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 panel.
It’s basically a gokkon group blind date event, though with this “kissing” gimmick thrown in as a kind of novel ice-breaker.
Kind of like those movie scenes where couples kiss between a window panel.
Needless to say, no tongues are allowed.
Who says romance is dead?
There is actually a precedent for this, it seems. Here’s an example from a wacky Japanese TV show (no shortage of those).
Even Japanese male baseball players like to do the “acrylic kiss” sometimes, it seems.
All this isn’t doing much to dissuade those loud proclaimers of “sexless Japan“.
Can the Japanese even kiss? Anyone who’s ever seen Japanese TV will know that kissing in dramas is basically 1950′s-style — a slightly sustained lip-contact only.
And even in Japanese porn, who doesn’t find the kissing strange sometimes? Like the man just wants to lick the girl’s face. At best, they just seem to poke their tongues out and have them lap at each other like mating snakes.
Take a look at Sora Aoi demonstrating a Japanese porn “kiss”.
Much of the focus seems to be on licking, being “dirty” and “wet” — and exchanging bodily fluids through the mouth. Is there any porn without a gratuitous drool shot?
Donald Richie wrote in 1983 about Japanese kissing.
Over 100 years ago the brothers Goncourt apparently heard that “the kiss did not exist in Japanese love-making”, which might explain a few things.
The kiss was certainly not official sanctioned until modern times. Kissing was a kind of perversion, “something one did only when carried away by passion itself.” Translators of western books into Japanese initially had to resort to the word “one lick” (hitoname) to try to convey the practice.
Today everyone says kissu but the “real” Japanese word is seppun, since to use the borrowed English “sanitizes by endistancing”. The action is not quite socially okay, but a euphemism makes it permissible.
The Japanese, since they don’t kiss family members, view it only as a deeply dirty or erotic act — certainly not something to do in public.
Even today, couples almost never kiss each other in public — even just a peck. (Likewise for family members.)
Here’s something even stranger, in 2011 there was also this “kiss transmission” device for remote snogs.
Tags: Donald Richie, Gokkon, History of sex, Iiniku Ushijima, Japanese pornography, Kissing, Sexless Japan, Sora Aoi
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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 boyfriend per se.
He’s her “owner”.
The Chinese man has purchased an exclusive contract with Rola for 15 years.
He reportedly spent around 1 billion yen on it, or something like $8 million. He must be a seriously big fan of the elfin lady.
With this contract he will increase her presence in the Chinese entertainment industry and act as her personal assistant. No doubt he will also get a personal return from Rola for his investment too. After all, as they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Sora Aoi, watch out!
**Update (May 20th)**
The tabloids are now saying the “deal” was a hoax.
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 examples of pregnant porn.
Talking of “ripe”, let’s talk about the jukujo — or “mature woman”.
The idea of the jukujo is similar to the concept of the MILF, only it’s broaded: a jukujo may be someone like Mitsu Dan or Manami Hashimoto, not actually a “mother” or even that older (30-ish and over can qualify).
But they exude an air of erotic experience that is seductive to say the least. Looking at them, you know that they know what they are doing when it comes to getting jiggy on the futon.
There are also ninpu (pregnant woman) toys too, like this Ninpu no Susume Pregnant Daughter Onahole, inspired by a young pregnant girl.
And if lactating breasts are your thing, there are fetish sex clubs to sort you out. Breast milk has a vibrant cult following in Japan as a fetish in its own right, apparently with its roots in the postwar period.
Or you can get your fetish fix with the Nyuju Breast Milk Lubricant.
Finally, we’ll end on a more mainstream but still kinky note.
While the western media went crazy about the now iconic Demi Moore and Britney Spears naked pregnant portraits. Japanese idols and celebrities too have a penchant for posing for hair nude (full frontal) photo shoots that celebrate their naked pregnant body.
The singer hitomi is the most famous of these “maternity nude” shoots, though idol Rio Natsume and actress Kumiko Takeda have also joined in the fun, to name just a couple of other examples.
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 movie.
But there’s also a girl in a black gas mask and a medical face mask.
Okay, Japanese porn writers, what can you surprise us with next?
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 for one use”, “pervert urinal”, “slut”, “penetration this way” and so on.
The Ryoujoku Stockings allow you to indulge in this power fantasy without the hard work of doing the writing.
All you need to do is slip these tights on and you are instantly transformed into a degraded woman, with the insulting text written on the skin-colored stockings.
So put your pens away but get your darkest fantasies out.
Japan’s top cosplayer, Iiniku Ushijima, is set to make her JAV porn debut at long last.
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, which look suspiciously like female underwear.
Another week, another sex-themed article about Japan gets written and hawked around.
AFP has written an article about Japan’s “silver porn” industry and the wire service has sold it to countless other publications around the world.
We’ve seen these pieces before, such as in The Guardian.
And of course, it’s hardly news.
There has been a vibrant silver porn for a long time, featuring a host of stars like Yumi Kazama and Shigeo Tokuda. And it’s not just performers: the over-sixty crowd is very active in watching porn, frequenting love hotels, and also visiting soaplands and prostitutes (young and old).
The AFP article focuses on a new star, Yasue Tomita.
Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony — instead she’s debuting as a porn actress.
Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to roll, Tomita is proof that in Japan’s greying society you’re never too old to chase your dreams, however racy or unorthodox.
She has also become part of a flourishing niche market in Japan: “silver porn” — stretching the limits of eroticism among the elderly and overturning social norms in a country where people are expected to grow old gracefully.
A friend of mine with quite a lot of experience with scarlet ladies once told me the young ones were best for screwing while the older ones knew how to give the best head.
Tomita is also a little worried about her physical abilities.
Tomita confessed to being “a bit rusty” but made no apologies for her rambunctious lust for life, or her decision to put aside her knitting and crochet and launch into a career making X-rated movies.
“I like my handicrafts but I wanted to try my hand at this, while my body still works,” she told AFP before filming began.
“I do like sex, and this is my last chance before I get too old. I’m very nervous. I wonder if I should really do it, especially in front of so many people, but everyone should follow their dream.
“I just hope I can keep up,” added Tomita, who used to work in a factory manufacturing car parts and registered for an agency in Japan’s booming “adult video” (AV) industry with her daughter.
“We applied through the Internet together. I got offered a job first, which surprised her a bit.”
Of course, the writers bring in Shigeo Tokuda as the “pioneer” of the genre.
In ageing Japan, around 32 million people — a quarter of the population — are 65 or over. Thanks to a low birthrate and growing longevity, that proportion is expected to rise to 40 percent by 2060.
With statistics like that, it’s no surprise that geronto-porn is big business.
Adult movies rake in about $20 billion a year, and those featuring unashamedly wrinkly men and women account for between 20 and 30 percent of that market, industry insiders say. Sales have rocketed over the past decade as more of Japan’s perky seniors celebrate their mojo.
Though not for the faint-hearted, the genre took off thanks largely to now-80-year-old Shigeo Tokuda, the twinkle-toed king of granddad porn, who has peeled off for hundreds of hardcore flicks with titles such as “Forbidden Elderly Care” and “Manic Training of Lolitas.”
Thank you, Tokuda-san!
Make Room (Make-Up Room) is a new drama film about a fascinating topic: the people who do the make-up for porn stars.
It’s written and directed by Kei Morikawa, and stars Aki Morita as the titular make-up artist, as well as three actual porn stars: Riri Kuribayashi, Beni Ito, Nanami Kawakami.
Originally a play by Morikawa, it promises to show the behind-the-scenes of the adult video industry. It gets a limited release in Japan in May.
It reminds us of an interview we once read with a man claiming to have worked for a while as a hair and make-up artist for porn stars in Japan, such as Azusa Nagasawa.
He said they actually focus mostly on the photos shot to promote a film, rather than the main shoot of the film itself. So the make-up artists prepare the stars for stills and rarely get to see the film being shot. He said he wasn’t close to the directors.
He was paid a daily wage of ¥15,000, plus an extra fee if he was specifically requested by someone.
However, he would leave for work at 8 a.m. and finish at 10 p.m., when he would go drinking with the other staff.
So though he got to work with hot girls all day, it’s not quite the paradise we might imagine!
However, thinking about this job reminds us of that make-up room sex scene from the Erika Sawajiri movie Helter Skelter.
Porn star Saki Otsuka turned herself into a photographer a little while ago now when she released her photography book “Mitsubai nude” in 2012. Since then she’s produced quite an impressive body of work.
Once again working with ERECT magazine, the occasional publication with the best name in the world, Saki Otsuka has created “MEME”, a touring exhibition of her work taking in Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Saki isn’t shooting pictures of flowers or pretty landscapes. Her photography is dark and focuses a lot on naked flesh, including her own, it seems. The images from the “MEME” series are blurry and erotic.
The first two cities are done and dusted, but the Tokyo leg is happening at AMP Cafe in Koenji from April 8th to April 12th. The special zines produced for the exhibition have already partly sold out.
Known for her immaculate bust, Otsuka clearly has an artistic bent, like her fellow porn colleague and photographer Elly Akira (Yuuka Osawa).
Born in 1984 and making her debut in JAV in 2004, Otsuka seems to have found an impressive answer to this eternal question.
When Yuzu Sakurai appeared in her first Japanese porn film at the end of last year, people were surprised that it was simultaneously announced as her last. At her debut, she was already retiring!
This has been common in the past too.
In Sakurai’s case, people have speculated it was family opposition or simply her own curiosity. She just wanted to do one film and then move on.
Either way, she has a gorgeous G-cup and we suspect we’ll be seeing more of her in the future.
Sometimes this is just a marketing stunt and they reappear later under a different name.
This happened recently with Rara Anzai, who used to be called Shion Utsunomiya. Porn actresses often change names when they switch agencies and labels too.
Other times it is because the girls are shiroto (amateur) performers who play the roles of nameless girls in gonzo-style porn directed to look like found footage or a documentary. Without a name they can keep on appearing in these, though their fees for appearing are much lower than a full “actress” with a starring credit.
Examples of this include “amateur” performers Miyu Uehara, Fuka Tanabe, and Emiri.
Every year in Japan around 35,000 new JAV titles are released on DVD or online download. Around 3,000 AV actresses make their debuts annually. It is said there are 150,000 women in Japan with experience of appearing in porn. Since there are said to be around 30 million women aged between 20 and 50 in Japan, that’s something like one women in every 200. For example, a corporation with 1,000 female employees may have 5 women working there who have moonlighted in porn.
Something to think about next time you are on the train in Tokyo.
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