One of the most slippery and ambiguous of terms in Japanese sexuality, otoko no ko sounds like the word for “boy” but is written with in hiragana and with a final character that usually means “daughter” or “girl”. In the simplest of definitions, it’s a type of cross-dressing where boys dress up as girls.
This doesn’t mean you are a shemale or a transexual in the western way of thinking, but it does bend the usual lines between gender, sexuality and appearance.
Now Tama Toys has come up with these basic sets to help otoko no ko look their best.
The Otoko no Ko First Make-Up Set is a starter set including lipstick, foundation and a puff.
Meanwhile, the Otoko no Ko First Manicure Set is a three-item set of two nail manicures (in two colors, red and pink) and nail enamel remover, so you can take them off and go back to being “normal”.
Care to give it a try?
Yesterday Tokyo Kinky went along to the opening day of Pink Tokyo, Japan’s new adult expo at Differ Ariake on Tokyo Bay.
Running until Sunday March 2nd, Pink Tokyo is a chance to interact with sex toy makers and see events with Japanese porn stars and idols.
This is the first year it has been held and it was clearly a “test”, since it was smaller than we expected. We still remember the Adult Treasure Expo AET at Makuhari Messe in 2007, which was bigger, with more booths and more interesting things happening around the “fair” part of the event. At Pink Tokyo there weren’t any real sex toy demonstrations, though Saturday and Sunday feature plenty of stage events
When we were there, porn star Akiho Yoshizawa and two girls from the idol group idol pit were on stage.
Anticipating a lot of Japanese male and female visitors, around half the booths were actually overseas toy makers. It was a rare chance for regular Japanese to see, touch and buy sex toys from abroad, especially vibrators and dildos from Korea, Germany, China and the UK.
Although the likes of Tenga have been making efforts in recent years to be more inventive with vibrators and toys for girls, on the whole foreign toys still look much more exciting and varied in this area.
Japan’s major sex toys makers and retailers like Tama Toys and A-One still had their own booths, though only one was making a major debut. That was Rends, which will be released a new stylish upgrade on the A10 Cyclone in May. Watch this space for more on that very soon.
One booth was showcasing porn.
There was also art on display through the venue.
Some of the girls from idol pit again.
Toy’s Heart had a scantily-clad cosplay idol posing at its booth, attracting a scrum of photographers.
Toy’s Heart also had its own itasha outside.
The organizers are hoping for 30,000 visitors over the three days, though much will surely depend on the stage events and the pulling power of certain JAV stars.
We hope they do it again next year but in a larger venue and with more booths. We can see displays of sex toys in stores in Tokyo so next time we hope to see exciting demonstrations and more sexy girls please!
Pink Tokyo runs until Sunday. Tickets cost ¥3,000 or ¥5,000 for couples.
We first heard about this cosplay dream at the end of last year. Bandai had worked with Peach John — who know a thing or two about lingerie — to create these fantastic Sailor Moon-themed underwear sets.
And then they sold out in days.
They promised a return and more stock. They re-launched last week and we spoke to our friends at KanojoToys.com about selling them globally.
Then the Sailor Moon cosplay lingerie sold out again. In one day. In all colors.
We think the high attention might have something to do with the fact that they got sexy model Rei Yasui to model the “costume bra sets” that have been designed and released in celebration of twenty years of the anime series.
Who wouldn’t want to own a set when you can look this good?
And then just to make girls (and guys jealous), cosplayer Akira Itsuki posted some selfies online of herself posing in her newly acquired Peach John Sailor Moon.
A couple of the minor items in the range still have some limited availability but sadly selling these globally is just not realistic! The demand locally is too high!
Kigurumi suits are costumes where you dress up as an animal or anime character.
They come in all shapes and sizes, but we were excited by Anime Kigurumi Suit released by our friends KanojoToys since it represents perhaps the PERFECT chance to act out those anime roleplay fantasies.
With this Anime Kigurumi Suit set you literally become a big-eyed anime cartoon girl. We’ve seen a fair few of these costumes at conventions and events, but this is one of the most compelling and high-quality we’ve ever seen available on the wide market.
Here’s what you look like if you want to walk around the streets in the suit.
The best thing is you can vary the eye color, the wig, the size and even the color of the body suit.
But we reckon the brightest colors, the better. Pink wig?! Oh, yes.
Buy now from KanojoToys.
What were we saying yesterday about the police?
Well, now they’ve turned their attention to someone who has been delighting Tokyo in recent months.
Twitter has been abuzz with images snapped of an old guy wandering the city dressed in sailor school uniform cosplay and very happy to pose for pictures.
He has companions who dress up with him!
He even went to France dressed like that.
The “seeraa fuku ojisan” (sailor school uniform old guy) is actually Hideaki Kobayashi, aged around 50.
His cult has grown to the extent that he’s been interviewed by the press and reported on by overseas media. Even Vice made a short film about him!
Those looking for a complex answers to why he indulges in the cosplay may be stumped, though.
“That’s a tricky question… It’s not really something I’ve thought too deeply about…. I guess it’s because sailor school uniforms look good on me?”
But could the authorities be seeking to put an end to this piece of harmless counterculture? At a recent encounter with Kobayashi in public, Osaka police were snapped talking to Kobayashi.
Apparently the teenagers with whom he had been larking around were the ones who then called the coppers on him. Saying that, it looks like it was in Ebisubashi in central Osaka where there is a police box smack in the middle and the cops are often prowling for suspicious characters.
We are not sure what the outcome of their interrogation was but we sincerely Kobayashi continues his joyful cosplay fun around Tokyo!
His Twitter account is still very active so we can hopefully assume there will be no repercussions to his brush with the law.
See Tumblr for thousands of pictures of the lovable old guy.
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 for clothes, bars and, of course, adult toys, from smell lotions to full-on shemale onaholes.
The word in Japanese is a play on “boy” (otoko no ko) but here the “ko” is written with the character for musume, which can mean “daughter” or “young girl”.
Like girls in knee-high socks? Tick.
Like girls in swimsuits? Tick.
Then you will definitely like Underwater Knee-High Girls by Manabu Koga, a photobook that goes on sale at the end of August.
Why have one fetish when you can have two?
Koga is known for underwater photography, such as in the Mika Ninagawa film Helter Skelter.
Koga’s project features around 100 photos of smiling and alluring ladies underwater while wearing the cosplayer’s favorite kind of footwear.
So what do you think? Is this aquatic malarkey sexy?
The “Dempa Models x 100 Cosplay” collection goes on sale August 8th.
We only just blogged about another Susaki cosplay photography project and it seems he is very much in the news these days.
The Dempa Gumi.inc girls are featured in student uniforms, nurse uniforms and more. The publishers hope to sell 5,000 copies in the first run.
While Dempa Gumi.inc may not have the profile of the ubiquitous AKB48, it has quite a cult following and they also performed in Paris at the Japan Expo this month.
The sexy and sensual images showcase Susaki’s fifteen years of work investigating the curious mixture of the erotic and the dress-up that is cosplay.
“COSPLAY made in Japan” is showing at Emon Photo Gallery August 24 to September 14, 2013.
And if you think you recognize some of the sexy ladies in the pictures, you’re not imagining things. Susaki uses idols and models rather than “amateur” cosplayers, including Mizuho Hata, Ai Amano, Kyan Chiaki, Sawori Nishitate, and Haruna Amatsubo.
Little BSD, a cosplay izakaya in Akihabara, has been offering blue-colored yaki soba at Moe1 Grand Prix, a moe character regional development event.
Although they are careful not to use the name, it’s fairly obvious from the coloring (and the cosplay costume of the staff!) that this is an attempt to be an unofficial Hatsune Miku-themed food.
Miku is the famous artificial character created for the Vocaloid singing synthesizer by Yamaha and now with a whole life of its (her?) own.
The noodles are only available in limited numbers, no doubt as the dye needed is a rare commodity, and they want to preserve a sense of the dish being an “event”… rather than the rather odd-looking muddle it probably actually is. We wonder what it tastes like?!
The 2ch response hasn’t been so forgiving:
That’s not the color of food.
It’ll give you cancer.
Do this in America!
If you’re a big enough fan of Hatsune Miku, these noodles will set you back ¥700 ($9).
Presented by Tokyo Kinky