Over the weekend, Comiket 90 was held under the scorching sun. Cue the ravishing display of sweaty and semi-naked bodies of young, nubile cosplayers, plus a whole host of lenses to snap away at these tempting ladies... While there were no reports of insane fishnet stocking sunburn like last year, here are some of the highlights from the event. Due to work on the Tokyo Olympic venues, part of the Odaiba location was shut off so some of the outdoor area where the cosplayers usually gather to pose was shut off. We really hope that the preparations for that boondoggle in 2020 don't ...

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The Japanese cosplay world was in shock on June 29th when one of the most up-and-coming cosplayers, Nekomu Otogi, announced her surprise marriage at the age of just 20. Not only that, her new husband is a mangaka. And 31 years her senior! Yes, Kosuke Fujishima is one lucky, lucky guy. Oh, and she's pregnant. Yes, this is the classic dekichatta kekkon, or shotgun wedding. Don't worry, Nekomu, you are in fine company -- everyone from Meisa Kuroki to Eriko Satoh. But seriously, is this even legal? Apparently Fujishima, best known as the creator of Oh My Goddess!, ...

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Japan's best-known adult brand, Tenga, has once again inspired some nice cosplay. There's something about the vibrant colors and naughtiness of the Tenga onacup that seems to capture people's imaginatinon, from porn star Mana Sakura to ordinary costumers on the streets during Halloween. This time it's Minami Iida (aka Gohan-chan) who has transformed herself into an "anthropomorphized" Tenga. She posted the results online earlier this month. Note the hairpiece, comprising an onacup and Tenga eggs. She even has mini onacup earrings! For comparison, this is what the ...

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Every now and then, Japan's character artists create something truly awesome and original, and which captures the imagination of people around the world. Take Calne Ca by Deino, an idol with a mechanized calcium skeleton (hence the "Ca" in the name). The character -- a favorite of ambitious cosplayers -- is derived from the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku. Her name is pronounced Karune Shii-e. According to the Vocaloid Wikia: Her name comes from kara (骸) and ne (音), as well as CA (シーエ), the chemical symbol of calcium. This is due to Calne Ca being a mechanized skeleton ...

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Fetish Festival (Feti-Fes) was held on January 31st at a venue in Harajuku and what a serendipitous collection of fetishes it was! We loved the one we attended last year. This January we couldn't go in person but watched from afar via the festival's official social media channels, from where we have pouched these shots. Everything from rope bondage and steampunk to almost-not-there bikini idols, crotch shots, masks, blood and horror, nurses, eyepatches, facesitting, and everything in between. The festival remains one of the most accessible ways to experience the sheer range of ...

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It doesn't matter how cold it is. When there's an opportunity for cosplay, the young girls in Shibuya don't miss out. And so Christmas 2015 was a fun one in Tokyo, with plenty of cute ladies skimpily dressed up in red and white costumes on the streets of Japan's capital. Christmas in Japan is defined by the biggest date night of the year on Christmas Eve (just try getting a love hotel room!) and then consuming strawberry cake and fried chicken on December 25th itself. The Christian holiday has also gradually become a festival of dressing up and hanging around the city looking ...

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Back in the spring we blogged about the awesome Ryoujoku Stockings. There is a whole subgenre of "shame" porn in Japan, many of which revolve around settings where a woman is held captive as a "public toilet" facility. Tied up, she is treated like a public latrine for a series of men to come along and dump their loads onto and into her body. Koshu benjo -- or "public lavatory" -- is a slang Japanese word used to insult a woman. (Sometimes also called a niku benki, or meat/flesh toilet.) The women's bodies are also "decorated" in writing, especially on their legs, saying they are ...

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Merry Christmas to all our readers. Let's celebrate with some Japanese Christmasy ...

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It seems that the world can't get enough of the alluring world of Manabu Koga's Underwater Knee-High Girls. After first seducing us in 2013, the conceit of having cute girls in slinky swimming costumes and knee-high socks shot underwater has not got old. In fact, as Koga has added gimmicks like props and worked with the likes of "flat-chested" lingerie designer Gomi Hayakawa. The swimsuits in the photo books and exhibitions have even become actual products (in collaboration with sexy swimsuit brand Realise), fans have continued to flock to his vision. Three photo books later, ...

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Shibuya was an insane spectacle last night, with tens of thousands of revellers out for Halloween -- many of them wearing all variety of costume. As expected, Halloween in Tokyo has less to do with Hallows' Eve than with cosplay for its own sake. And so you get almost every type of costume imaginable. Many are very sexy -- you can see A LOT of legs and some butts on display -- and others are very funny and satirical. While we had expected to see full Tenga Onacup suits around, our prize for best adult toy-themed costume is the Tenga helmet that these guys were wearing in Center ...

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Probably few things have caught on in Japan as quickly and astonishingly as Halloween. A few years ago, there might have been a few Halloween parties here and there, and so overly enthusiastic gaijin walking the streets in bad zombie costumes. But now Shibuya and Roppongi -- in particular -- literally explode into an orgy of cosplay, much of it not technically connected to Halloween but to any fairytale, video game, or meme that is currently trending. Halloween cosplay is especially popular with young female Japanese. It's perfect timing in terms of the climate. The autumn chill ...

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Remember the hot Peach John Sailor Moon lingerie? Originally modeled by AKB48's Haruna Kojima, it swiftly became a sell-out hit and attracted a lot of other slinky models. Well, now Gravure model Shoko Hamada has got together with her friends like former AKB48 idol Risa Narita to start a new Gravure idol group called gra-DOLL. And they celebrated with some very nice cosplay sessions with the newly re-released Peach John Sailor Moon ...

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We've already seen how a Tenga onacup makes for an unusual but brilliant costume for a guy. Put a cute Japanese porn star in one and it's even better. Here is Mana Sakura posing in a Tenga onacup costume for some snaps. She apparently had a great time, judging from her face. We've been searching around but cannot find a way to buy these costumes, though we think they would be great for Halloween. As we know from her previous antics, Mana Sakura LOVES Tenga. The popular porn princess was recently in a little hot water over a college event that had to be ...

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As if the front-zipper Realise swimsuit isn't enough for people to get excited about, now comes news that the swimming costumes featured in the "Underwater Knee-High Girls" series of aquatic photo books by Manabu Koga will also go on sale. The third photography book by Koga was released in September, with the theme this time being pairs of girls diving underwater, who link arms to form "cubes". Well, the models were already erotic enough. Now we have hints of aquatic lesbianism to boot! The two swimming costumes being sold by Village Vanguard have actually been developed for ...

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Being a cosplayer can be painful. But some ladies view looking cute and sexy as more important than their health. At the recent Comiket 88 (August 14-16th), one cute cosplayer wore fishnet stockings and drew a lot of attention for her leggy charms. Ayane Maro was doing cosplay of Misa Amane from Death Note. However, there was a serious side-effect to wearing fishnet stockings on such a hot day. あやねちゃんの足がヤバイ (@aru_nico ) pic.twitter.com/AYK5OWut4h— ゆっkey@コミケお疲れ様でした。 (@snowfairy8) August 15, ...

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The title of the article says it all. Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the biannual Wonder Festival 2015 Summer happened at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, just outside Tokyo, last weekend. We couldn't be there, as usual, but other people with cameras fortunately were. Here are some highlights from the sweltering event. And if your preference is for weird cosplayers, especially guys, rather than cute girls, we direct you to the gallery at Rocket News ...

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These days every fetish has a name. Kemonomimi ("animal ears") is a type of moe anthropomorphism where girl and boy characters in manga and anime have animal-like accessories. Catgirls are probably the most famous but there are lots of others, since almost anything or anyone can become any kind of "animal" -- from dogs to wolves, rabbits and more. All this moe inspires its fair share of adult toys. Kemonomimi onaholes You may think that masturbator sleeves had nowhere else further to go, but then you'd be wrong. This is the Dekoboko Moo Moo Catgirl Onahole, a fairly typical ...

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As we know, busty Hestia from DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is now a very popular character for cosplayers in Japan. One Taiwanese cosplayer, Ma You Rong, attempted a Hestia impersonation recently. What do you think of her efforts? Apparently some people think her cosplay doesn't make the grade. Of course, she's missing the gloves but we give her top marks for trying. She can also do Tsunade from Naruto with some ...

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After witnessing the femdom butt-kicking action of idol Hitomi Nogata, we return to highlight some ladies from Niconico Chokaigi 2015. The event is kind of a tech and otaku bonanza, organized by Niconico, a video streaming platform. This year's event was held over two days on April 25th-26th and was the biggest yet. Visitors numbered over 150,000! This being Japan, naturally that included a lot of cute cosplayers... There were also some colorful (or should that be scary?) male cosplayers. Images via ...

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Japanese television at its finest indeed. Fuji TV have released a preview to "Yoroi Bijo", the show we wrote about last week. The concept is seductively simple: Gravure idols wear the suits of armor of famous samurai, then take them off piece by piece while talking about the history of the warrior. They are then revealed in their underwear beside all the shiny metal armor. That's it. The first show, which was broadcast on April 17th, features Gravure model Shoko Takasaki in the armor of Date Masamune. Here's the preview. No prizes for guessing that this is aimed at ...

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We heard about this a few days ago but only now have nice pictures emerged. And what pictures they are... A new Fuji TV show called "Yoroi Bijo" (Armor Beautiful Girl) features hot gravure models putting on and taking off suits of armor, known in Japanese as kacchu or yoroi. As we know from a recent example, Japanese TV is not averse to some pretty risque and bizarre concept shows. So if you have a thing for girls wearing shiny armor and other medieval costumes, then this is definitely the TV show for you. The ladies wear the armor to demonstrate how nice and heavy it is. Then ...

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Anyone who has ever seen some of the more extreme or, ahem, unusual entries in the pantheon of Japanese adult video will be aware of ryoujoku (or ryojoku). It's where the woman is treated in a "degraded" way, as someone violated or disgraced -- like a shamed woman. (The actual meaning of ryoujoku can be sexual assault, i.e. rape, or also "disgrace".) A common scene in Japanese porn will have the girl treated like a "human toilet" and phrases written on her body to "shame" her. Here is Mika Osawa demonstrating the genre. The graffiti might say things like "¥200 ...

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Some ladies on Twitter have amused us by trying to copy an anime character. Well, there's absolutely nothing new about that. But this is cosplay with a particular focus on one body part -- one of our favorites. The girls attempted to copy Hestia from DanMachi (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) and her trademark costume: revealing white shirt and blue ribbon, which runs tantalizingly under her boobs and around her arms. The TV anime adaptation of the light novel was shown on TV for the first time recently and it got some lovely ladies thinking.... Could I do what ...

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Japan's top cosplayer, Iiniku Ushijima, is set to make her JAV porn debut at long last. Sadly not. This was an April Fools' Day joke by a Japanese porn label. A million cocks sprung up when Prestige made the "announcement"... on April 1st. No, Japan's slinkiest cosplay idol is not switching over to the porn industry (yet). It wasn't the only adult-themed April Fools' Day prank, though. Feast, the lingerie line for A-cup Japanese girls designed by the cute Gomi Hayakawa, suddenly had a male spinoff. Hayakawa announced Beast, apparently her new brand of male lingerie, ...

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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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