Back in the 2000s, when we first start doing this blog, one of our favorite gravure idols was Chisato Morishita. Now 37 and officially retired from gravure, the ravishing Chisato has nonetheless been tempted back to glamor modeling for a new photo shoot. It's her first gravure shoot in ten years and it's a triumphant homecoming for the lady who has now gloriously entered jukujo territory. It was recently showcased on Japanese TV. Chisato was a race queen and then a gradol, before moving into mainstream television presenting and some acting. Her career has dried up a little of late. She ...

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Ero-manga (erotic manga comics) is associated with sex, of course, but not just any old sex. Great sex. Strange sex. Fetishes. And, let's be frank, non-consensual sex. But is that reputation justified? How much sex in ero-manga is actually non-consensual? At the recent Niconico Chokaigi event, statistician Midori Makita presented a list of different ero-manga magazines along with the results of a survey examining what percentage of the sex they portray is non-consensual or consensual. Here is the breakdown (first percentage is non-consensual; second is consensual): Angel Club: ...

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Aya Omasa and Mariko Shinoda are shown smooching in the recently broadcast third episode of the NHK television drama series Mistresses. The lingering lesbian kiss scene apparently lasted 40 seconds. Fans were on hand to count them all. Mariko seduces Aya by stroking her face and going in for the kiss. Aya then reciprocates passionately. It's pure bliss to watch. The series (a remake of a British show from the late 2000s) also stars hot jukujo actresses Kyoko Hasegawa and Miki Mizuno as well as Hyunri and gravure model Miwako Kakei. Fans of Aya Omasa are surely already ...

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Girlfriend and boyfriend "rental" services are one of those "wacky Japan" narrative favorites, though they do actually exist. They are also not as crazy or sleazy as they might sound -- after all, if you want someone to date and then sleep with, there are countless prostitution services or "compensated dating" clubs out there. So what's different about this kind of rental service? What do you get for your money? Asian Boss, the awesome YouTube channel behind interviews with porn stars Emiri Okazaki and Taka Kato, tried out one service to demonstrate what it is like. Host (and handsome ...

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It's May 1st, the inaugural day of the new Reiwa era. And what better time to take a gander at some old porn from this cache of images recently shared online? Strictly speaking, we reckon these adult magazines come from the Showa period, which ended in 1989, rather than the past three decades of Heisei, but there might be some overlap. Online searches seem to reveal nothing, so they are probably quite obscure. We just love the titles: from "Visual Communication Magazine for Young Adalt" (sic) and "Fucky-up" (sic) to "Rape me" and "Sexual Les Girls." The shoots themselves range from the ...

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Today is the final day of Heisei. As the emperor abdicates this afternoon, we are remembering the past three decades and all those lovely ladies that have passed through our lives (in actuality or through the lens of gravure and adult video). We should put together a proper "adult Heisei" post soon but it might be too mammoth an undertaking. In the meantime, we are recalling recent good times and looking forward to the future with these two ladies. The dancer and model Karen Kimijima has made a comeback since her drug arrest in early 2018, which is a very fine thing because she has frankly ...

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We stumbled upon this great Twitter feed detailing a report by Shinbunka, the publishing industry trade journal in Japan, about the decline of the much-loved porn magazine vending machine. It also cites from an interview with the photographer Tetsuya Kurosawa, who has documented the vending machines (visiting some 500 locations along the way!). It's true, we haven't seen one for many a moon. Here's why. At the peak of the adult vending machine boom, there were some 50,000 machines nationwide in the 1970s. That lofty number has been reduced to a mere fraction now. What are left are often ...

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It was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way of linking maid cafes and hostess bars with digital idols and adult virtual reality. Behold the VR hostess cafe. Yumenographia is not a physical space, but exists purely in a digital realm: it's waiting for your patronage whenever and wherever you put on a VR headset. It is staffed by hostesses/maids who are, of course, entirely "fake" -- in the sense that they are digital avatars. But, and this is a big "but," the hostesses are real in the sense that they are the avatars of genuine people, rather than characters. At some remote ...

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We think we probably do more than enough damage to Brand Japan by our daily blog posts without perpetuating media myths about "sexless Japan." We see a lot of articles and coverage of this topic, which we feel is a real problem but nonetheless also exaggerated by sensational, mostly foreign reporting. Nonetheless, we like to share interesting twists on this familiar trope. Something like half of married couples are no longer having sex, the studies would have us believe. But this may start younger, since one survey apparently claimed the majority of college students are virgins. This is ...

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Virtual dating games and services are very well-established in Japan, and YouTube is the next logical step in this evolution. One of the biggest virtual YouTuber idols at the moment is Shiro-chan, whose videos offer private dining experiences. Now the Japanese virtual YouTuber Note Takehana has upped the stakes with a crowdfunding campaign to remake the titular VTuber with 3D computer graphics. To encourage fans to contribute, "she" is offering supporters a range of merchandise depending on how far their wallets stretch. So what's the top perk? If you fork out ¥1 million ($9,000), you get ...

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