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‘Pink Kinky: Japan’s Sex Underground’ Review

15 September 2014

Author : ellen-turner

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Pink Kinky: Japan’s Sex Underground by Su Zume and published by Kingyo Books, is an exploration of of Japanese sex subcultures through interviews with prominent industry figures and lavish visual imagery.

Though it looks at more typical aspects of the sex industry such as porn and hosting, Pink Kinky focuses more specifically on the subterranean communities and societies that cater to specific fetishes and sexual desires.

Commercial Japanese pornography has a large universal following due to its wide range of themes and media and this wealthy spectrum continues into the underground non-commercial industry that Pink Kinky explores; interviews range from one with the owner of the Alpha Inn, the infamous SM love hotel, to manga artists, rope bondage masters and ‘ballooners’, participants of the fetish for touching and playing with balloons in a sexual context.

Such a variety of pursuits of sexuality is what makes Pink Kinky so interesting, there’s a topic to appeal to any reader in the same way there’s an apparent sexual subculture for any individual in Japan.

The accompanying images’ vivid theatricality captures the kitschy, fantastical aesthetic that dominates much of the industry. The world of underground kink that Pink Kinky uncovers is in stark visual contrast to Japan’s traditional erotic artworks, such as Shunga woodblocks, but its influence cannot be overlooked. Fetish communities worldwide have benefitted from the influences of the Japanese fetish scene, such as the fetish for Shibari, the erotic art of rope bondage. Su Zume interviews Naka Akira on his rope bondage performances and why shibari is perceived as one of the most accessible and common subcultures within the industry.

Pink Kinky covers underground sexual preferences and practices that sometimes have prominent crossovers with mainstream Japanese sexuality, such as the public reading of pornographic anime and the popularity of love hotels as common places to engage in sexual relationships for all due to small housing and lack of privacy in Japanese cities. Zume interviews the CEO of one of Japan’s largest adult video companies, Soft on Demand, and reports on their sales as being as high as 9 billion yen in 2005. However,in the same year, a survey found the Japanese have the least sex in the world (Durex) and their decreased sex drive is being blamed for its low birth rate and population decline.

This furthers Pink Kinky’s intrigue in that these increasingly popular subcultures are thriving underground the least sexually active country in the world.

This newly released book can now be bought from today from Kingyo books here

 

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