Erotica and Roleplay

In Japan, where cosplay is seen as the embodiment of a character and acting out specific roles, it is not uncommon for its practice to be explored in most adult relationships. Considered a sexual fetish, many embrace the ideals of either cross dressing – where the males take on the roles of females and vice versa – or seeing their partners in maid, nurses or high-school girls’ uniforms. The latter two roles seem to be the most popular as the fantasy of having subservient or helpless females at their bidding, gives the male a sense of authority and power during sex. The adult industry, in Japan, do not shy away from exploring such ‘taboo’ situations and cater to specialized hotels or facilities that provide cosplay options for their visitors.

The term hentai, which refers to sexually explicit or pornographic material, is a genre all of its own in the sex industry. Explicit adult video games, or Japanese eroge, typically have themes that reflect the weak female (maids, nurses or school girls) at the mercy of their male torturers. These are quite popular among the male population and earn millions of yen annually.

Another genre that’s all the rage in Japan is the role of the AV (adult video) girl. Unlike the Western culture where porn stars are not treated with much respect, the same could not be said for their counterparts in the East. Some famous actresses (many in dramatic movie or TV roles) today got their starts as AV girls, or some end up becoming AV girls when they can no longer find work in mainstream television. With these girls earning as much as four million yen a year – in a market that makes up almost 30% of all Japan video rentals – the industry is definitely one that’s taking its place as a staple in society today.

The use of toys, in addition to cosplay roles, adds to the excitement of the relationship. If the female takes on the role of a student, the most common used toys are whips or bondage-related props; the ultimate idea of subservience between partners. Another theme is the doctor-nurse relationship, where the use of some actual medical devices like the speculum is used during the act. Some even find pleasure with more traditional themes, choosing to role play feudal lords and mistresses of the court with more elaborate costumes. For creativity breeds more entertainment.

Fantasy Lingerie Costumes – It’s All About the School Girl

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about costume parties. If you’re still thinking about what you should wear this year, then may I suggest trying out a school girl costume? It is after all in the top 10 most popular fantasy lingerie costumes. The school girl costume is a great way to deviate yourself from the sea of sexy witches and devils that will be roaming the streets this Halloween. How about trying something different and wearing a sexier version of the school girl costumes? After all, there are a variety of school girl styles ranging from the nerdy styles, to the cute ones, to scary ones like the zombie school girl If you’re feeling daring this year, then the sexy school girl is perfect for you!

So what is it about the school girl costume that is so appealing to people, especially the guys? Well, some people say that it is popular because the lingerie costume lends a different attitude to the wearer; allowing her to portray a character other than their own persona. Dressing up in something like a school girl costume helps you to embrace personalities far different from your own.

But besides the sexy school girl costume there is also the cute school girl which pretty much brings back memories from the past, especially with memories of wearing pigtails. Another is the nerdy school girl costume, though often over looked, is also among the favorites of the more “comedic” female groups. Nerdy school girl costumes are very amusing and very refreshing from the many “sex kitten” costumes that come out every Halloween. But if you’re more into the macabre, then perhaps the zombie school girl would be your perfect fit. Often designed after the Japanese dead school girl films, it truly is very creepy when first seen. There is also a gothic school girl costume for those of you who love to wear black.

So how does one recreate a school girl look? Just follow the simple steps below and you will be well on your way to creating your perfect school girl costume.

You will need:

  • A couple of ponytail holders
  • Comfortable shoes or boots (I recommend wearing heels with the sexy school girl costume)
  • Pleated, plaid skirt (can be short or long)
  • White or argyle knee high socks
  • White men’s button down shirt or a very short and tight women’s top
  • Some bubble gum (preferably pink)
  • 1 band aid
  • Accessories such as a book or glasses

Step 1 is to part your hair evenly in the middle and tie each side into a ponytail.

Step 2 is to put on very minimal make up (if you’re going for a more innocent look) or if you’re going for the sexier version, try some red lipstick and heavy eye liner.

Step 3 put on the costume clothes and shoes.

Step 4 is optional but it could be a fun addition. Place the band aid on your knee or fore head to fake a scratch or cut. Remember all the school yard rumbles? Yes, you were part of it.

Step 5 start chewing on the bubble gum. Blow some bubbles to add to the effect.

So there you have it, some options for the school girl costume that you can try this coming Halloween. It’s always great to try something different, especially if you want to stand out at your Halloween party this year.

The Girls of Harajuku, Japan

For the Virgin traveller in Japan, Harajuku is one of those ‘must see’ places on the Japan tourist circuit. Without a doubt the most famous street of Harajuku’s is Takeshita. It is highly doubtful that you will see such a place back home – taking into consideration that I am originally from a place of 3,000 people and sheep outnumber humans by 1000:1 it holds especially true for me.

So who are these infamous Harajuku Girls?

Harajuku gyaru (girl) is the phrase most commonly used to identify girls who hang around Tokyo’s Harajuku district. And of the many varied sites, definitely some of the more eye-catching are the lithe figures of the girls that flank the streets there. A word of warning though, “All that glitters is not gold” and all that looks like a girl is often not either.

You will find the fashion styles not only diverse but in some cases exceedingly bizarre. I often notice myself mentally ‘high fiving’ the girls for their courage and complete lack of self-consciousness. Here are a few of the genres that I have been privileged to see in my trips down those lanes: Gothic Lolita, Gothic Maid, Wamono, Decora, Second-Hand Fashion, and Cyber Fashion (which tends to feature goggles, masks, leather and latex.) In one of my more memorable trips I even saw several girls wearing fake blood and bandages.

What possesses these girls to dress in such an outrageous (and often provocative) way you ask yourself…

A number of of them are evidently doing their best to imitate rock bands such as Japan X (this band almost deserves a post of it’s own.) If we put on our social anthropology coats and glasses (or goggles if you want to get into the swing of it) and burrow deeper we can appreciate that for many others this is a form of escapism. At the peril of over-generalizing I have observed Japan to be a very homogeneous society and this weekly indulgence allows them to briefly escape the majority of the rules of Japanese society. It gives them individuality not as certainly apparent while wearing their usual school uniforms or workplace costume. And perhaps at the heart it gives these wonderful ladies an outlet to express, often in very sexual ways (with ripped stockings, garters, and mini-skirts, etc), the oppression of the Japanese female in their predominantly male dominated society.

I have created the opportunity to talk to quite a a small number of of these girls over the years to try and grasp what makes them ‘tick’ and found the Harajuku Girls, underneath all the make-up and bling, to be like the girl next door – tremendously polite, gracious and warm-hearted.