Ayumi Hamasaki is the gift that keeps on giving. From her bizarre marriages and divorces to foreigners, to her ex-boyfriend's porn debut, and her ever-more desperate attempts to revive her career, there's always something new to say about her. But she hasn't been on our radar for a while. Where has she been? Courting more foreign men? Getting more plastic surgery? Eating well, it seems, judging by these pictures. This is Ayu at an arena concert in Yokohama, wearing a costume that showed off her newly voluptuous figure. Many have remarked online about how ...

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We wonder how many articles we are going to see like this as we get closer towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Washington Post is the latest media outlet to step into the controversy over osanpo (walking dates) and JK business (high school girl dating) with an article somewhat provocatively headlined "For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of 'dates' with older men". It sets the tone early on: "Here, 'high school dating' matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. And it means money changing hands." It goes on to explain that the dates may be a ...

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Overseas there has recently been a lot of talk about making things like public toilets "genderless" so as not to show bias towards people who do not identity by binary genders. Japan has not embraced this kind of debate in the same way, not least because the LGBT community is largely reduced to being a subculture without real legal rights. On the other hand, fluid gender identity has been part of Japanese culture for a long time in Kabuki and so on. In many ways people just don't need all the labels and legal discussions that have obsessed other countries for the past generation. Things ...

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The Guardian has profiled the porn star Kurumin Aroma, another example of the chronic problem of coercion in the adult video industry in Japan. Though long widely known for some time, the controversy over the coercion and exploitation of female performers has recently scandalized the industry, leading to a lot of press attention, a public apology and even arrests. Several prominent performers have come forward with stories of how they were tricked and forced into performing. Aroma wanted to be a gravure idol and was spotted by a scout while still at college. Then when she had a ...

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Here's a nice tip from a very cute girl, which could well come in handy when you are with your next prize. G-cup idol Erina Kamiya from the group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls) has unveiled a stunning technique: how to strip off a t-shirt in a flash. This is quite impressive, given that her massive chest could be reasonably expected to provide quite on obstruction to slipping off clothes. She shows off two different ways to take off a t-shirt in a second, notably faster than the conventional method. This is certainly appreciated, given that we all want more time to view Kamiya's ...

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Who says the Japanese don't have a sense of humor? In fact, it often mixes very curiously with their sense of sexuality, too. Parody is a very healthy element to the adult industry and many toys reef of various aspects of pop or subculture, including anime, well-known consumer products, and more. Our recent favorites include the Kimi no Ana Your Name Kimi no Na wa Parody Onahole and DanMachi Hestia Strangle Hole. Now we have spotted this new one: the Japan Sex Tourism Kumamoto Onahole. It stops short of actually parodying Kumamon, the wildly popular Kumamoto ...

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The visitor to Japan quickly notes the large number of vending machines everywhere. They are typically just for drinks but there are more unusual ones around. And this now includes gachapon capsule-style vending machines that offer sealed love letters from schoolgirls. Shocked? You shouldn't be. After all, in Japan you can get refrigerated used panties from vending machines as well as Tenga and even prostitutes. We can't speak for the veracity of the love letters, which cost ¥200 a pop, but they are written by hand and ostensibly from a young girl called Kiki. One ...

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Pregnancy porn is big in Japan: we've blogged before the glory that is pregnancy and lactating fetish AV. Of course, there are lots of accompanying adult toys, from themed onaholes to breast milk lubes. Here's another one -- and it has a unique design. The Pregnant Fairy Maid Onahole might initially seem like more of the same: a masturbator with a cute body with the sexy pregnant curve that slender Japanese girls have. But there is so much more to enjoy. Penetrate this fairy and your cock will push against her stomach from the inside, like it is going to burst out from inside ...

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As we know, the popular meet-and-greet events that idols organize is one of the main reasons they attract such strong fan bases: you can actually meet and shake your idol's hand! But they can go wrong, badly wrong. Fans say horrible things. They are, quite literally, dirty. And they may even attack the idols, as AKB48 found out in 2014 when two idols were attacked with a saw. As such, these days there is often increased security at the events. CY8ER seems to be taking a tongue-in-cheek attitude towards this physical aspect of the idol industry. At a two-hour meet-and-greet event held at ...

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In desperate need for a place to stay in Japan? All the hotels are full and you don't fancy your chances with an Airbnb? Another option is a love hotel, which is often not much more expensive than a regular hotel and sometimes even cheaper. However, many hotels cannot always be booked in advance and even ones that can are typically lacking in any services for non-Japanese-speaking guests. Enter Rakuten, the Japanese online retail giant that counts a travel site within its bevy. Due to the ongoing tourism boom in Japan, there is a shortage of hotel rooms and Rakuten Travel hopes to make ...

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A survey by Japan Pres Research Institute asked 1,000 people across various countries for their views on Japan. Part of this included naming living or dead Japanese people that they knew. The results were, to say the least, intriguing... By default the survey became a resource for seeing which Japanese people are famous abroad. In France, America, South Korea and other places, the results were familiar: the prime minister, emperor, popular sports figures, an anime character, and so on. But in Thailand, things were rather different: 1. Shinzo Abe (178) 2. Doraemon (111) 3. The ...

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Do you want a cute girlfriend but don't have the looks, social skills, money, time, or language ability to get one? Fear not. As we know, there are lots of virtual dating and 2D character options in Japan, from Lovely x Cation to VR Kanojo and a virtual version of the gravure idol Ai Shinozaki. Recently this has become enhanced thanks to smartphone apps and virtual reality, though we remember sims and dating characters from back in the pre-iPhone days. Here's another possibility: Ai Furuse is a virtual female being developed by the artificial intelligence smartphone app SELF. It now has ...

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Mero Imai is a former Olympic snowboarder turned nude model and call girl. As we reported in April, the 29-year-old single mother from Osaka has also now added porn star to her cluttered resume. Her debut Snow Drop was released May 1st from Muteki, which specializes in minor celebrities making the switch to porn. The first pictures are in, so let's take a look. What do you think? Mero Imai has a nice body and there's always the novelty factor with a release like this, but otherwise it looks pretty banal in terms of setting and on-screen ...

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Yesterday we wrote about a Japanese photographer who has turned his private house into a sex doll museum -- and opened it up to the public. Now here are three developments related to Japan's top sex doll brand, Orient Industry. Orient Industry has released a 40th-anniversary book looking at the history of their sex dolls (also known as love dolls) and how they are made. You can order it from Kanojo Toys, though be aware that the text is only in Japanese. The Kishin Shinoyama photography exhibition we previewed in April has now started at the Shibuya art space Atsuko Barouh Arts Drinks ...

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Photographer and love doll super fan Yoshitaka Hyodo has converted his private house into a personal hihokan-style sex museum. Located in Yashio City on the border between Saitama and Tokyo, Hyodo has even opened up his house to the public for Golden Week. If you want to visit, it is open from April 30th to May 5th. Reservations are required, though, so check his blog for more details. Admission is ¥1,000, but apparently free for people with sex dolls. Photography is allowed for non-commercial purposes. This is the fourth time he has opened up his collection ...

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We don't talk about boys' love or male-on-male themes enough on this blog, so we were pleased to stumble upon this development. The boys' love illustrator Ebimo has created a new 112-page gay drawing manual, the "BL Poses Stretch Book". It's a bit like a working version of the "48 Ways" (shijuuhatte), which is the de facto Japanese Kama Sutra, so you really get the most out of your relationship as well as illustration skills. The poses -- from tender kissing to hugging and all manner of sex positions -- are included as a guide to all the various ...

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Another former AKB48 idol has made her porn debut, once again proving the thin pink line that exists between the industries. Joining numerous other ex-AKB girls who "graduated" onto to adult video careers, Ryo Sakata's first porn film was released in mid-March from the Maxing label. She has already released a second one this month. Clearly she and her paymasters want to milk her appeal, which is not hard to see. Here are some preview images from her first release. To be fair, the 27-year-old Ryo Sakata was only a member of AKB48 for around half a month in ...

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We previously wrote about schoolgirl-themed VR Kanojo ("virtual reality girlfriend") as one of the most impressive and realistic examples of adult virtual reality to have emerged in Japan. We then got excited in January about VAQSO, a startup that was developing a virtual reality system that combined sight with smell. The headset pumps out a variety of scents in response to the game you play. The potential for adult games and experiences are obvious. Well, we are very happy to report that the two developments have joined forces. The VR Kanojo game can now be played with the VAQSO ...

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You asked and the Shinto gods of eros delivered! Back in March, like many others we were dazzled by the sight of I-cup gravure idol Jun Amaki modeling what swiftly became known as the "virgin killer sweater". This revealing gray outfit is backless and is so skimpy that a virgin is likely to die on the spot after seeing a girl in it. Well, that might not be medically sound but the results are amazing. The Virgin Killer Sweater is a genuine product but the viral storm ignited by Jun Amaki soon made it unavailable to all but a few lucky early birds. The good news is that it is back ...

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It's a dream for so many: a visit to Japan that concludes with some carnal fun with exotic local women, who are so delighted to meet you that they will do anything to please you. Well, it's the gaijin dream and it's experienced to certain degrees by many male foreign residents, especially those determined to try their luck with as many women as possible. But there are quite a few English teachers out there. It helps if you have a more glamorous occupation to attract the ladies. We sometimes joke that half the foreigners living in Japan are photographers and the other half are DJs, ...

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Last month it was Miyako Akane. Earlier this month it was former Olympic snowboarder (and call girl) Mero Imai. This week it's Miu Nakamura. The adult video label Muteki is really on a roll if the latest rumor is true: retired idol Miu Nakamura is about to make her long-awaited porn debut, reports Tokyo Sports. She's a minor gravure idol probably most famous for her hair nude full-frontal photo shoots, which she first did in 2011. She started off as a junior idol when she was a teenager and ostensibly retired in 2012 after a 7-year career. Like Imai, she is alleged to have later worked ...

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Newbie porn starlet Anri Sakaguchi has been arrested for attempted extortion. She apparently tried to extort money from a bar host with whom she was involved. She was arrested by Tokyo police on April 18th. The 26-year-old Sakaguchi was a celebrity (famous largely for being the daughter of actress Ryoko Sakaguchi) who made her debut on the Muteki label in autumn 2016. Professionally now known just as "Anri", she has since starred in another four titles. Her most recent one was released on DVD on April 13th. There were rumors that she joined the Muteki (and later Moodzy) roster ...

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As we know all too well, there is a veritable mountain of adult toys out there based on Japanese porn stars. The best are the "clone" onaholes, especially masturbators produced with sophisticated 3D-scanning technology. We are pleased to share the news that the lovely Kana Yume has finally joined the ranks of AV idols who have been immortalized as sex toys. The Kana Yume Curvy Body Onahole is as good as it sounds. In addition to its realistic design and snug hole, the masturbator comes with a bonus DVD containing an image slideshow of original photos of Kana Yume. After all, you can ...

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Marry your virtual girlfriend. Sounds tempting, right? That's the concept behind a promotional event for the new virtual romance game Niizuma Lovely x Cation ("niizuma" or "niidzuma" means "new wife"). In a development that is unlikely to reverse Japan's declining birth rate any time soon, the game makers Hibiki Works has announced a virtual reality wedding ceremony on June 30th in Tokyo. Male fans can actually become grooms, wearing VR headsets so they experience the bliss of "marrying" their favorite character. Formal dress is required, as befitting your special day, though ...

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A naked video of gravure idol Yuriko Ishihara has leaked online. The POV hamedori-style footage shows the busty model nude, fingering herself, and being groped by a lucky guy. Who uploaded it is unknown, but it spells the end of her career. In some of the shots her face is partially covered by a surgical mask, though this is frequently removed. It is clearly her. The 34-minute video, ahem, climaxes in her jerking the guy off (for most of the time under a plastic sheet for some bizarre reason -- hygiene?). Strangely, the whole tryst seems to happen in a ...

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