Why are the Japanese so matter of fact about abortion?
It’s certainly not just the Japanese and the acceptance or not of abortion seems to be a social trend just like the trends in different kinds of suicide. There is also a theory that the practice of offering to a Jizo statue and other fixed ways of marking the death of a baby or foetus are a comforting factor.
Why are there so many love hotels with the Statue of Liberty on top?Just the right shape to attract attention?? Liberty to make love?? This one makes slightly more sense than Santa Claus (on a love hotel near Enoshima beach) but less than Venus di Milo.Why does Japan have such a huge and obvious sex industry?
Why the traditional Japanese erotic focus on necks?
It makes them look vunerable?? Because the breasts were so flattened in the kimono for them to get much attention??
Why would anyone pay so much just to go to a hostess bar?
Conversation is such hard work they need a professional to get it flowing or take their attention off the fact that it is not.
Why enjo kosai?
Why is the pill not more used in Japan?
It was only legalized for contraceptive use in 1998 and continues to get mainly negative publicity. The official reason is that condoms are better for AIDS protection. The conspiracy theory is that it’s social control, or even to guarantee doctors’ income from abortions
Why aren’t your knickers safe on your washing line?
The same was true in 1950’s Britain, a classic time for peeping toms, flashers etc. I guess some Japanese have still not gone through the 60’s.
Why aren’t construction workers and drunken all male groups more lecherous?
This is entirely my own theory, but I reckon the testosterone level of Japanese males in just lower, as evidenced by less body hair, less balding with age etc. There’s probably something cultural going on as well, but can’t work it out.
Why do blonde gaijin women get so much more attention?
If you are going to go for Western women, you are going to be looking for something really different from the Japanese.
Why is the sex business called the “water business” (水商売 みずしょうばい mizushoubai)?
In the Edo era, there were bars where men would quite happily pay through the nose just to drink water as long as the women who were serving them it were particularly alluring. (According to a guide at the Edo Tokyo Museum). Alternatively, according to Being a Broad in Japan, it is because those bars were by the water front (the Sumida river).
Why are there guys in dodgy suits hanging round the station and hitting on girls?
They are trying to recruit them for hostess bars
Why are areas of temples and red light districts so often close to each other?
Both are often in the Northeast of the city. This was considered the direction that bad luck, ghosts and demons come from so respectable people wanted to live there and temples were built to protect the rest of the city. Another reason is that temples were often built near main roads and pilgramage routes, where the travellers would often be wanting ‘entertainment’ in the evenings.
Why is shunga (sexual ukiyo-e Edo period woodblock prints) so famous in the West but so little seen in Japan?
They are so sexually explicit that it is possibly illegal to display them in Japan, although people have occasionally got away with small exhibitions of them.
Why did tentacle sex appear in Japanese anime?
Although there are examples of ukiyo-e prints involving octopuses, in anime it was basically a way to avoid censorship of showing certain private parts.
Why do government censors still scratch out the pubes in foreign porno mags?
I’m guessing the department that deals with it didn’t want to lose their budget, so once they started they were pretty much trapped into doing it forever.
Why do love hotels only exist in Japan?
For one thing, the sex industry has a long and illustrious history in Japan, the famous ukiyo-e prints being set in the world of prostitutes that the Edo authorities allowed as a vent for people’s frustration at all the other controls in their lives and so they could enjoy it themselves. The same is probably true of the ruling classes now, although they won’t stand on their lack of principles if the only way to get votes is from a little crackdown. Add in the yakuza links to the LDP, a philosophy of continuous improvement of whatever business you are in and the Japanese skill at ignoring anything they don’t want to see, and there you have it.