Thank you, Japan. Perhaps no other country in the world would produce a pack of condoms quite like this. Sure, Japanese condoms are famed for their quality and thinness -- particularly the Okamoto Zero One 0.01mm and Sagami 0.01 condoms. There are also funner condoms, such as the Rilakkuma Love-Love Hot Honey Flavor Condoms or these Gundam parody condoms. Now along comes the Okamoto Danbo Condoms, which are based on the simple yet wildly popular character Danbo (aka Danboard). The "cardboard robot" first appeared in Kiyohiko Azuma's manga Yotsuba&! but has now spawned its own ...

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It's the end of an era, sort of. One of the most prominent adult shops in Tokyo, Condomania, located right on Omotesando in Harajuku, will close at its current store on May 1st due to road expansion work. It opened in 1993 with the aim of stopping the spread of HIV in Japan. For 25 years it has continued that work of making sex safer, along with another branch in Sannomiya in Kobe. It's not necessarily bad news for Condomania. A new Tokyo branch will open on May 3rd, but this one is slightly down a backstreet around the corner from Ice Monster on Omotesando. So Condomania survives, ...

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The Olympics isn't all just sport, you know. There's a lot of sex that goes on, especially within the relatively enclosed confines of the Olympic Village (think of all the adrenaline, testosterones, and other hormones!) and also out and around the host city that is overrun by visiting athletes, staff, media, and spectators from around the world. Apparently, Japan's condom makers are looking forward to 2020, when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics, in order to show off their 0.01mm ultra-thin wares. While arguably most Japanese men don't bother with condoms, hence the high rate of ...

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Japanese condom makers love to do fun stuff like create fun concept products and do serious research into sexual habits. All this and also producing arguably the thinnest condoms known to man (we say arguably, because there are Chinese challengers). Well, we would now like to invite you to the Okamoto Condom Training Camp -- ostensibly presented by the titular condom maker responsible for a 0.01mm condom for the benefit of all condom users out there (not so many in Japan, it seems, given the high number of shotgun weddings). The bizarre promotional video purports to ...

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As we know, attitudes towards safe sex and sex education are somewhat lacking in Japan. Condoms are merely for preventing pregnancies, that's presuming the guys even stop to worry about that. Judging by how many shotgun weddings there are even among famous celebrities, it seems that "do first, think later" is often the rule after a few drinks and a trip to a love hotel. What can you do to protect yourself? Well, condoms are a solution and a love hotel will always provide at least one for you. What about getting tested for STDs or STIs? After all, syphilis is on the rise and HIV ...

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We stumbled upon this fun story about condoms being distributed to teenagers in South Korea. After reading so much about "sexless Japan" in recent years, it is heartening to see that our neighbor is also trying to combat similar issues of either not having enough sex or doing it in dangerous ways. Instinctus is a Korean company that is run by a 26-year-old guy who is bisexual and sells "vegan condoms". He has also installed a condom vending machine that is only for those aged 19 or younger. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has attracted the attention of the police. "Police ...

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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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Japanese condom advertising is often much more inventive than regular commercials, which typically rely on using ubiquitous celebrities rather than any imagination. Contraception, on the other hand, employs everything from dinosaur sex to horror movies. We stumbled upon this Durex condom commercial, which is actually from May 2015. Some people online were saying it was themed around the Kama Sutra (with some added wrestling spice) and had been "banned". It's pretty awesome. First off, it's not "banned" but available for all the world to see. The official Durex upload on ...

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Condoms in Japan are an underused breed, judging by the rampant venereal disease and unplanned pregnancies. As such, condom brands try all kinds of wacky campaigns to get young men and women interested in using their products. This also includes free giveaways. Earlier this year, Tenga gave away complimentary condoms to newly enfranchised voters at the House of Councillors election. You might be forgiven for thinking that otaku are the demographic with the least need for contraception in their lives, but you would be wrong. That is, if Comiket is to be believed. A booth at the ...

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How do you get people to have safe sex? Well, don't trust the guys to fulfil their end of the bargain, it seems. Instead, get the girls to insist on protection. And communicate to them using their favorite manga characters. That seems to be the logic behind the latest safe sex campaign in the sexually transmitted infection heaven that is Japan. Sailor Moon, the manga and anime series popular with girls and young women, has inspired its own series of contraception. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has launched a campaign fronted by Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon heroines to ...

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Okamoto continues its "Lovers Research Lab" with a third "project". Following the condom-maker's investigation into dinosaur sex and then the Zero One Belt condom-dispenser, Condo-Moody is a concept for an app that works in sync with a condom box. Open the box and the app switches on (via Bluetooth). It then provides beautiful lighting to help set the mood during your lovemaking. Okamoto recommends you place the "communication tool" by your pillow. This hilarious video shows an extreme version of a couple attracting the whole neighborhood with the lighting around their ...

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The Japanese condom company Okamoto may make some of the best advertising in the industry -- from humping dinosaurs to condom-dispenser belts -- but it no longer has the crown of world's thinnest condom. A court in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu District has said that Okamoto must stop using the label in its advertising, because the title of world's thinnest condoms rightfully belongs to Aoni condoms, which are made by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products. Okamoto was a victim of its own success. If you make enough of a fuss about a claim, invariably there is going to be someone who got ...

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Okamoto have done it again. After teaching us that even humping dinosaurs want protection, the condom maker's latest fun marketing gimmick is a spring-loaded condom-dispenser belt. Yes, you did read that right. The Zero One Belt uses voice recognition through a smartwatch-style wrist device to eject a 0.01 Zero One ultra-thin Okamoto condom (the world's thinnest condom). Say "Zero One" into the watch to command the belt. The belt then opens out and shoots the condom up into the air so you can catch it with a snazzy hand movement, showing your lover that you mean business. Never ...

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We've written before about Japan's amazing condom brands that go to great lengths to market their products in original ways. They have to do this since Japanese people -- if we believe the media and the surveys -- are either not interested in sex or, if they are, don't bother with contraception, leading to rising STDs and unwanted pregnancies. And so we get the Durex "horror movie" or the annual "Condom Day" stunt. Okamoto, the makers of the world's thinnest condom, have created this new ad for their products, using a lot of CGI. It starts with two dinosaurs roaring. But if you think ...

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The Japan Times has published an interesting article about Pilcon, a safe sex organization started by a young Japanese woman. "Asuka Someya discovered she was pregnant at the age of 20 when she was a university student." This proved the fuel for her later founding of Pilcon in 2013. Now every two months it holds workshops and talks to make up for the shortcomings of sex education (or lack there of) in Japanese schools and families. It has also produced YouTube videos about safe sex, such as this one which has been viewed 1.5 million times since late 2012. It contains the ...

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Since few in Japan bother to use condoms (preferring to risk nakadashi or just pulling out to finish with a bang on their partner's face), the condom-makers resort to some pretty good marketing stunts to promote their products. For example, creating the "world's thinnest condoms" or a "Condom Cookbook", or conducting sex surveys to alarm the country about their lack of sex. There's even a Condom Day dedicated to the male contraceptive. It's tougher for Durex, which is a foreign condom brand. The local market is dominated by Okamoto and Sagami, who specialize in condoms for the more ...

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In case you weren't aware, May 6th is condom day. Despite producing the thinnest contraceptives in the world, Japanese condoms are an underused item and the manufacturers know it. That's why they come up with silly ideas like Condom Day. The choice of date comes from the Japanese for "five" (go) and "six" (mu): gomu, which means "rubber", is a nickname for condom. Cue lots of pictures of cute girls holding condoms in their mouths (careful, posing for that kind of photo might just lose you your job). Putting it in your mouth seems to be the de facto "cute" pose if you give ...

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Tenga is having a massive year to celebrate its tenth anniversary. It has continued its series of special new releases for the milestone with the Tenga Condoms. While the condoms themselves are regular sleeves (natural color, natural-type tip), the packaging is awesome. Each of the condoms in the six-pack comes in its own mini case (common in Japan) with an individual pop art design. The six are then stored in a round case that looks like it could house almost anything (sweets, snuff, a monocle) except condoms! As discreet and stylish as Tenga always is. As usual the ...

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Japanese guys, like their counterparts in porn, rarely use condoms -- which is a nightmare for condom makers and for health services, since it also means STDs are rampant. Condom makers call on unusual tactics to promote their innovative contraceptives, and this also extends to those trying to promote safe sex. There is a considerable irony that Japan's condom industry is large -- producing up to 30% of the world's rubbers -- but local usage is possibly ranked in the bottom three in the world. To improve this state of affairs, Kyosuke Kagami and Opanpon came up with a very ...

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What to do about Japan? Its population is aging and its birth rate is falling. That's the double whammy and not a week goes by without some new farfetched plan being proposed by some idiotic politico. Well, this one might just be the most outlandish one we've heard so far and the latest in a long, long line of gaffes by Japanese male politicians. A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture last month suggested a way to increase the Shinshiro City population. While nove, it is probably illegal and also just plain outright crazy. Give out “punctured condoms” to ...

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Photographer Hal is, as the name suggests, a photographer in Japan. While that may not sound unusual, one glance at his output and you'll see this is not the stuff you tend to encounter on Flickr. Photographer Hal creates amazing vacuum-packed photography in which naked couples embrace each other in a plastic bag. "Photographer Hal started packing couples together in futon vacuum bags to preserve their love forever. The process to achieve this eternal image is very organic and each couple can only be left inside the seal bag for 10 seconds." Using futon sealing bags, the ...

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Durex, the condom brand, have an interest in things sexual. This doesn't just mean marketing their prophylactic, it also means studying global sex habits. From Durex's Sexual Wellbeing Survey (2007/2008) and Face of Global Sex (2012), they gained some insights into international bedroom tendencies among heterosexual couples. The Japan results intrigued us... The main conclusion is that apparently people in Japan are very unhappy with their sex lives. Japan was the only country where more people said they were dissatisfied with their sex lives than satisfied. See the chart ...

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When we think of Japan, we don't tend to think of condoms. Far from it, this is the land of thousands of unwanted pregnancies, where most celebrities tend to get married shotgun-style and STDs are rampant. But one company is fighting this. Sagami is not only doing its utmost to product incredible contraceptive products but is also trying to promote sex in general. It is part condom maker, part sociology lab. It has set out to investigate the truth about sex in Japan and is responsible for some of the best research done into mainstream sex habits in Japan. It also produces the ...

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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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We've looked at surveys before -- from men who never date to the best breasts, habits and the most-viewed Wikipedia pages. Now Sagami, one of Japan's leading condom makers, has released the results of a big nationwide survey, Nippon no Sex, it did in January this year. It surveyed 14,100 men and women online (plus 29,315 in a pre-survey), aged from their twenties to their sixties, and from all of Japan's forty-seven prefectures. The results are a little alarming in places, such as that 40.6% of Japanese males are still virgins (as opposed to just 25.5% of women), and that the average ...

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