Tokyo Pop: See it, believe it, breathe it. (Especially if you’re human sculpture)

RUBBER BRAIN party (in club Mandala). Tokyo.
RUBBER BRAIN party is more about the fashion of dressing up in rubber (with a very strict dress code! you don't get in unless you are dressed up as something) and watching the shows which are quite artistic. In this party, there was Butoh dancing, a comedy show and in the end there were sheets of rubber and a rubber chamber where people would go in wearing a mask to breath with when the air between their bodies and the rubber was extracted. They would stay there for a few seconds until they had their picture taken as a live sculpture, and then an other person would take their place.

“Tokyo is a place where tradition and new trends exist side by side. There are zones in the city that have specific character and others where everything is possible. From the surface uniformity of salarymen, the mania of Otaku, to the extremes of fetish culture, there is space for everything. Popular culture in Tokyo isn’t something fixed that can be described in one set of photos. It flows and changes all the time.”

Why I Stood Up To A Sexual Predator “Pick-Up Artist” and How We Took Him Down

I was outraged, with him especially. How dare he violate these Japanese women’s’ spaces! How dare he pass on his disgusting views and methods onto other men! This guy was in essence, assaulting women and getting away with it. And not just getting away with it— he was REWARDED for it. I could not believe that he could go about doing this without consequences.

The difference between a pick-up artist & getting picked up for crimes in Japan.

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It’s one thing to teach dubious techniques to socially inadequate men on how to bed women; it’s another thing to grab Japanese women and force their face into your crotch.
In Japan, that’s not “aggressive dating” — that’s forcible indecency (kyōsei waisetsu), a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. I wonder if our visiting dating adviser is aware of this. He certainly wasn’t the last time he was in Japan. 第百七十六条(強制わいせつ)
Article 176. (Forcible Indecency)
十三歳以上の男女に対し,暴行又は脅迫を用いてわいせつな行為をした者は,六月以上 十年以下の懲役に処する。十三歳未満の男女に対し,わいせつな行為をした者も,同様と する。
A person who, through assault or intimidation, forcibly commits an indecent act upon a male or female of not less than thirteen years of age shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 6 months but not more than 10 years. The same shall apply to a person who commits an indecent act upon a male or female under thirteen years of age.

Has a Russian sexual predator been on the loose in Hokkaido?

>How could you have sex with an obviously unwilling partner?
Actually, I liked it. She was so prim and proper, with a rich inner world and a sense of self-respect. But once I gave her a little nudge, she turned out to be a common slut. Sometimes she even forgot that she supposedly wasn't enjoying herself :) 
It's not like she couldn't come up with money [for the return ticket]. She had a credit card, a mobile phone. She could have borrowed money from her parents or friends, I wasn't holding her by force, but she chose to pay me with her own body. All her histrionics and tears were a result of conflict between her self-image and reality. I told her as much when she was leaving. 

(From R.K. - A credit card issued in Russia most likely could not be used to get money in Japan. Elsewhere, Anton L. states that the woman offered to pay him back after returning home, but he refused to believe her.)

In perhaps the most chilling of his comments, Lennikov describes systematically raping a woman after inviting her to spend a vacation in Japan. Lennikov writes: “Back in Russia, when I was 20, I dated a 16-year-old, let’s call her Masha… I reconnected with Masha through social networks. She is destitute and lives with her cancer-stricken, controlling mother.”

On Modern Slavery: Thoughts on Human Trafficking

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[Not only do I find it personally abhorrent, but intellectually, it] is a terrible exploit of labor that robs women, men and children of their freedom and dignity. In fact, human trafficking is too polite of a term. “Modern slavery” is a more apt expression. Perhaps if portrayed by this term, more people would share my vehemence to combat it.

“My pussy (まんこ) is not indecent!” Japanese artist fights sexist obscenity laws

The artist Rokudenashiko holds up the comic book she wrote explaining why she makes art about female genitalia & her own vagina. (After being released from custody for obscenity charges)

Rokudenashiko is a slightly eccentric artist—this is certainly true. She has written an entire comic book about her obsession with her genitalia with wild surrealistic drawings. In the book, she even explains why she had cosmetic surgery on her womanhood to make it more attractive. Ms. Igarashi, at the press conference, was generally in good spirits, laughing and chatting with the press but when asked how far she was willing to fight, she said with resolve, “I’ll take the case all the way to the Supreme Court. I refuse to accept that part of me is obscene just because certain people looking at it choose to see it that way.”

What we talk about when we talk about love & sex in Japan

The Japanese language is rich in terms for love and sex--which are definitely not the same thing here.

*浮気 (Uwaki) –1) to describe someone who can romantically love many people 2) infidelity; an affair 3) being in love with in someone other than your partner 4) (old usage) cheerful and gorgeous

“Nothing says love like menstrual blood.” In Japan, V-Day chocolates are really special

Love, blood, chocolate and a love hotel is all you need. Happy Valentine's Day in Japan!

Well, some women in Japan, and probably a very small number of them, in order to spice up their home-made chocolates with a little extra something, or give their store bought chocolates something really special–are reportedly (self-reportedly) putting a little of their own blood and sweat into the cooking of gooey sweets

High-Heel Thief Now Cooling His Heels In Lock-Up; Ginza Hostesses Breathe Easy

These high heels were made for stealin'

High-Heel Thief Now Cooling His Heels In Lock-Up; Ginza Hostesses Breathe Easy. Tokyo’s best gumshoes catch high-heel stealing thief.

Top 10 “Trendy” Words To Understand 30 Years Of Modern Japan

Life is a cabaret, old chum. In Japan, the most popular trendy word to understand three decades of change remains the ubiquitous  "Cabaret Club" . Ladies, pour those drinks. Gentlemen, get drunk. It's how it works in the "unequal society" (格差社会)

① Cabaret Club/キャバクラ (1985)

② It’s best to have a healthy husband, who is rarely home/亭主元気で留守がいい (1986)

③Sexual Harassment/セクシュアル・ハラスメント 同義語 セクハラ (1988)

④Old guy girl/オヤジギャル (1990)