Something that shocks some visitors to Japan is the volume of porn, soft-core porn or other adult magazines lining the shelves of convenience stores. It is placed in a certain section marked as "adult" but not on a top shelf like in other countries. And the covers make it very clear what is inside, awaiting the horny reader. There has been talk about "cleaning this up" as we get closer to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but no concrete developments. Until now. In what may be the first salvo against the freedom for pornographers to push their wares in open, a local mayor has taken the ...

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Did voice actress and singer Emi Niita appear in a Japanese porn film in 2008? The 30-year-old cutie is best known for voicing Honoka Kosaka in Love Live! She also appeared in last year's Kohaku Uta Gassen. But before she was famous she may have appeared in an AV from the series Amateur Illustrated Encyclopedia. At least, that's what's being alleged by a tabloid and is currently causing explosions online. We can't confirm the story. Her agency has denied it and threatened to sue. Fans are parsing the women in the film (which has jumped up the DMM adult rankings because of the ...

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The BBC occasionally likes to weigh in on adult Japan matters, not always with success. It recently profiled Keiko Takemiya, "the godmother of manga sex in Japan". This time they go the extra mile and get some reasonable background and interviews, but some of their assertions are off -- not least the headline. Takemiya was just 26 when she started Kaze to Kino Uta (The Poem of Wind and Trees). It opens with two naked teenage boys in a 19th-century French boarding school lying on top of each other, post-coital. The series centres on one of those boys and another new boy. ...

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Be warned. Be careful what you have in your drawer or on your phone, hard drive or cloud. While the government was pressured by mangaka and animators to exclude comic book and drawn images from the new pornography laws passed in 2014, it seems the courts do not agree. The Tokyo District Court has found an artist "guilty of violating the child pornography law by creating and selling realistic computer graphic images of a naked girl," reports the Asahi Shimbun. The court on March 15 sentenced Akashi Takahashi, a 55-year-old computer graphic designer from Gifu city, to a one-year ...

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An AFP article doing the rounds on sites like Japan Today and Mail Online has some bad things to say about Japanese porn. The headline blasts: "Japan's porn industry preys on young women, say rights advocates". Well, not an unfamiliar topic, we hear you say. Japanese women are being exploited and abused in Japan’s multi-billion dollar pornographic film industry, rights advocates said on Thursday, calling on authorities to strengthen laws to protect them. Pornography is widely available in Japan, where some actresses become well known enough to appear on mainstream TV chat ...

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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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Maro (Maroka Uchiyama) was one of Ayumi Hamasaki's dancers. He and Hamasaki started dating while she was on the rebound from divorcing her husband Manuel Schwarz in 2012. However, the fling lasted only until 2013, since when Maro became famous for being famous -- and sometimes appeared on TV talk shows to spill the beans on the breakup. Clearly his career is going in another direction now since Maro has just made his porn debut. Here are some highlights. Japan is the world's biggest producer of porn, though it suffers from a ...

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da fuck, a project by French musician Marc Durand, has created an album featuring only sounds taken from the porn catalogue of AV star Mihane Yuuki (aka Mihane Yuki). Literally "not one external sound" was used for the album 美羽ゆうきに、僕のすべての愛敬。 (All my love for Mihane Yuuki.). Actually, it's not what you think. If you're expecting just screaming girls and squirting sounds, think again. It's much more, well, melodic and interesting than that. It's actually quite thought-provoking to listen to, since you try to imagine what the original context was for ...

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After the recent court ruling against the underage idol who "broke" her contract and had a relationship, and the ruling in favor of the hostess who had a long-running affair with a client, there have been some interesting legal developments in Japan of late. Now a woman who refused to take part in a porn shoot and was sued for ¥246 million (over $2 million) for breach of contract by the production company has won her case. The court in Tokyo ruled that the "nature of the work is one that you cannot force someone to do it against their will". The judge threw out the production ...

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Nippon.com, normally a fairly austere and academic online publication, has published an article by sociologist Suzumi Suzuki, in which she discusses her fieldwork about AV and role-play in the porn world. Suzuki starts out with a very positive view of her subject matter: AV actresses are surprisingly articulate when asked to talk about themselves. In the videos by which they make a living, as well as in magazines and other media, they calmly field personal questions of all kinds and narrate their personal stories smoothly and eloquently. To a large extent, this is a skill they ...

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"Ultraman porn" is a thing in Japan. Women dressed up as Ultraman-like characters (especially the Mother of Ultraman) in tight costumes and being screwed by men and other "creatures" is not just a nostalgic fantasy, it is an outright erotic fetish in its own right. Porn label GIGA likes these pastiche superhero/superheroine porn and they seem to be responsible for the unofficial Mother of Ultra porn (there may be others around). The "Giant Heroine" (Kyodai Heroine) franchise started way back in 2008 with a film starrting Nana Saeki. The most recent was in July 2015, starring Miho ...

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Following the previous report on the March porn shoot at an abandoned rural school, KAI-YOU has published a second behind-the-scenes photo report. As far as we can tell (the article is written in the usual ambiguous way that certain Japanese publications like to use), this seems to be the same film ("100 People x Nakadashi") by the label Honnaka. We're not sure why there has been a second article, other than it seems to be a promo for the film as part of AV Open 2015. At any rate, this was "round two" shot on another day, featuring new "rules" in the games. The film starred 7 ...

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Dotsui Tarunen is a cult music band and their reputation just got even more cultish. What other actual music group would allow two porn stars to fuck right there in the mosh pit during their live act? That's what Dotsui Tarunen Live Music Sex Concert with Natsuki Yokoyama entails. A sort of gonzo-style guerrilla documentary porno, it pairs Yokoyama with veteran (and temporarily disgraced) male performer Ryo Sawai. As the sweaty music fans enjoy the music, Sawai and Yokoyama get down and dirty on the floor. Needless to say, the music event was only open to ...

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We already know that the subway in Taiwan can get pretty moe and kinky. But did you know it also gets pornographic? The Taipei subway will release metro cards on September 1st featuring the Japanese porn actress Yui Hatano. There had been an outcry to the promo and at one point the subway operators in the Taiwanese capital said the cards would be withdrawn. But then clearly Yui's Taiwanese fans decided to stick to their guns. The mayor of Taipei has criticized the scheme, though some of the money raised is expected to go to charity. Hatano, a 2014 Japan Adult Award ...

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There's weird, and then there's weird. This fetish Japanese AV title is very much the latter. Here is "Miira Onna" -- "Mummy Girl"! This 97-minute AV stars Tsukasa Kanzaki and may well be one of the most unusual porn titles we've seen for at least a year. Kanzaki plays a girl who finds a slender mummy buried in the ground. And the embalmed beauty is still alive! Soon the mummy is found by some men, who put it to good use sucking them off and then being pleasured by massager vibrators. This AV is clearly going somewhere where people don't ...

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Following earlier police attention over uploading live porn, the web porn portal FC2 has been targeted again by the authorities. Police have charged a 42-year-old male company employee living in Yamanashi Prefecture. His crime? Uploading adult videos by S1 and Moodyz to FC2. This is the first such case in Japan of someone being charged (without arrest) for breaching copyright laws for adult materials in this way. In the past, people were first arrested on other charges, such as "assisting public indecency" or "displaying electronic recording media". The man used multiple ...

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You've seen "Ted". Maybe you've even seen "Ted 2" (out now, though not in Japan). Prepare to see a very unlikely and very unofficial spin-off... "Teddy Bear Saliva Tongue Cuddly Toy Sex" is a 100-minute Japanese adult video starring Hikari Matsushita and Arisu Hayase as two of three ladies who literally get fucked by a teddy bear. It's produced by fetish studio Rocket. The actual original Japanese title translates into something like: "The world where suddenly one day a cuddly toy attacks beautiful young girls: Cuddly toy rape". That should give you a taste of what to ...

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One day in March, several hundred people descended on an abandoned school deep in the Japanese countryside. But these weren't ordinary people. They were the hard-working folk who produce Japan's mountains of pornography. "100 People x Nakadashi" was not set for release until September but that didn't mean the schedule wasn't tight. With so many people involved, careful planning and efficiency on the day was paramount. As with all things, the Japanese approached this with superb organization. We weren't there -- but KAI-YOU was and these are their nice pictures. Like a lot ...

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See Japanese porn stars up close and musically on August 23rd at Sexy Idol Music Festa 2015. It's apparently Japan's largest music event with sexy idols and is held at Studio Coast in Shin-Kiba. "Sexy idol" is pretty ambiguous as a phrase but we can confirm that AV star Akiho Yoshizawa will be the main MC, with appearances by KÜHN, a four-piece music group comprising Saki Hatsumi, Kurea Hasumi, Riki Minato, and Saki Mizumi. Yu Namiki, the former AV star who is now a DJ, will also be spinning some tracks. AV porn stars Saryu Usui and Luna Shimotsuki have also been announced ...

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Joining the recent silliness of Condom Day in the (ever-increasing) list of odd anniversaries in Japan, "Kiss Day" is celebrated on May 23rd because it is the day that the film Hatachi no seishun (20-Year-Old Youth) was released in 1946. In case you're not a film buff, that's the movie that featured the first ever kiss scene, though the stars may have had gauze between them. To celebrate, Edition Aoyama, a club in Akasaka, Tokyo, is holding an event on Saturday where couples (not necessarily male-female, it seems) are invited to kiss each other through an acrylic plastic ...

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Rola Misaki, aka Rola Takizawa, enjoys only a modest level of fame among Japanese porn viewers but her legions of fans in China revere her as a goddess. The half-Russian, half-Japanese angel officially seemed on the verge of leaving the AV industry in Japan quite quickly but as one of the most popular Japanese porn stars in China, she has continued her career under the name Rola Misaki. She has nearly 5 million followers on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. Born in 1990, Rola has been seen in the company of a mysterious masked gentlemen of late. He's not her manager or ...

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To celebrate Mother's Day, we wanted to write about sexy Japanese mothers. As we know, pregnancy porn is a major subgenre in Japan, coming in all shapes and sizes -- literally. A lot of these films tend to feature amateur performers. But even when a top porn star gets herself "knocked up", it doesn't stop them making their entry in the genre. Tsubomi continued doing porn when she was heavily pregnant. Mothers-to-be or mothers past their prime, elongated breasts and nipples and all, are treated as viable sex figures ripe for enjoying. Here are some highlights from Japan's many, many ...

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As we know, masked girls are a thing in Japan: so much so there are idol groups like Kamen Joshi. Now combine Kamen Joshi with a I-cup and you have a hot chick, and plenty of paizuri. That's the basic premise behind this JAV porn by label Oppai ("breasts"), which features girls wearing masks and with huge chests (kyonyuu). The production is a minor one, only getting a digital release for now it seems. Clearly it's for specialist tastes. The most shocking is probably the hockey/goaltender mask, which seems more like something out of a horror ...

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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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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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