|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.|
Sunday Mainichi 4/11 By Mark Schreiber
"Grip his penis in your right hand and, starting from the base, rhythmically rub it up and down. At the same time, place your left hand beneath his scrotum and lift it gently while rotating it from side to side."
Back in the seventies, Yasushi Narabayashi authored a how-to book for men entitled "How to Sex."
Its somewhat ungrammatical title aside, the work became a million seller almost overnight.
Similar reading matter for females has taken more than two decades to catch up.
But last February, Date House published a work entitled "A Sex Manual for Women on How to Enjoy Men."
Its author is a 29-year old woman writing under the nom de plume of "Pussy Tamami."
The Pussy should need no further explanation.
"Tamami" is written with characters unmistakably intended to convey the meaning of "balls" or "nuts."
"I wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions that women had been given by men," Pussy explains to Sunday Mainichi.
"More than that, I wanted to give women the confidence to take a more positive approach to sex."
Pussy researched her book in the most direct manner possible.
After giving up her virginity at age 19, she spent much of the next decade pillowing, bedding, tabling and flooring men of all nationalities, colors, shapes, ages, with foreskins clipped and unclipped, and widely varying levels of experience.
"Some prudish older men have scolded me, saying,' What will happen to the future of Japan if women all go around sucking men to get them hard?'
They think women shouldn't be allowed to take the lead.
Some high school girls who do hooking on the side have told me they've been scolded for the same reason.
If it was me, I'd throw their complaints right back in their face," she chuckles.
Sunday Mainichi notes that further evidence of women's openness toward sex can also be found in their newfound interest in battery-powered sex aids.
Minori Kitahara, director of a shop called the Love Peace Club, notes that from around the latter part of last year women began making more inquiries, asking, "Have you got something I can use to make my guy feel better?"
She recommends they try using a vibrator on men's nipples and other sensitive areas to arouse them.
Three years ago, Kirei, a woman's magazine, started a department entitled "Vibe Monitor," in which readers were invited to relay their experiences with vibrators.
Ignored at first, the column has started to receive as many as 30 contributions a month from readers.
"We offer a small gift in exchange for their giving impressions over the telephone," says an editor.
"So far we've run stories like, 'My boyfriend and I put a dildo to use while riding on a late-night bus.'
They really come up with some weird anecdotes."
Last June, B&R Planning, an adult video production company, set up a new department to market to females.
Tapes are rented out on a membership basis.
Currently, the company boasts about 800 members, and has been growing at the rate of 30 new members per month.
Its present stock of videos, with such titles as "Strange fulfillment" and "Full-body hard lesbian," numbers 91.
"In the past, men showed adult videos to women as a means of teaching them, or to encourage experimentation,"
PR spokesperson, Rika Saito, tells Sunday Mainichi.
"But women are watching them now as a way of feeding their own masturbatory fantasies.
"I think we've come to a time where women are able to satisfy their sexual desires on their own."
"Japanese men only know women via their own male perspective," says Yasushi Narabayashi, the aforementioned author of "How To Sex."
"A lot of men say they've grown bored having sex with their wives.
But female sexuality is like a bottomless swamp; it can never be totally depleted.
So I advise men to refine their techniques by absorbing as much knowledge as they can about female sex." (MS)