|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.|
Baby, take off your dress, but you can leave your facemask on! 2007,4,25
Cyzo May By Ryann Connell
Face masks like those used by surgeons have followed eyeglasses to become the latest popular sex fetish in Japan, according to Cyzo (May).
Spring -- thanks to the hayfever it brings with it -- is surgical mask season in Japan, and this year has also seen the release of "Masuku Musume" (Mask Daughter), a DVD dedicated to those with a fetish for face coverings.
"Masuku Musume" features racy shots of 64 young women striking sexy poses while wearing surgical masks. The models keep the masks on even while they're only posing in skimpy little outfits like swimsuits or French maid outfits.
Buying the dirty DVD are people who pride themselves their facemask fetish.
"A woman wearing a surgical mask automatically becomes 30 percent cuter," Jun Ishikawa, the producer of "Masuku Musume" and a self-professed facemask fetishist, tells Cyzo.
Women posing for the facemask freaks have few qualms about doing so, according to the monthly.
"When I first started modeling for them, I had no idea what they saw in the masks," face mask fetish model Kaoru Matsui says.
"After we'd done the photo shoot, though, I began to take more notice of girls wearing surgical masks and I kinda started to understand what some of these guys see in them."
Matsui says she's polishing her surgical mask posing abilities.
"I really like the small, dangling surgical masks," she tells Cyzo, adding that she deliberately tries to coordinate her fashion with the type of cover she has over her mouth.
Matsui's wholehearted approach to posing for the facemask fetishists and her understanding of the appeal doesn't mean that she's gone into that world all the way.
"Hmmm," she says to Cyzo.
"It'd be a bit complicated if my boyfriend was into this kind of stuff."
(By Ryann Connell)
April 25, 2007