We saw an interesting story first shared on Tokyo Reporter, which appeals to our sense of the fetishistic. Tokyo cops have busted a special parlor in Takadonobaba, near Shinjuku, where male customers could go to smell Japanese schoolgirls in private rooms. The manager, one Takanori Izuchi, was a mere 33 years old but he was boldly running the aptly-named Pure Doll JK Community near the JR Station on the Yamanote Line. It's not the smell fetish per se that's the issue here. Izuchi and another employee were arrested for hiring actual teenagers to let male patrons sniff them in their ...

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We already know that there's a strong subculture in Japan for cross-dressing -- and one which doesn't fit easily into any western ideas of gay culture -- but here's something new. Metrosexual Japanese men worried about their nipples showing through t-shirts may be turning to these nipple stickers to cover up. There are several products out there on the market, it seems. The "Nipple Shields" by Tex Mex are marketed as "fashion help for men", especially young high-fliers in the business world who don't want their muscular chests with pokey nipples showing through their tight white ...

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That's the question that Time Out Tokyo asked its readers online back in August. Unfortunately we have no idea how many people answered and what proportion were looking at its Japanese website or English one -- so this could in fact just be a handful of people's preferences. Still, beggars can't be choosers and in the absence of another similar survey, we were amused to look at the results. The biggest surprise is the main question about favorite position. Doggy-style won, followed by cowgirl. While most people probably pretend in a survey to be more adventurous than they ...

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Okay, we've very late with this -- a quick search reveals people were talking about this back in 2012! But for some reason we've only just found out about it and it's so cool, we wanted to blog it now, two years after everyone else. Sexual harassment is a serious issue in Japan -- especially in the workplace. The problem is so ingrained now some women have given up on finding a solution. But Etsuko Ichihara and Taiki Watai's attitudes towards sexual harassment is certainly novel, even if we're not sure if it makes it better or worse. They take that most phallic of Japanese root ...

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Japanese sexy lingerie brand Ravijour has held its first solo strip show -- sorry, we mean fashion show. To look at the pictures, it's an easy mistake to make! Models include Elli Rose, Mayuko Arisue and Natsumi Yoshida strutted their stuff on October 8th and showed off their slinky bodies in Roppongi to celebrate 10 years of one of Japan's two main drop-dead-hot lingerie lines (the other is Peach John). I know we write about Japanese lingerie like Ravijour perhaps a bit too much on this blog, despite it being a bit too ordinary to qualify for "kinky". It's just ...

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At last, the first major Nogizaka46 scandal! The idol group's Sayuri Matsumura has been snapped kissing a man. But unlike her peers in AKB48 who tend to have affairs with their managers or with their otaku fans, Sayuri has opted for a guy in his thirties already married with a kid! The tabloid Shukan Bungei ran the photos this week showing Sayuri on the street in the arms of the man. Way to piss off your management, "betray" your fans, AND play up to the fantasies of older male admirers all at the same time, Sayuri! The 22-year-old Sayuri has tearfully apologized but we ...

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Our friends over at Japan Trends picked up on a very funny about this pop-up cafe about to open this weekend in Harajuku where women (we presume only women) can get the experience of being pressed up against a wall by a hunky guy. This is known as kabe-don in Japan and typically sees a hot guy with his hand on the wall by the girl's face. She has her back for the wall and her face angled up, waiting for him to plant a smooch on her lips. Only at the Morinaga Kabe-don Cafe, the "hunk" is a mannequin. Yes, we're not kidding. If you go to the cafe and try one of two new Morinaga ...

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We've been reading some interesting reports about goings-on in Osaka, which despite its inferior size compared to Tokyo, is often the first to try certain trends. And we suspect this might be the case here. Following a recent series of arrests and police raids on "suspicious" maid cafes and schoolgirl "massage" parlors in Akihabara and elsewhere, the JK girl services are rebranding to get around the child labor laws. Now the high school girl parlors as so-called taiiki-suwari cafes. A new addition to the Japanese erotic lexicon! These cafes of course have a no-touching policy. ...

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It's that time of year again. Every year we snigger gleefully at the return of the "flip-a-skirt" calendar. The tribute to groping in paper form allows you to see the dates by literally lifting up the skirt of a cute girl! And the best thing is that it is a high school girl's skirt too! She even has cute knee-high socks on. And just to make the men feel better, note that the calendar is designed by a female designer (Kaori Kato) -- so it can't be sexist, right? Available in blue or gray, the concept and look of the 2015 calendar is much the same as in previous years. After ...

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Otoko no Ko "male daughter" cross-dressing cosplay is really getting big in Tokyo now. The fetish subculture has its only monthly event in Shinjuku called Propaganda. There are shops, maid cafes and even special photobooks. Even more intriguingly, there are many Otoko no Ko cosplay adult toys too, mostly created by Tama Toys -- from anus smell sprays to manicure sets, panties, bras, garter, wigs and more! Well, now there is a way to check the time online with a Otoko no Ko flavor! Keen-eyed readers may see a connection here to the successful Bijin Tokei series of digital clock ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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We all know that trains are far from the safest places for women in Japan, so full of would-be gropers the train companies have had to introduce women-only carriages in recent years. 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 an 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 ...

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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 Shimarisu Mashima and ...

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Bandai's Sailor Moon franchise has created a second set of its limited edition lingerie, with help from Japanese sexy lingerie maker Peach John. The previous sets were all almost impossible to get your hands on, selling out very quickly. This new series promises to be just as popular, not least because of the way it is being marketed. Peach John knows all about picking the right sexy models with the right bodies. Last time they had the likes of Rei Yasui looking very nice indeed in the lingerie. This time round they have Peach John favorite, AKB48's Haruna Kojima, dressed up like ...

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A civilian group has been formed for dealing with the problem of stalking among sex workers. Following several high-profile murders, the issue of stalking by men in Japan has been big news recently. The creation of SWASH in Osaka would be important in that respect alone but it's actually aimed at helping protect the working environments of sex workers, which is very rare. Although prostitution per se is not illegal in Japan -- only profiting from prostitution -- it is nonetheless almost unheard of for sex workers to be acknowledged in this way. However, prostitutes working in ...

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As we know, Tenga take their sex toy design very seriously and have a good eye for marketing stunts. They also make some of the best quality (and best-looking) sex toys in Japan today. And it seems even their internal corporate modus operandi contain a clever tactics that make an impression and advertise their products. Business cards are very important in Japan. You cannot work without them. But Tenga have done something pretty awesome. As IT Media discovered when they paid a visit to the Tenga HQ a little while ago, Tenga employees are now using the Pocket Tenga as an integrated ...

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We recently blogged about a new line of designer lingerie especially for flat-chested Japanese girls. Well, "feast" as it was daringly and ironically called, was a major hit, completely selling out its first run of bras and underwear, and generating a lot of publicity for its young designer. Gomi Hayakawa is saying that you can have chippai (tiny tits) and still be cute. Ero-cosplayer Luchino Fujisaki recently tried on the feast lingerie and posted photos for all the world to see. The results were alluring, to say the least. You may not have much in the bust area but it's what ...

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It would surely be the most-wanted job for any man in Japan. But incredible as it sounds, there is a shortage of male actors in Japanese porn (known as "JAV"). "There are only 70 or so male adult video actors," Japan's biggest male porn star Shimiken tweeted the other day. "That's less than the number of Bengal tigers." He said that the ones doing most of the work are even less -- just 30. We've always known that there was a relatively small number of men working professionally and full-time in the industry. But we didn't know the men themselves were worried. Here is Shimiken and ...

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After its ridiculously creepy Summer Lesson demo for Project Morpheus met an avalanche of criticism both domestically and overseas, Sony has pulled the plug on the demo exhibit that was set to debut at Tokyo Game Show later this month. The cancellation was announced today (September 12th), over a week after the Playstation 4 Project Morpheus HMD demo went public, meeting an instant tidal wave of disbelief and disgust. Summer Lesson was supposed to be the calling card for Sony's new HMD system. Announced on September 1st, it quickly raised eyebrows when it emerged the demo was about ...

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It can be hard to appeal to school kids, especially when you are trying to teach them a dry subject like mathematics. So you can forgive someone when they resort to gimmicks to perk students' interest. In the case of one publisher in Thailand, they used a picture of a hot woman on the cover of a textbook. Okay, so not very subtle but it IS going to get the boys in the class interested. There was only one problem. Muang Thai Book sourced the image from the web -- common in Thailand, apparently -- and in fact it turned out to be a promo picture for a Japanese porn film. Here ...

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