She has now indulged in some calligraphy in the country, though it has been criticized as “unskilled” by traditionalists.
That hasn’t stopped it from being auctioned for $95,000!
Sola wrote eight Kanji characters at a theme park in Ningbo, which were sold this month.
However, the media has tried to use the opportunity to criticize this “foreign” invader of the flesh.
“The style of calligraphy is childish, unskilled,” said the Liberation Daily newspaper. The paper is associated with the Shanghai branch of the Communist Party.
“Her calligraphy has nothing to do with art and the people buying and selling it don’t care about whether or not what she writes is art,” said the deputy head of the Shanghai Youth Calligraphers Association, Tang Jihui.
Aoi is not yet 29 but is a superstar, especially in China. Technically porn is censored in the country but of course, bootlegs and pirated DVDs abound. Millions follow her Chinese blog and she is now branching out into roles that don’t just involve her having sex.
Of course, the auction of the “art” was just a publicity stunt by the theme park — which has succeeded in bringing it a lot of attention.
Her fans have also defended her “skills and integrity” in social media.
Forget politics. When it comes to what’s inside their pants, Chinese men are willing to forget about the ongoing Senkaku Islands dispute with Japan.
Namely, hot Japanese porn stars.
Sora (or Sola) Aoi is especially popular, with 13 million followers on the Chinese version of Twitter.
With Japanese cars being trashed, Chinese films being withdrawn from the Tokyo International Film Festival, and trade and tourism collapsing… you might think that Sora should be worried. Apparently not.
A slogan spread among Chinese men earlier this year: “The Senkaku Islands belong to us; Sora Aoi belongs to the world!”
Recently Rola Takizawa (20), a half-Russian, half-Japanese adult movie actress, made her debut in July and then immediately “retired” from JAV.
But the fire was already lit and the elfin starlet had garnered hundreds of thousands of Chinese fans.
Now there are rumors that she is working as a prostitute in Tokyo. For 120,000 yen ($1,500) you can enjoy Rola’s talents for 90 minutes. Chinese web forums have exploded.
“I’m going to Tokyo!” said one user. “I’m going to kidnap her and take her back to China,” said another.
I wonder how she feels about Senkaku (or even the islands in the north disputed between Japan and Russia, her two “motherlands”).
Earlier this year JAV star Hotaru Akane even decided she knew which side her bread was buttered on by supporting China’s claim to Senkaku. Arguably Hotaru Akane is more popular in China than Japan, so she has much to gain by playing up to nationalism.
Porn might be illegal in mainland China, but that hasn’t stopped amply-bosomed sex-kitten Sora Aoi attaining a level of celebrity there practically unheard of for an adult actress (let alone a Japanese one).
With her Chinese name now registering more than 41 million page hits on Google (exceeding the not-inconsiderable likes of Mao Zedong, Yao Ming and Confucius) the sexy, savvy JAV idol’s star is most definitely on the rise.
Having made her AV debut in 2002 (aged 18, in the Alice Japan release Happy Go Lucky!), the now-27-year-old Sora quickly branched out into other areas, and as of this year has featured not only in Japanese variety shows and dramas, but also in the award-winning Thai movie Hormones and on Korean TV. Expanding her horizons beyond not only the genre that launched her but the shores of her homeland itself has seen Sora begin to make a name for herself all across Asia.
‘But it’s China,’ writes The Daily Beast‘s Isaac Stone Fish ‘where an increasingly open-minded middle class pushes back against government censorship, where Sora and her team have been concentrating most of their efforts.’
Of particular note is Sora’s popularity among China’s denizens of the interwebs (her Weibo account – think a Chinese Twitter – sees her every published thought, no matter how trivial, forwarded and commented upon literally thousands of times). ‘Sora is so popular because she has really communicated with Chinese netizens,’ Hecaitou, an influential Chinese blogger, is quoted as saying.
Publicly practicing her Chinese calligraphy; studying Mandarin; launching an effort to raise relief funds for a major earthquake in Western China – Sora’s sincere efforts ‘[seem] to resonate with everyday Chinese men.’ ‘There are some AV stars who are very fake,’ muses William Peng, a 26-year-old salesman from Shanghai ‘I think Sora’s not too artificial or insincere.’
Her level of popularity with the Chinese everyman (and woman) ranges from the sweetly supportive (‘Even though Sora has taken off her clothes, she’s just a saint who’s also taken off her clothes.’) to the outright hilarious – one police station became a laughing stock when netizens uncovered that it had set up a Weibo account solely for the purpose of following Sora.
As The Daily Beast’s article puts it: ‘That a porn star in China can reach 2.8 million fans on Sina’s Weibo and become part of the domestic debate…shows the widening space for controlled sexual expression in Chinese media… Ultimately though, Sora faces one possibly insurmountable hurdle in her rise to Chinese superstardom. To be blunt: She’s Japanese.’
Whether or not lingering cultural resentment between China and Japan will scupper Sora’s chances of capitalising on her newfound celebrity remains to be seen, but, with enterprising young Chinese routinely dodging firewalls or arranging illicit meetings under bridges to get a hold of her material, it seems a safe bet that she won’t be easily ejected from the public conciousness (‘[Even] the big news websites have her,’ says Xu Cheng, a student ‘We don’t need to look at the websites we’re not supposed to in order to see her.’). As befitting someone with the pseudonym ‘Sora’, for this red-hot goddess the sky really is the limit.
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