Here are some more cute cosplayer highlights from last month’s Comiket 87, which was held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 28th-30th.
Also check out our “companion” booth babe round-up.
Comiket 87 kicked off over the weekend at Odaiba.
Once again Tokyo Big Sight comes alive for three days from December 28th for Japan’s biggest cosplay and comics event.
Unfortunately we couldn’t be there in person but plenty of others were. Here are some pictures from the reliable folk at KAI-YOU, featuring lots of cute booth babes and “companions”, whose job is to pose for pictures and try to promote games to the visitors.
Did they do a good job? Well, they certainly look nice in these pictures.
Images via: KAI-YOU
Happy Christmas to all our readers and visitors!
Christmas in Japan is a time for three things: strawberry shortcake, KFC chicken, and sex. Especially Christmas Eve is seen as the most romantic time of the year, the night when you are meant to take a special someone out on an expensive date.
Not everyone has a girlfriend so this time of year can be a bit lonely for singletons.
The results are impressive. Would you know the difference?
Well, not all of us can date ourselves, but there’s plenty of other ladies out there if you go hunting.
Sorry Nemunemunnn, here are some ladies we’d prefer for our romantic Christmas evening…
We suppose it was inevitable that Japan’s most famous cross-dressing elderly gent would get his own mobile phone game app at some point, and so it has proved the case with Sailor Fuku Ojisan (Sailor Uniform Uncle). Also known as Hideaki Kobayashi, this gentile cross-dresser has been a regular spot all over Tokyo the past couple of years (even we saw him by chance on a random train once).
He has attracted fans (and also the police), so of course some people want to monetize this celebrity.
Sailor Fuku Ojisan now has an official game.
“Sailor Fuku Ojisan: Lucky Sorting Game” was apparently supervised by Kobayashi himself, who appears as a character in the game that you identity. He even appears in a Santa costume.
The player “flicks” the characters on the street depending on their clothes. If you see sailor schoolgirl clothes, flick them to the left. Otherwise, to the right. Simple but addictive, we presume is the idea here. There are three different speeds too.
Still, if we’re being honest, these are kinds of people we want to see in Japanese schoolgirl sailor uniforms.
If you went out at Halloween in Tokyo you might have seen some very scantily clad ladies.
Likewise, a trip to Akihabara often means the chance to see idols performing on the street with a lot on display. Flasher idol Asuka Sawamoto famously got herself arrested in 2008 when she did a series of performances in Akiba where she let hordes of men photograph her underwear. (She went on to a career in porn.)
But what about just “risque” fashion. How far is this legal?
A fashion website asked a lawyer about how far you go with see-through underwear in Japan.
Exposing yourself in Japan would apparently come under the ambit of a public indecency crime or a misdemeanor. If you are showing your genitalia to the world, it’s the former, while just your ass would be the latter, it seems. And even if it was a work of art, you are not protected against this.
You could face up to six months in prison or a fine or ¥300,000 ($3,000).
Whether or not “underwear” or “lingerie” comes under the definition of “exposure” is more debatable. Certainly it is clearly defined in ordinances by Kyoto Prefecture, so be careful on your next temple sightseeing trip.
According to the lawyer, it boils down to who is looking at you and how are they reacting. Are they fans or are they offended random strangers? If it’s a closed event you may be safe, but something like a train or on the street may be another matter.
It’s rare for actual street fashion to be affected by these ambiguous laws, though cosplay and idol culture is always walking the dangerous tightrope.
If you are deliberately exposing your hips, thighs or nipples, then you may be asking for a visit from the guys in blue.
That’s what landed Sawamoto in trouble in 2008. Lifting that skirt on the street is crossing the line.
You may well be familiar with Sailor Fuku Ojisan, the older gent with a penchant for wearing schoolgirl uniforms in Tokyo, and who has recently been seen together with the almost equally eccentric foreigner who goes by the moniker Ladybeard.
But this may be the start of an even more impressive and bizarre cosplay meme.
In a shopping mall in Osaka City on Sunday, a man made a peculiar appearance and posed for pictures wearing a quasi-adult baby cosplay costume. He had on “bloomer” sports bottoms, an elementary schooler’s yellow hat, and various other school student gear that he should have grown out of by at least 20 years.
He has all the right stuff, including the socks, the iconic randsel satchel — and even the pose.
Perhaps we can look forward to more appearances by the cosplayer in the future (hopefully in Tokyo!), since Twitter users seemed to love him. A tweet with pictures of his debut has been retweeted over 6,000 times at time of writing.
And the award for best Halloween costume goes to… this guy dressed up as a Tenga onacup.
He was spotted among the thousands of other Halloween cosplayers out and about on the streets of Shibuya on October 31st.
In the Tokyo Kinky scheme of things, this is the best kind of Halloween costume imaginable.
There were actually three guys around the city dressed up as various examples of Tenga onacup masturbation aids.
Of course, there were plenty of scantily dressed teenaged girls too. They come close runners-up in our competition!
Foreigners have been known to try out Tenga cosplay too. Back in 2009 this chap in the States had a go and the results were impressive.
Our friends at KanojoToys have told us they are having a 10% off sale to celebrate Halloween.
We usually go over to KTS to browse the latest great sex toys but they also have a nice selection of cosplay costumes and “fun stuff” — many items of which could be both a private toy and public costume.
Even the bondage toys and BDSM gear would make an awesome costume to shock and scare fellow revellers come October 31st.
And even if you don’t need an original Halloween costume, you can still claim a 10% discount on your purchases by using the code “creepynight”.
…and the daring Vicky Panties “wearable vagina belt”.
Enjoy Halloween, folks!
otokonoko-tokei: Otoko no Ko “male daughter” transgender cross-dressing cosplayers tell you the timeWritten by: Tadashi Anahori on October 6, 2014 at 12:12 am | In Erotic Japan Blog | Discuss »
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 apps that have cute amateur girls. The “Beauty Clock” concept expanded and has produced many spin-offs over the years, from porn stars to gyaru, race queens and more.
On otokonoko-tokei every minute a new genuine “male daughter” crossdresser will flash up holding a sign showing you the time.
If any of the guys (girls?) take your fancy, you can see the full listing here. One of the odd things among many, though, is that several of the models seem to be the same person, just with a different name. This suggests that the project hasn’t really taken off as hoped, despited being launched over 18 months ago.
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 a 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 women in video games, manga and anime, and made it three-dimensional.
This is not the same as Japan’s vibrant gay subculture. Otoko no ko come more from the streets of Harajuku or Akihabara than Shinjuku’s Nichome. They could be gay or bi, though not necessarily. It’s about the costume, the “play” of the female, infused with references to anime and manga.
The results are highly feminized boys, rather than a simple boy-dressed-as-a-girl scenario.
And it is also not quite to be confused with general cross-dressing, often known as josoko (女装子). An otoko no ko is not a transsexual or drag queen in the way people think of them in the west. (And if we are listing terminology, we can’t avoid “New Half” (ニューハーフ), which is the usual word these days for full transsexuals.)
Japan’s cross-dressing culture is harder to define, even for a gender-bending world that is hard to define anywhere and any time.
Kabuki still continues to feature men who only ever play female roles (onnagata) while, on the contrary, Takarazuka is the revue that has only female performers, some of whom are assigned to playing men for their whole careers. And yet the biggest fans are women, who admire the showiness of it all, the flamboyant sexiness of the “men”.
But now Tama Toys, who focus on kawaii-style sex toys, have been releasing a whole line of interesting products, ostensibly for otoko no ko, though there’s nothing to stop anyone trying them.
There are even these new panties with sanitary pads so you can pretend you are menstruating!
We seem to be witnessing a real otoko no ko boom, with many new shops and places opening. Meanwhile, the popular cross-dressing event Propaganda, held in Shinjuku, was attended by 400 people in August, some 70% of whom were dressed as “otoko no ko idols”.
In one interview recently quoted in the media, Ruru (22) said he (should we say “she” here?) works during the day and once a month gets the chance to cross-dress. “I can change myself into something different and be liberated of all the stress of male society.”
Propaganda has been held on the last Saturday of every month since 2007, growing from its first event with just 50 people to be a large festival.
Sociologists might talk about the pressure on men in Japan. Businessmen not allowed to show feelings or express opinions in gray working environments that value seniority and obedience over merit or talent. But we’ll leave the generalizing to the scholars. Certainly Japan has a long and rich gay history and (separately or otherwise) a vibrant culture of cross-dressing that extends to the present, free of moral qualms or assumptions about sexuality.
For now, we’re just admire the sheer wealth and countercultural defiance of otoko no ko.
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