." Cover to cover full-color photos of the fashionable young people who walk and hang Japan's young culture capital, Harajuku. Stating the current in Japanese fashion counterculture within the kogal and Goth-Loli subcultures, it doesn't bother to judge. Fashion as worn by the fashion-sensible and the fashion-senseless. From imported jeans to cute tops with funny English on them to wacky hair styles and more. Every gorgeous page is pure street culture! This is the July 2016 issue. This no-ad magazine is true to real fashion from Japan -- cool!
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    $6.00
  • UTB   Up To Boy July 2016 vol. 243
    UTB (Up to Boy) is a famous magazine here in Japan, covering latest topics about famous idols like Shokotan, Nozomi Sasaki and more with superb full size gravure pictures, drama and movie actresses, famous music bands like Perfume and many more. Get your dose of Japanese pop culture every month with this magazine that's full of info, interviews, trends and beautiful visuals of your favorite idols. This month features a host of high quality models, including the lovely Ikuta Erika on the cover, plus articles on Oda Sakura, Sasaki Yukari, Hoshino Minami, Morito Chisaki, and more. This issue is extra special because it's the 30th anniversary of UTB and the are giving away a mini photobook for fans of Nogizaka46 plus the usual UTB Big Poster!
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    $16.00
  • How to Draw Manga   Bishoujo Character Design (Face, Body ver.)
    A how to draw manga featuring bishoujo character designing that shows in depth explanations and demonstrations on not only how to draw amazing looking moe girls, but also on the basics about how the face and body moves and functions. Even those who can not read Japanese, this book's colorful and intuitive artwork and sketching demonstrations will teach you about the basics like the functions of muscles and how they change the appearance of head and torso, to hints on how to make more realistic body parts through a better understanding of joints, bones and skin and how they change for characters of different sizes, body types, and ages. 176 pages. A must have book for aspiring artists. A great item for fans of high quality artist pose books and photobook collectors!
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    $26.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $22.00
  • 12 Colors Start! First Copic illustration Official Guide Book
    Copic is a brand of marker pen from Japan by Too and their markers are the markers of choice for professional manga artists because of their superior line quality, precise tip sizes, and long lasting inkwells. This how-to-draw book will show you how to properly use these great marker pens like the professional manga artists in Japan. Start from scratch and work your way up to advance techniques, this book is perfect for beginners with lots of detailed photos and easy to follow instructions. 66 pages. The book recommends you have a 12 color set of Copic pens for coloring these illustrations.
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    $11.00
  • Moe Encyclopedia (Fairies)   Moeru! Yousei Fairy
    The Moe Moe Fairy Encyclopedia is back and better than ever! Over 50 amazing goddesses from all over the world are represented in this 200-page volume, with detailed descriptions and beautiful moe art that brings out the best qualities of these fabulous female deities. Learn everything about Fairy legends, all while enjoying artwork from dozens of top moe artists. With tons of new content and all-new artwork, the Moeru! Megami Jiten is a great addition to your moe encyclopedia collection. Great for collectors of high quality artbooks from Japan.
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    $18.00
  • Nu Season -- Kyoko Fukada
    Kyoko Fukada aka "Fukakyon" is a beautiful Japanese actress and singer who has appeared in lots of TV, movies, and commercials. She's not only gorgeous but also a talented actress who has won numerous awards including Best Actress in the 2004 Yokohama Movie Festival. Enjoy Fukakyon in her latest photobook called "Nu Season" wearing various fashion. A truly great photobook to add to your collection.
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    $38.00
  • Cure vol. 153 June 2016
    Enjoy this great issue of Cure, an ultra hip, oversized J-Rock magazine dedicated to avid fans of Japanese punk and gothic culture. Coining itself as a "Japanesque Rock and Visual Styling Magazine," it's a wonderful trip to a rare underground youth culture with dark themes, rebelliously wild fashion, and a vibrant energy that can only be recreated by attending the concerts these bands perform in. Each issue dedicates itself to an unheard of 20-30 pages for a band of the moment, complete with drool worthy pictures perfect for scanning on your desktop or adorning you walls and gives you the latest and greatest of new and up coming bands. This issue focuses on A9, with lots of full page visuals about them, plus The Thirteen, KRAD, Royz, Meijibray and more.
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    $11.50
  • FRUITS June 2016 NO. 225
    Fruits magazine is the premiere street life publication featuring the "Harajuku Free Style." Cover to cover full-color photos of the fashionable young people who walk and hang Japan's young culture capital, Harajuku. Stating the current in Japanese fashion counterculture within the kogal and Goth-Loli subcultures, it doesn't bother to judge. Fashion as worn by the fashion-sensible and the fashion-senseless. From imported jeans to cute tops with funny English on them to wacky hair styles and more. Every gorgeous page is pure street culture! This is the June 2016 issue. This no-ad magazine is true to real fashion from Japan -- cool!
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    $5.85
  • Dengeki G's Magazine June 2016
    The latest edition of Dengeki G's is here! Coming to you every other month, this moe magazine is known for the high-quality omake extras that come with every issue, as well as for it's top coverage of the latest bishoujo game and moe anime news. In this issue: See great posters, character info and full page illustrations from Love Live! Sunshine!!, planetarian, Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Kojanai to Omotta?, Hibike! Euphonium, Hundred, Sansha Sanyou, Kuma Miko, Rewrite, Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale, Girlfriend (BETA), Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm, Island, and more. The best thing about anime magazines is the free stuff you get. In this issue it's a Love Live! Sunshine!! B2 Poster and a Dengeki G's Novel.
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    $12.50
  • KERA July 2016
    KERA is a fresh and fun fashion magazine from the streets of Tokyo. Covering a variety of themes, from Harajuku punk to Goth-Loli, this magazine gives the reader an excellent idea of the fringe, hip fashions that are currently taking Japanese youth by storm. A thick, large magazine of color photos, it contains not only models, but photos of the apparel alone. It is a mixture of the Harajuku punk and gothic crowds, a "power up FRUiTs" with superb photographs, famous models, and tons of fashionable pictures to look at. This issue talks about makeup techniques to make you look more cute, an article about the adult lolita bible, and several pages of cover girl Nakamura Risa wearing the latest Harajuku fashions. Of course there are the usual makeup guides, street fashion shots and more!
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    $6.85
  • Koukaku no Pandora 05   Pandora of the Crimson Shell
    From the mind of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, Koukaku no Pandora is a cyberpunk action manga with plenty of moe. Nene is a cute girl who also happens to be a full-body cyborg. On her way to meet her family at an island resort, she winds up fighting terrorists with the help of a mad scientist and her gothic lolita cyborg servant Clarion, whose special abilities are activated when Nene presses a secret button hidden beneath her lacy panties. Features exciting action scenes and cute moe characters. By Excel Saga artist Rikudo Koushi.This is volume 5, with over 170 pages.
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    $7.50
  • How to Draw Manga Super Deform Pose - Chibi Character ver.
    This is another great How to Draw book that helps you learn to "see" anatomy by studying different poses. This book specializes in teaching how to draw "SD" or "super deformed" style characters, known as deforme in Japanese for some reason. The book gives you more than 650 poses to study, both on the high quality printed pages and on the included CD-ROM.
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    $23.00
  • How to Draw Character's Feeling   Chara no Kimochi no Kakikata
    A how to draw manga book that teaches you how to draw various emotions or feelings of a character. Even those who can not read Japanese, this book's colorful and intuitive artwork and sketching demonstrations will teach you about the basics like shading and angles, to hints on how to express a character's emotion and effectively convey them in your illustration. A must have book for aspiring artists and a great item for fans of high quality manga artist books and artbook collectors! 192 pages.
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    $23.50
  • Great Ryokan Inns in Tokyo   Tokyo no Sugoi Ryokan
    Want to take a really excellent trip around Tokyo sometime in the future? This is a great photobook / guidebook that shows you dozens of wonderful ryokan, which are traditional Japanese inns. The book is in Japanese, but this is actually a good thing, since using travel guides in English is a good way to end up staying in an inn full of foreigners rather than experiencing anything "real" about Japan. A great book we recommend a lot!
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    $18.00
  • Showa Style Morning and Lunch   Tokyo Kissa Guide
    The traditional Japanese version of a coffee shop is called a kissa or kissaten, a restaurant serving "Western" foods like toast, scrambled eggs, plus related things like pancakes and sandwiches, and this is a guidebook that shows you the best places to eat the next time you visit Tokyo. Names of shops and maps are included. The book is in Japanese, which is really a good thing, as it guarantees you won't see a million tourists when you go. Enjoy finding great breakfast and lunch in Tokyo!
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    $11.25
  • Kutsuwa Study Flashcards 70sheets w/Check Sheet (Set of 2)
    Those studying foreign languages in Japan can often be seen on a train or in a coffee shop with these study cards. Kept on an openable ring, these pocket-sized quiz/flash cards can be pulled out at any time for a quick quiz no matter where you are. These are incredibly convenient for Japanese study - just write the word in English on one side and the word in Japanese on the other and test yourself on the English or on the Japanese. This is a simple yet powerful study guide made even better with see-through red and green plastic sheets. If you write in red or green, the words will be invisible if you cover with the appropriate sheet, especially if you want to quiz yourself on more than one thing on a page. Pick up these handy flashcards made in Japan today.
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    $1.65
  • DX Long Study Flashcards for Sentence ( Set of 2 pcs )
    Although this pack of cards says in plain English "It is important to study English over and over" you can certainly use it to study Japanese over and over for improved proficiency. The pack measures 2.7x11 cm (1x4 inches) with 50 cards each that are bound by a metallic ring. This set comes with two packs of cards which different colored covers to distinguish between translating sentences from English to Japanese and Japanese to English. Use to write and translate sentences by memory, for skit projects and more. A perfect flashcard tool for all students of the Japanese language.
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    $1.85
  • Comic Yuri Hime July 2016
    A wonderful issue of Comic Yuri Hime, the #1 manga for fans of yuri or romantic themes between cute girls. This phonebook-sized magazine has over 600 pages of content for girl's love fans from some of the best artists in the industry. IN THIS ISSUE: Enjoy over 20 great yuri manga pieces, including new issues of Yuru Yuri and Atode Shimai-masu, plus the popular Citrus!
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    $10.85
  • Ultra Jump June 2016
    Japan has a highly addictive manga culture that's brimming with stories for customers of all types, so long as you're into manga with a more mature feel about them. In an effort to bring Japanese manga culture closer to you, we're bringing you Ultra Jump, a terrific manga magazine that's never afraid to show off mildly graphic content like blood, violence, and some sexy skin. In this issue: Enjoy over 600 pages of pure manga awesomeness with 17 titles including Jojolion, Mononogatari, Space Patrol Luluco, La Vie en Doll, RWBY, Peace Maker, selector infected WIXOSS, Lady and Old Man, and more! Grab this issue fast as it won't be in stock long!
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    $7.50
  • Tokyo Izakaya by Day   Hiru Bero Sakaba
    One of the best things about Japan are its izakaya, traditional food and beer pubs where you can get everything from yakitori chicken on a skewer to asparagus wrapped in bacon and sushi. This is a fun informative book that shows you the best izakaya bars to visit in the Tokyo area during the day, which is good because the food and drinks are cheaper plus the places are less crowded. If you're planning a visit to Japan but don't want to have only foreigners around you (which is what you get if you use English guidebooks), using this Japanese-language book to find shops to visit is a great idea!
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    $11.25
  • Hiragana Times June 2016 NO. 356
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #356 covers all kinds of fun aspects of Japan, including the Ghoulish Exhibition featuring youkai or Japanese ghoulish creatures, capsule hotel aimed at female guests from overseas, plus Q&A service for foreigners. There's also a ton of great study materials for all levels.
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    $5.85
  • Dagashi Kashi vol. 5 (Normal ver)
    Dagashi Kashi is a hilarious story about a young man whose family runs a traditional Japanese sweets shop selling dagashi, or the candy and other sweets sold in Japan's Showa Period, which are still very much a part of Japanese food life, and the slightly crazy girl Hotaru who is always teaching him about new ways to appreciate these wonderful snacks. Each volume of the manga is 160 pages, and feautures hirgana (furigana) next to the kanji, making it easier to read. This is vol. 5 normal version.
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    $6.25
  • Super Pose Book   Man
    Most pose books we have offered feature nothing but women (whether they are nude or clothed). This pose book aims to serve as a reference book of the male anatomy for the manga illustrator in mind. 160 pages with around 400 full color poses for artistic reference, allowing artists to view the subject in the needed angle for their manga or fine art project. Great for collectors of high quality photobooks from Japan!
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    $28.00
  • Kantoku B2 Tapestry - Himawari Batake
    Here's a special item for your room: a beautiful illustrated tapestry featuring am illustration by Kantoku. The image is wonderful and the huge tapestry will look great hanging in your room or office. Made using a high quality "polyester suede" fabric printing process. The tapestry will be shipped in a protective tube.
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    $40.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $18.50
  • Hiragana Times May 2016 NO. 355
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #355 covers all kinds of fun aspects of Japan, including the International Photography Festival, Kit Kat popular with non-Japanese visiting Japan, plus Near Future Robot Hotel. There's also a ton of great study materials for all levels.
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    $5.80
  • Japanese Showa-Era Love Hotel Encyclopedia Nostalgia
    Here's a great book, an encyclopedia taht shows you hundreds of the best of Japan's Love Hotels, special spaces where couples can go for some quality time together. From Space Shuttle to Disco themed roomed with mirrors all over the walls, moving beds and more, this is a showcase of the most eccentric sex rooms you've ever seen, all dating back to the Showa Period, so you can see what things were like back then. A great culture item that's also a wacky gift for your friends! 150 pages, all color.
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    $16.50
  • How to Draw the Panties
    We got an awesome new How to Draw book and this time you will learn how to draw the holy grail of anime and manga... panties! This book specifically shows you the right techniques on how to effectively draw panties from all angles, in different designs, and worn by different body types. You will learn everything there is to know how to draw panties from the simple white panty to the more advance and complicated ones with patterns/designs and frilly laces. This is a great book for those who want to draw ecchi manga or illustrations. 80 pages.
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    $18.85
  • INTRON DEPOT 6 BARB WIRE 01   Shirow Masamune
    Masamune Shirow, the renowned artist behind Ghost in the Shell, has produced another fantastic artbook. This super high quality artbook shows off his colorful and imaginative world. Featuring a collection of Shirow Masamune's full color works from 2007 to 2010. Masamune Shirow is one of Japan's most prominent modern artists, and his works always sell out fast. Don't be left out, as this popular artbook series always sells out fast.
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    $24.00
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $2.85