Back in 2015 we reported about M.S.M. -- Men Who Have Sex With Men, an upcoming documentary by Ian Thomas Ash and Adrian Storey/Uchujin. Despite the announcement, nothing seemed to happen with it and the official website went dead. We assumed the project had somehow fizzled out. So we were very pleased to see that it is still alive, though in a slightly different form. Ian Thomas Ash and Adrian Storey/Uchujin are still involved, but as producers and DOP. The title has changed, too, and presumably the content. It's now called Boys for Sale. Boys are selling sex in Japan. Who ...

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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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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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If last week's Newhalf Otoko no Ko Anal Penetration and Penis Combo Masturbator wasn't enough for you, or the Ryosei Guyu Onapet Futanari Onahole or even the amazing Futanari Sex Doll... then get ready for this. Newhalf AV star Serina Tachibana now has her own sex doll and masturbator toy -- and it's a tribute to her gorgeous breasts and stunning erect cock. The toy makers, KMP, use "otoko no ko" in the original product name but Serina Tachibana is technically a newhalf (shemale), since she has breasts (i.e., she's not "just" a crossdresser). And what breasts they ...

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Riding the crest of the otoko no ko boom in Japan right now is this new arrival into the vast cavern of Japan's erotic delights. The Newhalf Otoko no Ko Anal Penetration and Penis Combo Masturbator is as unusual as it sounds: a slender, erect cock on one end that you can stroke and buttocks and an anal hole on the end that you can penetrate. This is not the first newhalf or otoko no ko masturbator we have seen, of course. Others include various shotacon toys like the Shota Vibrator or the Boku da yo Otoko no ko Onahole. There are also a few futanari-style shemale sex toys and ...

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We want to introduce the work of Masaki C Matsumoto, a queer activist, feminist, and YouTuber working hard to challenge stereotypes about sexual minorities in Japan. As he (perhaps provocatively) says: "Hate crime is nonexistent in Japan," "Japan only recently started having pride marches," "homosexuality is accepted in Japan because of the traditional male-male shudo sexual/romantic culture," "Japanese media are LGBT-friendly," and "Taiga Ishikawa is the first openly gay politician in Japan" are all false! In general, Matsumoto's main point -- and it's a good one -- is that ...

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Remember Hikaru Toda? She's the filmmaker who produced a documentary about love hotels we featured in 2014. Now the Osaka- and London-based Toda (who has lived abroad for over 20 years) and her production studio, Little Stranger Films, is working on a documentary, Of Love & Law, about Japan's first LGBT law firm. She has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $30,000 to finish the project. This is a documentary for anyone that has ever found themselves challenging or being challenged by the status quo. Of Love & Law tells the hidden stories of people who ...

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The 2016 Tokyo Rainbow Pride (TRP) march was held on May 8th and with other events all weekend long celebrating sexual minorities. On the Sunday some 5,000 LGBT people and supporters walked between Harajuku and Shibuya, accompanied by 18 floats -- the most ever in the history of TRP. The event was centered on Yoyogi Park in Shibuya ward, which has established itself as a gay-friendly neighborhood after it became the first government in Japan to offer some sort of legal recognition of same-sex couples. The revellers were joined by Caroline Kennedy, US ambassador to Japan, along with ...

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A Yokohama court has ordered a transsexual parlor to leave a residential complex in the city after a group of residents got together to sue it on grounds of violating the terms of usage. Locals were annoyed about the large numbers of employees and customers coming and going in the elevator. Police were unable to do anything about Hanatsuki Yokohama because it was a classed as a gay service. In Japan, paying for penetrative sex is illegal, so prostitution services get around this by officially not offering "full service", though this is frequently a mere camouflage maintained to ...

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Gaycation is a new series from Viceland, Vice's TV channel, featuring Ellen Page and her friend traveling the world in search of gay stuff. Episode 1 is Japan, especially Tokyo and Nichome. Of course, Vice likes to veer toward the sensationalism, as its previous "schoolgirls for sale" article showed, and as such this episode does have some bad choices ("rent-a-friend agency and joining the party in the world's smallest gay bar"). It also starts with some cliched footage of Shibuya and halfway through resorts to shots of Scramble Crossing, but if you keep watching, there is some ...

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Takaya Muto has already been forced to resign over a money scandal. Now he might have to contend with a sex scandal too. The 36-year-old Lower House member of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party already made a lot of enemies when he took to Twitter to brand activists protesting against the government's immensely controversial state security bills as "selfish" and "fooled" by "propaganda and false information". That was late July. Fast-forward a few weeks and Muto is not looking so smug now. He has been forced to quit his party after tabloid Shukan Bunshun exposed ...

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RocketNews24 paid a visit to a Boys' Love (BL) cafe in Ikebukuro. Ikebukuro Danshi BL Gakuen is basically a maid cafe for girls, though it goes one step further than the conventional dansou butler cafes and goes all out for a BL or yaoi style. The male staff are all dressed as schoolboys and give off an effeminate, gay vibe. Entering the cafe you become students at the school. The menu consists of different boy-on-boy scenarios that you can order. We decided to order the “fantasy coupling Pocky” from the menu where you get to choose two of the guys to enact a sexy ...

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M.S.M. -- Men Who Have Sex With Men is an upcoming documentary about gay Japan. Directed by Ian Thomas Ash and Adrian Storey/Uchujin, details are still slim and there's no trailer yet. But naturally Tokyo Kinky wants to know more! Image via @MSMdocumentary We're certainly intrigued by the tagline: "Because not all men who have sex with men consider themselves gay." That's an interesting phrase, especially in Japan, which has a long and vibrant gay culture, even though at the time and now it is not always recognized as "gay" in the modern sense. There were lots of man-on-man ...

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7.6% of people in Japan are gay, lesbian or have gender identity disorder. That's according to a Dentsu survey published in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper on April 24th (and that's also the sway they word the "groupings" too). It equates to 1 in 13 people. The results were released on April 23rd. They were conducted on around 70,000 adults in Japan through an online questionnaire. A similar survey in 2012 found that 5.2% of people, or 1 in 19 people, identified as LGBT. The new survey was conducted on April 7th and April 8th with 69,989 people aged 20-59 across Japan. However, ...

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Japan's most high-profile lesbian couple held a "wedding ceremony" on April 19th to celebrate their union. The ceremony is literally just ceremonial, since gay people are not allowed to get married in Japan. Ex-Gravure model and television personality Ayaka Ichinose (34) and actress Akane Sugimori (28) announced their "marriage" in December last year and have no followed through with the big day itself. Same-sex marriage is finally becoming a major issue in Japan. Hotel Granvia in Kyoto now offers gay wedding ceremonies, in partnership with a local Buddhist temple, as does ...

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Fetish Festival (Feti-Fes) was held in Tokyo on Sunday January 25th at an inconspicuous venue near Harajuku. There were 96 booths, including cosplayers, idols, bondage artists, and more, spread out over six seriously packed floors, plus a basement showing the "Underground Fetish Film Festival" screenings. Feti-Fes was first held in January 2013, since then it has been held eight times around Japan. This festival -- the fifth in Tokyo -- was the biggest so far and there seemed to be hundreds of visitors by our estimate. Due to legal reasons, there was no nudity allowed in the ...

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This story is super old now but we wanted to blog it anyway because it's important. With its low use of condom usage, Japan is a bit of an HIV time bomb -- something the gay community is more proactive about. Complimentary condoms are frequently available at bars and clubs, and HIV awareness posters are also displayed in gay nightlife areas. However, one HIV awareness poster was too much for the authorities and locals. Designed by illustrator and animator Poko Murata, this billboard was hung in Shinjuku Nichome, Tokyo's main gay district, from December 2013. Its design soon became ...

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We're on a bit of a cross-dressing roll at the moment. After blogging about a major new josou club and bar in Osaka we now want to introduce a new photography exhibition at Ginza's Vanilla Gallery. It features portraits Tachibana has made over six years of newhalf (shemales) and josou cross-dressers. The exhibition is called "Traces of josou and the Theory of Happiness". Tachibana runs a studio that specializes in portrait photography for cross-dressers and shemales, as well as hair and make-up services. She has worked with top idols to old-timers in their seventies -- more than ...

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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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Not all Japanese sex toys are for the boys, you know. The Atushi Japanese Male Body Dildo is a flatbed-style torso body dildo. It gives you a muscular, sexy Japanese man's chest as well as an erect cock and balls for you to ride. The title is a cheeky reference to Atsushi, the hunky guy from the idol band EXILE. Japanese sex toys often use wordplay and parody in their titles, often riding along a thin legal line in the process. We wonder what the real Atsushi would think of this tribute? Actually, though, this is for the boys as much as the girls, since there is an anal hole ...

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Who has given you the best blow job? You know, you might be missing out. There's a world of amazing head waiting for you... in Shinjuku's Nichome. For the unenlightened, that's Tokyo's biggest gay district and it's a lot of fun to go drinking there whatever your sexual proclivities. And then when we and KanojoToys heard about the Takuya Cho-teku Blow Job Masturbator, it confirmed everything we thought -- that Japanese sex toys will go to all kinds of lengths to get the best result. Takuya is a veteran bar owner in Nichome. The 38-year-old has nearly 24,000 fans on Facebook ...

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These ladies look pretty hot, right? Well, actually these are otoko no ko (男の娘), crossdressing males, photographed by Naoko Tachibana. They feature nine crossdressers from the cafe and bar New Type, which opened in Akihabara in May 2009. Tachibana has put these together as a photo book, "Yuri Danshi", 10,000 copies of which have been printed -- that's quite a demand! We think you'll agree that these ladies look lovely. Otoko no ko culture -- a mixture of cosplay and crossdressing -- is huge in Japan, with its own magazines, shopping sites ...

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Why should the men have all the fun when it comes to sex dolls? Sure, there's a zillion different kinds of blow-up dolls, plush dolls, hug pillows or luxury silicone dolls. But it's rare to hear about male ones. What do I mean? I mean dolls of men, not for men. So I was very happy when I got invited to try out the Love Venus Japanese Men's Body Plush Doll, a foam doll for girls who like Japanese male bodies -- or of course, guys who like (Japanese) guys. Of course, I don't need to use the masturbator space. Instead, I can just use a vibe or strap on with the doll. Gay guys, ...

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The discovery of one picture on the Internet has led to speculation that now Japanese schools are brimming with boys and girls who kiss each other for fun. Well, that of course sounds like a perfectly ordinary school activity. But the "school rule" is that you can only kiss members of the same sex. The picture, which seems to be the sole source of the discussion, apparently summarizes the rules and the experiences of some kids with "kiss friends" -- but where it came from is anyone's guess. Is it from a magazine? Personally we think this is total crap, and the surprised or ...

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Shotacon or Shotaro Complex (正太郎コンプレックス) is a tricky subject to get into and we have been hesitating for a while, since we know it might get a harsh response from some. On the surface it looks like a gay fantasy, describing an attraction to young boys and their wily charms. But nothing is quite so straightforward. We often bang on about this but ambiguity is such a strong part of Japanese erotica -- there are no clear definitions. Japanese fans of Shotacon are probably not definable just as "gay" and in fact much of the fantasy seems to involve boys who are ...

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