October 20, 2012

"Japan’s first masturbation bar for women opens in Shibuya."

That's the headline, but it's not what it sounds like. It's a place for women to talk about masturbation:
The wall behind the counter is adorned with dozens of colorful sex toys. Megumi Nakagawa, the bar’s proprietor, explains that typically a bar will have bottles of alcohol lining the wall. The appearance of vibrators, however, provides women with more confidence in speaking about spanking.

“Once they take a seat, customers are able to experience a pleasant place in which they can openly discuss masturbation,” says Nakagawa. “Since most people view female masturbation as something of a mystery or taboo, it is not a usual topic at typical bars.”
ADDED: Clicking around over at the Tokyo Reporter, I've finding other hard to fathom headlines, like "Erection of Tokyo Sky Tree leads to mobile prostitution service":
A 45-year-old who runs a tangerine (mikan) farm in Wakayama Prefecture encountered the operation towards the end of August, when he went to see the 634-meter-tall structure with three of his colleagues.
So... tangerines are involved...

31 comments:

Leland said...

It's Saturday morning and the Professor already has a headline theme going.

Shouting Thomas said...

Since most people view female masturbation as something of a mystery or taboo, it is not a usual topic at typical bars.

I call shenanigans!

Calling something taboo and gabbing about it endlessly has been the standard method of trying to hustle PR during my entire life, and I'm an old man. Somebody's got to come up with a new PR gimmick.

What in the hell is going on with the Japanese?

Don't get out to the bar scene that often any more, since I can't drink. But, a few years ago I routinely met young Japanese women who had made the trip to NYC to try to become Bop style jazz singers. They were uniformly awful. The language barrier was too much to overcome.

But, apparently, if they could get a little write-up in a NY newspaper, that would launch a career for them back home. Maybe they can sing in the masturbation bars.

I understand that you can't get the Japanese women to pop a baby. Too busy with jazz singing and masturbation bars, I guess.

Jimmy said...

Something is going on here but I can't quite put my finger on it.

David said...

Just talk. Sure.

ndspinelli said...

"Smells like bad sushi in here."

rhhardin said...

Japan is in all respects decidedly weird.

MisterBuddwing said...

Japan is in all respects decidedly weird.

I shudder to think of anyone trying to learn about America by watching our TV shows, especially the "reality" based ones.

Maguro said...

Sounds like a good stimulus project.

Shouting Thomas said...

I shudder to think of anyone trying to learn about America by watching our TV shows, especially the "reality" based ones.

I've got to watch Honey Boo Boo!

But she's on opposite my favorite, South Park!

Pogo said...

Sex preferred without that nasty procreation.

That explains the Japan the EU and much of the civilized world demographics, eating the seed corn, no interest in the future, no pressure to invest in the future.

Someone else will do it.

clint said...

What a fantastic notion -- a place where you can go and talk about something that would be embarrassing or politically incorrect to talk about elsewhere, surrounded by other people interested in talking about the same thing.

American bars should try this -- you could have Republican Night at a college town bar, or Yankee Fan night at a Boston tavern...

Or perhaps what I'm really saying is that the classic American "Support Group" should be based around bars serving alcohol, rather than church rec rooms and bad coffee....

EDH said...

Althouse: "'Japan’s first masturbation bar for women opens in Shibuya.' So... tangerines are involved..."

Flaming Lips, She Don't Use Jelly

I know a girl who reminds me of Cher
(reminds me of Cher).
She's always changing
(she's always changing).
The color of her hair
(color of her hair).
She don't use nothing
That ya buy at the store
She likes her hair to be real orange

She uses tangerines.

I know a girl who thinks of ghosts
She'll make ya breakfast
She'll make ya toast
She don't use butter
She don't use cheese
She don't use jelly
Or any of these

She uses vaseline.

Tim said...

Video, or it didn't happen.

Bob Boyd said...

This guy is working at an adult shop.
One day his boss says, "I gotta run some errands. Think you can handle it by yourself".
Guy says, "Sure. No Problem."
So he's sitting in there when blonde comes in and looks around. She asks him "How much is that big pink dildo back there?"
Guy says, "Fifteen dollars." She buys it and leaves.
After while a brunette comes in and says "How much is that big blue dildo back there?"
Guy tells her, "Fifteen dollars". She pays him and leaves.
Then a woman from Wisconsin comes in and asks, "How much is that big plaid dildo back there?"
Guy says, I'll let you have it for fiteen dollars. She buys it and leaves.
When the boss gets back he asks the guy, "How'd it go? Any problems?"
Guy says, "No. It went good. I sold a pink dildo to a blonde and a blue dildo to a brunette and I sold your Thermos to a woman from Wisconsin for fifteen dollars."

Darrell said...

If it exists, they are charging men 10,000 yen to view it through a one-way mirror. And that's how they make their money.

Sam L. said...

Me, I like that Kentucky jelly on my toast.

And, apropos of Mr. Budwing, there's a murder every week in many TV shows; daily for syndicated reruns. And other horribly vicious crimes. Even in small Maine towns (Murder, She Wrote); I'd NEVER move to Maine!

Ignorance is Bliss said...
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Ignorance is Bliss said...

Since most people view female masturbation as something of a mystery...

If you already know exactly how it's going to end, it's not much of a mystery.

MisterBuddwing said...

I've got to watch Honey Boo Boo!
But she's on opposite my favorite, South Park!


No problem!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImCYh65m-Pw&feature=related

Darrell said...

If already you know exactly how it's going to end

For most women, the ending isn't a mystery, the "beginning" is--the only thing in doubt.

MayBee said...

Perhaps it's really a bar for lesbians.

Darrell said...

Perhaps it's really a bar for lesbians.

Well then they charge men 20,000 yen to watch.


edutcher said...

MacArthur was right.

We should have invaded in '45.

MisterBuddwing said...

We should have invaded in '45.

As opposed to dropping atomic bombs? Bring it on.

(There was an occupation, though, wasn't there?)

gerry said...

What in the hell is going on with the Japanese?

Their economy is imploding, the GDP can't support the aging population's social contract expectations since the birthrate tanked in thr 1970s (cultural and religious acceptance of abortion caused that), high taxes, Chinese economic competition, and a rising nationalistic resentment for it all coupled with a small but growing clamor for an army and navy...yep, that's what going on in Japan.

No wonder all they can think about is whacking off.

SteveR said...

I'm pretty sure I've seen their website, or at least one with the same demographic. NSFW.com

Smilin' Jack said...

Reading about the Japanese always makes me so very, very glad we won WWII.

MisterBuddwing said...

Reading about the Japanese always makes me so very, very glad we won WWII.

And by "we," I'm sure you mean the Allies.

Methadras said...

"“Once they take a seat, customers are able to experience a pleasant place in which they can openly discuss masturbation,”"

Well, that's probably in Japan as soon as the women sit on those seats either penetration occurs or they vibrate you to orgasm.

Dante said...

Don't the Japanese have penis pulling contests? Oh Yes.

wyo sis said...

But there was virtually no looting at the time of the earthquakes and tsunami.