The Japanese cosplay world was in shock on June 29th when one of the most up-and-coming cosplayers, Nekomu Otogi, announced her surprise marriage at the age of just 20. Not only that, her new husband is a mangaka. And 31 years her senior! Yes, Kosuke Fujishima is one lucky, lucky guy. Oh, and she's pregnant. Yes, this is the classic dekichatta kekkon, or shotgun wedding. Don't worry, Nekomu, you are in fine company -- everyone from Meisa Kuroki to Eriko Satoh. But seriously, is this even legal? Apparently Fujishima took notice of Otogi two years ago... and ...

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Kyodo no Mori, an open-air folk museum in Fuchu, west Tokyo, is in a panic after a beautiful young Japanese girl took some nude selfies in and around a classroom in one of the historical buildings in the museum, and then posted her exploits to Instagram and Tumblr in early June. Needless to say, she (and her helpers) did not have the museum's permission. The museum has been flooded with inquiries. "Do you give permission for this kind of photography?!" The account was unnamed in media reports but apparently was "taaaaachin". It has since been deleted. It ...

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One of the year's biggest stories continues to get bigger. Exploitation and coercion in the Japanese AV industry has been condemned for trafficking. It has sparked a public debate about labor rights for porn performers, or the lack thereof. The issue of coercing women to appear in porn has even led to arrests. In days past, such people in the porn industry were presumably protected by the Yakuza but the ongoing civil war may have shaken up the system. Amid intense media attention, now an AV industry association has issued a formal apology and promised reform. The Intellectual ...

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Always on the look-out for Korean actress nudity, we saw this bizarre story over on BattyforNudity. A Korean film director has been charged by policed for releasing a cut of a movie featuring nude scenes of an actress without her consent. The film, House with a Good View, was released back in 2012. But then the director, Lee Soo-sung, released a "director's cut" of the movie online, restoring a scene he had allegedly agreed to cut. This nude scenes feature a naked Kwak Hyun-hwa, who is also a singer and comedian. She played herself in the 2013 film Playboy Bong, which also featured ...

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Former actor Noboru Takachi has been arrested for possession of a stimulant drug and cannabis. Best known overseas for appearing in films like Yamato, the 51-year-old was a big star in the 1990s. Takachi, whose real name is Joji Osaki, recently retired from acting ostensibly to look after his wife's father. He was arrested at a love hotel in Yokohama, where he was staying with Atsuko Isokawa, a 33-year-old hostess. Noboru Takachi had previously been married to AV actress Momo Aida (pictured below), though they divorced after six years together. He then married the ...

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As we now know, what was touted as Japan's first adult virtual reality was so popular (and disorganized) earlier this month that it had to be closed down. We were one of the many unlucky souls lining up outside that summer day in Akiharara, hoping to get in and see what the future of sexuality might look like. With the glories of the internet we were able to find some of the treats we missed. And here is another. Called Chroma Key AR, which uses a smartphone and augmented reality (AR) technology to combine a digital image of a girl that displays on the screen with a ...

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Staged Seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club is a new book by Akiko Takeyama, published by Stanford University Press. It is an ethnographic study of the men and women who produce and consume love in Japan's host clubs, examining not only the "fixed times and formal spaces" like the late-night sessions in the clubs themselves, but also beyond. Why it is very easy to find media reports and articles about hostesses, male hosts are less famous outside of Japan. And yet arguably, this is the more interesting phenomenon, since there are bars and clubs where you pay to hang out ...

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Tenga is back -- and we mean they are BACK. Because it's return of the Flip Hole, Tenga's biggest hit of all. After the Black, White, Silver and Red versions, followed by the more compact Flip Lite (aka the Flip Air), where was there still to go with this amazing concept? Somewhere, actually -- and somewhere that feels might fine when you are there. Behold, the Tenga Flip Zero. The Tenga Flip Zero is all you'd expect from the Apple of the Japanese adult toy industry: it looks just incredible and, as per the key design for this series, "splits" right open so you can apply ...

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Yoshiwara was the main red-light district (yukaku) in Edo, the old name for Tokyo. Its legacy continues to resonate today: the area remains full of soaplands and prostitutes, and other parts of the east of the city, such as Ueno, Nippori and Akihabara, are also centers of cheap sex. That being said, Yoshiwara is gentrifying to a certain extent -- and here's an interesting example, first reported on Spoon Tamago. But for designer Yayoi Okano, Yoshiwara was more than just a neighborhood known for its sex trade. It was home. Okano grew up in Yoshiwara where, despite its ...

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Back when Mariya Nagao was one of the members of AKB48, we already took something of a liking to her. But it is since leaving the (faltering) group that she has shined, stripping off to reveal her perfect bikini butt and body. As we have discussed before, Japanese TV is a tame entity, though livened up by the occasional scene of Nanao in lingerie. Nagao was recently gracing Japanese television screens to show us what it is like to kiss her in a swimming pool. Naturally, Nagao was wearing slinky swimwear. The 22-year-old was kissed by Popteen model Koji Konishi on the aptly named ...

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Remember Yasumasa Yonehara? Super big a few years ago, he's the instantly recognisable bald Japanese photographer with that habit of taking slutty pictures of slutty girls in hotel rooms. What a guy. Yes, he's one of those people who just proves that if you are cocky enough and say you are a photographer, you can apparently get almost any woman to pose for you. Perhaps that's why half the male foreigners we seem to meet in Japan claim to be photographers (the other half claim to be DJs). Yonehara has now turned his attention to swimwear. After all, it is summer. We have no ...

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A woman who fell asleep on a train woke up to find herself abducted and trapped in the home of a man she did not know. The 28-year-old company employee from Adachi ward in east Tokyo was allegedly confined between June 4th and June 5th after she fell asleep on a train. The suspect is 33-year-old Yoshifumi Kurita, a temp from Sagamihara, who was arrested by Kanagawa police on June 18th. According to police, Kurita is maintaining silence, though there have been five similar cases in the area around where there crime took place. The victim had been out drinking and was riding on a JR ...

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Ahead of the release in July of her new photo book, a preview image of Minami Minegishi has come out showing the slinky idol doing the classic semi-nude "hand bra" (tebura) pose. While pretty tame considering what some AKB48 graduates get up to, this kind of photo shoot has become something of a rite of passage for AKB48 idols. Haruna Kojima did it, covering her gorgeous pale flesh with her tiny hands. Likewise, Atsuko Maeda has done a tebura and so did Yuko Oshima in a Mika Ninagawa shoot. Most notoriously, Tomomi Kasai's tebura was so controversial it led Kodansha to cancel ...

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As we know, virtual reality is big right now and that includes for the adult market. This isn't from the recent Adult VR Festa but the geeks and tech event, Niconico Chokaigi 2016, held in April, but we were saving it until now. Strictly speaking, we think this was developed for people who work in the care industry to experience what it is like to be incontinent, but there are also adult: this is a DIY virtual omorashi device! No longer is your only option getting some rubber diapers. Instead, now you can feel like you are peeing yourself just by wearing some wires and sitting on ...

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Ami Tomite becomes the latest former AKB48 idol to strip off and show us her nude body. Granted, the pictures are "censored" for weekly tabloid publication but these are essentially verging on hair nude territory. Tomite joined AKB48 in 2009 but left while still a "research student" to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Since then she has become a minor gravure idol, though now can capitalize on the notoriety of being yet another ex-AKB girl who has stripped off. Other than briefly joining another music group, Ami's career has mostly been playing bit ...

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The recent interest in Japanese AV performers' labor and human rights continues to develop. It's one of the big stories of the year so far. Following the arrest mere days ago of a porn performer agency for forcing its roster of women to appear in porn and other recent developments like a damning report and seminar on the issue of exploitation and trafficking, now comes news that former AV star Mariko Kawana has launched a new orgnization to help. There are already groups like Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formerly Polaris Project Japan) and Human Rights Now (HRN) as ...

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The AV industry in Japan is not all take, take, take. It likes to give back, too. The "boob aid" annual event is one of the best examples of this, in which porn stars let their breasts be groped by ordinary members of the public in order to raise money for AIDS charities. Now Soft on Demand and Japanese porn stars have come together (no pun) to help save the planet. The Do Eco website looks like a porn video streaming site, but don't be fooled. While it's not fully safe for work, there's no sex or nudity. And it's all for a good cause. It features nine AV performers, including ...

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Tokyo Kinky was there on Sunday, loyally lining up in Akihabara for what had been touted as Japan's first ever adult virtual reality event. But all was in vain. We had our suspicions about the event, given how shoddy the event's website was. Still, word had obvious got out -- that and how virtual reality is one of the big trends of the year and there had been promises of its adult implications for years. There were hundreds of people trying to make it into a tiny venue in Akiba. We were all lining up patiently outside but the police eventually had to come and help control the size of ...

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A company president of a Japanese AV talent agency has been arrested for allegedly forcing a woman to appear in pornography. It was learnt on June 11th that Marks Japan was raided by cops and three of its employees arrested. Police also raided other related businesses, including two production companies. The allegations stem from a woman who signed up to Marks Japan's roster of talent as a gravure idol in 2009, but was then sent to a porn shoot in September 2013 despite knowing she did not want to appear. Marks Japan's talent includes everyone from relatively innocuous things like ...

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It's good news for naturists and nudists as Japan's first "naked restaurant" is set to open in Tokyo in July. However, it's bad news if you've been to one too many restaurants yourself: overweight patrons are banned! Naturally, this being Japan, such a draconian rule need not actually exclude much of the demographic. The classically themed Amrita only allows diners aged 18 and 60, and you have to wear paper underwear provided by the restaurant so this isn't a paradise for exhibitionists per se. "If you are more than 15 kilos (33 pounds) above the average weight for your ...

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We've always been a fan of the older idols. We find the photo shoots sexier and the woman more alluring. From Chiharu Komatsu to Naomi Kawashima and Azumi Kawashima, our glory days are the 1990s and early 2000s, especially when the so-called "hair nude" shoots were still at their peak. Kanako Kojima is one such beauty. Born in 1975, her career height was from around 1997 for a few years as an actress and tarento. Towards the end -- in 2006 -- she released a great hair nude photo book. She also showed off her naked pregnant body. These days she is in her forties and out of the ...

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Karaoke is a way of life in Japan. You can't expect a gathering of friends not to end sometimes with a trip to a dark karaoke box for a sing-song. We also know from experience karaoke rooms are great places to "seal the deal" on a date. But we didn't know that you could have such adult fun with karaoke itself. Joysound -- one of Japan's main karaoke systems -- seems to have an adult setting where you can play songs with videos featuring fully nude AV stars. The images aren't great but they should give you some idea of the awesomeness of this! If you turn on the ...

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Cute and kinky. Those two words sum up so much about the Japanese erotic. Kinoko Hajime is one of Japan's most famous shibari (aka kinbaku) rope bondage artists. We once visited his BDSM bar in Ueno, only for it later to be raided and shut down by police. Kinoko Hajime was himself arrested, though he has made a comeback, such as holding an exhibition called "Red". He now offers lessons and does events like workshops and "cyber neo-shibari" shows. He has opened a space again but this time it's not a bar. Instead it's branded as a "salon" for learning the ropes (sorry for the ...

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Man, I need to go back to college. When university girls look this good in sports gear, it's tempting to enrol on a postgrad course somewhere. Take this lady from Waseda University, whose "bloomers" and butt attracted considerable attention at a Kanto intercollegiate contest recently. Haruka Nakano is a second-year student from Fukuoka. She competed in the pole vault high jump, making an ass-tastic spectacle. She quickly attracted some young male ...

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Porn workers of the world, unite! Do Japan’s porn actresses and actors have labor rights? This was the question asked in a recent feature in the Japan Times. Ostensibly a report on a May 4th talk at a Koenji cafe, it was about the AV industry's response to Human Rights Now (HRN), which had issued a damning report about the local AV industry. The international NGO, which is based in Tokyo and has U.N. special consultative status, reported the results of an in-depth investigation into the pornography business in Japan. The report concluded that the industry had violated the human ...

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