Take a look at the the lovlies competing in the Komaba High School's Miss Tsukukoma beauty pageant. The beauties were all dolled up in make-up and mini skirts for the annual recent Tsukuba Cultural Festival. Which do you think is the hottest? But before you start licking your lips and getting horny, you should be aware of one important fact. Komaba High School is male-only. Komaba High School, attached to the prestigious University of Tsukuba and located in prim Setagaya ward in Tokyo, has a reputation for being a breeding ground for the next generation of ...

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In desperate need of a smooch? No girl around for a good kiss when you want one? Have this in your pocket for such situations! Gashapon capsule toys are one of the most famous kinds of Japanese vending machines and come in all shapes and sizes. Saying that, they are usually something to do with an anime character. But the new Smart Kiss series by Bandai, which went on sale at the vending machines in mid-October, is a bit different. It's a series of "lips," seven of them girls' and one modeled on a man's mouth. The stickers are meant for your smartphone, though we're not ...

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Idols are wonderful. We love them -- their bodies, their cute looks, their habit of posing in small bikinis... But some people go too far. The Japanese internet has been delighted to find that the rumors are true. There are otaku so obsessed with idols that they need serious help. That's why there's this "consultation" helpline for people who are "dependent" on idols. I.e. the guys who buy thousands of AKB48 CDs for the votes they bring in the "election" and the people who line up for hours just for the chance to have five-seconds with their starlet as they shake her ...

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When we think of Japanese virginal girls, we tend to think of cute girls like this. But there were another kind. The Ojiroku and Obasa was a rural custom that is said to have continued until the twentieth century. They weren't allowed contact with anyone except the oldest son and could not marry, instead beig worked by the family like a slave all their lives. Due to Japan's mountains, there are many villages separated by peaks and forests, giving rise to unique isolated culture. Take the village of Kamihara in Nagano. In this village, there was no space for children other ...

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Japanese porn shoots are very professional things. We have personal experience (not of appearing in them, we might add!) and can tell you that the major production companies run very slick operations. They come in and shoot their stuff very efficiently, and leave without any trace. They are meticulous about garbage and know exactly what they are doing, because they are literally making a new movie every day. And then there are the more amateurish efforts. The results still have some value and charm. But the shoot itself won't be as well done. Was this one of those? Police have ...

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Japanese TV is disgraceful at times. Here is the shocking image from a TV show broadcast on state channel NHK. It shows quite clearly a young child fondling a certain member. What a scandal! Hang on, it's not human. Does this make it worse? Is it bestiality as well as prepubescent porn? Well, no. But it does look a bit funny! For your information, it actually shows a girl helping to milk a jersey cow in Miyazaki prefecture. Still, with shots as ambiguous as this, it's almost enough to make you pay your NHK ...

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After it got big media attention last year, designer Kaori Kato's novel if creepy "flip-a-skirt" calendar has returned with a new edition for 2014. We weren't sure what to make of it when we blogged about the skirt-lifting calendar last year. Now we have been thoroughly won over by its charms. Like in 2013 you can lift up the skirt to reveal the calendar below. This year's version comes in two colors! You get the pleasure of lifting up a skirt for every month. Plus there are memo pad-like skirts where you can attach a note to a girl's ...

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For around ¥4,000 an hour you can have a girlfriend or boyfriend. Well, you can have what's nice about having a partner without the physical stuff, at any rate. Rental friends have been around for a while in many places and the ones in Japan have often disproportionately been given space by the foreign media. Obviously they are a fringe service for certain types of people who need extra bods at weddings and so on. How much truth is there in the coverage? Well, the services do exist, that's for sure, and they are often more innocent (and innovative) than you might think. We read an ...

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It must be the season. Just as Tokyo is getting pounded by typhoons on a weekly basis, so is the foreign media taking an interest in reporting about "nerdy" Japan. First we had the respected newspaper the Guardian cherry-pick some statistics to produce the dubious conclusion that young people aren't having sex anymore. Now the BBC has an article about "the Japanese men who prefer virtual girlfriends to sex". Well, my first response was -- you've just found out about this now?! Secondly, of course, it tars us Japanese guys with the same brush as the otaku. Much as we love otaku ...

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There's been a lot of media attention about stalking recently, not least due to the sad case of 18-year-old Saaya Suzuki, murdered by a stalker earlier this month. Now comes another odd twist on the situation. The National Police Agency (NPA) has reported a 3.8 increase on incidents of stalking by citizens over 60 over the last decade. So much for the golden years. Apparently stalking is on the increase in general, though the rise is much more notable for pensioners. Stalkers in their sixties jumped from 383 in 2003 to 1,329 in 2012, plus there was an increase from 90 to ...

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A long article in the Guardian has been published that purports to be sociological and serious, but is actually perpetuating the usual myths we read about our great country -- everyone is unhappy, everyone only works, no one has sex. The sexes, especially in Japan's giant cities, are "spiralling away from each other". Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to what [a sex therapist] terms "Pot Noodle love" -- easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short-term trysts and the usual technological suspects: online porn, virtual-reality "girlfriends", anime cartoons. ...

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What were we saying yesterday about the police? Well, now they've turned their attention to someone who has been delighting Tokyo in recent months. Twitter has been abuzz with images snapped of an old guy wandering the city dressed in sailor school uniform cosplay and very happy to pose for pictures. He has companions who dress up with him! He even went to France dressed like that. The "seeraa fuku ojisan" (sailor school uniform old guy) is actually Hideaki Kobayashi, aged around 50. His cult has grown to the extent that he's been interviewed by the ...

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Mobile phone games can be addictive. One cop found this out to his cost. The 44-year-old Takahiro Ueyama from Hyogo has just got an 18-month sentence for using his position to keep up with his mobile phone game debt, which had apparently reached as high as ¥500,000 ($5,000). That is some addiction! What was the game? An ero game? No, much more mainstream: Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki No Bahamuto). But it seems Ueyama couldn't stop playing. When he got a particularly large phone bill he drove over to the home of a woman he had stopped the previous month for "suspicious behavior" in her ...

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Megumi, Kazuki, Tadashi and I like to scour the streets looking for new adventures in Tokyo. But we also make time to read. Obviously, with the amount of crime and dirty antics we report on in this blog, we need to keep a close eye on the weekly tabloids. But we also like to read serious books. One I've been perusing recently is The Inland Sea (1971) by the late, great Donald Richie. Richie was a famous Japan observer, a writer based her from just after the war and who did a lot to promote Japanese cinema in particular. In the early 1960's he took a long trip around the Seto Inland ...

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Could this have something to do with "cleaning up" Japan ahead of the upcoming Olympics in 2020? We haven't heard much about a crackdown on enjo kosai for a little while now, after the media panicked about it a few years ago. But the police have launched a big internet hunt for schoolgirls prostituting themselves through euphemisms. This will officially begin on October 21st, aimed at schoolgirls selling used panties or otherwise offering their bodies for willing men. This year, as part of a trial period of the cyber investigation in ten prefectures, they have nabbed 97 minors. ...

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Our image of the pimp is typically a young wannabe gangster, flashy clothes with sunshades and a toothpick in his teeth. Beware an old man in a hurry, as the saying has it. The elderly chap in spectacles might just be rushing around arranging sexual encounters for his fellow older acquaintances. Such was the case in Tokyo where the 70-year-old Kiyohide Kuroda was arrested for organizing meet-ups between older men and women in coffee shops, which would then lead onto some more vigorous encounters. Kuroda's arrest stems specifically from a meeting he arranged between a male 67-year-old ...

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Otaku of the world, rejoice. Your dreams have come true at last. Virtual idol Hatsune Miku is now "fully" interactive. We already can see and hear her, but now an app allows you to touch and smell her -- and, best of all, to sleep with her. The Sleep With Her app started when an engineer thought that visiting a place like the Soine-ya bed-sharing "snuggle" cafe was too expensive. He developed this way to sleep beside Hatsune Miku as an alternative. You wear it like a big eye pad and it allows you to see your sweet partner dozing beside you. And with some "extras" ...

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No, of course not. But this is too tempting. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu may well have a reputation for wacky Harajuku fashions but is she also moonlighting as an JAV star? Sora Harumiya is a brand new starlet who looks set for fame primarily for her looks partially similar to the pop and fashion icon. A mere 19 years old, she no doubt has a long career ahead of her. What do you think? Is Sora similar? And anyway, are you interested in a kawaii porn star? There are actually several JAV actresses whose career has risen due to their resemblance to an idol. For example, ...

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Be careful what is being poked into your genitals. You might just be losing your life blood... literally. Though Kyoto might have a reputation for being the sophisticated old capital of Japan, there's plenty of kinkiness under the surface. One of these is needle play. Tokyo Reporter had a nice, intriguing report on a recent episode involving a Kyoto bondage mistress. Between June and September, Yuka Fujisawa, 43, is alleged to have used needles and syringes to take blood from the genitals of three male customers, including a 52-year-old office worker from Hyogo Prefecture, while ...

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If you're a young girl in school in Japan, take a close look around you. Are those boys in your class really boys? One of them might just be a much older guy in disguise! That is, if the recent case in Kumamoto is anything to go by. A 33-year-old man in Kumamoto City on the southern island of Kyushu had a fetish for schoolgirls' uniforms and just had to get his hands on some. His target was a private high school in the city. Contract employee Akira Katayama was arrested on Sunday for theft, though you've got to admire his stealth and bravado. He put on a male uniform for the school ...

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You don't hear much about the mile high club in Japan. It seems to be too sunny and American an idea. Even if you're rich, why bother to go to such efforts when there are love hotels everywhere? While western celebrities are notorious for airplane antics involving stewardesses, this is the first time we've seen sex in the sky in Japanese mainstream culture. And sadly it's only an advert -- but the idea is still very nice. Get shaved by floating girls in bikinis? Too much to be true? Maybe. But with this pair of lovely ladies and their pairs of assets, we find this pretty irresistible ...

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Well, the Safe Sex Association would be proud. It is very popular for young Japanese schoolgirls to pose for group pictures in purikura, customizable photo booths where you can add dollops of cute decoration to images. These six ladies have gone the extra mile to add a message that's both personal and social. Contraception. As the writing says, "We use condoms." Would you like to partake of some safe sex with these lovely six lasses? The usual Japanese approach to condoms is not to bother, despite love hotels providing them as a courtesy beside all beds and local maker ...

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In Japan, politicos have an average age of circa 82. There are few woman and the few that exist tend to be scarily "driven" types. It's rare you get the full charms of Japan's gentle sex walking the corridors of power. But last February, Asuka Tachikawa stood as an independent in the Niiza City council elections in Saitama, and got elected at the sprightly age of 27. This hottie soon gained the reputation as being "too beautiful" to be a councillor. The knives were out, fueled no doubt by the green-eyed monster. She was then accused of not having lived long enough in the city and ...

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We all like tits. Sometimes in Japan there is a dearth of decent-sized breasts, but to dismiss the whole nation's assets over a stereotype is naive. You just have to search for the breasts. Any veteran hunter knows that there are plenty of ladies out there with a lovely sized chest. And then there are these girls who have, shall we say, rather peculiar breasts. Let's start with the perky breasts of JAV star Kotono. And there are just breasts like these which are simply too much to handle -- kyonyu. And then there are ones like this which struggle to find the ...

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The tabloids are salivating over the news that Atsuko Maeda, the former starlet of AKB48, may be dating kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe. Though there have been rumors before and drunken pictures seemingly showing Atsuko in the arms of a young man after some late-night partying, this will be the first public romance for the former AKB48 queen. After all, AKB48 bans sex and love for its rank and file members, so in theory Atsuko (22) could still be a virgin. Atsuko's agency has not denied the reports, instead giving an ambiguous statement: "We leave private matters to the person in ...

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