Japan's biggest adult retailer and a porn producer in its own right (through the various production companies in its group), Soft on Demand is now going one step further. Following in the footsteps of the Playboy bar in Kabukicho that is staffed by hot gravure idols, the SOD is opening the Soft on Demand Tachinomi standing bar in Akihabara (apparently located "15 seconds' walk" from the Showa-dori Gate). Patrons will be served by, you guessed it, actual Japanese adult video ...

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New women debut in Japanese adult video every month. Many are actually nameless -- uncredited "extras" -- and some are actually just women who are now performing under a new name. A small minority are celebrities from another industry that are switching over, typically to the Muteki label. But another set of women are those who make a genuine splash on their own merits, who stir up real buzz just for being hot and appearing in an exciting release. Honjo Suzu was a recent example of this. Noa Takeuchi was, too, but then her AV releases literally disappeared from the shelves. Saika ...

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If you like Japanese schoolgirl porn -- that is Japanese adult video with a schoolgirl theme, though performers will be above legal age -- then you may well know that Japanese porn titles often use euphemisms to describe this subgenre. The Japanese word "joshi kosei" means "high school girl" but by writing the third with a different kanji (女子校生, rather than 女子高生), it was possible to hide the "high" part and just make it look like female students without a specific age -- even more useful if you also wanted to hint that the students are younger than high school age. The ...

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We love it when a plan comes together. So many adult video debuts go unnoticed and the lady struggles to the end of her short contract without fanfare, before, if she's lucky, switching agency and professional name to try again under a new alias, or leaving the industry. Some, such as Noa Takeuchi recently, even disappear entirely. A few, however, attract amazing buzz from the start. This often includes celebrities making much-trumpeted moves into porn, such as Miu Nakamura, Miyako Akane, and Mero Imai. But sometimes there are some beauties who get everyone excited One such is Suzu ...

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It's been a while since we wrote about K-pop, but this isn't just any Korean music group. In fact, it's not even Korean at all. Honey Popcorn comprises entirely Japanese adult video idols -- but who used to be music idols. Confused? Let us explain. Moreover, the lineup includes one of the top names in Japanese porn right now: none other than former SKE48 idol Yua Mikami (Momona Kito). The other two ladies in Honey Popcorn are Miko Matsuda and Moko Sakura. Those names may not be immediately familiar to readers, but their former professional monikers probably are. Risako Okada is a ...

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Last week we blogged about the upcoming adult video debut of former Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School idol Yume Narai, who will release her first porn title through Soft on Demand in March as Kia Aoyama. As is typical in these well-publicized debuts, Aoyama/Narai has posed for a full-frontal (known in Japan as a "hair nude") photo shoot -- and the results are so good we just had to share them with readers. With her idol group now defunct, the adorably cute yet shapely Aoyama/Narai is going all out for her hotly anticipated entry into the porn industry, perhaps hoping to emulate the ...

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The Japanese Interwebs is abuzz with speculation about the mysterious disappearance of up-and-coming adult video star Noa Takeuchi, who made her debut on Soft on Demand in September last year. After releasing seven (by our count) videos, the D-cup "Lolita"-style performer has suddenly disappeared and her next release scheduled for February 25th canceled. Of course, women who make one-off debuts are not unusual, while the road to AV stardom is lined with the corpses of women who released a couple of videos but found no following. But this is different. Takeuchi's videos have really ...

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It's hardly a secret that many music idols, along with gravure idols, slip into porn after graduating from their idol job. While most fade quickly into obscurity once their management companies cut them loose, a few brave souls try to branch out in second careers in adult video, and an even smaller number are successful at it and last more than one or two releases. Several members AKB48 and its sister groups have made prominent debuts in AV, most notably Momona Kito, and now comes an example from another idol group. An ex-member of Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School, Yume Narai, will ...

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Evidently in response to the coercion scandals that have hit Japanese pornography recent, the Adult Video Human Rights Organization has proposed a new guideline for AV production and distribution companies allowing actresses to halt the sale of their films or use of footage of their videos after they have been on sale for five years. The guideline will come into effect from April 1st, 2018 -- not because it is April Fool's Day but because April marks the start of the new fiscal year in Japan. There is no government or state pressure in regards to the guideline, so it is unsure how many, if ...

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There comes a point in every Japanese porn star fan's life when he (or she) has to accept the facts of reality. Their favorite adult video idol will, at some point, retire from the industry, most likely into obscurity. Or they get married (at least, they do the rare thing of announcing this publicly while still famous). Such is the case with Sola Aoi, the immensely popular JAV star who enjoys remarkable fame overseas. Sola (or Sora) has not made an original porn release since 2011 but is still adored by legions of men, especially in China. Now, sadly, there is further obstacle ...

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Idol Miu Nakamura's adult video debut was one of the most exciting of 2017 and we have been looking forward to her second porn release for months. It's finally here and our anticipation was not in vain. The slinky, flat-chested 26-year-old former idol -- no stranger to doing to full-frontal nude shoots even before she joined Muteki's roster of porn talent -- has now released a new AV from the label Moodyz. The 239-minute epic (MIDE00502, Saikourin) came out on New Year's Day, or a few days before for the digital version. It features four sessions of nakadashi sex (apparently Miu's ...

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Whatever happens to Japan's junior idols? This is a controversial topic. Many find the idea of junior idols (or chidol) -- girls often as young as their tweens or even younger -- repellent and tantamount to encouraging pedophilia in the same way as lolicon. However, it's worth remembering that many gravure idols start their careers in their late teens and are technically below the age of adulthood in Japan (20 years old). So it's not all about the specific genre of junior idols and things are very ambiguous when you start looking around. After all, many music idols from groups like ...

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And so it begins. It started in Chiba and Osaka, where convenience stores began covering up adult magazines to "protect" minors from seeing the sexual images. The clampdown continues anew as Tokyo attempts to "clean up" ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in the city and the ongoing inbound tourism boom. Now the Ministop convenience store chain has announced that it will no longer sell pornographic magazines. Such magazines are a staple of every konbini in Japan, usually tucked away in their own corner. We hate to say "We told you so" but we actually predicted this way back in ...

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Any self-respecting fan or consumer of Japanese adult video will know how important shame is: shame or insult (ryoujoku, ryojoku) fetish porn is huge. In the pantheon of Japanese porn, women are humiliated in all number of inventive ways, from being made to pee themselves (omorashi) to having their bodies turned into "public toilets" for anyone to use. A common theme is the use of writing on the naked body, where women are "tagged" with graffiti insulting them or labeling them as sluts. If this turns you or your partner on, there are ways to recreate the experience, such as the "shame ...

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Whatever happens to all those legions of minor idols? Some get married and settle down. Some drift into prostitution, hosting, or something in between. Some just get regular jobs. Some try to reinvent themselves as sexier versions of their previous jobs, such as Aki Takajo and Ami Tomite, and Kana Kobayashi. Another recent example is former Kamen Rider actress Rin Asuka (not to be confused with AV idol Rin Asuka), who posed nude for some ravishing shots. A few go one step further and make a clean break into AV, as we have seen from several notable debuts by former members of AKB48 ...

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When former SKE48 idol Momona Kito decided to change her professional name to Yua Mikami and switch careers to adult video, her fans rejoiced -- and even more so when she swiftly rose to be one of the biggest porn stars in Japan. You might think that rewarding them with hours of footage of her naked voluptuous body being fucked by countless guys was enough. No, the newly reborn and wildly successful Yua Mikami wants to give her fans even more. And you probably can't get a more personal service better than this. Her latest release from S1 No.1 Style ostensibly recruits 20 actual otaku ...

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As Japan's population ages and there are ever more people over sixty, one of the challenges for the AV industry is how to adjust for a changing demographic. One of the results is the growth of porn aimed at seniors. Expect porn starring older men and jukujo to become a major proportion of the market in the near future. (A knock-on effect is also that more and more prostitution services are catering specifically to the older customer, and that a quarter of love hotel users are over 65.) Unlike many other places, the porn industry has not suffered the precipitous decline in DVD sales and ...

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We've written before about the growing speculation on the fate of Japanese convenience store's typically ample selection of adult magazines. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, some have noted the possible demise or at least temporary concealment of this corner of liberty in a straitened society. Schemes are underway to make this a reality, though with mixed success. Chiba City attempted to carry out a test with convenience stores, asking them to cover up their porn mags with covers and see what happened to sales. Unfortunately the 12 brands of 7-Eleven that the city had ...

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That cute nurse in that mundane clinic may not be only a nurse. She may also moonlight as a porn star. It's a fantasy that's also a cliche -- except that is, sometimes, a spark of truth in it. Japanese AV is built upon the hard work not only of the top performers, whose numbers are too many to start counting. There are also thousands upon thousands of uncredited "amateur" performers -- women who also work as call girls and hookers, hostesses or just regular jobs. They provide the fodder for those crazy AV titles that feature dozens of women in massive gang bangs (one example here) or ...

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Now that's what we call a retirement. When Rin Sakuragi announced she was leaving her career in adult video at the age of 28, she (and her managers) decided to do so with a bang. In the time since we've seen not one but three sex toys dedicated to the goddess. Fans can sample the Rin Sakuragi AV Retirement Special Clone Onahole, a regular masturbator toy from Nippori Gift based on AV idol's pussy. Then there's the Geki-fera Vacuum Rin Sakuragi Blowjob Onahole, an awesome entry in the bestselling series of oral sex masturbator toys. And if that's still not enough, ...

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We recently read a report in the Asahi Shimbun about the adult video scouts who operate on the streets of Tokyo, searching for the next porn talent to come walking by. If you've ever wondered how a lot of the women, especially the anonymous stars of AV with large casts, get into their jobs, it's often because they are aggressively scouted (many are also "persuaded" to move into porn from careers in modeling, gravure and hostessing). The result is an industry with an almost literally countless number of women working in it as performers at various levels. The article was an interview with a ...

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So you've seen the mega hit anime Your Name.. Perhaps you've also seen it again in its recently released DVD form. Maybe you've even tried out the parody onahole toy. But have you seen the Your Name. parody adult video? Released in late June, Kimi no nawa. is the latest example of Japanese AV's penchant for parody. Previous eyebrow-raising examples of parody porn include Ultraman, wailing politician Ryutaro Nonomura, and comedienne It starts with the name. The 129-minute porn directed by Any Nakamura for Real Works cleverly uses a different kanji character for the "nawa" -- here ...

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There are more than a few bars and hostess clubs where you can have your drinks poured for you by AV actresses. There is also a new bar in Kabukicho by Weekly Playboy, where patrons are served by famous gravure idols. But until now there hasn't been a bar directly operated by an AV production company. In March, that all changed when a well-known AV maker opened a small girls' bar in Kabukicho. For the uninitiated, a girls' bar is a kind of cheap hostess club, where there is a modest cover charge and the drinks are a bit more expensive than usual. Nikkan Spa recently paid a visit to ...

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Earlier in the year we wrote about the upcoming porn debut of NMB48 idol Risako Okada. The 21-year-old did a full-frontal photo shoot to celebrate her AV release on the Muteki label under a new performer name, Miko Matsuda. Okada/Matsuda (aka Risapoyo) was a member of the Osaka-based AKB48 sister group from 2011 to 2012. She now joins a growing list of former AKB idols who have "graduated" on to porn careers. Now the first pictures have appeared from here adult video, "Number 01". While the set-up of the AV seems very straightforward indeed and hardly seems to have much of a budget ...

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One of the things we love about Japanese pornography is its use of parody and pastiche -- and the parody is often very topic. This is something of a ongoing trait in Japanese adult toys in general, too, as the parody masturbators and lubes of anime, mascots, celebrities and products show. Recently we even wrote about an onahole inspired by Kumamoto Prefecture. Examples with AV include an awesome porn based on Ultraman and one on the "wailing" Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura. "Career Woman Male Fishing" may well star Nao Mizuki, but she's clearly been made to look like female ...

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