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.
Parody is a big part of the Japanese adult industry, which never takes itself too seriously and loves to create toys overtly (and unofficially) parodying something, whether that be a famous people, idol group, anime, and even drink products.
At the end of last year, a parody JAV title was made that had a lot of fun with the case of Ryutaro Nonomura. If you recall, he was the Hyogo Prefecture politician accused of having dodgy expenses and whose press conference justifying his actions descended into bawling.
His habit of putting his hands to his ears to listen to questions quickly went viral and sparked a thousand parodies.
Well, as Rule 34 of the internet states: if it exists, there’s a porno of it.
So here’s the porn version of Ryutaro Nonomura.
Starring the busty Reiko Kobayakawa, this Japanese porn film deliberately features several nods to the original incident.
Obviously, the big change is that Nonomura has become a woman (“Reiko Nonogawa”) and her press conference does not feature the infamous wailing, but instead sees the female politico get naked on the desk with her audience.
Of course, it’s then only a matter of time before things getting out of hand…
Have you ever looked a homeless Japanese woman and wondered what it’s like to have set with her?
Homeless Japanese Old Women Gang Bang finds out for you.
As we’ve written before, there’s a whole series of these “homeless” porn films. The usual set-up is a pretty young girl is given to a group of homeless guys to do what they want to with her. Typically this means going into their shack and giving.
Likewise, Gonzo-style porn is a big thing in Japan. There are lots of quasi-documentary films where things never seem sure if they are real or set up.
We’ve also seen “homeless girl” JAV before too — most notably the now legendary World Homeless: LA Slum Big Cock Tramp & Japanese Girl, which purports to show a penniless Japanese girl making friends with California’s ravenous homeless.
In Homeless Japanese Old Women Gang Bang a man invites a group of five female tramps back to a small apartment for a sex session that has to be seen to be believed.
As Kanojo Toys puts it: “The stars of this 150-minute epic may not be the prettiest ladies in Japan but they make up for their looks with their endurance. Old, overweight, downtrodden. You might not want to do what the guy does in the tiny flat, on the faded futon, with these women. But you still can’t stop watching!”
Japan’s top jukujo Yumi Kazama shows now signs of slowing down with age.
Quite the opposite. Her latest release is Silver Dust Slave Soapland, probably one of her most extreme fetish titles yet.
As Kanojo Toys writes:
This rare new fetish porn title with jukujo older star Yumi Kazama sees the hot MILF coated in silver dust, transforming her into a unique sex slave at a soapland. Every inch of her gorgeous body is dusted in silver, her neck chained to a collar to stop her from moving. Only her eyes and orifices are left free and of course, they come in handy for the nakadashi creampie finale. The legendary porn veteran is also later coated in chocolate for a sweet, lick-off session.
While body paint JAV porn is nothing new per se — for example, we recently blogged about zentai rubber body painting and Cocoa Soft is a whole porn label that specializes in mud bath and other extreme body painting porn — we just love how Yumi’s new release shows that the truly adventurous ladies are often the older ones.
Is there something about older Japanese hotties and painting their mature bodies?
Here is veteran actress and singer Keiko Matsuzaka, who also once indulged in a hair nude photo shoot with her body painted in gold leaf.
Porn star Ai Uehara has many talents but did you know they also include rap?
In “REAL remix” Uehara has now lent her vocal skills to a song following her victory at the AV Open 2014 awards, which are voted for by the public. The track is by INCUBUS, who is the male rapper in the song.
The video itself is a weird mash-up of anime images of nubile girls, based on three porn stars, including Uehara. The lyrics sing the joys of being able to see the “real thing” (i.e. Ai Uehara) at the event, rather than just a video of her.
Take a gander.
It’s also funny to hear words like “semen ejaculation” and “up-down vagina suspension” in a rap song on YouTube.
The song has been made to celebrate Ai Uehara’s recent top prize win at the AV Open 2014, and her new DVD release, “100 Men Nakadashi”, in which she gets chased by a battalion of male amateurs who want to creampie her.
Who can blame them when the lady in question is Ai Uehara?
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