Japanese Porn: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know

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Japanese porn immediately calls to mind unique fetishes. A lot of people already know that this industry has many unusual features, and we created this list to let you know about some lesser known ones.

Number Fifteen: Japanese Porn Started Out on Woodblocks

This art form is known as Shunga and dates back to 794 A.D. It ranges from subtle sexual imagery to downright explicit content that would offend your mother.

Number Fourteen: Japan Banned Pornography During WWII

The government was okay with depictions of sexual expression in novels or other reading material but weren’t so tolerant of photography and films of the same. They banned pornographic material altogether for a while during the second world war.

Number Thirteen: There’s a Genre Called Yomono, or ‘Western Things’

There is a fetish in Japan that is centered around the American lifestyle. Magazines were printed in this fashion soon after World War II and were largely influenced by Playboy. 

Number Twelve: They Started Producing Homosexually-Oriented Magazines in the 70s

Before this, there wasn’t much material on the market for this particular interest. In 1971, this genre began to gain popularity and featured Samson, dedicated to chubby men, and G-Men, featuring men of a more muscular stature.

Number Eleven: Japanese Porn is Highly Censored

People who sell or distribute obscene content are viewed as criminals, and the display of genitalia is considered highly unfavorable (even for educational purposes). For this reason, much pornography from Japan is censored using pixels, or “mosaics”.

Number Ten: The Machine for Un-censoring

Authorities in Japan found an underground porn shop that possessed a machine claiming to be able to remove this censoring. This happened very recently, in 2014.

Number Nine: In Japan, Religion and Porn are Not Opposites

Everyone knows that in the Western world of religion, porn is considered highly sinful. In Japan, however, gods and goddesses are depicted as very in touch with their sexual nature, which is viewed as an innate feature of these beings. For this reason, religion and pornography don’t clash in Japan.

Number Eight: Japanese Porn Is Purported to Decrease Violence

Some people see a link between these two things. Milton Diamond and Ayako Uchiyama believe that the rise of pornographic videos and magazines in Japan (starting in the 1970s and continuing onwards) creates a decrease in reported sexual crimes.

Number Seven: Yaoi, or ‘Boy’s Love’

This particular branch of pornography is targeted toward teenage or young adult women. It typically features a feminine, submissive boy called a “Uke” and a masculine or domineering “Seme”.

Number Six: Yuri, or ‘Girl’s Love’

In the same vein as Yaoi, but targeted toward a male audience, this typically features two grown adult women in a lesbian relationship. Oddly enough, it’s much less popular than it’s male counterpart.

Number Five: Male Porn Stars are Rarer than Bengal Tigers

According to one of the most famous male porn stars in Japan, Shimiken, there is a severe shortage of male adult film actors. For every 10,000 Japanese women porn stars, there are only 70 males. For this reason, these men are in very high demand in Japan.

Number Four: In the 90s, Japan Lifted a 40-Year Pubic Hair Ban

In 1991, full frontal nudity became common in Japanese books and other printed material. They started being a bit less strict on this subject for imported films, but the ban remains in place for local movies.

Number Three: The Hokuto Corporation is the Largest Online Porn Store in Japan

They created the Digital Media Mark to sell and distribute adult films over the internet. Eventually, they became the largest pornography producer in the country.

Number Two: They have an Indie Porn Category Titled ‘Pink Film’

This genre includes 127 different categories. They make films independently and release them to adult theaters around Japan.

Number One: Japan’s Original Adult Video Queen

Yumika Hayashi had a 16-year career and starred in over 400 pornographic movies. She gained much fame in the country and even helped to create a documentary on herself. We hope you enjoyed this article about 15 lesser known Japanese porn facts.

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