Halloween in Japan is much more than just trick or treating. It means dressing up skimpy costumes and cosplay outfits, and hanging out in places like Shibuya for hours on October 31st as well as the weekends leading up to Halloween. The popularity of the movement has developed a lot in the past few years, with thousands now descending on Scramble Crossing every year. This makes for a visual feast in terms of costumes, and the best ones often have little to do with a traditional Halloween as we know it in the United States, and more to do with Japanese pop culture, trends, in-jokes, and ...

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Girls just wanna have fun -- and have fun alone if needs be. It's well known that love hotels are sometimes used in lieu of regular accommodation when other hotels are booked up or because the cost is basically the same. There has been a recent spike, for example, among foreign tourists using them (sometimes by accident) as well as businessmen. Does that mean a woman could stay overnight at a love hotel alone? In theory, yes. But would they want to? One Japanese woman recently set out to investigate the merits of such a scenario. She was much more prepared than most: she ...

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We stumbled upon this interview with a customer to a happening bar. Happening bars are the quasi-secret society of Japanese swinger clubs. The establishments force customers to become "members" and carry an entrance fee, which is often quite hefty for men. There is typically a bar and showers. Sometimes they are called a couple kissa, or couple coffee shop, and may cater primarily to couples rather than single men or women. They can take the form of a bar with various private rooms or may be more like a hotel, where guests switch from room to room as the preference takes them. Police ...

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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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Shocking. Fluorescent. Gaudy. Loud. Vular. Neon. Flashy. Tacky. There's a lot of epithets that can be applied to this new cosplay style that is like body art on psychedelic drugs, though none of them quite capture it. Inspired by strange characters from anime, cinema and video games, behold the new Japanese subculture of ishoku-hada. Certain sections of the Interweb are currently abuzz with breathless talk of this bizarre body painting and cosplay niche, which literally means "unique skin" or "unusual skin". Like an "alien" version of gyaru, ganguro or yamanba trends, women dress ...

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Last week Japanese highways were in the news when a truckload of live pigs was unleashed onto one road in Osaka. But this is a much more exciting anecdote. Imagine you are hurtling down one of Japan's many busy highways and, as you pass another car, you happen to notice the driver and passenger engaged in something other than navigating... and it's broad daylight. Oh, yes. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime strokes of luck: spotting oral sex on the highway. Not only is the female passenger giving her lucky driving companion a blow job as he powers his motor vehicle, the ...

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Torture Garden Japan is back this summer for another bonanza of BDSM wonder. The premier mainstream event for bondage fans in Japan, it's also the only officially licensed offshoot of London’s original Torture Garden, the world's leading fetish club. It has been happening in Tokyo since 2001 and often holds events more than once a year, though the summer one is the highlight of the calendar. We blogged about the 2016 summer ball. Tickets to the event on June 10th at XEX Nihonbashi cost ¥6,000 and doors open at 10pm. Performers included Miss Miranda from the United States, ...

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Photographer and love doll super fan Yoshitaka Hyodo has converted his private house into a personal hihokan-style sex museum. Located in Yashio City on the border between Saitama and Tokyo, Hyodo has even opened up his house to the public for Golden Week. If you want to visit, it is open from April 30th to May 5th. Reservations are required, though, so check his blog for more details. Admission is ¥1,000, but apparently free for people with sex dolls. Photography is allowed for non-commercial purposes. This is the fourth time he has opened up his collection ...

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It's a dream for so many: a visit to Japan that concludes with some carnal fun with exotic local women, who are so delighted to meet you that they will do anything to please you. Well, it's the gaijin dream and it's experienced to certain degrees by many male foreign residents, especially those determined to try their luck with as many women as possible. But there are quite a few English teachers out there. It helps if you have a more glamorous occupation to attract the ladies. We sometimes joke that half the foreigners living in Japan are photographers and the other half are DJs, ...

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A naked video of gravure idol Yuriko Ishihara has leaked online. The POV hamedori-style footage shows the busty model nude, fingering herself, and being groped by a lucky guy. Who uploaded it is unknown, but it spells the end of her career. In some of the shots her face is partially covered by a surgical mask, though this is frequently removed. It is clearly her. The 34-minute video, ahem, climaxes in her jerking the guy off (for most of the time under a plastic sheet for some bizarre reason -- hygiene?). Strangely, the whole tryst seems to happen in a kind of storage room ...

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