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 venue, nor could you touch the performers. However, all this really meant was that most of the idols were effectively naked, with their nipples covered by tape and wearing the skimpiest of swimsuits. Some opted for corset-style costumes, with appropriately explosive bust results.
All visitors were ID’d for their age upon entry. They even made you sign an agreement saying you wouldn’t engage in sexual activities for certain demonstrations. I guess they are scared of police shutting the place down. The crackdowns have been severe recently, with a string of sex clubs and other venues being hit by raids, including major bondage clubs.
Most booths had an additional charge on top of the ¥3,000 entry ticket for taking pictures, hence the scarcity of ours here. Likewise most performances and screenings cost extra.
The lovely ladies of Sugar White. You could pay to get kicked by them.
We challenge anyone to find a single location in Japan that had more fetishes represented under one roof. We tried to keep track but lost count in the end: pocchari chubby idols, omorashi (seeing a girl wet herself), panchir (you can pay to get a photo of a girl up her skirt), wet t-shirt bust (where you could pay to shoot a water pistol at a girl in a white t-shirt), zentai all-body suits, vacuum pack fetish, rope and whip bondage, kick idols (getting a Thai kick from a cute girl), hairy armpit girls, manaita (flat-chested) idols, schoolgirl and nurse cosplay, funoshi cosplay, and so much more…
The shibari demo booth was very popular.
Likely the most obviously mainstream was a booth for nonsummerjack, where the gyaru model non sat on a bed showing off her jaw-dropping body in a bikini that left almost nothing to the imagination. Seriously, her body had to be seen to be believed, it was that good.
Maybe the prize for most esoteric goes to the “twintail whip” booth. As we know, twin tails (pigtails) are a fetish in Japan. Here you could pay to have a young lady with twin tails “whip” you in the face with each of her bunches. To each his own.
Demonstrating the catholicism and inclusive nature of the Japanese erotic world, there were lots of otoko no ko and other transsexual cosplayers. Although the visitors were mostly male, it wasn’t all just otaku and geeks. There were gays and lesbians, couples and girls, and lots of cosplay (people used the toilets to change), including people wearing some really unusual masks, and cross-dressers.
There were also booths for adult retailers, extreme fetish porn, bondage and shibari clubs, and other fetish bars. Most people were selling their merchandise or products, either as individual artists or as idol units with staff.
At a steam punk gear booth, Black Mamba posed for us in his costume.
Not all exhibitors were overtly erotic either. There was lot of gothic subculture too. There was also zombie cosplay, blood-drinking play, wound play, insect fantasy, and even mini “eyeball” art accessories.
There was even hypnosis!
Performers in the stage area included foreign cross-dresser idol Ladybeard (who is SUPER popular now) and Luchino Fujisaki. We planned to attend the latter but the line was too much to handle. Likewise the fetish film screenings looked awesome but we had to escape the crowds after an hour of taking in booths.
Our only real gripe is that the venue, though a lot of fun with all the maze of different rooms filled with booths and various kinds of exhibitors (even in the kitchen areas), had very narrow corridors and stairways, which often became intolerably crowded.
We can’t wait for the next Fetish Festival!
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.
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