a strong and unusual need or desire for something
: a need or desire for an object, body part, or activity for sexual excitement
: an object that is believed to have magical powers
In the West, our sexual subculture is fairly tame compared to the proclivities of those in Japan. They were free from Western thought that the body was not to be enjoyed, and their culture developed around the idea that pleasure could bring enlightenment. That is why we want to explore their vast culture of kinks and get inspired by its creativity and originality—not to mention their sex industry, the second-largest in the world.
Many of the fetish subcultures in Japan flourish is because many of the sexual taboos that are defined by western society and law, are fairly non-existent in Japan. While some of these practices are technically defined as illegal, the government’s stance is largely one of what happens behind closed doors, stays behind closed doors.
From pornographic cartoons to a heightened admiration for bodily functions, the Japanese love to get freaky, and we love them for it! So, sit back, take a bite of sushi off the lithe naked body of a woman, and explore how the East gets down.
Tentacle erotica is a type of pornography which integrates traditional erotica with tentacled creatures (usually fictional monsters) having sexual intercourse with predominantly female characters. And it’s been around for quite a while. Among the most famous of the early instances is an illustration from the 1814 Hokusai Katsushika novel Kinoe no Komatsu, popularly known as The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. This fetish flourished with hentai and gradually became a real-life thing. Now we’ve got real girls having sex with fake octopi on camera, and it’s been one of the most common fetishes ever since.
This idea is taken even further with the practice of unagi, which you may recognize if you have ever ordered eel sushi. In this case, however, it refers to the insertion of a live eel into a woman’s vagina. Bet you will never look at your sushi in the same way.
Yaeba means ‘canine teeth’ and this fetish has sunk deep into Japanese subculture. Basically, girls with pointy canine teeth that fall out of line with the rest have become highly desired. The Japanese love this fetish so much that there are girls getting fake teeth on purpose. The trend seems to come from J-POP girl band, AKB48; their singer, Tomomi Itano, is rocking a sexy snaggle. Orthodontists everywhere hold their breath, hoping this trend doesn’t make its way to the States.
Don’t Mind Me
In Japan, seeing things or doing things you should not otherwise be a part of is a big turn on, so that explains this next fetish. Apparently getting your rocks off on someone who doesn’t even know you are there is a big fantasy in Japan. This plays out in many different ways—newscasters delivering the day’s top headlines while being pelted with penises, gamer girls getting the high score while scoring, and a housewife mixing up some bukkake—and we don’t mean in a wok.
Pussy See, Pussy Do
Tokudashi is an interesting type of striptease. After dropping the last piece of garment, dancer sits on the edge of the stage and spread her legs wide. The audience, equipped with flashlights and magnifying glasses, immediately falls into a trance and begins contemplating the universe, or whatever else he can spy in her depths. We think it’s nice that they take the time to stop and contemplate the pussy.
Little Girl Potty
As you can see, the Japanese are into some kinky stuff, but none as strange as women dress in diapers. According to the site Bebigyaru, “there is an overwhelming number of men who prefer to dress women in diapers, and women who like dressing up in them.” Which is why this fetish may coincide with omorashi—arousal from the feeling of having a full bladder. Most omorashi videos feature schoolgirls, female working professionals, and other women attempting to look dignified before wetting themselves. Sounds good to us, as long as the person enjoying the show does the laundry afterwards.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
Although not solely a Japanese fetish, they certainly have perfected the craft. Macrophilia is an attraction to people who are not merely large, but giants who tower over cities. Anyone who fantasizes about being dominated by a hot woman can understand the appeal. The yin to macrophilia’s yang is microphilia, or love of super tiny women. Tinkerbell always did it for us, too.
Just a Spittle Bit
In tsubashanpu, a man offers to lie on the ground as hundreds of girls spit in his face. All we have to say is, to each his own. Really makes you rethink the phrase ‘swapping spit.’
Just when you thought things could not get any stranger, comes a fart video featuring a romantic love story co-starring (you guessed it) farts. We will just let the video speak for itself.
There is a small subset in Japan with a fetish for wearing outfits called “zentai” (a.k.a. zenshintaitsu,” which means “full body suit”). Those who wear them are seeking liberation by effacing their physical self. Many zentai enthusiasts meet through internet forums and get together to hold barbecues and parties. But unlike any other fetish group, they are covered head-to-tow in skintight Lycra. Sounds hot (in more ways than one!)1