A little while ago the Gravure world was stunned by the sudden appearance of a gorgeous model called Rara Anzai. She made her debut in a nude shoot for a magazine that fully showed off her incredible bust and body to the full.
In fact, a little bit of digging by those in the know revealed that Rara Anzai is actually Shion Utsunomiya, a JAV porn star popular in Japan (and Korea). It is common for stars to remake themselves under new names, often when their career goes through a change or when they change agencies, since the management does not have the rights to their previous stage name.
Rara Anzai/Shion Utsunomiya is a porn star still only 20 years old. Her G-cup (“the bust of god”) first burst onto the scene last year.
A doujin-made comic cooking book is provoking some eyebrow-raising online.
The title for Oyako to shimai o oishiku itadaku 15 no houhou translates literally as “15 ways to deliciously eat mothers-and-daughters and sisters”. What the heck does that mean? No, the creators, doujinshi Poisson Rouge, are not promoting cannibalism. Certain dishes in their book are classified as “mother-and-daughter” recipes, while others are “sister” dishes.
It’s a pun on Oyako-don, a common dish whose name literally means “parent-and-child rice bowl”.
While the concept is pretty interesting in itself, the choice of dishes in the recipe book are fairly ordinary.
What really makes this “gourmet comic” stand out is its approach to the illustrations!
Certainly a lot more lively than the usual cooking book!
Here are some previous comics/cooking books by Poisson Rouge.
It’s certainly one sure-fire way to get boys into the kitchen to help with the cooking.
We reported a little while ago about the fantastic news that Tenga was giving something back by organizing a special beach clean-up event at Enoshima.
This means you can put your hand on your heart whenever your girlfriend or someone criticizes you for hanging on to your trusty onahole, sex machine or other masturbation aid: sex toys are good for the planet!
Well, in case you couldn’t make it to the event itself, Tenga has published a photo report about the day on its official blog.
People gathered where they saw the flag for “18′s only”. Around 200 people heard about the event online and then headed to Enoshima to take part.
This is the Enoshima regional mascot, here posing with some sexy girls. It begs the question: Do mascots get horny?
After the hard day’s work, feel free to have some me-time with your Tenga, folks. You earned it.
While some idol groups make a lot of money, the idols themselves are not getting rich per se. The management companies keep them on salaries representing their worth and this is a policy reflected across the Japanese entertainment industry.
That said, this is the first time we’ve heard of a Japanese idol group deliberately launched in poverty.
Japanese idol culture has been accused of moral bankruptcy in the past but The Margarines have a combined debt of ¥127.7 million (over $1 million). Aged from 19 to 30, these ladies are floundering in financial woes due to student debts, a failed family business, moving costs, and other problems that have left them in the red. The idea is that if you’ve got nothing left to lose, you can dream big.
In another novelty, the nine-member group even has a non-Japanese member, Marie Christine Krause, who is 22 and from Germany (and similarly in debt).
The concept for the group was announced in July and now the actual insolvent members have been finalized. “Goodbye Shakkin Tengoku” (Goodbye Debt Heaven), the band’s first single, will come out in December but will it be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Don’t worry, these girls are allowed to date. The only problem is whether they can afford to! You may end up paying for everything.
Still, we can think of one way that these nine girls could raise money quickly… by offering fans much more than just music releases.
No sooner had we blogged an odd story about a bus driver trying to kiss his lone teenaged passenger in Tokushima, then along comes another peculiar tale of groping on the subway.
Two Chiba residents have been arrested by Tokyo police on suspicion of trying to grope a woman on the Tokyo subway during the morning rush hour.
The men — a 24-year-old Tokyo court assistant and a 39-year-old Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank employee — are accused of both groping the same woman on a subway train at around 8am on September 25th.
It is unknown if the two knew each other or how they came to launch their two-pronged attack (perhaps they had communicated online as some gropers are known to do), but they both deny the charges.
The incident apparently happened on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line between Kiba and Monzen-Nakacho stations.
The victim was a female company employee in her twenties. The banker went for her chest while the court assistant had his wandering hands on her ass.
Another male passenger witnessed the alleged groping and together with the victim was able to hold onto the men until they could be handed over to the police.
Well, now you can add buses to your list of danger zones.
Why? Because police arrested a middle-aged bus driver for trying to kiss a female passenger.
The 54-year-old Kunihiko Nakanishi apparently attempt to plant a smooch on the forehead of a teenaged girl in March this year. Nakanishi is alleged to have stopped the bus he was driving mid-route while there were no other passengers on board except the girl, who was a stranger to him.
The incident occurred in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island.
We’re not sure why it took so long but Nakanishi was only arrested for his attempted kiss on September 22nd.
Who says otaku can’t be book worms? After all, they certainly read a lot of manga. And obsession can be a form of erudition.
An otaku magazine is currently offering a freebie for readers. Nothing special in that, though. In Japan this practice is known as omake and has become a staple in fashion magazines. But we’ll take this freebie over any brand bag.
It’s a book cover — and one with breasts!
The boobs in question are supposed to belong to Rias Gremory, the main heroine in the light novel, manga and anime “High School DxD”.
Needless to say, as you read you rest your hands on Rias’s ample boobies.
If you fancy it, get your hands (ha ha!) on the November issue of Dragon Magazine, a light novel magazine. The shock and glee of Japanese netizens has been vocal on social media and bulletin boards for the past few days.
So we’ve had oppai busty breast mouse pads for a long now. Why not book covers with breasts? It would certainly encourage kids to head to the library.
And the makers are claiming this is a world-first so perhaps rumors of the death of Japanese tech innovation have been exaggerated after all?
Still, we always prefer the real thing in the end.
And we also know that there are better silicone oppai out there for the more serious breasts lovers.
While the Tokyo Game Show last weekend ultimately did not feature Sony’s divisive “Summer Lesson” demo for the Project Morpheus HMD headset, it did have some virtual boyfriends instead.
One booth at TGS 2014 showcased virtual dating and romance apps so women could get their perfect partner. The only snag is that the man in question does not exist in reality.
Voltage Romance Apps features a series of smartphone social apps with fake boyfriends for lonely women. They even have English-language versions adapted for North American audiences.
The average user is a 30-year-old Japanese female.
Room Share Love Days provides a virtual male flatmate who is cute and useful around the home. He supplies chocolates and flowers, and can even hug you… all at the press of the button.
They are even treading into the realm of bestiality. Okay, not really, but there is some cosplay SIm dating with animal themes, including cat-eared boyfriends which the female users keep as “pets” on their phones.
“The cat boyfriend — which has cat’s ears and a human body — is most popular, as its the most sophisticated,” said a spokesperson for developer Ambition, according to AFP. These “animal boyfriends” can be ordered to “study,” or “work” — that is, buy new clothes and accessories for you. In other words, you get your own half-animal, half-human slave.
Another developer, Sunsoft, is apparently focussing its efforts on Boys’ Love (yayoi, gay storylines, with young pretty men)… aimed at female users.
Well, we are seeing a big (if belated) increase in female porn and sex toys in Japan. Is this one effect of this?
While we are all for women enjoying the fruits of a democratic, liberated sex industry (after all, the guys have long had such apps as Love Plus), we do worry what this will do for Japan’s demographic crisis!
It’s high time we talked about otoko no ko (also written otokonoko) (男の娘). The name of course is a play on the word for “boy” but whose characters mean “male daughter”. As we know, the word for daughter (musume) is also employed a lot to mean “cute young girl”, and that’s the nuance here.
The phrase has been used since the 2000′s. A otoko no ko is a cross-dressing cosplayer, who dresses as a girl for certain occasions. It’s a unusual combination of cosplay culture, sexuality, and (in a way) otaku culture (it’s quite geeky as subcultures go). It took the world of men dressed as women in video games, manga and anime, and made it three-dimensional.
This is not the same as Japan’s vibrant gay subculture. Otoko no ko come more from the streets of Harajuku or Akihabara than Shinjuku’s Nichome. They could be gay or bi, though not necessarily. It’s about the costume, the “play” of the female, infused with references to anime and manga.
The results are highly feminized boys, rather than a simple boy-dressed-as-a-girl scenario.
And it is also not quite to be confused with general cross-dressing, often known as josoko (女装子). An otoko no ko is not a transsexual or drag queen in the way people think of them in the west. (And if we are listing terminology, we can’t avoid “New Half” (ニューハーフ), which is the usual word these days for full transsexuals.)
Japan’s cross-dressing culture is harder to define, even for a gender-bending world that is hard to define anywhere and any time.
Kabuki still continues to feature men who only ever play female roles (onnagata) while, on the contrary, Takarazuka is the revue that has only female performers, some of whom are assigned to playing men for their whole careers. And yet the biggest fans are women, who admire the showiness of it all, the flamboyant sexiness of the “men”.
But now Tama Toys, who focus on kawaii-style sex toys, have been releasing a whole line of interesting products, ostensibly for otoko no ko, though there’s nothing to stop anyone trying them.
There are even these new panties with sanitary pads so you can pretend you are menstruating!
We seem to be witnessing a real otoko no ko boom, with many new shops and places opening. Meanwhile, the popular cross-dressing event Propaganda, held in Shinjuku, was attended by 400 people in August, some 70% of whom were dressed as “otoko no ko idols”.
In one interview recently quoted in the media, Ruru (22) said he (should we say “she” here?) works during the day and once a month gets the chance to cross-dress. “I can change myself into something different and be liberated of all the stress of male society.”
Propaganda has been held on the last Saturday of every month since 2007, growing from its first event with just 50 people to be a large festival.
Sociologists might talk about the pressure on men in Japan. Businessmen not allowed to show feelings or express opinions in gray working environments that value seniority and obedience over merit or talent. But we’ll leave the generalizing to the scholars. Certainly Japan has a long and rich gay history and (separately or otherwise) a vibrant culture of cross-dressing that extends to the present, free of moral qualms or assumptions about sexuality.
For now, we’re just admire the sheer wealth and countercultural defiance of otoko no ko.
Last summer photography Manabu Koga delighted us with his series of sexy photographs of slinky girls swimming underwater in various states of undress.
Now he’s back with a follow-up, Underwater Knee-High Girls plus, released this October.
Sexy Japanese girls in knee-high socks, diving underwater. The concept is unchanged — when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! — though this time the slender maidens having some incongruous props like umbrellas and raincoats, meccha gear, and even rabbit ears.
The models include Risu Shima and Manami Yamaguchi, who was also in the first book.
More of this please!
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