|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Shukan Bunshun,3/10 By Mark Schreiber
"Squat down lower, daddy-o, Give me a better look!"
The scene is at "J.men's Tokyo," a small theater in the Nishi-Azabu section of Tokyo, where a standing-room-only house of young women pay 4,000 yen to see an hour-long show featuring foreign male strippers, wearing only the briefest of G-strings, undulate on stage.
According to a spokesman, the theater is so popular its bookings are sold out through the following week.
Sexual activity by Japanese women is becoming absolutely frenetic, suggests Shukan Bunshun.
They read erotic comics, go to strip shows and rent pornographic videos.
Will this rejection of chastity lead to Japan's undoing?
Take "Curious," the women-only boutique selling sexual aids located in a Shibuya "manshion."
Its business has been booming, with 60 to 80 customers a day.
Women seldom buy anything on their first visit, returning two or three times before making a purchase.
After 8 p.m., the store allows women to shop together with their boyfriends; but interestingly, says proprietor Masaaki Tanaka, sales at this time tend to be much lower.
"When they shop together, they tend to buy a small vibrator.
But often afterward, the same woman comes back by herself and gets a much bigger one."(He giggles.)
Bunshun's reporter questioned a 27-year-old woman who was on her fourth visit to the store, and who admits having utilized some of the, er, merchandise.
Did it feel good?
"Well,it's hard to put into words.It's a kind of complex feeling," she replies.
Noriko Yamashita,former wife of screenwriter James Miki, sees nothing strange about this trend.
"In olden times," she says, "women were brought up to feel ashamed of even taking a meal in the presence of strangers; the notion of discussing sex was unthinkable.
Up to now sex has been an instrument for men.
I think it's good that women can advocate making it something they can enjoy for themselves
I certainly look forward to a situation where male-female equality also includes sexual matters."
"Women these days seem to get physically turned on merely by being with a member of the opposite sex," says Ryoichi Taka, who attends to female customers at "Ai," a host club in Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho.
"Before, this only happened when they were really infatuated with someone.
"Some of those high school girls who sell their panties to 'burusera'shops come to our club," Taka continues.
"I heard they even went so far as to grab a host's crotch.
The idea of sex with that kind of girl really scares me, because I have no idea of what sort of demands she would make."
The sexual voltage of us guys, Bunshun concludes,has nowhere to go but down.(MS)