Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

Ainori (“Love Ride”)

Ainori ("Ride Together" or "Love Ride") is a popular reality TV show in Japan. Seven young people tour the world in a pink bus, hoping to find love with a fellow passenger. When a contestant finds someone they like, they must make a public confession of their love. If this is ...

Basashi (Raw horse meat)

Basashi is raw horse meat, often served on a bed of ice with condiments like soy sauce, shiso leaves, and daikon (Japanese radish). It's also called "sakura" (cherry) because of its deep red color. Before 1867 and the Meiji restoration, Buddhist beliefs prevented people from killing animals for food. However, during ...

Za Ginipiggu (The Guinea Pig films)

The Guinea Pig films make up one of the most infamous horror series ever. Made on a minimal budget, the seven films feature an innovative array of torture, gore, and death. The films are relatively short, each taking one repellant concept and stringing it out for as long as possible. Flower ...

Japanese pizza

It's remarkably difficult to get a pizza in Japan without mayonnaise or sweetcorn on it. Apart from that, there's a bewildering array of even more outlandish toppings asparagus bamboo shoots boiled eggs broccoli camembert cod roe (fish eggs) dried fish flakes eel egg yolk kimuchi (spicy Korean pickled leaf) nori (seaweed) octopus pickled ginger potatoes shiso (perilla leaves) shrimp spaghetti squash ...

Japanese ice cream

Japan has a fine history of taking Western products and producing innovative new versions. They might have gone too far with ice cream, if the following list is anything to go by: abalone (shellfish) basashi (raw horse meat) brown rice cherry blossom curry charcoal chicken wings deep sea water dried kelp (seaweed) garlic goat lettuce natto (fermented soy beans) noodle oyster persimmon potato red wine sesame shark fin silk (?) spinach stout (beer) tulip wasabi whale wheat The ...

Tentacle sex

The image of women being unwillingly violated by octopi dominates the Western perception of hentai (pornographic anime and manga). Our fascination with this small niche of Japanese erotica probably says more about the West than it does about Japan. Twisted as it might seem, the depiction of tentacled lady-botherers is just ...

Tamakeri

Tamakeri is a peculiarly Japanese form of BDSM which involves naked men get kicked in the testicles by women. Emerging in the last few years, it has been a growing niche in the Japanese porn. Apparently, a clean, hearty ‘Slap!’ of impact is very important. Astonishingly, most of the ball ...

Soaplands

Japan’s sex industry has a number of innovative variations on the brothel, but none of them seem as perfectly, hygienically Japanese as soaplands. They offer “assisted baths” that include the services of a prostitute. When a customer enters, he chooses his bathing companion from a selection of half-naked girls, who ...

Shibari (Japanese bondage)

Shibari, or kinbaku, is the Japanese art of bondage. It's a significant theme in Japanese eroticism and features in much of the culture's porn, which often dwells on themes of domination and submission. The approach and ideology of shibari contrasts slightly with Western ideas of bondage. In shibari, the aesthetic effect ...

Datch waifu (Sex dolls)

Sex dolls in Japan are not generally the grotesque, O-mouthed type, but tend to be much more sophisticated and realistic. In Japanese, these silicone dolls are known as datch waifu (Dutch wives), a name likely to be about as popular with Dutch ex-pats as “Turkish Bath” (brothel) was with the ...

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