J-List Gets November 2010

Finally I got something from Japan again! I try to keep them coming at a monthly basis at least but last time I only got a magazine so it didn’t really satisfy all my needs. This time however, I’m pretty satisfied!

In this order I got four different types of items, three of which I’ve never ordered before. So let’s start with the one I have ordered before.

Although I haven’t ordered this exact version of Kit Kat before, I’m pretty sure it tastes much like the semi-sweet version I got last time. This one however is the version Kuroki Meisa promoted and is part of their “Aka to Kuro” campaign. I love a piece of dark Kit Kat with my coffee after dinner, and I think I’ll be very pleased with this “Otona no Amasa” version.

More eatables up next, although no more snacks this time. This time I actually decided to get two different kinds of furikake, mainly because I can’t cook, and I’m too lazy to learn. So instead of eating instant ramen for lunch all the time, when I feel like it I can just cook some rice and sprinkle some furikake over it instead^^

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ) is a dry Japanese condiment meant to be sprinkled on top of rice. It typically consists of a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, salt, and monosodium glutamate. Other flavorful ingredients such as katsuobushi (sometimes indicated on the package as bonito), or okaka (bonito flakes moistened with soy sauce and dried again), salmon, shiso, egg, powdered miso, vegetables, etc. are often added to the mix.

So those are the eatables! The next thing is something I’ve been wanting to buy for a long time actually, a maneki neko piggy bank.

So I’m really happy that I finally got one, as the coins have been all over the place and I hate that. Now they’re all in one place and will hopefully bring me good luck as well ;)

The Maneki Neko (招き猫, literally “Beckoning Cat”; also known as Welcoming Cat, Slappy Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat, or Fortune Cat, is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.

It looks like a little rabbit when you look at it sideways :P It’s good that the hole in the back is big though, so all coins fit, and I could fold some bigger money and put it in there if I’m feeling ambitious.

Last but not least, I got some facial products. One is the famous GATSBY facial scrub and one is Shiseido’s uno Ultra Black Wash. I figured I could use some of that Kimura Takuya magic^^ And as for the black uno facial wash, well, “ultra black wash” just sounds so damn manly.

If you’re interested in any of these products you can see their product pages using the links below:

Have you ordered anything fun from Japan lately?

  • Anonymous

    Btw did you ever try the gatsby hair products?
    From my experience they don’t work well with European hair… (except after half an hour of straightening)

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I have not tried those but I wouldn’t be surprised because no hair products I’ve tried works with my hair, unless I have a really short haircut.

  • Anonymous

    Not technically ordered, but bought imported Harajuku panties, and some Morinaga Hichew gums in melon and blackcurrant flavour. :DEven gave some Japanese Mo-e condoms withit for free with cute packaging, should take a picture of those.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Lol that’s pretty awesome xD Although I wouldn’t buy used panties, haha. I love Morinaga Hichew!

      No idea why it shows 4 thumbs, something weird prolly happened with Disqus when you added them.

  • Gemini.22

    I normally order my stuff from Rakuten and have them shipped to Tenso. Though Tenso charges additional service fee and consolidation fee, but I got much too choice on Rakuten than J-list.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      I see, I’ve tried Rakuten, it’s not bad, but the global Rakuten only uses EMS for shipping so that’s no good. Can you choose other shipping methods if you use Tenso?

      When I can’t find something on J-list I tend to use a friend in Japan or White Rabbit Express though.

  • http://twitter.com/fridayjams fridayjams

    I love J-list. Last time I ordered a triangular onigiri mold and some of those long 2-liter bottle tea bags. Excellent purchases. You should order one of those molds next time you buy furikake and make furikake onigiri. I have put salted smoked salmon in the center of them and it is great. No real cooking required and you seem to already know how to do the rice ;)

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Oh that’s a really great idea, I should definitely get myself onigiri mold, and a case so I can take it with me for lunch at school^^

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’m 100% sure I’ll include that in my next order.