Japan seems to have a more liberal attitude towards sex than most other Asian countries. In fact, many of their sex trends would make many Singaporeans blush. A male friend of mine who recently returned from Japan was quite appalled to find some Japanese men reading porno mags openly while in the train!
Here’s a look at my favourite 5 Sex trends in Japan.
5. Love Hotel
A Love Hotel is a type of short-stay hotel found in Japan operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy to have sexual intercourse. There is no stigma attached to Love Hotels (unlike Hotel 81 and other transit hotels in Singapore), in fact Love Hotels are very trendy. One reason why there are so many love hotels in Japan is the size of Japanese homes. Japanese homes are small and don’t offer a lot of privacy to couples wanting to have sex, so if you’re dating someone the love hotel is about the only practical option available if the two of you just want to have sex.
These Love Hotels often have theme rooms available and you can select your rooms from a panel of buttons. So if you fancy a bit of naughty school girl action, you can opt for the classroom (comes equipt with relevant toys and costume!)
The Lolita Complex is when older men are attracted to young girls, particular those in school uniforms (sailor uniforms). This is termed rori-kon. Some high school girls are making extra money by offering sex phone services and meeting these men for a date while dressed like a lolita.
It’s kinky and naughty but roam the streets of Japan and you’ll find the Lolita a common sight.
The Soaplands are what used to be called the Turkish baths (complaints from Turkey caused a name change).
You sign up and are then taken by a lady to a private bath suite. The customer removes his clothes, puts a towel around his waist and enters a steam box where he stays until he has had enough of the steam and heat.
Then he gets out and the woman douses him with warm water and then scrubs him all over. After that comes the massage bunk and what happens from there depends on a number of factors but it might include some form of sex.
2. No-Panties Cafes
No-pan kissa (literally “no-panties cafe”) is a Japanese term for cafes where the waitresses wear very short skirts with no underwear. They look like normal cafes but the floors of No-Panties cafes are usually mirrored. Coffees cost up to 4 times more than usual cafes but you are in for a visual treat everytime a waitress bends over to pour someone a drink.
The first one opened as early as 1978! And now they have expanded to no-panties restaurants too!
1. Sex Vending Machine
One of the extremely unusual things in Japan are vending machines that sell pornographic magazines, sex toys and used panties. Anywhere else in the world, such a thing would be either illegal or cause an uproar. But in Japan, it is a norm. I’m impressed with how convenient they have made it to get sex related items… imagine the shame of walking into a store wanting to buy used panties!
Although most of these trends make me quite uncomfortable, I cannot deny that Japan takes the cake when it comes to being upfront and liberal about sex. I’m sure if ever the day comes where a machine (perhaps like a photobooth machine) can give a man a wank, we’ll see it on the streets of Japan!