Japanese Vagina Artist Arrested (Again)

Megumi Igarashi
Megumi Igarashi Photograph: Rokude Nashiko and Marie Akatani/AFP/Getty Images

Megumi Igarashi, a Japanese artist keen on exploring taboo images of the human body’s many marvelous forms and functions, has been arrested in Tokyo for the second time after authorities suspected her of sending a url “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people”. Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashi-ko (“Good-for-nothing Girl”), was arrested on similar charges in July, charges relating to her efforts to raise funds for the production of a 3D-printed kayak made in tribute to her own genitalia.

“I don’t believe my vagina is anything obscene,” Igarashi told the press in July. “I was determined I would never yield to police power.” Her most recent arrest could see Igarashi charged with ‘distributing or holding obscene materials for the purpose of selling’ and facing a 2.5M Yen or USD $21,000 fine and/or up to two years in jail. And all for showing a replica of her genitals to art patrons and audiences who, odds are, either have similar physical makeups or have seen such body parts up close and personal many times before.

Article 175 of Japan’s Criminal Code, written in 1907 and remaining virtually unchanged in its present form, classifies depictions of pubic hair and genitalia as obscenity – hence the ridiculous pixelation of genitals in most Japanese porn – and could prove the undoing of controversial artist Igarashi, who is still being held even after the release of a women’s sex shop proprietor also arrested in connection with the enormously controversial work. Denying her visits from anyone aside from her legal team, Tokyo police appear to be relentless in their pursuit of a conviction, but not necessarily because of any alleged danger the artist’s work might pose to the public. Igarashi’s attorney, Takeshi Sumi admitted that “Since the arrest last time, [Igarashi] has been very vocal in her cartoons and speeches criticizing police. They seem to have arrested her again [her third without being yet indicted] again to safeguard their integrity.” Well, while it sure makes our local police issues seem like the fucking apocalypse in comparison, Megumi Igarashi’s story is one we should treat with the utmost seriousness.

First they came for the 3D-printed vagina kayaks…

Pubic Hair Booming in South Korea

Grab yourself a look at South Korea’s most significant cultural exports at the moment – charming girl group pop, insanely hot soda spokesmodels, and blockbuster action movies – and you’d have no idea that beneath the shiny, tech-savvy, economically booming surface of the nation lay a groundswell of people devoted to glorifying their pubic hair. Sure, “The muff is back,” has been bandied about the porn industry for a while now, but with Laurie Vargas retired and Bobbi Starr mostly behind the camera these days, pubic hair isn’t anywhere near as prominent as it was thought to be becoming. In South Korea, however…

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So keen are many Korean women on the idea of sporting a voluminous pubic muff that they’re using a procedure called “bush grafting” to artificially add extra follicles down below, follicles grafted from their scalps. As detailed by Refinery29, Korean pubic hirsutism is rooted in the traditional belief that heavy follicles are a sign of fertility and a healthy sexual well-being. The bush grafting is not so traditional, however, with a study conducted by Seoul’s Arumdaun Nara Dermatologic and Plastic Surgery Clinic revealing that 74% of women undergoing the procedure did it because of “a sense of inferiority to the same sex.” In other words, other women with more lush pubic hair made ‘em feel crappy. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reports that bush grafting has risen a remarkable 160% between 2010 and 2012 and with the procedure starting at $2,000, that’s a lot of expensive merkins roaming the banks of the Han River.

Meanwhile, back in the USA, it’s still bald or near-bald female pubic regions as far as the eye can see. Surely there’s a comfortable middle ground to be found, perhaps after extensive diplomatic talks between our two nations. Hell, maybe we can rope Kim Jong-un into the discussions and find out once and for all if pubic hair in North Korea is as uniform and militarized as everything else.

 

Beatin’ on a Budget! with JAV HD

JAV HD

It’s quite rare for an all-Japanese porn site or network to avoid the heavy hand of the national censors and actually distribute extremely explicit pornography, no matter how tame it may seem to us Westerners. That explicit depiction of sex acts is only one of the reasons JAV HD is a network worth your time, attention, and yes, possibly your money. There’s few other sites and network offering such a large collection of uncensored J-porn and even fewer with sites devoted to squirting, schoolgirls, MILFs and pubic muffs. So perhaps your long, exhausting search for an Asian porno wonderland is finally at an end.

JAV HD’s 13 websites all have their own focus: Pussy AV’s vaginal obsession, Hey Outdoor’s sunny beachside romps, Lingerie AV’s bra-and-pantie combos, Hairy AV’s pubically hirsute beauties, AV Stocking’s and its hosiery-covered legs, AV Anal’s devotion to rear-end plugging and playing, the hefty boobage of AV Tits, Schoolgirls HD’s uniformed student sluts, Gang AV’s gangbangers and gangbangees, the mature harlots of Hey MILF, blowjobs of Ferame, and squirting of Shiofuky, as well as with AV69’s idol-focused glamour-porn.

Equally as important as what sites are included in JAV HD’s motherly reach is how well they’re presented. All sites now offer 720p and 1080p High Definition videos as standard, also delivering 2000px photo galleries in most cases and giving its models detailed profile pages to introduce them to their newest, biggest fans. A few warnings, though, before you rush into a JAV HD membership a little too quickly: don’t expect English-language scenes or translation of Japanese dialog; don’t be surprised to find a few dupe updates across the network; and don’t go hog-wild on your downloading as a flexible monthly transfer limit is in place for all users. (See the full Mr. Pink’s JAV HD porn review for full details!)

THE MATH:
With a discount from Mr. Pink’s bringing the standard $29.95 monthly price of JAV HD membership down to only $19.95, the value of this irrepressible network only increases. With 13 sites online, each one works out to cost you only $1.42! And, with 17,000 scenes online, you’re looking at a cost-per-scene of only .117¢. That’s, like, 850 scenes for a buck, man! Throw in photo galleries and you’ve got an incredible deal that should have any J-porn fan shouting “Saikou!” from the rooftops!

 

Oriental Ecstasy in the Third Dimension

Sex and Zen 3D

Years ago, back when VHS still reigned supreme, I manned the counter and cleaned the shelves of a video rental store. Wandering into the adult section, as I was wont to do on a daily basis, I stumbled upon an erotic film from Hong Kong entitled Sex & Zen II. Although I was never game enough it myself, the title stuck with me for years. Imagine my surprise then, when a 3D sequel to what I thought was an obscure Oriental skin flick became the highest grossing Category III (18 years and over) film in Hong Kong’s history, in addition to beating the tied record held by Avatar and Titanic for highest opening gross, raking in HK$2.79 million over James Cameron’s dual takes of HK$2.5.

August 12th finally saw the US release of 3D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy and, although it’s only playing in one theater in the entire state of California – ironically not even in “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, Hollywood – the latest installment of the Sex & Zen series is attracting movie goers willing to shed their inhibitions, pay a premium price for 3D glasses, and enjoy a rather corny and cliche adaptation of the ancient Chinese equivalent of the Karma Sutra, The Carnal Prayer Mat.

What about American productions, though? When will we see a theatrical release of an erotic film, either softcore or hardcore, shot in three dimensions on our own shores? Until that eventually, inevitably comes to pass we’ll have to content ourselves with Gianna Michaels nude parasailing in the 2010 monster flick, Piranha 3D.