Photographer Yasumasa Yonehara is up to his old tricks again. And boy are we grateful. We reported on his Runner's Pai series of videos earlier in the summer, which seemed to consist of nothing more than busty gravure idols running on treadmills because... just because. In July he organized a live music event called NDG Champion Carnival at Shibuya Club Asia, a nightclub located in the heart of Shibuya's "love hotel hill" (very handy, by the way), featuring the likes of Mai Tsukamoto running for all their worth while their assets bounce up and down. Just because. Yonehara exhorts ...

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Ever wanted to attend a swinger club in Japan? Tokyo has a vibrant underground scene of happening bars. As regular readers probably know from experience, "happening bars" (or couple kissa) are clubs where you can go and switch partners with other couples, or if you are single just pick random strangers to have sex with. (Theoretically there is a distinction: a happening bar is for couples of singletons, while a couple kissa caters to couples and perhaps single women.) Sometimes they are foreigner-friendly, too, but it's rare. It always helps to speak at least some ...

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As discussed on this blog before, Japan's love hotels have increasingly become focused on amenities. In spite of the western stereotype of love hotels as gawdy, crazy lairs of kinkiness, the actual number of themed chambers and unusual rooms is low -- and largely consigned to the countryside (notwithstanding the odd exception in Tokyo like this steampunk hotel). Instead, the love hotels in the inner cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe have to compete against each other in terms of value and facilities. And that comes down to more mundane yet important things like baths, food, wifi, ...

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Now that's what we call tentacle sex. Some people really go that extra mile for their cosplay. Here is one example that's going to be hard to beat for a while. Cosplayer Namada spent half a day with photographer Kazan Yamamoto and the results are incredible, not least because Namada is beautiful and she was posing with a friend. That friend being a 18kg (nearly 40 lb) live octopus from Hokkaido. Regular readers to this blog will immediately spot that this is a reference to Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, perhaps the most famous example of shunga ...

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Yet another article is claiming Japan is a sexless wasteland of virgins and singletons. In this case, the bold claim is that "almost half of young men and women are virgins". These articles are perennials, loved by editors and journalists -- but treated with some disdain by old hands. The other common trope is that is a kinky wonderland, full of very fetish and craziness imaginable. Perhaps the two myths are not as incompatible as they sound. Personally, we sit on the fence with this one. A survey of Japanese people aged 18 to 34 found that almost 70% of unmarried men and ...

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Virtual dating has long been a big part of the adult industry or quasi-adult industry in Japan. What with all the reports of sexless Japan and "parasite singles" still living with their parents well into their thirties, you might almost be forgiven for thinking that "virtual boyfriends" apps and digital idols were responsible for the downfall of the nation. There were more examples at Tokyo Game Show 2016 that will surely not do much for Japan's reputation in this regard. The show featured an array of otome romance apps for ladies to find that Prince Charming in 2D form. One ...

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We continue our reports about Tokyo Game Show 2016. We are a little late on these reports but we were too busy to post. TGS always walks that fine line between the exciting big releases of the gaming industry and veering off into creepy (but to us, intriguing) world of virtual dating and sex. Here is certainly one example. Virtual reality was the big theme at the show, as expected, though it wasn't all mainstream uses of the technology. As we know, the adult implications for VR are huge and a major thing in the industry in Japan, too. The developers M2 Co. Ltd have created ...

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At Tokyo Game Show 2016, all the fuss was about virtual reality. Not being much of the gaming types, our interest in the latest consoles and systems was minimal -- unless it is virtual reality for adults. As usual, our main attention was on the booth babes, known as "companions" in Japanese. These ladies, one step away from race queens and ring girls, and two steps away from gravure idols, are anything but a virtual pleasure. It's even better when they take their clothes off. And even, even better when it's the ladies themselves taking off each other's clothes. And ...

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The gentrification and renaissance of Yoshiwara, the former licensed red-light district (and today, an unlicensed red-light district), continues. After a designer souvenir shop we saw earlier in the year now comes a new book shop, Kasutori Shobo. The store opened on September 3rd in the heart of Yoshiwara, selling books reprinting valuable resources and history about Yoshiwara and the adult side to the Showa era. Alongside other publishers' titles, the shop also publishes its own books. The owner, Goh Watanabe, raised money via a crowdfunding service to do this, achieving his target ...

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This nude virgin office lady (OL) has taken to Twitter to show off her glorious slender body... She first slips off her towel and poses naked for us in her bathroom floor. Her breasts are magnificent: small but just pert enough to suck and grab. Perhaps the best, though, is when she shows us her body with a plunging v-line, her nipples barely covered by the straps. And then she lies down and starts to feel herself up with her horny fingers... We love the contrast of her vibrant pink nail varnish and her pale skin. See ...

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Want to see what Kanna Hashimoto is like in bed? The sweeter-than-sweet is unlikely to be making her actual porn debut any time soon (though many of her music idol peers do have a habit of "graduating" into adult careers, so it's not completely off the books), but the next best thing is this Kanna Hashimoto lookalike porno. Kanna, if you recall, burst into the mainstream in 2013 after capturing the hearts of Japan's netizens. Since then she has become a major force in the music idol industry and fronts big advertising campaigns. This porn title stars Kaname Otori, who was born in ...

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Back in August we reported on the return of the "Futomomo" photography exhibition series, featuring thigh fetish images by yuria. Themed exclusively around Japanese girls' thighs, after an exhibition in 2015 the new show in the series is now open in Shibuya. It has highlights from the successful "World of Thighs" exhibition also held in Shibuya in April and May 2016, which was visited by 15,000 people. Visitors were allowed to take pictures (but not to touch -- that's something of a joke) and here are some of the results. The entrance alone has to be seen to be believed. Inside, you ...

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If you've got it, it doesn't matter how old you are. As regular readers to this blog will know, we have a thing for Korean actresses. Porn may be illegal in South Korea but cinema somewhat makes up for this, firstly with a healthy soft-core sexploitation film industry and also with mainstream movie sex scenes that put their modest Japanese counterparts to shame. One of South Korea's most famous film and television stars, Jeon Do-yeon's latest film is A Man and a Woman. In the drama, Jeon plays a Korean woman who embarks on a steamy affair in Finland with a Korean man she meets there. ...

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Adult retail giant DMM.com announced on September 7th that it would no longer sell content in which performers are under 18 years of age. This will apply to "image video" DVDs and so on featuring idols and tarento. DMM also said that since July 25th it had stopped selling adult content that had not been screened by industry bodies like the euphemistically named Intellectual Property Promotion Association (IPPA). Moreover, it said that it had never sold any pornography involving performers under the age of 18. DMM also said that the non-adult DVDs featuring performers under the age of ...

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Shoko Takahashi (aka Shoko Takasaki) has been making an impression with her new AV release, her first on the Moodyz label after her spectacular debut for Muteki earlier this year. The beach-set "G-cup Perfect Body Celebrity Shoko Takahashi" was released on September 1st and makes ample use of the star's signature bust -- and her radiant smile. After all, no bikini is big enough to keep those breasts under wraps for long. It's a whopping 165 minutes long, so expect plenty of gratuitous swimwear shots and more. Moodyz are really capitalizing on ...

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They say there's always one. At a recent photo shoot, one steadfast member of AKB48 refused to strip while her peers all obligingly took off their clothes to pose in bikinis. Eight idols from the music group are on the cover of the current issue of Shukan Shonen Magazine, which is celebrating the top eight idols from the June "election". The only girl not looking cute in her swimwear is Haruka Shimazaki (Paruru), who placed eighth among the ladies featured. The other idols include Mayu Watanabe (second), NMB48's Ayaka Yamamoto (fourth), Sakura Miyawaki (AKB48), and of course, ...

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We've written before about our love for Japanese "pink cinema", especially the Nikkatsu Roman Porno series of soft-core adult dramas from the 1970s that has been revived recently. The pink cinema industry was largely killed off by the arrival of adult video in the 1980s. And the adult video industry was threatened by the arrival of the internet in the 2000s. But it survived (very much so), and so it seems only natural that pink cinema is making a comeback. Now tastes have matured enough to re-appreciate the charms of the soft-core, sometimes peculiar world of Roman Porno. The ...

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We're suckers for any sort of cool and unusual adult photography project, so this was a no-brainer. The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Ginza is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Tokyo, especially overseas. Designed by Kisho Kurokawa, it is one of the few surviving applications of the much-exalted Metabolism postwar architecture movement. Over the years we've read a lot of articles about Nakagin and its unusual concept for futuristic living in a capsule. But this photographer set out to put an erotic spin on the architecture. As reported on LaundryGirl.jp, fashion ...

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We are pleased to report the comeback of long-forgotten model and singer Iconiq. Iconiq swept into the public eye in 2010 with a campaign for Shiseido's line of Maquillage cosmetics, showing her face and trademark cropped hair. It was a brilliant look. She was marketed as a mystery woman and little information was released about this apparent star-in-the-waiting. No one seemed to know who she was but everyone predicted big things for her. Some investigation by the tabloids revealed that Iconiq is Korean-Japanese, like a large number of celebrities in Japan. In fact, Iconiq was ...

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More future sex was on display over the weekend at Adult VR Expo 2016. Following the Adult VR Festa at Akihabara that was so popular the venue had to shut down, the same organizers put together this new event on August 27th at a secret location open only to invited members of the press. Adult toys makers SSI Japan displayed its RealBody + Bone System, which is a superior torso sex doll and VR headset combo. At the nula booth, Onasis was a system of onacups that were hooked up to computer playing porn. The user taps the tops of the "bottles" to create vibrations ...

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A new fetish photography show opens at Todays Gallery Studio in Asakusa, Tokyo, on September 2nd. Running until September 25th, the simply named "Butts and Knee Hollow" features the work of photographer Ryosuke Handa. Admission costs ¥500, though visitors under 3 are free... so bring your kids? Handa, you may recall, is the photographer with a penchant for shooting in black and white, and who is somewhat obsessed with shooting butts and hips... and we don't blame him. Last year we reported on another one dedicated to Japanese girls' thighs, also at Todays Gallery Studio. ...

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Japanese male porn performer Shimiken (aka Ken Shimizu) isn't satisfied with getting to have sex with gorgeous women like Shoko Takasaki and Yua Mikami every day of the week. (Yes, every single day.) Nor is he bruised after opening a short-lived "poo curry" restaurant. How much money did he lose in that venture? Better go and screw some more ladies, Ken! Now the AV star has made his own t-shirt. And it's awesome. The character on the front, Onassy, is clearly meant to be a phallic, onanistic version of Funassyi, the wildly popular mascot character from Funabashi, Chiba. It's ...

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Feeling lonely in Osaka? Don't waste time and money on those dating sites or call-girl services. Head to this ramen restaurant for a virtual date with a cute girl. Visiting customers apparently receive cards with QR codes on them, which gives you access to one of five videos showing members of an idol group, Hamburgirls Z. In the video, the girls are having a ramen date with the camera, so it's almost like you are on a virtual date at the noodle joint. The whole concept behind Hamburgirls Z is, as their name suggests, is that they love hamburgers, but I guess the Osaka-based ...

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Former SKE48 Momona Kito has cemented her porn career as Yua Mikami with a newcomer award and bestselling releases. In her latest adult title, she puts her curvy body to the test with a bondage-inspired porno that will have her fans licking their lips in anticipation. Watch Yua Mikami as she has solo male partners and eventually two at the same time... all while tied up in various stages of bondage and unable to move. Once again, she is given the Shimiken treatment. With male performer numbers so limited, these men get to have multiple ...

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The Japan Times recently published a long and sympathetic article about the sex industry in Japan. It superbly shows how the women who ply their "trade" in the sex industry often do so because of economic hardship. For the past six years, 47-year-old single mother Kasumi Endo has lived a double life. On weekdays, she works all day as a temp-staff office worker to raise her teenage daughter. But with wages hardly sufficient to keep the household afloat, Endo (not her real name) takes a surreptitious trip to Tokyo’s downtown Ikebukuro district on weekends to earn extra money. As ...

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