If you want to perv over scantily clad girls posing for anyone to take their picture, then head to Akihabara at the weekends where the main strip, Chuo-dori, is pedestrianized. You should find plenty of cosplayers happy for you to snap away. This has led to some issues in the past, though, when police and the local Chiyoda government have become alarmed that some ladies are effectively putting on mini stripteases for the benefits of the male audiences. Flasher idol Asuka Sawamoto even got arrested in 2008 for letting guys photograph her underwear. Some say that the street massacre in ...

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The world media has once again taken an interest in Japanese pornography -- in particular, porn made for and starring seniors. We previously noted the press attention lavished on silver porn star Yasue Tomita and veteran male performer Shigeo Tokuda. Doing the rounds of various overseas media outlets this time is an Associated Foreign Press article about the retirement of Maori Tezuka. After a decade of peeling off for X-rated movies, a Japanese porn actress famous for being the country's oldest has called it quits -- at the ripe old age of 80. Maori Tezuka, a former opera ...

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How much do women working as prostitutes in Japan earn? Regardless of your nocturnal habits, it's no doubt a question no doubt many of us have asked at various times. Grow As People (GAP) is a nonprofit group that supports sex workers and it just released a new report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it found that wages decrease with the age of the workers (the opposite of the classic Japanese corporate model). It based its report on an online survey conducted in 2015 with 377 women working at Kanto-area "delivery health" brothels (fuzoku), which dispatches call girls to love ...

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It's from late December 2013 but we just stumbled upon this stimulating article on The Tokyo Files about Yoshiwara. As regular readers will know, Yoshiwara was the licensed pleasure quarter in historical Tokyo (Edo). Today it doesn't correspond to an official address (funny that!) but you can find it at Senzoku 4-chome in Taito-ku, which is in the east of the city and very far from the expensive brand stores or third-wave coffee shops of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Omotesando. Its location from 1675 was moated with two entry points: the Japanese love to control everything, even ...

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Lots of women marched around the world to mark International Women's Day on March 8th, including at least one group in Tokyo. But here is another protest by a different kind of feminist: sex workers. A group of sex workers (male and female) marched while wearing masks and carrying red umbrellas. This was part of Red Umbrella March, which has emerged as a sex worker solidarity event around the world. The sex workers started in Shibuya and then traveled to Kabukicho by train before finishing their march in Ueno. Along the way they kept their masks on and held signs indicating that they ...

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To, er, celebrate International Women's Day, Al Jazeera ran this long and detailed story about sexual assault in Japan, claiming "every girl was a victim" but now more schoolgirls are speaking out about groping on public transportation. Tamaka Ogawa was about 10 years old when she was sexually assaulted for the first time. It was a public holiday and she was on the subway. A man standing behind her pulled down the band of her culottes and underwear, touched her bare bottom, then pressed himself against her. She recalls feeling shocked and physically sickened. When she reached home, she ...

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This story has been doing the rounds of the foreign press and we have our doubts about its authenticity, given the overseas media's penchant for "wacky Japan" stories. But if it's even just a bit true, it's pretty incredible. After all, we all have to go some day. What better way than Death by Porn? An unnamed 50-year-old Japanese man was recently found dead "partially buried" underneath a pile of erotic magazines. The story apparently came from one of those people whose unfortunate job it is to clean up after so-called "lonely deaths" (where people die but no one finds them for a long ...

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Japan's first strip show opened in January 1947 and we found some fantastic vintage advertising for it. 70 years ago, the pioneering strip club event took place in Shinjuku at the Teitoza theater and was rather tame, not surprising given the attitude toward women at the time. It was a "gakubuchi show", where woman would strike poses of famous nudes in art history, such as Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" that features on the advertising. This is similar to other tableau vivant or poses plastiques early strip shows in other cities, perhaps especially London. They kept their bras on for ...

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A journalist working on a BBC Three documentary about child sexual exploitation was held in police custody. The 29-year-old Stacey Dooley was held by police in Tokyo for two hours during the making of her documentary, Young Sex For Sale In Japan. "It [the doc] focuses on the fact they only made it illegal to possess child pornography in 2014," said Dooley. "We set out to try and understand why it took a privileged country, like Japan, so long to come to this conclusion. Also to see if the change in their law had made any real difference on the ground." Dooley and her team were ...

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This busty 18-year-old Japanese schoolgirl has shared nude selfies of her beautiful body and its pale white skin (bihaku) with the world via Twitter. She really does have an impressive bust, which makes us suspect she's not a schoolgirl like some people are saying. She's also nicely curvy and has a great line of bras. Is she also paipan? Perhaps almost. Well, however old she is she deserves our attention. Sadly we can't identify her account with certainty (anyone know for sure?). It might have been this one but she has recently deleted ...

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In the age of social media, you are meant to tell the whole world what a great time you are having. Some people take that philosophy a little too far. And the results can go viral in a way you didn't expect. Big-shot corporate types are pretty confident when it comes to picking up girls. Just head to Ebisu Yokocho to see these men with fat wallets in action, doing nampa with ladies at neighboring tables. Two lawyers and a employee at the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company picked up a girl, who took them all back to her place. The quartet of happy-go-lucky Tokyoites then engaged in a ...

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We're almost two years late to this (hey, we were busy blogging other stuff!) but we stumbled upon this funny video of our favorite male AV star, Shimiken, trying out a special "double spiral" condom. The video is produced by G-Project, which is an adult toy brand and who made the new condom. It's only in Japanese but you should be able to follow along regardless of your language ability. The best bit is when he tries on the condom and we see AV actress Michiru Morisaki helping a blindfolded Shimiken try the condom, and then Shimiken has to jerk off to stay erect. We also love ...

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Bad news if you are into "JK business", the new style of enjo kosai (compensated dating) where you go on "dates" with schoolgirls that end in a sexual encounter. The days of casually walking into a JK business venue and getting an appointment with a teenager are possibly numbered. These services are often euphemistically called "osanpo" (walks), though they may also be in the form of "massages" or "soine" (snuggling up together in bed), or as conversations in a "cafe" or even sessions where the customer takes photos of the girl schoolgirl in swimwear. ("JK" stands for "joshi-kosei", or ...

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We all love nude selfies. Regular readers will know how we have documented the wonders of the ladies in Japan who love to put their bodies out there for all the world to enjoy. But this may be coming to an end. The Asahi Shimbun reports that "nude selfies" are being targeted by "online perverts", so the Tokyo government is keen to criminalize them. Anyone who "requests" a nude selfie may be punished by a new regulation under consideration by Tokyo officials. In a bid to stop a perceived rise in teenagers sending such lewd self-portraits, the Tokyo metropolitan government ...

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Another week and another survey brings grim news about sex in Japan. Following the news wire article a few days ago about 26.9% of idols being sexually harassed that has been making the rounds of various English-language publications, now comes another one about that perennial favorite: sexless Japan. Japan seems to be, if we believe the media, a sexless and barren land -- or a hyper-sexualised place of weird fetishes and mountains of porn. What is the truth? Both at the same time? Neither? Or something more nuanced in between? Needless to say, a blog like this hardly paints the best ...

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A Japanese newswire article about sexual harassment among aspiring models and idols is doing the rounds, confirming what we've been saying for years. Apparently, a government survey has shown that 26.9% of Japanese young female models and starlets have received "unwanted requests for sexually oriented photo shoots". This comes hot on the heels of last year's controversy about widespread coercion in the porn industry. In the first survey by the Cabinet Office on sexual abuse against young women, 7.7% of respondents had been offered contracts to become models or ...

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Tokyo police arrested the female president and four others for operating an online chat room on FC2 Live. The operator, OK, had a pay-to-view chat room where women would masturbate or perform other sexual acts on camera for the pleasure of viewers. The charges are, perhaps not surprisingly, public indecency or obscenity. Based out of a condo in Roppongi, OK was led by Kaori Okada (30), who is alleged to have appeared in the online videos herself. We have made some screen grabs of such a video, though we cannot confirm if this is Okada masturbating in front of a webcam. She has amazing ...

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Some time ago we wrote about the 1990s scandal in which Ministry of Finance bureaucrats were arrested for receiving favors, including trips to shabu shabu restaurants where the female staff wore no panties. Such "no-pan kissa" (no-panties coffee shops or cafes) or restaurants peaked during the 1980s, especially in Osaka and Tokyo, and had many variations. Some had mirrored floors so diners could see up waitresses' skirts. Others may have offered "extras" not on the official menu. They might serve drinks or full meals -- but there was always a smile on the face of the clientele. In many ...

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Back in June last year we blogged about "porn star karaoke" in Japan, where a karaoke system features AV stars who generously strip off naked as you sing. Now that's encouragement. Something similar has become a kind of minor talking point online recently. Once again, it's for Joysound (specifically, Joysound fR) and has Japanese porn stars. This time, if you sing well, you are "rewarded" with a mildly censored image of a nude AV idol both during the track and at the end. But if you stop singing, the footage switches to muscular men. If you're bisexual, it's a win-win. Otherwise, ...

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Some people really don't care. All they want is for the whole world to enjoy their body. And this ultra-exhibitionist Japanese girl is one of them. Not only does she put nude pictures of herself online for everyone and anyone to view on Twitter, she even makes sure she shows her face so you can get a complete idea of who she is. And what a beauty she is. She has an awesome bust, that's for sure, but also nicely pointy nipples, too. Plus she's thankfully not afraid to show us her lovely bush (unless you would have preferred a lady who's fully shaved, that us) -- nor is she shy about ...

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We have recently seen a lot of controversy in the porn industry in Japan over coercion after several prominent cases where women, including current stars, have come forward to allege they were forced to perform when they were originally scouted on different terms. It is one of the AV industry's dirty secrets that no one liked to talk about until last year. It has led to arrests and court cases as well as a wave of bad publicity in the mainstream media. And the latest "victim" of the controversy is not even a member of the industry! Now a lawyer who represented a production company ...

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Of all the dozens of hot ladies showing off the cars at the annual Tokyo Auto Salon this year, this one particular "companion" (as they are somewhat euphemistically known) has apparently generated the most amount of viral juices... and it's not hard to see why. Not only does she have a revealing bust and slinky waist, but she is also showing off her pink panties. In case you are wondering, the lovely lady is cosplayer Komitsujo. There's never been a better reason to like cars or cosplay! Of course, the attendees to the Tokyo Auto Salon go there for ...

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We all love interacting with our favorite idols on social media. Following their feeds is a way to feel closer to their lives; it tricks us into thinking that we actually "know" them or could actually meet them one day. After all, the whole original selling point of AKB48 -- other than the vast number of idols in the various levels of the group -- was that these were idols you could meet at "handshaking events" and vote for by at "elections". And so we get to see the drinks idols ordered at a cafe, or their latest meal or lovely view they are enjoying somewhere. The selfie has become ...

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We spotted this nice article over on Global Voices about the "strangest" love hotel names in Japan. It compiles the results of a survey ranking the most unusual names for love hotels. As we know there are some strange-looking love hotels (both inside, with themed rooms, and outside, with gaudy castle exteriors), especially in the countryside. But now we know the strangest name. And it's Banana & Donut. Indeed, this is not a diner or cafe, but a love hotel in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan. Like similar establishments outside of Japan's big cities, Banana & Donut is located ...

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Here's something that may restore your faith in Japanese TV. Tokumei Kakaricho Tadano Hitoshi is a TV series based on the manga by Kimio Yanagisawa. It has already been adapted into a TV drama once before but now a new version is streaming on AbemaTV, an online streaming channel. It is the channel's first original series. Japanese TV is famously weird, but in terms of nudity is pretty modest and prim. But satellite TV and online TV is not so restricted and can show nudity and sex scenes, not to mention strange shows where porn stars jerk off men on camera or telethons where men line up ...

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