Sex and the Japanese: The Sensual Side of Japan
Boye Lafayette De Mente
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Sex and the Japanese provides a broad look at the changing concepts of sexuality in Japanese culture. From the days of concubines and geishas to the present, sex and sexuality in Japan have been more openly discussed and available than in the West—due for the most part to Shinto, the native religion of Japan that recognizes, celebrates and respects the sensual side of life.
The sexual attitudes and customs of present-day Japan continue to reflect this ancient wisdom in ways that are both practical and imaginative. Sex and the Japanese reveals the ins and outs of these attitudes and customs, from the institutions of "love hotels" and erotic massage parlors, weekend trysts at hot spring spas, the use of cell phones and the Internet, to well-publicized date clubs and escort services.
- Sex Without Sin
- Heritage of the Fertility Cult
- The "Romance Gray" Phenomenon
- Porn for the Male Masses
- Sex Lessons for the Ladies
- The Charms of Japanese Women
as the economy picked up speed and the incomes of both young men and non-public women continued to rise. The custom for older men to liaison with younger women, from both the entertainment trade and regular business, did not disappear, however. In fact, as in other countries older men having sexual access to younger women was a well-established custom in Japan, going back to the beginning of its history. Upper class men had always been permitted to have concubines, who were invariably young.
experienced observer can count upwards of a hundred love hotels alongside the freeway from Narita International Airport to downtown Tokyo. Several of the best-known and most used love hotels in Tokyo are in the popular Akasaka and Roppongi entertainment-restaurant districts, where some of them often double as businessmen’s hotels. Another institution in Japan that had its roots in the ancient past, died down during the war years and then came back with a vengeance during Japan’s economic
self-confidence in Japanese men. In early periods the average Japanese male felt intimidated by foreign women, and professed to hold them in very low regard. Besides being physically big, the stereotype was that foreign women were loud-mouthed, lazy, unskilled in any of the finer arts, immoral, and looked down on all Asian men. At the same time, a great many Japanese men traveling abroad had one very special goal: to sample a foreign woman. “Sex tours” for Japanese men have been big business
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is from the English “kiss mark.” It used to be common for Japanese girls to kiss their lovers as a means of “branding” them, and young men would mark their conquests as a sign of their own virility as well as in the masculine belief that they were providing their girls with a “badge of honor.” Hoodlums recruiting young girls for prostitution would also kiss mark them as a visible sign that they had had sex relations. The kiss mark had its heyday in the 1960s, but is still seen (often covered by a