Island states are known to have unique cultures, bearing no similarities with cultures of continental states, and Japan is no exception. The cultural peculiarities can be easily explained by the isolation of the island states. While continental states interact with each other, their island counterparts are left to their own devices. So, there is no surprise that Japan, which had almost no contact with the other world until the 16th century, managed to keep a unique culture, even when it comes to sex.
Japanese Sex Culture
How come that Japan is considered to be one of the most conservative states in the world? When you think about the Japanese porn (they have anime sex videos, for Christ’s sake!), and how weird it can sometimes be, and that a lot of people from other countries are traveling to Japan for sex tourism, you can’t help feeling that there is some kind of contradiction about Japanese conservatism.
Basically, when you get to tell someone that you had , then you would be told that you had sex with Japanese sl*ts. And when in Japan, you can often hear politicians speaking against prostitution and pornography. Moreover, it turns out that Japanese people are not that interested in sex at all.
According to the Japan Family Planning Association’s report, 45% of women and 25% of men are either not interested in or even despise sex. So, how come that such a conservative society manages to have one of the most perverse sex cultures in the world?
Japanese ancient sex culture was quite perverse, with samurais having 12-year-old boys as lovers; with monks sleeping with each other; with homosexuality being quite common; with sex playing an important role in Japanese mythology.
What had happened that everything changed? Maybe the conservatism and perversion are inseparable things? Politicians may say all they want, but the elite in Japan has always had less sexual freedom, than ordinary people. Elite had to obey the vast array of traditions, while ordinary people had no rites and traditions to follow. As a result, the absence of traditions made the low-class way more sexually-liberated. But what place does sex occupy in modern Japanese culture? To find out, we need to have a closer look.
What Influences Modern Sex Culture in Japan?
The survey shows that Japanese people are not interested in sex. Okay, why there are thousands of Japanese porn sites offering both censored and uncensored Japanese porn? It seems that sex has almost completely transferred to aspects of Japanese popular culture. So, how come that Japanese porn stars are the only people who have sex in Japan? Does it have something to do with Japanese sex videos or more with the Japanese way of life? Let’s check it out!
1. Your Job is Your Top Priority
Japanese working culture had done everything for people not to have sex. The ridiculous amount of time that Japanese people work leaves little to nothing for having sex, at least at home. You still want to complain about your from nine to five schedule? Believe us, you can have as much as sex as you want. It is normal for Japanese people to work for 18 or 20 hours a day. Let’s be honest, if you’ve worked like that, it is unlikely that sex would be #1 on your wish list unless sex is your work. This hardworking schedule leaves people with two choices, either being single and working hard or getting married, with the possibility that at least one partner can have fun until kids arrive.
As we’ve said before, sex may not be your #1 priority, unless it is your work. One thing you need to understand about Japan is that being in a relationship and having sex is not the same thing. Sex is a commodity in Japan, which can be easily purchased. A Japanese man (yep, there are sex services for Japanese men only) can get sex almost wherever and whenever he wants. And it will cost him as much as a lunch in some diner. So, even having a little money, you still can have sex in Japan.
The number of places where you can pick a prostitute is enormous, and sure it has affected Japanese views on relationships. Or is it work again? Now, let’s think, you love your wife and you want to spend at least half an hour with her talking about your day. This conversation is much more precious than sex, which you can easily have over the lunch break with some prostitute. It’s not a fact, but we can assume that the number of prostitutes in Japan can be explained by the lack of spouses’ desire to waste their time on sex.
3. Social Relationships
It is okay in the western world to get promotion for some serious accomplishment in your work or say that you want a different life. In Japan, however, you do what you are told to do. People listen to their parents, teachers, and bosses. The hierarchy works perfectly in Japan. So, let’s be honest, if everyone around you has sex with prostitutes and not with their spouses, why should you do differently, especially, when your salary allows you to have sex with as many attractive women as you want?
Jaw-Dropping Facts About Japanese Sex Culture
Enough with social aspects of Japanese sex culture, let’s get to facts that made this Asian state so bizarre and jaw-dropping when it comes to intimacy and pleasure. We’ve learned about an unlimited access to prostitution, and we may wonder whether those who chose to remain single live together with Japanese sex dolls, but Japan has much more sexual peculiarities than those. So, let’s check out the most jaw-dropping facts about Japanese sex culture without further ado.
1. Vibrator Bars
Japanese sex toys for self-pleasure may be popular, but what the hell are vibrator bars? Well, the vibrator bar is a place where for a certain sum of money you can use a vibrator for an hour or so while sipping drinks. The most famous vibrator bar called the Wild One Vibe Bar is situated in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, where for 3,000 yen you can use one of the three hundreds of manufactured in Japan and imported vibrators. These bars are for women only, with men being able to enter only accompanied by a female partner.
2. “Orgasm Wars”
Japanese sex games, Japanese sex movies, why not Japanese sex shows? Japan is famous for its hilarious TV shows, and Orgasm Wars is one of the most hilarious. The Orgasm Wars is a Japanese sex game show where gay men try to make Japanese female porn stars to have an orgasm by talking to them. Basically, it goes like “I’m going to make you cum!”, says the gay man, to which a porn star replies: “No, you won’t!” The show is scripted, but this fact doesn’t make it less hilarious.
3. Compensated Dating
Known in Japan as Enjo Kosai, compensated dating is a tradition of school girls dating older men for money. Enjo Kosai doesn’t involve sex, although touches and kisses are permitted sometimes. Basically, the older men pay to take a girl on a date and talk with her. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the compensated dating involved sex, but in 1999 the Japanese law made sex with anyone under the age of 18 illegal, and Enjo Kosai mainly focused on girls aged 14 to 16.
4. Natural High’s Charity Porn
Since the late noughties, the Japanese porn-production Natural High, which specializes in extreme forms of pornography, has been producing series of porn films known as Naked Continent. Conceived as “anthropological documentary porn” Naked Continent was basically documentary series about different continents and encounters with aborigines but mixed with hardcore sex scenes. The poor state of living of Kenyan children made Sakkun, the series producer, donate the money from the Naked Continent to different African aid companies. Initially, he donated $11,000, and each $10 from the DVD sales of the series were also given on charity needs. This made the Naked Continent the very first charity porn series.
5. Massage Oils with Peculiar Smells
You’ve probably heard more about Thai sex massage rather than Japanese sex massage. Still, sex massage is quite popular in Japan. And companies that produce erotic scented oils earn millions. Nothing peculiar and nothing strange, right? Well, that’s until you learn about the scents of those oils. Japanese adult goods company Tamatoys produces “The forbidden scents”-line of oils. Classic flavors available from 2002 include “Girl’s Armpit” and “School Girl’s Urine”. You wonder whether it can get more peculiar? It can, as celebrating the 10th anniversary, Tamatoys decided to produce oils with new scents, including “The Smell of Boy’s Anus”-flavor. Don’t worry, according to the Tamatoys’ spokesperson’s speech it “doesn’t smell like sh*t, it smells like anus”.
6. The Super Free Club
Freedom is great, and it was great in terms of sex in Japan in the 1990s until the raping was involved. Throughout the 1990s, the Super Free Club gained fame thanks to its wild parties. Things were going quite fine until the parties got too wild. In the mid-1990s, the main purpose of the Super Free parties was to get unsuspicious women dead drunk and then gang-rape them. It all ended up in the closing of the club and all of its executives being jailed.
You thought we were joking when we said that Japanese men who prefer to stay single might be living with sex dolls? Maybe yes, and maybe no. Japan is well known for manufacturing sex dolls with an extreme likeness to humans. But that’s not the whole story. In 2014, the male sex toy manufacturer Tenga created a device combining robots and virtual reality for extra-stimulated sex with animated partners. So, who knows when some Stepford Wives-inspired porn spoof becomes a reality?
Japanese sex culture is quite weird with all those anus-scented oils, orgasm wars, compensated dating, and the possibility of robotic sex dolls replacing real partners. There is no reason to fear the future, though. Unless everyone in the world has a twenty-hour working schedule, it is unlikely that the world will look like Japan. On the other hand, you won’t hear a lot of Japanese people complaining about their lives, but maybe that’s what their parents, teachers, and bosses told them to do.